Clearway Energy has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with utility Avista for 50 megawatts of output from its 144-MW Rattlesnake Flat Wind project underway in Washington state. "Recent market changes, including reductions in the cost of wind power facilities and tax incentives that remain in effect, have combined to make this an excellent time to acquire long-term output from a cost-effective wind resource," says Avista Senior Vice President of Energy Resources Jason Thackston.
New Xcel Energy wind farms are underway in North Dakota, bringing in millions worth of lease payments for landowners and divesting from carbon generation while maintaining grid reliability, writes Mark Nisbet, principal manager of Xcel Energy North Dakota. "At Xcel Energy, we're working hard to ensure that all North Dakotans benefit from wind energy: good jobs and economic advantages, plus decades of affordable electricity thanks to free, clean fuel," he writes.
Texas is a wind energy powerhouse, writes Krier Consulting Principal Joe Krier, praising the industry for its ability to attract investments, create jobs and infuse revenue into schools, rural communities and small towns. "Today, our wind energy industry is a model for other states, an example of how to make the most of a resource in a way that respects the land and creates broad economic benefit," he writes.
The Navy is expected to release site-specific recommendations for floating offshore wind development off the Californian coast soon. The report is expected to recommend against projects off of San Luis Obispo County's coastline, but local leaders say they remain hopeful they'll be able to negotiate a compromise for the Morro Bay area.
Sources say that Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may be in talks to form a joint venture, reports a German publication. Siemens' Power and Gas unit has been struggling with weakened demand.
Washburn Wind Energy has filed a request with the Black Hawk County Board of Adjustment to push back the start and finish dates for a 35-turbine project planned for Eagle Township, Iowa. Litigation between the board and a landowner has hindered Washburn's ability to secure power purchase agreements for the project, it adds.
President Donald Trump's recent remarks that wind farms are linked to lower property values lacks evidence, says Pennsylvania State University professor Michael Mann. Floods, fires and other environmental effects of climate change are bigger risks for property values, he says.
The Conspiracy cocktail bar in Middletown, Conn., has debuted a sustainable ramen menu that includes locally sourced ingredients. Chef Angeline Chiang explains that they "try to reuse everything that we can and find as many outlets of utilization as we can" to reduce food waste.
Hurst International's print-on-demand Versaprint labeling system can track the origins of individual produce items rather than cases of products. It could allow companies to recall specific items, thus eliminating needless food waste.
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