Several companies are either funding projects or designing, developing or investing in new sustainable approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain. Projects run the gamut and include a new textile system, a natural dyeing facility and products manufactured in a socially and environmentally responsible way.
China-based wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind reportedly signed an agreement to provide up to 850 wind turbines in Wyoming. The company's US division will hire as many as 200 workers for the Wyoming wind farm and has offered a free training program beginning next month for anyone, including people who worked in the coal industry.
The lack of specific information about preservatives "is a major obstacle to safer chemical innovation" for companies seeking green alternatives to keep products from going bad, a new Environmental Defense Fund report says. None of the 16 preservatives analyzed made it into the "safer chemical" category.
Sustainability manager Rebekah Moses said Impossible Foods wants to reduce the environmental effect of livestock food products, which are estimated to account for 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. The company has been building a technology platform to develop plant-based meat and dairy products, "because this is one way to mitigate the fairly urgent environmental crisis associated with producing animal agriculture," she said.
GE Renewable Energy has won a contract to supply Invenergy's Santa Rita project in Texas with 120 GE 2.5-megawatt 116 90-meter turbines for a total capacity of 300 MW, said the companies. "Invenergy and GE have a long history of successfully working together to provide several gigawatts of affordable, reliable, sustainable energy," said GE Renewable Energy President and CEO of Onshore Wind Peter McCabe.
Stakeholders, including several lawmakers, are concerned that a forthcoming US Department of Energy grid reliability study has a predetermined outcome that works against wind and solar power. Critics think such a foregone conclusion would work against the future growth of businesses that have brands directly linked to renewable energy.
Brewer MillerCoors has developed a cadre of diverse public and private partners to help it meet its environmental goals by 2020. For instance, to help the company reduce water use, its partners include the federal government, barley companies and local brewers.
Wind energy's growth has been a surprise, and it will represent a third of Xcel Energy's energy portfolio by 2021, said Chairman, President and CEO Ben Fowke at WINDPOWER 2017 on Wednesday. "I don't think five or 10 years ago I'd be comfortable telling you we could not sacrifice reliability when we're going to have 35% of our energy come from wind. I'm telling you, I'm very comfortable with that today," he said.
The wind industry is optimistic that the Trump administration will speed up the process for permitting new projects, said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski and other industry leaders at AWEA's annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition. "What we're looking for is a permitting process that is predictable, that is efficient, that allows for some degree of clarity and consistency and certainty at the end," Kiernan said.
Michigan's Thumb region, which consists of Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac counties, has undergone a major boom in wind development, and some other communities in the state could also welcoming wind energy, says 5 Lakes Energy co-founder Skip Pruss. He argues that counties with agricultural economies, like Gratiot County, would greatly appreciate the benefits of wind development, especially as related costs continue to decline.