India has pledged to reduce its carbon intensity by 35% by 2030 and to get at least 40% of its energy from renewable sources by then. "Though India is not part of the problem, it wants to be part of the solution," said Prakash Javadekar, the nation's environment minister.
The Unilever brand has gone from strength to strength since the company started to take sustainability seriously, says Unilever marketing chief Keith Weed. "There does seem to be a genuine interest in a company that is trying. We're certainly not always succeeding. But we're trying to learn from it," Weed said.
One Wind signed a deal to service a 165-megawatt wind farm in Texas. The company, formerly known as Eon WindElectric, said it would recruit engineers and technicians for the project. "We are pleased to expand our presence in the US wind energy market and open an office in Texas to support our growing team there," said President Paul Pynn.
An Irish judge has ruled in favor of a proposed 16-turbine wind farm in North Tipperary, Ireland. He said a proper environmental assessment had been completed for the project, despite the claims of two residents, and that ESB Wind Development would replace any habitat lost to turbine placement over the lifetime of the wind farm.
Digging turbine foundations on land belonging to the Osage Nation in Oklahoma doesn't violate the group's tribal mineral rights, according to US District Judge James Payne. In November, the Interior Department and the tribe filed a case against Enel Green Power, claiming that the company should have filed for permits before removing limestone and other minerals from tribal lands. The judge said such a rule would have to apply to every person who dug a hole in Osage County.
Black Hills Energy is waiting to hear from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on its proposal to build a 60-megawatt wind farm in Huerfano County. Several parties originally disputed the proposal, but Black Hills reached a settlement with those groups last week. "We've identified, or projected, $34 million in customer savings in the first 10 years of the project, so we see that as a real value," said Black Hills Senior External Affairs Manager Bret Jones.
Renewables are expected to add 700 gigawatts to the world's installed capacity over the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency. The report said as renewables become more cost-competitive, total investment will likely decline 15%, hitting $230 billion a year by 2020, though installations will increase. "Governments must remove the question marks over renewables if these technologies are to achieve their full potential," Executive Director Fatih Birol said.
Cape Wind remains hopeful that its proposed 468-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts will become a reality, despite losing power purchase agreements in January, said Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Dennis Duffy at the American Wind Energy Association's Offshore WINDPOWER 2015 Conference in Maryland. Duffy said the company has appealed a claim that the project didn't receive proper federal approval. The Independent System Operator of New England and the Massachusetts Energy Siting Board have granted the project a two-year extension.
Keystone Engineering has agreed to design the foundation for a meteorological mast to be used by US Wind. The tower will be installed off coast of Maryland in US Wind's lease area to collect data for a 500-megawatt offshore wind farm proposed by the company. Keystone said it will be the second such mast foundation it has designed for the US offshore wind industry.
The US has offshore projects with a combined capacity of more than 15,500 megawatts under various stages of development, and 3,305 MW of that total will likely be operational by 2020, said the Energy Department at the American Wind Energy Association's Offshore WINDPOWER 2015 Conference. Offshore wind could become a key player in the nation's energy mix, argue experts, but would need stable policy, like like long-term renewable energy tax credits. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said the industry has strong bipartisan support, which he expects to endure through the 2016 election.
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