Ernest Moniz, who served as energy secretary under President Barack Obama, is preparing to launch the Energy Futures Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to energy research and technological advancements. Moniz said the nonprofit's first initiative would be analyzing the state of the electric grid and how the fast-paced growth of renewables could affect grid security.
Hawaii, where nearly 9 million tourists in 2016 spent roughly $16 billion, is confronting how to balance the effect foot traffic has on the environment with the state's continued need to maintain tourism, its main employer. "What sells Hawaii in my mind are the people, the culture, the beauty," said Alan Oshima, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Co., who adds that now "sustainability is a big selling point."
Mental toughness means thinking of challenges as opportunities to overcome, writes LaRae Quy, who lists seven ways of thinking to get away from. Don't pretend pain or negativity can be avoided, or that emotions can't surface, and don't pretend you're nothing but a victim, she writes.
Innovation will play a major role in ensuring grid reliability as clean energy sources like wind account for a growing share of electrical generation, says Brattle Group energy consultant Judy Chang. Midcontinent Independent System Operator Executive Director of System Operations Renuka Chatterjee said utilities are making progress on wind forecasting, and firms are spacing turbines to align with wind patterns.
Business leaders were taken aback by President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate accord, but his decision won't stop the world from creating a "green energy revolution," said Virgin founder and CEO Richard Branson. He argues that ongoing investments in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Rise and other clean energy initiatives show world leaders aren't deterred by the Trump administration's agenda.
EDF Energies Nouvelles has signed a power purchase agreement with Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency for output from its 100-megawatt Stoneray project, said the company. The project, which will features 50 turbines, is expected to begin operations in the winter of 2018-2019.
Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have become the latest US cities to pledge 100% renewables, the former by 2045 and the latter by 2036, according to the Sierra Club. "Cities and mayors can lead the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean and renewable energy," said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
Vattenfall unveiled the final four projects that will receive funding under its $3.3 million scientific research program for offshore wind, three of which are located in Scotland. The presence of the three projects, plus Vattenfall's 92.4-megawatt European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, will make Scotland the next major hub for offshore wind research.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has voted in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to allow PJM Interconnection to keep new market rules that clean energy advocates argue are discriminatory against wind and solar. "It impedes American clean energy innovation and sets back real progress in the fight against climate change," said Sustainable FERC Project Attorney Jennifer Chen.
President Donald Trump criticized wind at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday even though the state sources almost one-third of its electricity from the energy source. "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes," said Trump. "Iowa reliably generates >36% of its electricity using #windpower, has over 8K #windpower jobs, and over 2K well-paying factory #jobs," American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said on Twitter.
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