Xcel Energy is seeking approval to build four new wind farms -- three in Minnesota and one in North Dakota -- that would add 750 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its network. Xcel said the proposal is part of its greater plan to add 1,500 MW to its footprint by 2020.
General Electric's acquisition of LM Wind Power, which is expected to close next year, will create new opportunities for the company in renewable energy development, said Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt. "[Between] us and LM, we've got good technology that can really innovate in the industry," he said.
Lawmakers should propose legislation that would promote the use of biofuel among consumers and retailers, not serve the interests of foreign oil companies that use fossil fuels, writes retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, senior adviser to VoteVets.org. Eaton notes that to achieve energy security, "we cannot allow entrenched fossil fuel interests to set a legal cap on their only real competition," and he cites the importance of creating a public policy that protects consumers.
The Cherokee Nation should embrace wind and clean energy development because it benefits the environment and Oklahoma's economy and forms a basis for the ongoing stewardship of the land, writes Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "Wind energy is pollution free, doesn't require fuel or water, and the land beneath the wind farm will still be used for agricultural purposes," he writes.
Lake Erie Energy Development has secured engineering services from Offshore Design Engineering for its 20.7-megawatt Icebreaker offshore wind project off the coast of Cleveland in Lake Erie, according to the companies. "We regard the Icebreaker project as a critical component in the development of the US offshore wind industry," said ODE Managing Director Peter Godfrey.
Renewables accounted for more than 50% of the world's new generating capacity last year -- surpassing fossil fuels for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency. "We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as is the case with other fields, the center of gravity for renewable growth is moving to emerging markets," said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.
Duke Energy Carolinas has issued a call for wind, solar and other clean energy projects that would add 750,000 megawatt-hours of electricity to its service area. Observers say that the added capacity would help the company comply with a 2007 North Carolina mandate requiring that 12.5% of the company's total retail sales come from clean energy sources by 2021.
The Walt Disney Co. and Dole Food Co. are teaming up for a public relations push using Star Wars, Pixar, Disney and Marvel characters to promote natural produce and healthy eating habits. "It's rare that two iconic brands with as much passion and potential for improving the way America and the world eats can come together to make positive change," said Bil Goldfield, Dole's director of communications.
Invenergy has proposed a new transmission project that would bring at least 500 megawatts of installed wind and solar capacity into the Long Island Power Authority's grid. The Clean Energy Link project would source the electricity from a series of projects in North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania that have a combined capacity of 701 MW through the Poseidon undersea cable.
As more corporate leaders get on board with sustainability efforts, Tensie Whelan and Carly Fink have a message for those still skeptical about such programs. "Executives can no longer afford to approach sustainability as a 'nice to have' or as solid function separated from the 'real' business," they write.
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