High schools, universities and other educational institutions across Rhode Island are ramping up training programs to prepare students for jobs in the offshore wind industry. "It's a whole ecosystem we have to develop. ... Ten, 15, 20 years from now, we are talking thousands and thousands of jobs," said Gov. Gina Raimondo, touting the state's leadership role in the industry.
Bank of America's commitment to low-carbon and sustainable business has led to more investment in green energy initiatives. One investment is Oklahoma's Pioneer Plains, which provides electricity for 42,000 homes using wind power.
Offshore wind could be a huge economic opportunity for New Jersey, with the potential to create up to 40,000 related jobs by 2028, said panelists during the Time for Turbines conference on Monday. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Offshore Wind Program Administrator Anne Marie McShea added that the state hopes to hold its first request for proposals to add 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind capacity this year.
Landowners are looking forward to the launch of Xcel Energy's 239-turbine, 478-megawatt Hale Wind Farm under construction in Hale County, Texas. Xcel says it plans to add 3,700 megawatts of new installed wind capacity over the next three years.
Wyoming has an installed wind capacity of 1,489 megawatts and another 3,000 MW under construction. Tina Casey argues that while these figures may be less than other US states, it's a huge step for the nation's largest coal-exporter and indicates a major shift toward wind energy.
Connecticut approved a 200-megawatt offshore wind project in June and is working to get the industry off the ground, despite challenges such as having weaker offshore wind speeds than some other New England states, Luther Turmelle writes. "We have demonstrated with our actions, our priorities, that we are in the wind-power game," state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee says.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is developing a program through which landowners can register and resolve any questions regarding wind development within the state. Landowners will be able to address comments given by wind firms and find resolutions.
CarbonCure is working to make the cement industry more sustainable by injecting carbon dioxide directly into concrete, preventing its release into the environment. Meanwhile, builders have attempted to offset negative environmental impacts by installing solar panels on top of concrete or adding green roofs to their projects.
The British government is considering implementing tax strategies to encourage the use of recycled plastic in manufacturing and reduce the amount of hard-to-recycle plastic goods. The country had proposed a tax on disposable cups after reports surfaced that the UK sends 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups to landfills each year.
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