The wind industry hires 72% more veterans than the national average and the American Wind Energy Association supports the passage of the Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2018, which would increase veteran access to wind and other clean energy jobs, says AWEA Vice President of Federal Affairs Bree Raum. "This legislation will help us welcome even more of our nation's heroes into the American wind energy workforce," she says.
Iberdrola will continue to pursue land-based wind instead of offshore wind in Texas because the state has huge wind resources -- especially on the Western Plains -- that can be developed at a lower rate than offshore wind, says CEO and Chairman Ignacio Galan. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas estimates the state has 33,000 megawatts of new wind capacity are either under consideration or being developed.
Businesses are filling the gap left by the federal government when it comes to advancing sustainability and combating climate change, writes Suzanne Shelton, president and CEO of Shelton Group. Shelton argues that Americans want more federal action on climate change and that the government should realize people care more about the impact of sustainability -- not partisan divides.
Mainstream Renewable Power has erected the first of 50 3.4-megawatt Senvion turbines at its 170-MW Sarco wind farm in Chile, says the company. "The lifting of the first turbine marks a significant milestone for the wind farm," notes Project Manager Alejandro Espinoza.
MHI Vestas' 9.5-megawatt V164 offshore wind machine has received certification and is now fully available to the market. MHI Vestas says the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium will be the first project to feature the unit.
Power purchase agreements between renewable energy projects and corporations continue to gain strength in the US and aren't going anywhere any time soon, according to a ScottMadden report. The report explains the differences between virtual and physical PPAs for corporate buyers, explaining physical PPAs are ideal for companies that want to buy energy from a specific project within their electrical market.
The US wind industry expected to add 6.9 gigawatts of installed land-based wind capacity in 2017, and although 86% of that total came online, 792 MW were delayed and another 155 MW were canceled, says the Energy Information Administration. The report attributes the delays or cancellations to a variety of factors, such as faster installation times, reduced costs and changes in support mechanisms.
Cleveland is known for having some of the worst air quality in the nation, but could finally turn the tide by joining the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign and pledging 100% renewables, writes campaign coordinator Jocelyn Travis. "We can envision a healthy, thriving Cleveland -- and we can demand it start with a transition to 100 percent clean energy, as soon as today," she writes.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed two new clean energy bills into law, one requiring utilities to acquire 40% of their total electricity from renewables by 2030, and another pledging to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions 45% below 2001 levels by the same year. "The time to act is now," he says.
Pellitteri Waste Systems is working to address the problem of noncompliant materials ending up in Madison, Wis., recycling bins. "We are attacking the contamination problem with a two-pronged approach: upgraded technology to assist getting the trash out and a communications campaign to educate our customers and communities on what is acceptable clean recyclable material," Vice President of Finance David Pellitteri says.
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