The world's total installed wind capacity is poised to hit 800 gigawatts by the end of 2021, up from nearly 487 GW at the end of last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. "Wind power is now successfully competing with heavily subsidized incumbents across the globe, building new industries, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and leading the way towards a clean energy future," said GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer.
When a company highlights its corporate social responsibility efforts through social media campaigns, consumers who felt neutral toward the company felt more positive, according to a report from IBM and the US Chamber Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center. Social media posts that elicit an emotional response have more of an effect on viewers.
The US wind industry is booming and will continue to do so while delivering economic benefits despite the uncertainty around the Clean Power Plan and other political headwinds, writes American Wind Energy Association Senior Director of Research Michael Goggin. Cost declines, state policies and demand from utilities and Fortune 500 companies will contribute to wind's continued growth, he argues.
The position of wind technician is the fastest-growing clean energy job and fastest-growing job overall in the US, said the Energy Department.
Apple announced that its 200-megawatt power purchase agreement is with Avangrid Renewables' Montague Wind Power Project in Oregon. The wind farm will be operational by the end of 2018.
EDF Energy Renewables has kicked off operations at three projects in the UK that have a combined capacity of 97.7 megawatts. "This is great news for us, and we are very pleased to have an additional three wind farms to add to our portfolio," CEO Matthieu Hue said.
Nearly 50% of the largest American companies have created clean energy goals, according to a report from environmental groups and sustainable investors. Fortune 500 companies have collectively saved nearly $3.7 billion through renewable energy, and 23 of those companies have set a 100% renewable energy goal.
Clean Line Energy Partners' proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project would deliver wind to the Tennessee Valley Authority at rates cheaper than either that of coal or natural gas, said Clean Line Executive Vice President of Development Mario Hurtado. "It is a very, very compelling economic prospect for the region to get a long-term supply of power that is clean, that reduces air pollution, that is renewable to help economic development and is lower priced than just burning more fossil fuel," he said.
General Electric is in talks with Mainstream Renewable Power to develop its wind portfolio in Chile, sources say. Although both companies declined to comment, observers say it would mark their second collaboration, the first being $2 billion worth of investments in Vietnam's wind industry that were unveiled last year.
Policies that support transmission buildout, turbine siting and resource planning could help Northeastern states plan land-based and offshore wind farms and meet their renewable energy targets, write Mike O'Boyle and Eleanor Stein of America's Power Plan, citing a research paper published by their organization. The paper also highlights retiring nuclear and coal-burning plants whose existing grid infrastructure could be used by offshore wind projects.
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