Congressional leaders must get past their "nostalgia" of a US economy rooted in fossil fuels and come to the realization that innovation in clean energy is the driver behind job creation, falling electricity prices and other benefits, writes Melissa Malkin-Weber of Durham, N.C. "America deserves a smarter energy policy that takes us into the future," she writes.
The Kraft Heinz Co. is making progress on its sustainability goals, according to its inaugural corporate social responsibility report. It's reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage, as well as improving the sustainability of its supply chain.
Love Beauty and Planet is the latest line of beauty products from Unilever, and it's built around sustainability. "We believe as a brand that we have a responsibility to the planet and we're really honest about the fact that we're at the beginning of a journey," said Molly Landman, global marketing director for the line.
San Francisco Bay Area public transit provider Bay Area Rapid Transit has signed two new long-term power purchase agreements, one with NextEra Energy Resources' 61.7-megawatt Sky River wind farm, and another with a 45-MW solar site. BART said the agreements support its 100% renewables by 2045 goal.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposed rulemaking rewarding nuclear and coal-burning power plants has united groups with different ideologies concerned that the proposal is both unnecessary and expensive. "The bottom line is that this proposed rule would raise costs to consumers by as much as $10 billion, while not providing any meaningful increase in resiliency," said Affordable Energy Coalition spokesman Michael Steel.
Lalamilo Wind is seeking an incidental take permit for the Hawaiian hoary bat and Hawaiian petrel that may be affected by the repowering of the Lalamilo Wind Farm in Waimea, Hawaii. The project, which originally featured 120 turbines and was built in the mid-1980s, was decommissioned in 2010, and a new five-turbine wind farm was built in its place in 2016.
The Defense Department, Federal Aviation Administration and National Weather Service have reviewed Apex Clean Energy's proposed 108.9-megawatt Galloo Island project in New York and concluded it won't have a significant impact on nearby military or weather radar, said Senior Director of Project Development Neil Habig. He said the agencies' findings clear the way for the project to move forward, starting with reopening tax abatement talks with Jefferson County.
Lekela Power has kicked off operations at its 140-megawatt Loeriesfontein and 140-MW Khobab projects in South Africa, according to the firm. Both projects feature 61 2.3-MW turbines from Siemens Gamesa.
Germany is on track to add up to 6.2 gigawatts of new installed land-based wind capacity in 2017 as developers already connected 1,430 turbines totaling 4.16 GW by Sept. 30, according to wind group FA Wind. The report added that Enercon's 3-megawatt E-115 turbine led the pack, accounting for 260 of all turbines commissioned in Germany this year.
The Ohio legislature can attract wind-related investments and stimulate economic growth by repealing 2014 setback rules hindering the industry's progress, writes the editorial board of The Blade in Toledo, Ohio. "[T]he American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation, found Ohio has foregone roughly $4.2 billion in potential economic development since the 2014 rules took effect," it writes.
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