Duke Energy has issued a request for proposals seeking to add up to 500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in North Carolina and South Carolina, according to the company. The company added that the offer is open to new and existing projects.
Nestle's half-liter bottles of water sold in the US under the Deer Park, Pure Life, Poland Spring, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Arrowhead and Zephyrhills brands now feature the new How2Recycle label. The label reminds consumers to replace the cap before recycling the empty bottle.
A class-action complaint filed in California demands money and a corrective ad campaign and makes 11 charges -- including fraud and false advertising -- against Clorox. The suit alleges Clorox is making false claims that its Green Works line of cleaning products are made from "green" or "natural" ingredients.
Nevada City, Calif., has followed in the footsteps of Orlando, Fla., and other cities across the country in pledging to source 100% of the city's electricity from renewables by 2030. It added that by 2050, all energy sources in the city would be renewable energy-based.
Vestas has won a contract to supply Zuma Energia with 123 V136 3.45-megawatt turbines for its 424-MW Parque Eolico Reynosa wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico, said the companies. Vestas said it expects to begin delivering the units this year.
Senvion has installed a single unit of its 3.4M140 EBC turbine prototype in Heckelberg, Germany, said the company. It added that the turbine, which is compatible with low wind speeds, featured a sound-optimized blade profile and updated pitch control system.
Most turbines installed by Alliant Energy run at a 40% operating capacity, compared to only 20% or 30% a decade or less ago, said spokesman Justin Foss. He added that turbines may not spin for several reasons, including maintenance, low wind speeds and power grid capacity.
Germany has awarded 67 projects the right to add a combined 1,013 megawatts of new installed land-based wind capacity under its second wind leasing round, according to network regulator Bundesnetzagentur. President Jochen Homann added that increased competition drove down pricing during the round.
Congress' omnibus spending package or tax reform deal will likely include provisions to reinstate tax credits for distributed wind and other small-scale renewables, according to a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Trade groups from a wide range of sectors, meanwhile, have expressed support for renewable energy tax credits, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, which is pushing for a wind energy Production Tax Credit extension.
University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management researchers have teamed up to study Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm and its effect on marine life and people living in the area. DEM Chief Marine Biologist Julia Livermore said part of her study would involve comparing fish and lobster population data from the project's permitting phase with new data to detect biological changes.
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