Sixty out of almost 200 nations representing 47.5% of the world's total carbon dioxide emissions have ratified the Paris climate accord, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The rule will go into effect once 55% of the world's emissions are represented.
Xcel Energy has issued a request for proposals to add up to 1,500 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its network in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the company. "We're already the nation's leading utility wind energy provider, but today, we take another major step to transform our energy fleet to cleaner, more renewable energy sources; reduce our carbon footprint; and do so at an affordable cost," said Chris Clark, president Xcel Energy -- Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Wind, solar and energy efficiency measures are becoming increasingly mainstream and relevant in the lives of political conservatives, according to a report from the Young Conservatives for Clean Energy Reform and the Christian Coalition. "It's a regular and growing part of their lives, and they want their elected leaders to support renewable energy in common-sense ways that grow the economy, promote energy independence and defend American families from pollution," Young Conservatives founder Michele Combs said.
Clean Line Energy Partners' Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project has been a boon for Oklahoma's growing wind industry, according to this analysis. Observers say the 700-mile project, which has generated more than $1 billion worth of investments in the state, will strengthen Oklahoma's position as a national leader in wind development.
Middough has agreed to provide interconnector engineering services for the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s six-turbine offshore Icebreaker project in Lake Erie, said the company. The project is expected to have a total capacity of 20.7 megawatts.
Lawmakers in Wyoming voted against a bill on Thursday that would increase taxes on wind generation. Intermountain Wind CEO Paul Martin said a tax hike could deter future investments.
Nanoscale particles make up a coating about one-tenth of a millimeter thick that reduces metal-on-metal friction in engines and boosts fuel efficiency by about 3%. The development by Daimler engineers and Heller Brothers machinists competing for the 2016 German Future Prize also cancels the need for parts made of special alloys, making for smaller and lighter engines.
Gender diversity in the top ranks of the corporate world can help spur innovation and sustainable business practices. "Women-owned businesses truly are a vehicle for change," writes Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO of B. Accountability.
NextEra Energy Resources is 65% finished building the 87-turbine Brady Wind I project in North Dakota, and has begun pouring the turbine foundations at the nearby 72-turbine Brady Wind II project, according to the company. Project Director Melissa Hochmuth attributed NextEra's rapid progress on the projects to the experience it gained while working on more than 100 US wind farms.
Wind energy is a low-cost, homegrown energy source that enjoys strong, bipartisan support and is helping the US work toward energy independence, according to American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. He added that he expects the industry to continue to grow for the immediate future, bolstered by the five-year wind energy Production Tax Credit, Clean Power Plan and broad support from 81% self-identified conservative voters.
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