How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream
In the early years, building an offshore wind farm was fantastically expensive, and governments offered generous subsidies to help the industry develop. But prices have been falling, and government support has “melted away,” according to Andreas Nauen, the chief executive of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind division.
Microsoft Announces Massive Purchase of Solar Power in Virginia
Virginia's governor, Ralph Norman, welcomed Wednesday's news. "When companies like Microsoft invest in Virginia solar, they opt for clean and reliable energy as well as new jobs in the energy economy we are working hard to build," he said.
Arizona Republican outdoes California with 'conservative' clean energy plan
Andy Tobin, a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, this month released a plan to have 80 percent of Arizona’s electricity come from clean energy sources, including solar, wind, biomass, and nuclear power, by 2050.
More than 230 US mayors oppose reversal of Clean Power Plan
Mayors from 236 U.S. cities, representing more than 51 million residents in 47 states and territories, wrote a joint letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, opposing the proposed repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.
Apple to open data centers in Iowa because of wind energy
Without energy from Iowa’s wind turbines, CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, says his company wouldn’t have chosen Iowa as the site for two new data centers.
Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate controversy
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.
California Has Plenty of Renewable Energy, But Iowa has the Cleanest Power
Iowa and North Dakota have the advantage of being largely flat, treeless and sparsely populated. That’s ideal for wind farms.
Google, Biggest Corporate Buyer of Clean Power, Is Buying More
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 Power Wins Converts in Rural 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.
Interactive Map Shows You How Wind Power Is Taking Over America
Check out this interactive map to find out what wind projects are up and running near your community!
The red state with an energy blueprint
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.
Corporate America Sees Bright Future in Renewable Energy
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 Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think
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.
Big business sees the promise of clean energy
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.
Biggest Job Growth Expected in Health Care & Renewable Energy
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.
Why It’s Mainly Giant Companies That Buy Green Power
How small and medium sized businesses can catch up with the larger corporates moving to renewbale energy.
A Coal Museum In Kentucky Just Went Solar for One Simple Reason
The move is expected to save $8,000 to $10,000 in energy costs, boost local economy.
The Fastest-growing Occupation in the U.S. Might Surprise You
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.
When a Red State Mayor Goes Green
"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."
With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions
Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built Off Long Island
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.
Utah Clean Energy, Salt Lake City unveil 10-year solar deployment plan
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.
Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017
“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.”
Most States Are Combating Climate Change and Growing Their Economies
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.
U.S. wind power enjoys a rebirth as solar's obstacles mount
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 Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers
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.
Facebook, Microsoft Give Clean Energy a Boost With Buyer’s Group
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.
Why companies like Google and Walmart are buying so much wind power
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.
93 percent of Apple's facilities run on renewable energy
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?
Southeast's largest wind farm is windfall for Elizabeth City
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.
Dominion, Microsoft partner on 20 MW solar farm in Virginia
VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a solar partnership between Dominion Power, the incumbent utility, and Microsoft that will help reduce the state’s carbon emissions and diversify the energy portfolio, while growing the solar and data center industries in Virginia.
Why Solar and Wind Are Thriving Despite Cheap Fossil Fuels
Low oil prices are rattling stock markets, but investors remain bullish on solar, wind, and other clean energy. Here are three reasons why.
Clean Energy Collective and Xcel Energy Reach Agreement on Community Solar Program
Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation's leading community solar solutions provider, announced that the company has reach an agreement with Xcel Energy on the utility's community solar gardens program, resulting in up to 60 megawatts of additional community solar allocation.
Old-School Companies Are Going Big With Solar and Wind
Boosting efficiency and installing solar panels will only get companies so far. Owens Corning, for example, has put solar arrays at its locations internationally, but the company has a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent this decade.
Xcel Energy says it's 'nearly certain' it can comply with federal Clean Power Plan in Minnesota
As many U.S. power companies fight the federal Clean Power Plan, Xcel Energy took a different path Friday, declaring the utility’s Minnesota operations are “nearly certain” to comply with the plan’s greenhouse gas reductions through cost-effective investments over the next decade.
How Google and Other Giant Corporations Are Going 100% Renewable
Joined today by Coca-Cola, BMW, and more, the list of companies converting to clean energy is growing.
What business needs to know about the Clean Power Plan
The Clean Power Plan has a very decent chance of becoming the law of the land after the legal challenges are fully litigated, many experts say. And if and when it does become law, it will be a game changer in energy generation in this country — according to both advocates and opponents.
Achieving Clean Power Plan targets well ahead of schedule
Simply put, efficient and renewable technologies now are ready for prime-time. Taking center stage, then cleaning the whole stage are now more matters of marketing and financial engineering than electrical engineering moonshots.