Auto dealers are holding back the electric-vehicle sector and pushing auto buyers into gas-fueled vehicles instead of plug-ins and hybrids. Part of the reason could be that EVs have fewer complex moving parts and hence generate less business for dealers' lucrative service sections.
Ben & Jerry's is using internal carbon pricing to help dairy farmers invest in on-site renewable-energy technologies and other ways of curbing their emissions, says CEO Jostein Solheim. "We're not sitting in the office and demanding they change," Solheim explains. "We're putting hard cash on the table."
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Environmental Protection have issued a draft for an updated Energy Master Plan that blocks offshore wind growth. "While the future may bring change, offshore wind in the US is not economically viable at this time," the report said. The plan also includes a renewable energy target of 22.5% by 2021 and a focus on clean energy projects. The public comment period on the measure will run through Friday.
Climate change and renewables are two of the main issues dividing the 2016 presidential candidates, according to this analysis. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have expressed support for clean energy, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would cut tax credits for renewables. "Everywhere you look, from New York's Wall Street to Iowa's Main Street, voters are ready for real climate action and the clean energy revolution," said Sierra Club Political Director Khalid Pitts.
Cape Wind has asked a US court to drop an appeal against its proposed 468-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed the appeal claiming the project would have a negative impact on some migratory birds. Cape Wind said that ongoing legal disputes regarding the project have interfered with its ability to secure financing and maintain its power purchase agreements.
The Crown Estate, a property owner in the UK, has developed an interactive map that shows how much of the nation's energy needs are being met by offshore wind farms at any given time. The map includes all 27 of the UK's offshore wind farms, which feature about 1,500 turbines. "We hope this map will inspire greater understanding of this sector, which is on course to meet 10 per cent of the UK's electricity demand by 2020," said Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure Huub den Rooijen.
Siemens has won contracts supply three wind farms in Scotland with a total of 47 turbines. The projects will have a combined capacity of 126 megawatts. Forty-five of the turbines will go to ScottishPower Renewables for its Dersalloch and Ewe Hill projects. Community Windpower will use the remaining two units at the Millour Hill community wind farm.
Acciona has received an order to supply a 66-megawatt wind farm in Brazil with turbines. The project will feature Acciona's AW125/3000 model, said the company. Acciona added that the contract includes a five-year service and maintenance deal.
Iberdrola Renewables is seeking a two-year extension to begin construction on the 404-megawatt Montague wind farm in Oregon. If approved, the project's start date would be pushed from September 2015 to September 2017, giving Iberdrola until September 2020 to complete it. Officials in Oregon have asked regulators to approve the proposal.
Canadian pipeline firm Enbridge has purchased the New Creek Wind Project in Grant County, W.Va., for $200 million. The project will feature 49 Gamesa turbines and is expected to begin operations in December 2016. "The New Creek Wind Project is a strong fit within our low-risk value proposition and advances a key corporate priority of growing our renewable generation platform," said Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning and Chief Development Officer Vern Yu.
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