Regardless of which city Amazon chooses for its second headquarters, the retailer should decline tax incentives and invest in that city's local community, a coalition wrote to CEO Jeff Bezos, saying Amazon should "pay [its] fair share if you end up being our neighbor." Amazon did not comment on the letter, which is signed by numerous pro-labor, pro-community and responsible-development advocates, and which includes several civic responsibility requests.
Better turbine technology and cost control are making areas with lower wind speeds viable for wind energy, said John Hensley, American Wind Energy Association deputy director of industry data and analysis.
The 253-megawatt, 100-turbine Amazon Wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, was officially opened Thursday by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos smashing a bottle of champagne over a General Electric turbine from 300 feet up in the air. This is Amazon's 18th US wind or solar project and more are planned.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposed rulemaking to benefit nuclear and coal-burning power plants is costly, unnecessary and isn't an effective way to increase grid resiliency, writes Charles Hernick of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. "Diverse energy sources -- and wind energy in particular, kept the lights on during the Polar Vortex while coal piles froze and gas pipelines couldn't keep up with demand," he writes.
Facebook has agreed to purchase 200 megawatts of output from the 320-MW Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Dixon County, Neb. Tradewind expects to break ground on the project this year ahead of a late 2018 start date.
Rocky Mountain Power has requested a lower wind and solar integration rate from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, arguing that wind costs have fallen since the rate was set in 2008.
Wind farms in the Southwest Power Pool's electric system are expected to generate a record 21,825 megawatts of wind energy during peak period on Saturday. SPP has added 1,410 MW of new installed wind capacity this year.
Officials in Lowville, N.Y., have delayed voting on zoning waivers for Invenergy Wind North America's proposed Number Three Wind farm. The town council is now scheduled to vote Nov. 16.
EcoEnclose owner and co-CEO Saloni Doshi, who is laser-focused on environmental protection, said the startup produces biodegradable, compostable and recyclable shipping materials, as well as customizes and brands orders for ecommerce companies. EcoEnclose also prioritizes making its products in America, because "claims around sustainability and raw materials are extremely difficult to verify" for products made in other countries, Doshi said.
Satellite data is helping Atlanta find reforestation sites and places to create green space. "The results of these analyses will be used immediately to inform decisions about land protection and reforestation to benefit communities by protecting drinking water supplies, providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, and serving as educational settings to demonstrate the importance of maintaining greenspace in urban areas," said The Nature Conservancy's Sara Gottlieb.
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