The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has constructed a $470 million waste-to-energy facility that creates energy from sewage solids using thermal technology. The project at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant "embodies a shift from treating used water as waste to leveraging it as a resource," said DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins.
Dominion Resources is preparing to hold a second bidding round for a two-turbine offshore wind farm in Virginia, according to the company. Meanwhile, said Dominion, a group of industry leaders and state officials will press the state General Assembly for approval. During the initial bidding round, Dominion received an offer for $230 million -- almost twice the amount it expected to spend on the project. To cut costs, Dominion said it would hire several contractors to complete different parts of the wind farm.
The $20.8 billion BP oil-spill settlement could fund about $6 billion in ecosystem and infrastructure projects along the Gulf Coast, according to estimates from Engineering News-Record. This article outlines the projects likely to benefit from the funds -- if the court approves the settlement.
Global leaders are about to meet to discuss the climate crisis -- but it will take local leadership, too, to put the planet back on track, write former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of State John Kerry. Cities account for 70% of global emissions, so mayors and other municipal leaders will have a key role to play. "Together -- city by city, country by country -- we can meet this global challenge," they write.
Invenergy Wind has secured financing for a 69-megawatt wind farm in the Scottish Highlands, according to the company. The project will feature 23 Enercon E-82 E4 turbines. It is expected to begin operations by the end of next year. "We're pleased to have reached this milestone for this important project, which represents our first project financing in Scotland," said Chief Financial Officer Jim Murphy.
The wind industry remains confident that Congress will renew the wind energy Production Tax Credit by the end of year, despite a bill proposed in the Senate on Wednesday that would end tax credits for renewables, according to American Wind Energy Association Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Rob Gramlich. "Hundreds of American businesses employing American workers have also made it clear extending these incentives is critical to plan their business and keep their doors open. We will continue to educate all members of Congress about all of wind energy's benefits to our economy," he said.
Iberdrola Renewables has signed a deal build the Amazon Wind Farm US East project on 28 acres of farmland in North Carolina owned by Farmland Partners. The project, which will power Amazon Web Services cloud data centers, will have a total capacity of 208 megawatts. "Renewable energy projects have the potential to increase the returns we generate from our farm holdings," said Farmland CEO Paul Pittman.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure into law on Wednesday that requires the state to source 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030. The rule also features a provision to boost energy efficiency in homes, factories and offices.
Deals between data centers and renewables, especially land-based wind, could drive a $1.6 billion investment in Ireland's economy, said the Irish Wind Energy Association. IWEA CEO Kenneth Matthews said the country's tax system, climate and infrastructure make it appealing for tech companies. "As Apple, Facebook and others have shown globally, renewable energy and data centers make natural partners," Matthews said.
Wind farms in Scotland generated 82% more power in September than they did during the same period the year before, according to WWF Scotland. The report said the Scottish wind farms generated enough electricity for 64% of Scottish homes, or 28% of the country's total electricity needs, including business and industry as well as homes.
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