Nobutada Saji is the chairman of Suntory -- a Japanese spirits-maker -- and the man responsible for the company's new corporate message: "Living with water." The message encapsulates Saji's vision for the company in the era of environment: a business that protects water and creates harmony with nature.
The House of Representatives' tax bill and its provision to change the wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout, if signed into law, would harm the US economy, according to American Wind Energy Association spokesman Evan Vaughan. Vaughan said the measure would hurt rural economies and result in a loss of jobs, especially in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Climate change will wreak havoc on sensitive crops such as coffee, and without adequate planning and groundwork, that will become a disaster for the poor farmers growing them. Adapting to this disaster requires forethought, such as training farmers for replacement crops and new techniques in a multiphase approach to help make the transition smoother for the global economy and less punishing to local farmers.
MHI Vestas decided to partner with Clemson University to test its V164 9.5-megawatt offshore wind turbine's drive train because of the school's commitment to renewables and conservation, said Senior Director of Technology Jakob Sobye. Several challenges remain, the biggest of which may be that rules and regulations differ from state to state.
Clean Line Energy Partners has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to expedite its decision on the proposed 780-mile Grain Belt Express -- a transmission line that would carry wind energy through Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana -- by bypassing a decision from a state appeals court. Clean Line Director of Development Mark Lawlor said the state Supreme Court has the ability to intercede and make a ruling at any point in the appellate process.
Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwestern Public Service is seeking approval for its proposed 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in New Mexico -- a project that it argues will create jobs, save consumers money, yield tax benefits and produce clean energy. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will hear testimony on the project next week, including from critics who question the project's effect on prairie chicken populations.
PNE Wind has raised about $29 million to support 200 megawatts' worth of new wind projects in Germany and France, said the company. It said it's already broken ground on 43 MW of that total.
Turbine gearbox producer Moventas will expand its plant in Big Spring, Texas, as part of a "strategic investment aimed at further strengthening" its service offering, said the company. The project will include the addition of a new workshop and warehouse designed to repair and test gearboxes up to 3 megawatts, it said.
The Southwest Power Pool sourced a record-breaking 52.1% of its total electricity from wind at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, smashing its North American record of 49.2%, according to the grid operator. SPP added that its network's installed wind capacity climbed from 12 gigawatts to more than 16 GW in 2016 alone.
Deepwater Wind has pledged $1 million to a new University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth study that will research how the offshore wind and fishing industries can exist side-by-side. Deepwater said its sponsorship is contingent upon securing a power purchase agreement with state utilities for its proposed 144-megawatt Revolution Wind offshore wind project.