Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to supply five wind farms in France with 39 turbines for a total capacity of 104 megawatts, according to the company. "Siemens Gamesa wants to become a strong contributor to the energy model transition underway in France through the excellence, quality and guarantees offered by its products and services," said Siemens Gamesa CEO South of Europe and Africa Enrique Pedrosa.
Pattern Energy has reached a funding agreement for its 80-megawatt Stillwater project in Montana, which will use 31 2.3-megawatt turbines from Siemens Gamesa, said the company. "This successful closing of construction financing for our first wind project in Montana demonstrates our access to low-cost debt and continued attractive tax equity for our projects," President and CEO Mike Garland said.
Statoil's board has proposed changing the company's name to Equinor to indicate its "strategy and development as a broad energy company," which includes focusing on renewables, oil and gas and low-carbon energy. Shareholders will review the proposal in May.
The McLean County, Ill., Board has agreed to review a proposal for a new wind farm that would features 58 turbines and have a total capacity of 200 megawatts. The board also recently approved the 100-turbine, 250-MW McLean County Wind Energy Center.
Pentatonic has worked with New York-based Snarkitecture to develop Fractured, a line of tables and benches made entirely from material waste. The designer furniture incorporates items such as aluminum cans, food packaging lids and car bumpers.
Dell says it has recycled 1.8 billion pounds of electronic waste since 2013, putting the company on track to meet its target of collecting 2 billion pounds of e-waste by 2020. Artist Benjamin Von Wong recently partnered with Dell to create artwork from used electronics to raise awareness of the growing problem of e-waste.
Canadian company CKF's EarthCycle packaging costs more than other alternatives, but its compostable, biodegradable and recyclable attributes make the expense worthwhile, said company President Ian Anderson. Meanwhile, Coveris focuses on limiting food waste with its Freshlife modified moisture packaging, which is designed to balance fruit and vegetable respiration rates and help extend shelf life.
Companies can drive growth and innovation by including sustainability in their brand strategies, write Robert Nuttall, Sean McKnight and Elisa Niemtzow. To do so, brands can work with creative agencies to turn "abstract" sustainability goals into specific brand strategies and develop a marketing framework outlining ways that sustainability can bolster brand equity, they write.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will provide $9.75 million for studies and projects related to distributed-energy resources. The federal agency is working to encourage the use of such resources, including rooftop solar assets, instead of simply emphasizing large-scale generation, CEO Ivor Frischknecht said.
Stillwater, Minn., and other communities across the state are already benefiting from wind energy and other renewables, including their ability to deliver low-cost electricity and keep rates low, writes Don Schuld, co-chairman of Energy Working Group of Sustainable Stillwater. He writes that clean energy has grown 5.3% in Minnesota since 2015 and created more than 2,800 jobs.