VF Corp. is working to align with consumer values by building social and environmental goals into its business strategy. Different brands follow different objectives, such as Vans building skate parks and Wrangler investing in sustainable materials.
Automakers around the world are changing their priorities in the face of market pressures. Rather than seeing rising demand for electric vehicles, Chinese regulatory pressure or competition from tech companies as threats to their business, leaders should look to the future, where new opportunities are emerging, says CDP analyst Luke Fletcher.
Turbines in the US are available for generating energy roughly 94% of the time, but that figure could increase to 99% with the greater adoption of predictive software, according to a report from software firm Uptake. "With the ability to predict problems before they happen, the potential increase in wind turbine energy production is massive and important to our transition to a clean energy future," said Global Energy Solutions Lead Sonny Garg.
The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment on Wednesday awarded its first "Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need Pursuant to Article 10 to Construct a Wind Energy Project" to the 126-megawatt, 48-turbine Cassadaga Wind Project, according to the Alliance for Clean Energy New York. Executive Director Anne Reynolds said it's the first project to complete the review process since the state enacted its 50% by 2030 renewables goal.
Winemakers have a problem, namely that there are too many green certifications crowding the market, and it's hard to tell which ones are worth the price of certification. At the high end of the market, for instance, green labels can be viewed as a mark of lower quality, but the claim "made with organic grapes" can command a slightly higher price point.
Wind, solar and energy efficiency are key to Nebraska's clean energy future and the state legislature must work harder to ramp up their development, said the Nebraska Farmers Union. "Renewable energy is good for rural Nebraska and good for our state," said President John Hansen.
Gatehouse Media made "several glaring mistakes," perpetuated myths and ignored science in its report on living near wind turbines, writes Zachary Shahan. The piece was largely devoid of real experts and relied mostly on interviews with a few people with complaints about the wind turbines, rather than "the vast majority of the people around them" whose lives were improved by wind energy, he writes.
EDP Renewables North America is seeking approval for a new wind farm in McLean County, Ill., that would have a capacity of roughly 200 megawatts and feature some 58 turbines, according to the firm. The application for the Bright Stalk Wind Farm said it would contribute about $42.7 million in tax revenue over the first 20 years.
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has formed a joint venture with Elawan Wind in which they will co-develop an 80-turbine wind farm in Oklahoma dubbed Persimmon, said the two companies. General Electric is expected to produce turbines and provide tax equity for the first 200-megawatt phase of the 365-MW project.
Siemens Gamesa has confirmed that it plans to supply two projects in the US with 330 megawatts' worth of its G132 3.465-megawatt machines. The Midway wind farm in Texas will use 47 turbines, and another project from an undisclosed developer will use 48 units.