Deepwater Wind and US Wind have agreed to conditions outlined by the Maryland Public Service Commission and will invest $115 million in manufacturing and port upgrades related to the development of the state's offshore wind industry, according to the companies, each of which is planning an offshore wind farm. US Wind project development director Paul Rich said it plans "to make Maryland the East Coast hub of a vibrant new industry."
Environmental nonprofit Canopy has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to develop the CanopyStyle Audit, the first-ever, independently verified auditing system for the rayon-viscose supply chain. The audit lets global viscose and rayon producers assess the level of risk of their fabrics originating from ancient and endangered forests.
Kimbal Musk, co-founder and CEO of Musk Foundation-supported nonprofit The Kitchen Community and brother to Elon Musk, has launched a new incubator for indoor urban farming dubbed Square Roots. The program will form another pillar of Musk's ongoing work with sustainable farming, which also includes building self-watering Learning Gardens in hundreds of US schools, a series of sustainable and locally sourced restaurants and container farming.
Wind energy has become a leading energy source in the US, but with that success come new challenges, said incoming American Wind Energy Association Chairman and EDF Renewable Energy President and CEO Tristan Grimbert at AWEA's WINDPOWER 2017. To remain competitive in the US' low-cost electricity market, Grimbert said wind would need access to a better transmission system, updated market rules and, ultimately, for the market to validate and compensate the industry for the benefits of wind generation.
Wind has had a lot of success in Texas, California, Iowa and other US states and is now advancing into Middle America, said Vestas Americas President and outgoing American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown at AWEA's WINDPOWER 2017 conference. "We're lowering our costs, making the grid more stable, creating jobs in rural and Rust Belt America, and delivering value to utilities and major corporate customers," he said.
Wyoming is home to some of the nation's best wind resources but has been slow to develop the industry due to a lack of demand and transmission lines, writes Justin Worland. That's about to change though, he writes, because new transmission projects leading to the West Coast and falling costs have helped the state land major projects from Berkshire Hathaway and Power Company of Wyoming.
RES has broken ground on EDP Renewables North America's 99.1-megawatt Redbed Plains project in Oklahoma, which will feature 48 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy turbines, said the company. "Redbed Plains marks a significant milestone for RES, as it is our eighth wind project in Oklahoma," said RES Senior Vice President of Construction Jason Zingerman.
South Sioux City, Neb., has signed a power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources in which it will begin acquiring 15 megawatts of output from the Cottonwood Wind Energy Center in January 2018. The project is expected to provide one-third of the city's electricity.
Altus, Okla., has begun offering Green Power Wind Energy, a program that allows electric customers to purchase wind power through the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority. The power is delivered from the Oklahoma Wind Energy Center and the Canadian Hills Wind Farm.
The Trump administration's proposed budget for fiscal 2018 would slash the Energy Department's budget by $3.1 billion, resulting in a 69% cut for its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Drastic funding cuts may interfere with the agency's energy research and innovation programs, which would in turn interfere with America's ability to curb its greenhouse gas emissions and develop new energy technology.
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