Suzlon has won contracts to supply a 300-megawatt wind farm and 200-MW project in Gujarat, India, with 238 of its S111 2.1-MW turbines for a total capacity of 500 MW, according to the firm. "We are committed to partner with our customers to scale it up further and enable India's transition from conventional fuel dominated energy architecture to renewable energy sources," said Group CEO J.P. Chalasani.
Measure of the High Plains, a company that will use drones to inspect wind turbines, transmission lines and other projects, has formed in Rapid City, S.D. The firm said it would focus its operations in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
The Philadelphia Eagles are part of a movement of businesses embracing clean energy in unusual ways, such as sourcing a portion of Lincoln Financial Field's energy from solar panels and 14 wind turbines placed on the upper levels of the stadium. Director of Fan Experience Norman Vossschulte said the team diverts nearly all of its waste from landfills, as well.
Michigan utility Consumers Energy's plan curb its carbon emissions and divest from coal by 2040 by increasing renewables and other measures is good news, writes Timothy Ruckriegel of Greensboro, N.C. "Not only is the cost for renewable energy going down, but logically it does not make sense to continue investing in fossil fuels when they are limited resources," he writes.
Officials from Apex Clean Energy and other wind and business groups urged the administration of Maine Gov. Paul LePage to maintain the state's "expedited permitting" process for new wind projects during a hearing Friday. "It would introduce a fair amount of uncertainty to the project and we don't have a lot of confidence that we could complete the project with the adoption of the legislation," said Apex Senior Development Manager Paul Williamson.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
Bechtel National must provide proof that the steel it is using for its used nuclear material treatment facility at the Energy Department's Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state meets safety standards and that construction should be allowed to continue, the department said in a letter. Bechtel National spokeswoman Staci West said the company will provide the records and that there are no safety issues.
Protect Our Power recommends the nuclear energy sector develop and adopt best practices to protect itself against cyberattacks, like those the US has accused Russia of engineering. "The sense of urgency is real but more resources are needed and we need to be singularly focused," says Jim Cunningham, executive director of Protect Our Power.
The panel of scientists tasked with studying whether the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico could be expanded to safely hold diluted plutonium met with Carlsbad, N.M., officials to hear about the feasibility of the project. Estimates put the program cost at about $17 billion, and the plutonium would be considered transuranic waste, which means it could be stored using the plant's current infrastructure and procedures.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has released a safety guide to provide nuclear power plants with recommendations on how to go back to normal operations after an emergency situation has ended. While emergency preparations have focused largely on how to respond to an event, nuclear power plants and states need more planning to handle the transition back to a normal state once an emergency has been addressed, the guide says.