Primark has created the Global Sourcing Map, which will improve transparency by helping consumers learn about all of the factories and suppliers in its supply chain. The map includes data on the 1,071 factories and suppliers in Primark's supply chain, which will be updated by the company's Ethical Trade and Environmental Sustainability Team twice per year.
Orsted and the University of Oxford in England have a signed a five-year deal in which the duo will work together to improve the design of offshore wind turbines. Orsted Head of R&D for Wind Power Christina Aabo said the agreement with Oxford will "further mature our foundation designs to support even bigger turbines in even deeper waters, lowering costs and risk level at the same time."
Every work culture has its pros and cons, so if yours is experiencing too much stress from competitiveness, it may be time to borrow concepts from a collaborative culture, writes Jesse Lyn Stoner. When red tape and dullness inhibit performance in a bureaucratic workplace, adopt approaches from startups, such as allowing more individual initiative, she writes.
Transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners has secured approval from federal regulators to move forward with a shared transmission project for offshore wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, according to the company. ADP said the project could carry up to 2.4 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity, and that it hopes to accept bids from interested project developers during Massachusetts' next round of request for proposals.
There's an opportunity for local governments, including cities, states and school districts, to fill the gap in renewable energy leadership led by state and federal entities, said Renew Wisconsin Program and Policy Director Michael Vickerman. He argued before the Sustainable La Crosse Commission on Thursday that La Crosse, Wis., is well-suited to step into that role.
President Donald Trump should support renewables like wind and solar for their ability to drive job creation, writes Winona LaDuke, touting Minnesota's potential for both industries. "We are as sunny as Florida and have, like states to the west, vast solar and wind potential," she writes.
Statoil's Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm pilot project fared far better than expected during its first three months in service, suggesting the technology could be useful in other deep-water applications, according to Statoil. "Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources globally are in deep waters where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, we see great potential for floating offshore wind, in Asia, on the west coast of North America and in Europe," said Statoil New Energy Solutions Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff.
Independent energy firm Tenaska has arranged a 25-year, 236-megawatt power purchase agreement with Associated Electric Cooperative for its Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center in Missouri, said the companies. "With our experience managing significant amounts of wind power on our system, Clear Creek is a good fit for our power-supply portfolio," said Associated CEO and General Manager David Tudor.
The $1.8 billion North Sea Wind Power Hub proposed for England's coast has the potential to revolutionize the global offshore wind industry by revamping how companies and countries share electricity, writes Anca Gagiuc. The TenneT-sponsored model calls for the creation of a man-made island that would source up to 30 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity from various projects in the North Sea and then share it through long-distance cables with six European countries.
The Diablo Canyon nuclear site in California is closing and "[t]he Central Coast has two golden opportunities to replace the energy, jobs and tax revenue that will be lost," writes Michael Segor. He proposes pursuing offshore wind development off the coast of the state and/or implementing a Community Choice Energy program that would allow electricity customers to support wind and solar projects.