Nearly 6.3 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity came online in the US in 2017, expanding the energy source to account for 6.3% of total net generation in the country, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report added that total net generation in the US declined 1.5% in 2017 due to weakened demand.
The US Atlantic Coast has so much potential for offshore wind development that the energy source could meet the region's annually electricity needs four times over, according to Environment America and Frontier Group. The report said that 12 of the 14 states could source more than 100% of their electricity needs from offshore wind.
The administration of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland Public Service Commission must come to a decision that ultimately modernizes the state's grid and enables it to meet its 25% by 2020 renewables goal, writes Chelsea Henderson. "With the market continually reducing the price of renewables, especially given the state's climate pollution reduction commitments, a modernized grid only makes sense," she writes.
Omers Infrastructure Management in Canada has reached a deal to acquire US-based Leeward Renewable Energy and its 1.7-gigawatt wind portfolio, which includes 19 operational wind sites in the US. "Our team looks forward to continuing to operate our sizable portfolio safely, developing additional greenfield projects and executing on innovative re-powering initiatives to build Leeward into an industry leader for years to come," said Leeward CEO Greg Wolf.
Pattern Energy has launched a 33-megawatt wind farm in Japan that it has jointly developed with Green Power Investment. The Ohorayama project on the Japanese island of Shikoku has 11 General Electric 3-MW turbines and a 20-year power purchase agreement with Shikoku Electric Power, said Pattern.
UK-based Scour Prevention Systems has secured a full US patent to offer its scour prevention mattresses anti-scour product in the US. The company said the system was designed to prevent scour and related damage on offshore wind structures and cables, and is already in use at some North Sea sites.
Nathaniel Mayo has joined Vineyard Wind as the firm's new manager of policy and development and, among his tasks, will focus on community outreach in Cape Cod and the Massachusetts South Coast, according to Vineyard. Vineyard is in the early stages of developing an offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
A New Jersey legislative committee has approved a measure that has the potential to revive a proposed offshore wind farm from Fishermen's Energy, moving it to the full Assembly for review. "There is a new governor now, new leadership and a new sense of optimism in New Jersey," said Fishermen's Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Paul Gallagher.
Organic Valley is poised to become the world's largest food company to use only renewable electricity sources, writes Erin Callahan. Other natural-products companies that have made climate efforts include Guayaki, which has been carbon-positive for 22 years, and Straus Family Creamery, which built the first full-scale electric feed truck.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has set new sustainability goals for 2025 after reaching its previous targets. The company will use packaging that is returnable or made mostly from recycled content for 100% of its products, as well as curtail carbon emissions by 25% throughout its value chain.
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