KIRKBI, the parent company of toy brand Lego, will invest about $876 million in a pair of offshore wind farms under development by Dong Energy in Germany and the UK, said CEO Soren Thorup Sorensen. "We would like to see these wind turbines up and running first, but we definitely have an appetite for more, and we're constantly looking for possible investment opportunities," he said.
Coffee company Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA partnered with Minnesota recycling company JavaCycle to make commercial fertilizer out of coffee-bean waste. The fertilizer pellets are made from coffee chaff as well as soybean and bone meal, and will be available on Amazon.
The West Coast will continue to pursue clean energy development and support action on climate change regardless of the Trump administration's rollback the Clean Power Plan, wrote the governors of Washington, Oregon and California and mayors from some of the West Coast's largest cities in a letter on Tuesday. "The Trump administration is sabotaging the United States' chances of becoming the world's clean energy superpower in order to line the pockets of polluters," said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
The European Commission has granted Vattenfall approval to build its 600-megawatt Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark. "The Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm will help to cut carbon dioxide emissions while the support is carefully designed to avoid distorting competition in electricity markets," said European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.
Danish wind technology firm Bladena has named Anders Soe-Jensen, who previously served as the CEO of offshore wind at both General Electric and Vestas, as its new chairman and joint owner. "I will draw on my experience in the industry and establish contacts in the right places with the right people and develop Bladena's strategy," he said.
Vattenfall plans to spend about $1.91 billion on land-based and offshore wind from now until the end of 2018 and add at least 2,300 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity to its portfolio by 2020, according to an investment strategy released by the company Tuesday. "Fossil fuels are not a viable long-term option, either for a world committed to solving the climate problem or as part of the Vattenfall of tomorrow," said CEO Magnus Hall.
An amended turbine siting bill passed by the North Dakota House of Representatives last week is an effective compromise, said state Rep. Mike Brandenburg. He argues that the bill provides a mechanism for towns and counties to advance wind farms while still setting new boundaries for the industry's development.
Prices of Renewable Identification Number credits for D6 renewable fuel rose from 40 cents to 50 cents each a day before the delayed implementation of the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard requirements on March 21. RIN credits for biomass-based diesel also increased, from 96.5 cents to $1.01 each.
POET Biorefining will decide by month's end whether it will expand one of its existing 27 corn-based ethanol plants, with Marion County, Ohio, as one of the possible expansion sites. The expansion, which is estimated to cost $120 million to $130 million, would double the facility's ethanol production to 145 million to 150 million gallons annually, and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018.
Italian green chemical company GFBiochemicals and biotech company American Process will partner for the construction of a cellulosic biorefinery that could produce as much as 200,000 tons of levulinic acid annually, according to the companies' statement. GFBiochemicals will use American Process' cellulosic sugars for the production of levulinic acid, a plant-derived chemical that can be used for environmentally friendly fuels, food preservatives and plastics.
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