The US is poised for a rapid period of offshore wind development following the launch of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, according to this analysis. Chairman Bryan Martin said it was logical for Deepwater to choose a relatively small project for its first given the challenges faced by the 130-turbine Cape Wind project, adding that the firm's next offshore wind farm will be significantly larger.
To rein in climate change Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is calling for a carbon "fee" to be implemented, along with a repeal of current carbon-emission regulations. Johnson called his plan a "free-market approach to climate change."
Unilever is "blessed with leadership" not just from its top executives, but also from young, purpose-driven employees, says Jonathan Atwood, the company's vice president of sustainable business and corporate communications. "We want to make sure that we harness that energy, that we channel it into things that matter, and we make it relevant in wherever they're coming from in the company," he says.
The American Wind Energy Association, the Sierra Club and the Solar Energy Industries Association are calling on Congress to reconcile the House and Senate energy bills to pass a comprehensive package before the end of the year, according to this analysis. AWEA Senior Director of Legislative Affairs Aaron Severn added that AWEA's efforts this fall would be "educational and preparing for opportunities that may come up next year, and playing defense on the issues that still could come up before the end of the year."
Three US-based firms and a delegation from Taiwan have signed a memorandum of understanding to design and develop a new foundation for offshore wind turbines that is more durable. The groups said that the finished product should be strong enough to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The UK and Germany, which account for 40% and 27% of the world's 12-gigawatt installed offshore wind capacity, contribute to Europe's overall status as a global hotspot for offshore wind development, according to this analysis. The Global Wind Energy Council said that offshore wind farms represented 24% of all wind-related projects in the EU last year.
Vestas is preparing to sign a deal with the Egyptian government that may give it the right to add 2.2 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in the country. "Vestas is continuing discussions with the authorities and we expect ... to sign the cooperation agreement, some time shortly after the trip, maybe during," said Chief Press Officer Michael Zarin.
General Electric may submit a formal offer to acquire Areva and Gamesa's joint venture Adwen as early as Thursday, sources say. Observers say that Senvion may also be preparing a bid.
Ford Motor Co. has doubled the size of its Silicon Valley team developing autonomous vehicles, looking toward providing such vehicles for ride-sharing services in five years. The automotive giant is partnering with four startups and is expanding its research facility in Palo Alto.
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