Xcel Energy has secured approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to include its Clean Energy Plan portfolio in a process that could result in the retirement of two coal plants and a request for proposals to add up to 1 gigawatt of wind energy in the state. The utility will share the plan in a 120-day report due April 27.
DTE Energy, Duke Energy and other utilities are embracing clean energy because it's good for business, despite the Trump administration's agenda, write Sheryl Carter and Elisheva Mittelman of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate & Clean Air Program. Wind and solar are great investments because they continue to get cheaper and have the added benefit of curbing carbon pollution, they argue.
Rolling back the Clean Power Plan and other aspects of the federal government's agenda are destabilizing the US clean energy market and preventing the nation from taking advantage of the exploding global market for clean energy manufacturing, writes Mike Carr, executive director of New Energy America. He argues that the government's policies are driving clean energy manufacturing jobs overseas at a time when utilities should be replacing coal-burning power plants with low-cost wind and solar.
Land-based wind is on track to become the most economical energy source by 2050, especially since costs have already declined 23% since 2010, according to BP. The report said wind and solar are both competitive with fossil fuels and that wind prices will continue to drop as turbines get taller and other advances occur.
The Bureau of Land Management Las Vegas Field Office has opened a 90-day public comment period on the proposed Crescent Peak Wind Energy Project in Clark County, Nev., that will run through June 13. If approved, the project would have an installed capacity up to 500 megawatts and would create as many as 1,200 jobs at the peak of construction.
Renewables firm Green Development has begun clearing a site in Johnston, R.I., that will eventually house a seven-turbine wind farm featuring 3-megawatt machines, according to the company. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority.
Danish energy firm European Energy has begun its foray into the offshore wind market with the purchase of the 21-megawatt Sprogo wind project off the coast of Denmark, according to the company. The project features seven V90 3-MW machines from Vestas.
Maryland ratepayers are missing out on the economic advantages of clean energy because utilities use a short-term model for power purchase agreements, making it difficult to reach deals with renewables, write state Sen. Brian Feldman and state Rep. Luke Clippinger. Their bill would change that by carving out 2% to 3% of the state's electricity needs for long-term, fixed price clean energy contracts, they write.
The Public Service Co. of Oklahoma will meet with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's public utilities division today to discuss options for reaching a deal on its proposed 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher Connection project. Commission Chairman Dana Murphy expressed optimism that a deal may be reached with a little more effort.
Barry Callebaut is working directly with farmers in Ghana to improve sustainability in its cocoa supply chains. By helping farmers increase their productivity, the company can help end deforestation and lower its carbon footprint, said Nicko Debenham, Barry Callebaut vice president and head of sustainability.
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