Avangrid Renewables is working to get more women involved in wind energy through a scholarship program at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D., that is awarded annually to a female student pursuing a degree in the field. This year's winner, Mashana Washington, is expected to receive her associate of applied science degree in wind energy technology in May.
Ohio legislators should carefully consider a proposed bill from state Sen. Matt Dolan that would ease Ohio's setback requirements for wind turbines, thereby spurring the industry's development, writes the editorial board of The Courier in Findlay, Ohio. "Dolan's bill would encourage investment because it would allow more turbines, yet, under the bill, county officials would still retain the ability to control the size of wind farms since they can set up special tax rules," it writes.
A microgrid built around a number of fuel cell-powered plants is more robust than our current electrical grid and about twice as efficient. In Bridgeport, Conn., FuelCell Energy is using cells based on natural gas to help power the University of Bridgeport emissions-free -- and about 10% cheaper than the state power company.
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board reporting system in conjunction with the Global Reporting Initiative helps give investors a complete picture of a company's costs. The accessibility of SASB and increasing investor demand for transparency could see it go mainstream in the next couple of years.
More than 50% of corporations are exposed to environmental issues such as water scarcity, 47% see their performance affected by their power plans and 70% of US businesses are directly affected by product life cycle management. These businesses would benefit immensely from more sustainable practices, but they need to see and understand the metrics before they can move, writes Alessia Falsarone.
Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell has transformed her company through a radical focus on customer demands, including helping people go off-grid with Tesla batteries and other green technology. Powell's focus on new systems and consumers has also helped keep costs down and roughly tripled the number of customers since 2008.
Enacting an offshore wind plan that helps New Jersey build a stronger economy, protect the environment and combat climate change is a top priority for Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, writes Jeanne Fox, co-chair of Murphy's Energy and Environment Transition Team. "Offshore wind, with zero carbon emissions, will help the state reduce greenhouse gases resulting from the reliance on fossil fuels, and will set New Jersey on a new path toward a clean energy future," she writes.
Two years after the Paris climate accord, major investors -- managing $26.3 trillion in assets -- are putting pressure on the world's biggest polluters. They're encouraging greenhouse gas reductions throughout supply chains and better disclosure among other systematic changes.
The World Health Organization estimates poor mental health costs the global economy $1 trillion a year, so it's necessary employers create a culture where people feel as uninhibited to discuss mental health as they do physical health, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Listen to people and thank them for confiding, she writes, but avoid giving advice or pep talks.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to stall the US' transition to a clean energy economy, and his agenda could have dire consequences for Oklahoma where the wind industry employs tens of thousands of individuals, writes Mike Carr, executive director of New Energy America. "[T]he fastest growing source of energy in America is wind, and it's powering the fastest growing career in the country," he writes.