Sempra US Gas & Power has purchased the 100-megawatt Apple Blossom wind farm in Michigan from Geronimo Energy, according to the companies. The project, which is expected to begin operations next year, has a 15-year power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy.
The Body Shop is using "gorilla" marketing to promote its Bio-Bridges campaign by creating Tinder profiles for Reggie, a red-shanked douc monkey from Vietnam. The company hopes to create wildlife corridors in damaged ecosystems that can help primates and other animals find mates.
Former surface coal mines in West Virginia and other states may be suitable sites for wind energy projects, according to West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center Director George Carico. The team has identified some mountain-top sites that would be perfect for wind development, though technology advances would be required to make wind feasible in areas with lower wind speeds.
The largest 25 wind farms in Illinois contribute $30.4 million in property taxes and $13.86 million for landowners via land leases each year, according to Illinois State University. Lead author and ISU Center for Renewable Energy Director David Loomis said stable policies, like updating the state's renewable portfolio standard, could increase the economic benefit of wind development.
The Cuyahoga County Council in Ohio has introduced a plan that would allow it to acquire output from a project under development in Lake Erie by Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. for a 20-year period. According to the proposal, the county would purchase electricity from Cleveland Public Power, which has already agreed to purchase 25% of the 21-megawatt wind farm's total output.
A lack of transmission infrastructure and a proposed tax increase on wind generation are a couple of the factors challenging wind development in Wyoming, according to this analysis. University of Wyoming professor Robert Godby touted the state's potential for wind development, but said an auction would likely be needed to arrange the power purchase agreements necessary to facilitate several proposed projects.
Japanese investment firm Itochu has offered to acquire a stake in a hybrid wind and solar project being developed by Apex Clean Energy in Texas, according to the company. The 217-megawatt project is expected to feature a 201.6-MW wind farm and 15.4-MW solar facility.
Advancing technology and market trends are responsible for the decline of coal in North Dakota -- not wind development, writes Chris Kunkle. Rather than trying to combat the state's shift toward renewables, state leaders should be happy that market forces are driving an industry that already employs almost 3,000 North Dakotans and generates millions of dollars per year in new tax revenue, he argues.
Milwaukee is helping to drive building energy efficiency by forging partnerships with stakeholders, says Erick Shambarger, the city's director of environmental sustainability. "Cities are really in a great position to lead. We have the leadership on the ground and the partnerships as well," he says.
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