CLEAN ENERGY BUSINESS NEWS
Advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, technologies, and practices have become increasingly big news in the business world. Here are some of the top clean energy stories from the last six months.
Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company ready to invest $92 million vows to walk away unless the Ohio General Assembly comes up with rules much softer than those Gov. John Kasich signed into law in 2014.
Google has now signed enough renewables deals to match all of its energy needs this year, though not all the projects are currently operational. The company has agreed to buy 2,397 megawatts of clean power in the U.S.
Wind developers have made $17 million in payments to Benton County, Indiana and have spent $33 million on roads, a boon for an economically struggling community that about a decade earlier considered hosting a waste dump to generate jobs and government revenue.
Last year, nearly 37 percent of Iowa’s power came from wind. Wind energy brings 9,000 jobs and more than $13.5 billion in investments — and we’ve done it all without sacrificing price or reliability.
In 2017, the largest companies in the world are tripping over themselves to jump on the renewable energy bandwagon, and they aren't doing it because they want to cut back on fossil fuel usage. They're doing it because the dollars and cents make renewable energy a no-brainer.
Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast.
Not for nothing have more than 900 American firms and investors, including Amazon, Twitter, Target and Nike, put their names this week to a “We are still in” open letter to the UN. Its signatories pledge to help reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 26% by 2025, in keeping with America’s Paris pledge.
obs for wind turbine technicians—the people who install, maintain and repair wind turbines—are expected to increase 108 percent by 2024, more than any other profession.
Wind turbine technicians earn an average of $51,000 a year, and the number of projected new jobs in this field is likely to more than double between 2014 and 2024.
"The American South is just seeing such incredible growth and it’s providing us with an opportunity to really push for a paradigm shift in the way that we operate down here."
Seeking to meet growing electric demand in the Hamptons with renewable energy, the Long Island Power Authority approved the nation’s largest offshore wind farm on Wednesday, set for the waters between the eastern tip of Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard.
In 2006, there were only 76 rooftop solar installations in the state, according to the Wasatch Solar Team. By 2016, several thousand households were producing an estimated 140 megawatts of solar energy.
“We are the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world,” said Joe Kava, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure. “It’s good for the economy, good for business and good for our shareholders.”
A new Brookings Institution report compares state’s recent economic growth to changes in carbon emissions. In all, 33 states and the District of Columbia achieved reductions in emissions while expanding their economies between 2000 and 2014.
In the last few weeks, power companies with large renewable holdings - including Southern Co, NextEra Energy Inc and Xcel Energy Inc - have announced plans to invest billions of dollars in wind.
Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago. As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has become the newest cash crop, saving family farms across a wide swath of the heartland.
Large energy consumers such as Facebook and Microsoft that want to run on cleaner energy than utility grids provide have relied for years on buying power directly from renewable energy developers through power purchase agreements. Those opportunities are getting harder to find in some states and are not available to smaller companies.
High-tech firms such as Google Energy, Facebook and Amazon Web Services have signed contracts to purchase increasing amounts of wind energy in coming years. It suggests that companies no longer are purchasing wind-generated electricity — and other renewable energy, for that matter — simply to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability or to bolster their images as environmentally conscious organizations.
As one of the largest technology companies in the world, Apple has set the renewable energy usage standard high for their facilities. In two years, the company has moved to 93% renewable energy use with the goal of having 100 percent of its facilities run on renewable energy. Large tech companies like Apple are looking for states where they can cultivate renewable energy solutions, is your state one of those?
Located about five miles west of Elizabeth City, the Amazon Wind Farm will be the largest of its kind in the southeastern United States. The project will generate up to 208 megawatts, enough to power 60,000 homes.