California has lost its status as a national leader in wind development and can't afford to fall further behind, writes American Wind Energy Association California Caucus Director Danielle Osborn Mills. She argues that the state needs wind and renewables for their ability to create jobs, curb carbon emissions, increase grid stability and save consumers money on their electricity bills.
Scottish Power has been awarded contracts to build two offshore wind farms in the US, one in North Carolina and another in Massachusetts. "We've probably got the biggest offshore development pipeline of any company in America," said ScottishPower Renewables CEO Keith Anderson.
Hosting turbines can be a great opportunity for rural landowners in New York because they provide a much-needed stream of revenue while also bringing the benefits of clean energy, writes Joe Weiss. "I support the Lighthouse Wind Project as a benefit to the people who produce our food and serve as stewards of our lands and water," he writes.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision on the second phase of Renewable Energy Systems Americas' Glacier Ridge project by the end of the summer, said the regulator. RES Development Manager Matt Boys added that the project hopes to qualify for 100% of the wind energy Production Tax Credit.
Apex Clean Energy's 147-megawatt Grant Plains project in Oklahoma is finished and ready to begin commercial operations, said engineering firm OST Energy. "Their comprehensive monitoring and technical reporting validated the efforts of our project teams in getting the project up and running on schedule, and has helped to confirm that the wind farm will perform in line with expectations," said Apex Senior Director of Project Management John Stone.
Nuclear energy is cleaner than natural gas and more reliable than solar and wind power, writes the Akron Beacon Journal editorial board. It "would be a strategic blunder" to allow FirstEnergy's Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants in Ohio to shut down, the board writes.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a pair of routes for the shipment of highly enriched uranium from Canada to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The first shipment was received at the SRS in April.
The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee heard testimony last week on a bill that would provide incentives to nuclear plants for the carbon-free energy they provide. The Ohio Senate held a separate hearing for its version of the bill.
India and Russia are at the internal approval stage for a memorandum of understanding regarding the construction of two new Kudankulam nuclear plant reactors, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin plan to meet at a bilateral summit in St. Petersburg on June 1.