The US added 520 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the first quarter of 2016, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The report said 2016's first-quarter results are the most in a first quarter since 2012. It added that the US is home to more than 48,000 active turbines across a total of 40 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico. "Our productive first quarter reflects the strength of American wind power entering 2016. We have a low-cost product that's in high demand," said CEO Tom Kiernan.
Siemens has won a contract to supply ScottishPower Renewables' East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm off the coast of England with 102 7-megawatt turbines. The project will have a total capacity of 714 MW. "This represents the largest single order ever for our direct-drive, 7-megawatt wind turbine. The decision to go with our innovative wind turbines underscores the contribution made by these units to reducing the costs of offshore wind power," said Siemens Offshore Wind CEO Michael Hannibal.
Duke Energy has set a goal to expand its portfolio of wind, solar and biomass capacity to 8,000 megawatts by 2020 -- a 33% increase from its 2013 goal of 6,000 MW. "Renewable energy will continue to be a growing part of our generation mix in the future," said Vice President of Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Strategy Cari Boyce. At the end of last year, Duke said it sourced electricity from an installed renewable capacity of 4,400 MW.
Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Maine and Texas A&M University are working on a project that would reduce the costs associated with developing wind farms with floating offshore turbines. The project, supported by a $497,341 pledge from the National Science Foundation, aims to develop a mooring system that would anchor multiple turbines together, eliminating the need for individual systems.
Southern Power will continue to drive growth by expanding its wind portfolio, according to parent company Southern. "I bet you we'll be bigger than that in '17 and '18. You'll still see solar. You will see more wind than we've traditionally done in the past would be my guess," said Southern Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Fanning. He added that he expects the wind energy Production Tax Credit extension to continue to drive renewable energy growth.
Wind will continue to play a key role as the US continues to transition to a clean energy economy, writes the editorial board of the St. Joseph News-Press. Utilities like Kansas City Power & Light are already embracing renewable energy development by signing power purchase agreements with wind farms, argues the board. "This enthusiasm speaks to the utility's belief in renewable fuels as an important part of its 'energy mix,' but more so to what regulators and its investors want," it writes.
Regulators in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, have approved Acciona Windpower Brasil's request to break ground on a new wind turbine factory. Acciona will use the factory to produce turbines for a turbine supply deal it has in place with Atlantic Energias Renovaveis. The project will use 51 AW 125/3000 turbines from Acciona.
Tata Power Renewable Energy has begun operations at a 44-megawatt wind farm in Madhya Pradesh, India. "The commissioning of 44 MW wind farm project fortifies Tata Power's vision of generating significant percentage of its total generation capacity from clean energy sources," said Managing Director and CEO Anil Sardana.
Americans toss out 3 billion batteries a year, and Energizer has been pioneering new ways to recycle them. The company's EcoAdvanced batteries contain 4% recycled material -- and while that might seem miniscule, it's a huge step forward for the sector, says Marcus Boolish, the company's director of regulatory and government affairs.
United Technologies has more than halved its water consumption over the past two decades, even as the company's revenues have tripled, says chief sustainability officer John Mandyck. "We've set big goals at the corporate level. Others can do this too. We’ve proven sustainability works," he says.
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