Amazon is buying 40 electric vans for deliveries in Munich as part of its effort to reach carbon neutrality in 20 years. Deutsche Post's StreetScooter unit, which is selling the vans to Amazon, has set up 60 charging stations at an Amazon fulfillment center near the city.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing weakening the Clean Water Act and other safeguards despite widespread fears over the quality of the nation's drinking water, writes John Rumpler of Environment America. A congressional resolution proposed by Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H., condemns the moves and could help the American people hold their representatives accountable, he writes.
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District experienced six combined wastewater overflows in 2018, pouring 1.2 billion gallons of stormwater and untreated wastewater into the waterways that feed into Lake Michigan. Inadequate spending on infrastructure and stronger storms are exacerbating the problem, says Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.
Microsoft has set a goal to become "carbon negative" by the end of the decade, and to offset all the carbon it has emitted since 1975, when the company launched, by 2050. It will do so by converting all of its operations to renewable energy, investing in electric vehicles and incentivizing emissions reductions throughout its supply chain.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting his state on the path to national offshore wind leadership by investing in the industry on multiple fronts, including this year's planned auction for an additional 1 gigawatt of capacity and the formation of the $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute. "We're building more renewable energy projects than any state in the United States of America," he said during his State of the State address.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has closed the second public comment period on Orsted's proposal to connect its offshore wind farm slated for Maryland's coast to a state park in Delaware on Tuesday and will now review the 2,319 responses before making recommendations. Separately, the Maryland Public Service Commission will convene Saturday to consider a proposal that would allow two offshore wind projects to feature turbines 200 feet taller than previously anticipated.
The contractor hired by SSE Renewables and Equinor to complete the land-based infrastructure needed for the 3.6-gigawatt Dogger Bank offshore wind farm has broken ground on the project. The project is expected to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world when it's completed.
GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions will lay the groundwork for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland by supplying and installing all of its land-based and offshore substation infrastructure. The project is expected to launch in 2023.
White County, Ind., is the perfect place for wind development because local leaders and residents support projects and it has excellent wind resources, says EDP Renewables Executive Vice President Ryan Brown. "The land use is primarily agriculture and so it's a good land use for wind development to coincide with agriculture where people could continue to farm their farm fields just like they did before our wind farms; just now they have a steady revenue stream from the wind farms in lease payments," he says.
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