Starbucks has teamed with Closed Loop Partners in a challenge to inventors to develop a more sustainable coffee cup. The chain's customers account for about 1% of the 600 billion paper and plastic cups used annually around the world, and the $10 million NextGen Cup Challenge will seek a fully compostable cup over the next three years.
Efficiency measures are helping the US curb its energy consumption and that, combined with renewables growth, has led to declines in coal and natural gas over the past year, writes John Timmer, citing Energy Information Agency data. Renewables, including biomass, account for more than 18% of US electrical generation.
A bill that would temporarily block wind farms near New York's Fort Drum from receiving state support is unnecessary because state and federal systems, such as the Defense Department's Siting ClearingHouse, already oversee energy development near military sites, according to separate statements from the Natural Resources Defense Council and veterans Dave Belote and Jon Powers. The legislation could also "stifle economic growth in the area and prevent hundreds of clean energy jobs from being created," said the NRDC.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted the request of the American Wind Energy Association and 10 other industry groups and extended the timeline for them to comment on its resiliency docket 30 days until May 9. "The 30-day extension requested by the Energy Industry Associations will help ensure that a robust record is developed on the resilience issues identified by the Commission in this docket," wrote the groups.
Vineyard Wind and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology have formed a partnership to study the state of Massachusetts' coastal fisheries before and after offshore wind development. Vineyard Chief Development Officer Erich Stephens said the goal is "to begin to establish a robust body of knowledge that will benefit the American offshore wind industry and the fishing community for decades to come."
US Wind has selected Gulf Island Fabrication to erect a meteorological mast tower and platform to test wind conditions in its offshore wind zone off the coast of Ocean City, Md. "These projects support our efforts to diversify our company within our reporting segments as we continue to look for ways to provide opportunities for our employees and value-added returns for our shareholders," said Gulf Island President and CEO Kirk Meche.
The McLean County, Ill., Board has approved EDP Renewables' 200-megawatt, 58-turbine Bright Stalk Wind Farm, which will be built near Chenoa. The project is expected to begin operations by the end of 2022.
Suzlon has developed a new, 63-meter-long turbine blade for India's wind market. Suzlon Group Chief Technology Officer Duncan Koerbel says it "is the longest and most efficient aerodynamic blade Suzlon has ever produced."
A New Jersey legislative committee is scheduled to review a bill Thursday that would ease the permitting process for offshore wind farms and potentially revive a 24-megawatt pilot offshore wind project from Fishermen's Energy. "It's a good effort to diversify our energy portfolio," said bill sponsor Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, adding that he expects Gov. Phil Murphy to support the proposal.
Several regulatory agencies in New York have written a letter to Invenergy Wind North America detailing 19 pages of deficiencies regarding its proposed Number Three Wind Farm that must be resolved before the project can undergo a state review. "We are working closely with the agencies to clarify and address the items they listed and hope to have responses turned in within about six weeks," said Invenergy Manager of Renewable Development Marguerite Wells.
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