General Motors has signed two 100-megawatt power purchase agreements, one with Starwood Energy's Northwest Ohio project in Ohio, and another with Swift Current Energy's HillTopper wind farm in Illinois, according to the company. GM said that once the projects become operational, 20% of its global electricity needs will be sourced from renewables.
Large corporations such as Walmart and Mars strive to be Earth-friendly while also growing their businesses, seemingly putting them at odds with their in-house sustainability missions. "We're expanding our footprint, but we believe that our model ... actually optimizes and lowers the footprint to deliver the same amount of product to people," said Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart's chief sustainability officer.
Shoe brand company Vans has built its first global headquarters office in Southern California with a focus on sustainability. Kim Matsoukas, Vans' senior manager of sustainability and social responsibility, talks about the quest for LEED certification and some of the sustainability aspects of the office.
Clothing retailer Eileen Fisher has opened a two-week gallery display in Brooklyn to market its Renew line of recycled, high-end clothing and zero-waste practices. It also promotes the upcoming opening of an adjacent store.
The Missouri Public Service Commission will not reconsider Clean Line Energy Partners' proposed 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission line after rejecting the project in August. Clean Line said it's preparing to appeal the decision and has added former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as a legal adviser.
Developers must take care when bidding to build offshore wind farms in Germany and other countries that don't offer government support because if they fail to deliver the industry's reputation will suffer, said Statoil New Energy Solutions Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff at Bloomberg New Energy Finance's summit in London on Tuesday. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Senior Vice President Thomas Karst also cautioned against the model, adding that Germany may not have the right regulations in place to ensure developers follow through on their bids.
Alterra Power has purchased Jawbone Wind Energy's 40-megawatt Jawbone project in Kern County, Calif., which is on track to quality for 100% of the wind energy Production Tax Credit, according to the companies. "We're extremely pleased to acquire Jawbone, representing one of the few viable opportunities to build new wind generation in California," said CEO John Carson.
Measure, a US-based drone service operator, is expanding its roster to include inspection services for US wind farms, including preventative maintenance, according to the company. "Our drone-based inspections provide multiple advantages that can help wind farm operators operate at peak capacity," said Vice President of Energy Infrastructure Harjeet Johal.
ENGIE in partnership with investment group Abraaj will add up to 1 gigawatt of installed wind capacity in India as the country moves to triple its installed renewable energy capacity by 2022, said the company. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in green energy sources as part of supporting the country with its sustainable development plans," said ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia CEO Sebastien Arbola.
France is on track to have the second largest wind generating capacity in Europe after Germany by 2030, according to WindEurope. "We estimate that by 2030, thanks to the policies of the current government, France will overtake the United Kingdom and Spain in terms of installed capacity," said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.
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