Europe increased its installed offshore wind capacity by 2,343 megawatts in the first half of 2015 -- the highest for the time period, according to the European Wind Energy Association. Europe added three times more installed offshore wind in the first half of 2015 than it did during the same period in 2014, added the report. "It has taken the offshore wind industry just six months to set the best year the sector has ever seen in terms of installed capacity," said Chief Policy Officer Kristian Ruby.
Mars, the company best known for its candy, is also the world's biggest pet-food producer -- and it's hoping to use its clout to make the sector greener. The company is increasingly using sustainably caught or farmed seafood and is working to convince shoppers that it's better to feed pets using food that wouldn't otherwise have gone to feed humans. "We are going to have to educate our consumers. It's not easy," said sustainability chief Isabelle Alvoet.
Europe's offshore industry requires an investment of about $11 billion to increase its installed wind capacity 20% by the end of 2016, the European Wind Energy Association said. "To attract the [$11 billion] in question, EU member states should set out roadmaps on support for offshore wind to drive down risk premium and the cost of capital. Abrupt changes to support schemes and stop-start policies can blindside investors," said EWEA spokesman Oliver Joy.
Dong Energy has agreed to divest its lease for an offshore wind demonstration project in Denmark to EDF Energies Nouvelles. "Testing and demonstration is an integral part of our business. But our demand for testing and demonstrating is met elsewhere, and we have therefore decided to divest the site," Dong Director of Project Development Per Hjelmsted Pedersen said.
Southern California Edison has signed a power purchase agreement to acquire energy from a 132-megawatt wind farm owned by Iberdrola in California. The project will have a total of 67 turbines. It is scheduled to begin operations by the end of 2017.
Iowa's wind farms could provide 40% of the state's total electricity by 2020, according to the Energy Department. The American Wind Energy Association said Iowa was the first state to produce 28% of its energy using wind, and, in the spring, it reached 30%. The state could further increase its installed wind capacity with wind-friendly policies, said David Ward, deputy director of strategic communications at AWEA. "One of the best ways to see a larger focus in wind energy is to have a stable policy at the federal level," he said.
Centrica has unveiled plans to sell its remaining wind assets with a combined capacity of 245 megawatts. The company said that it hopes to sell its portfolio for between $779 million and $1.6 billion. Centrica owns a stake in the Lincs offshore wind farm and the Lynn, Inner Dowsing and Glens of Foudland wind farms in the U.K.
Offshore wind projects, such as Deepwater Wind's Block Island wind farm now under construction, create reliable jobs and pump dollars into the economy, according to American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "This keeps American wind power on track to supply 20% of our electricity by 2030 while revitalizing port cities and stimulating an entirely new supply chain here in the United States. The Block Island Wind Farm is the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., and it will be far from the last," he said.
Climate change may make the Great Plains windier, and the states in it better wind energy producers, according to the journal Renewable Energy. Some of the states that may be the most affected are Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. "These states are already windy, they already have wind farms, there are records and legislation promoting more of this, so it was a happy coincidence, really, that this was also the region that we projected to get windier," said Robert Erhardt, a Wake Forest University assistant professor and one of the study's authors.
E10 has been approved for motorcycles to use for years, and it provides many benefits for riders, writes Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. Contrary to statements made by Kentucky Motorcycle Association President Jay Huber, ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard help lower gasoline prices and also help the U.S. reduce carbon emissions, White writes. While E15 has restrictions for motorcycles, "Motorcyclists have been reading pump labels for decades. They do not have to worry about voiding their warranties," he writes.