Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have been posting positive remarks about wind and solar energy on social media, according to this analysis. On Saturday, Perry tweeted about new drone technology for inspecting turbines.
Hospitality company Hilton uses a performance management platform called LightStay to measure the reach and effectiveness of its corporate social responsibility efforts. The company recycles mattresses, composts food waste and donates extra soap to needy communities throughout the world.
Investment company Castlelake has agreed to purchase the 56.9-megawatt Summit project in California from Salka after the company finishes repowering it, according to the companies. It will feature 27 2-MW turbines.
Dong Energy has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with Banks Renewables in which it will purchase output from three of Banks' land-based wind farms and resell it in the UK market, said the companies. "This is the first time Dong will manage the production of onshore wind farms and the biggest PPA, we've entered. ... We consider the order an important milestone," said a spokesman.
The Golden Valley Electric Association, an electric co-op in Fairbanks, Alaska, has rejected Delta Wind Farm's interconnection request for a proposed 13.5-megawatt wind farm, according to the companies. Delta Wind co-owner Mike Craft said the utility cost analysis, which showed the interconnection would raise costs, may be based on illegal tariffs.
Doris Renewables will initially focus on developing France's floating offshore wind industry, starting with helping EDF Energies Nouvelles build the 24-megawatt Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind project, said the company. It is also working on the 24-MW EolMed floating project.
The North Dakota House of Representatives advanced an amended bill 60-32 on Tuesday outlining new setback distances for turbines and creating an ombudsmen program. The state Senate will have the opportunity to pass the measure with the added amendments or try to reconcile it with its respective version in a conference committee.
The logic behind a proposed two-year moratorium on new wind projects in North Dakota is flawed, writes Lyle Best. He argues that the bill actually takes away landowners' rights instead of restoring them, because they should have the right to choose whether they want turbines on their property.
Chinese toy company BanBao's sustainable plastic children's building blocks, which were developed with the help of Dutch company Biopromotions, will be introduced in North America in June. The toy blocks will be made of 95% sugarcane-derived polyethylene, use 100% biobased materials for the packaging, glues, stickers and instructions, and will not contain any oil-based chemicals.
Canfor Pulp, an integrated forest products company in Vancouver, Canada, will build its first-ever commercial-scale facility for producing biocrude oil from wood waste from its three facilities in British Columbia. "We have the opportunity to create a truly renewable biofuel that can easily integrate with conventional fuels to dramatically lower environmental impacts," said Martin Pudlas, vice president of operations at Canfor.
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