Projects featuring a combination of wind, solar and other clean energy sources are more economical than most proposed natural gas projects, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute. Companies could save ratepayers $29 billion by replacing proposed gas projects with clean energy ones, the report says.
General Electric's 12-megawatt Haliade-X prototype is expected to begin operations in the Netherlands in October, providing the company an opportunity to test a machine that could generate 45% more power than comparable models. GE will spend $400 million to develop, test and produce the model over three to five years.
Offshore wind farms like Orsted's proposed projects are a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" for Connecticut's ports, said Connecticut Port Authority Acting Chair David Kooris during an information session on Tuesday. "Opportunities can change New London -- whaling is over, but wind is coming and we have to embrace it," said state Rep. Joe de la Cruz.
Axium Infrastructure has agreed to purchase a 50% interest in each of Avangrid Renewables' 65.1-megawatt Dry Lake II Wind Farm and Copper Crossing Solar Project in Arizona, pending regulatory approval. The Dry Lake site began operations in 2010 and includes 31 S88 machines from Suzlon.
Greenbacker Renewable Energy is acquiring a majority interest in the 42.5-megawatt Elk and 37.5-MW Bethel wind projects in Iowa. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.
Orsted has kicked off operations at the 120-megawatt second phase of its Formosa 1 wind farm off the coast of Taiwan, which will eventually feature 20 6-MW turbines. Six of the total are currently producing power.
The Reputation Institute has recognized LEGO as the highest-ranking company in terms of corporate responsibility in 2019. LEGO is incorporating plant-based plastics in its products and its investments in offshore wind have helped it reach its renewables targets earlier than expected.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order on Tuesday, setting a goal for the state to completely divest from carbon-emitting energy sources by 2050. The order includes a 30% by 2030 target for clean energy.
Scientists have combined cellulose nanofibrils obtained from birch tree pulp with spider silk sourced from synthetic DNA-augmented bacteria to develop a bio-based composite material that is as strong and extensible as plastic. "In future, we could manufacture similar composites with slightly different building blocks and achieve a different set of characteristics for other applications," said Pezhman Mohammadi, research scientist at Finland's VTT Technical Research Center.
The previously extended public comment period on the Environmental Protection Agency's Regulatory Flexibility Act Section 10 review of the Renewable Fuel Standard will close Sept. 23. The agency is undergoing the review "to determine if the provisions that could affect small entities should be continued without change, or should be rescinded or amended to minimize adverse economic impacts on small entities."
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