The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will help Michigan slash its carbon emissions 31% in the next 15 years, writes Dean Berden, owner of DB Solar. The wind and solar industries could support over 840,000 jobs nationwide by 2030, according to the Department of Energy. "Transitioning to low-cost clean energy will benefit Michigan in a variety of ways: more stable or lower power bills, new jobs and a stronger economy that is well-positioned for the future," Berden writes.
Three-quarters of American consumers have made charitable donations at the checkout, writes David Hessekiel, and most say they're happy to be asked to support causes they care about. "[C]onsumers embrace the opportunity to make a small contribution toward a larger social issue and feel favorably toward charities and retailers that provide them with a chance to make an impact," Hessekiel writes.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which was finalized on Monday, would require states to transition from coal-burning power plants to clean energy sources like wind and solar. The CPP "indicates that the world's largest economy is providing big regulatory incentives for clean energy and penalizing fossil fuels," said German Marshall Fund energy expert Paul Bledsoe. "It's that basic underlying economic signal that tells governments around the world that it's time to act," he said. The rule will go into effect in 2022.
China has partnered with Pakistan to build the $115 million Dawood wind farm near Karachi, Pakistan, according to HydroChina Investment. The wind farm will have a total capacity of 49.5 megawatts. It is scheduled to begin operations in 2016. China's participation in the venture may be part of an ongoing effort to help drive economic recovery in Pakistan, observers say.
The Indian population of Oaxaca, Mexico, support a proposed 396-megawatt wind farm, the state government said on Friday. The project would feature 132 turbines. It could lower the cost of electricity in the state by about 45%, said its developers.
A barge has collided with the first foundation in the water at the Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island and left a minor dent. Such incidents are "not uncommon in offshore construction projects," said Deepwater Wind. The company added that the accident would not slow the construction of the offshore wind farm.
Clean Line Energy Partners has asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to consider its proposal to build a $2.2 billion transmission line through the state. The PSC rejected the Grain Belt Express on July 1. "The project is too important to Missouri's energy future not to pursue," the company said. The transmission line would carry wind power from Kansas to Eastern power grids.
Utilities could save consumers money by using wind power to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, according to Liz Stanton, principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics. "Wind technologies are developing over time and we're seeing taller turbines, longer blades, that are able to generate more electricity from a single turbine," she said. Under the CPP, Iowa, which sources 28% of its total electricity from wind, could reduce its carbon emissions more than 30% by 2030, Stanton added.
Wind energy development may be the most economical way for states to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, according to the Energy Information Administration. Wind played a big role in a recent EIA economic analysis because it is pollution-free and prices have been falling steadily, said the American Wind Energy Association. Wind energy costs have declined almost 60% in the last five years and prices can be locked in for at least 20 years, said AWEA Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs Tom Vinson.
The Scottish Highland Council has advised local regulators to approve a proposal for a 22-turbine wind farm in Scotland. Local landowners and Ron Shanks are developing the project, which could have a total capacity of 72.6 megawatts. The North Planning Application Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the wind farm.