LM Wind Power has unveiled plans to expand a turbine blade factory in Quebec with the goal of supplying the US wind industry with more components. "With this investment, LM Wind Power Canada will become the largest supplier of wind turbine components in Quebec and will export 100% of its production," said Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Arcand.
Renewable energy advocates are asking lawmakers to implement a goal that 100% of the state's transportation be powered by green energy by 2045. Lawmakers already are planning to derive 100% of Hawaii's electricity from renewable sources by the same year.
Xcel Energy has entered into a conditional supply agreement with Vestas to use 300 of its turbines at a 600-megawatt wind farm under development in Colorado, said the companies. "If and when the project translates into a firm and unconditional order ... Vestas will disclose a company announcement about this," the company said.
Avangrid Renewables' Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina won't interfere with military radar, contrary to recent claims by Republican lawmakers in the state, according to the Pentagon. "The Navy is committed to working with developers to ensure that renewable energy projects are compatible with our mission and operations," Navy spokesman Lt. Chika Onyekanne said.
Cape Wind made the $88,000 annual lease payment for its offshore wind farm in December even though the project stalled after a series of lawsuits and power purchase agreement issues, according to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management spokeswoman Tracy Moriarty. Observers say the payment may signal that Cape Wind still plans to pursue the project.
Gamesa said it won contracts to supply Iberdrola with 84 G114 2.626-megawatt turbines and 50 G114 2.1-MW machines for its Pier IV and Santiago Eolico wind firms, respectively, in Mexico. The projects will have a combined capacity of 325.5 MW.
Germany added 818 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity in 2016, according to wind group BWE. The report said Europe's total installed offshore wind capacity hit 4.108 gigawatts at the end of 2016 and is poised to reach 6.5 GW by 2020.
The United Arab Emirates has unveiled plans to invest $50 million in the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, a new vehicle designed to encourage renewable energy development in the Caribbean. Wind, solar, geothermal and waste-to-energy projects are expected to qualify for funding under the program.
Procter & Gamble announced that Head & Shoulders shampoo will soon come in a limited-edition, recyclable bottle. The packaging will be made from about 25% recycled beach plastic, and the company is partnering with volunteer groups to clean up local beaches.
Experts at CSR companies across the country predict that 2017 will be the year organizations take it upon themselves to be socially responsible, regardless of political changes. Many companies are looking for ways to help solve problems affecting society and the environment.
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