The Tennessee Valley Authority shouldn't sign a power purchase agreement with Clean Line Energy Partners' 700-mile Plains and Eastern Clean Line because its unnecessary and would increase electricity costs, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Clean Line Executive Vice President Mario Hurtado said the line is actually a privately financed infrastructure project and would create jobs while reducing electricity rates.
During 2016, the US added more than 10.5 gigawatts of solar energy to the grid, and the country is on track to install an additional 8 gigawatts this year. While land west of the Rocky Mountains provided more than 77% of the country's solar power, according to the US Energy Information Administration, areas in Florida, Georgia and Minnesota are becoming more aggressive in their solar energy projects.
To promote its new line of hydrogen-fueled cars, Toyota will release a billboard campaign in California that cleans harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions from the surrounding air. The 37 Toyota Mirai billboards will stay up from April 3 through May 28 and will scrub 24,960 square feet of air.
Whirlpool and One Energy expect to begin erecting three 1.5-megawatt Goldwind turbines at Whirlpool's factory in Marion, Ohio, this year, according to the companies. "Whirlpool will be the No. 1 user of wind energy in the US once these projects are up and running," said One Energy General Manager Jereme Kent, referencing two other projects the duo partnered on late last year.
Republican governors in Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and other states are continuing to implement clean energy agendas despite the Trump administration's pending executive order to abolish the Clean Power Plan, writes Dick Munson, director of Midwest clean energy for the Environmental Defense Fund. Munson argues that their work shows that clean energy is increasingly becoming a matter of market forces, not partisan conflict, and that the Trump administration should take note.
E.ON has unveiled plans to add a wind farm in Brandenburg, Germany, to its virtual power plant -- a 3.8-gigawatt system that bundles electricity from renewables and industrial energy sources, the company said. E.ON said the wind farm would add balancing power to the system.
Iberdrola launched an operation and maintenance facility in Sassnitz, Germany, that will provide services for the 350-megawatt Wikinger offshore wind project, according to the company. The project, which is expected to begin operations this year, will feature 70 5-MW offshore wind turbines from Adwen.
Offshore wind development is making progress off Long Island, but the industry will still face several challenges along the way, writes Gregory Zeller. Even though Stony Brook University's Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and the Long Island Power Authority have recently taken action to advance offshore wind, Zeller argues that concerns from the fishing industry and other groups could become a problem.
One in five hiring managers around the world say that there is a lack of new talent in the renewable energy sector, which could be the result of poor planning, according to Airswift and Energy Jobline's Global Energy Talent Index. Instead of seeing this trend as a problem, Energy Jobline Managing Director Hannah Peet said most study participants were glad to recognize the problem early on and view it as an opportunity to expand the workforce.
Lawmakers and trade groups are preparing for President Donald Trump's executive order targeting climate change and the Clean Power Plan, which is expected to come any day, write Timothy Cama and Devin Henry. Observers say that the order may be more far-reaching than previously expected, but must have a firm legal basis to stand on.
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