Representatives from Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle are working in Nigeria to establish a market for recycled plastic, as less than 10% of rPET waste is collected and recycled there, writes Yinka Ibukun. Challenges include a lack of regulation mandating use of rPET and plants able to process it, she adds.
Twenty percent of the Earth's fresh surface water is in the Great Lakes, and the resource must be protected, say city leaders in Toledo, Ohio. Algae blooms are a major concern for shallow Lake Erie, with a 2014 bloom cutting off water for 400,000 people in the Toledo area for three days.
A 1989 plan to build a water pipeline from eastern Nevada to serve Las Vegas was the subject of a court hearing this week. The multibillion-dollar line would supply water to the almost 75% of the state's population that lives in the Las Vegas metro area, but residents of eastern Nevada say it could harm their region.
Land-based and offshore wind are a necessity for North Carolina as it works to combat climate change and embrace clean energy, says Gov. Roy Cooper, who unveiled his Clean Energy Plan last month. The state will help encourage the industry by ensuring there aren't any moratoriums, he says.
Corporations, and many of them high-tech firms such as Apple and eBay, are filling a gap left by Texas policymakers in the way of clean energy by pursuing power purchase agreements with wind farms and other renewables in the state, writes Kate Zerrenner. "The high-tech sector, centered in Austin, which is affectionally called "Silicon Hills", has more incentive than many other industries to invest in renewable energy, given their emissions footprint due to operations such as data centers, which have a very high electricity demand," she writes.
General Electric has received orders to supply a pair of ENGIE North America wind farms in Oklahoma and South Dakota with turbines for a combined capacity of 494 megawatts. Both projects are under development and expected to launch in 2020.
RES has sold nine land-based wind farms in France and the UK with a combined capacity of 130 megawatts to Octopus Renewables for about $110.1 million. The projects are construction-ready and RES will build them and provide operations and maintenance services.
The Maryland Public Service Commission's public comment period for a proposal that would allow the developers of two offshore wind projects to increase the height of their machines by 200 feet ends Friday and a PSC spokeswoman says the outcome could affect subsidies for the projects. The companies behind the US Wind and Skipjack sites say the subsidy agreement should remain in place because it orders them to use the best technology and taller turbines are more efficient.
California can transition to a clean energy future by using energy storage to deploy more wind and solar capacity, maintain grid reliability and eventually retire gas-powered plants, writes Peter Miller of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "We see a path forward that relies on clean energy options that enable a strong grid and reliable service while delivering affordable and clean energy to every Californian," he writes.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden has introduced a $1.3 trillion infrastructure proposal to "Invest in Middle Class Competitiveness" that would spend $400 billion on clean energy research and innovation over 10 years. Under the plan, the Energy Department would be directed to spend $5 billion on energy storage and electric vehicle batteries to curb the nation's carbon emissions.
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