Wind

Report: States That Offer Clean Energy Choices Attract Corporate Interest

Cheryl Kaften

In 2015, commercial and industrial (C&I) buyers accounted for more than half of all signed wind energy power purchase agreements – even outpacing utilities. Those are among the top findings of a study released on January 10 by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)


Wyoming Legislators Covet a Cut of Federal ‘Windfall’

Cheryl Kaften

A joint resolution sponsored by State Senator Ogden Driskill (R-Devils Tower) and five other lawmakers in the Wyoming Legislature, which convenes its 2017 General Session today, urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation granting states 50 percent for any rent or right-of-way fees for wind projects on federal land, according to a January 9 report by the Casper Star Tribune.


Lackawanna, NY, Explores Net Zero Building

Carl Weinschenk

A key step has been taken toward constructing a net zero energy (NZE) building on the Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, NY: The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has hired Turner Construction to provide design and construction management services. The Buffalo News says that the building would use geothermal energy, solar panels, wind turbines   …Continue Reading


Governor’s Association Says It Can Be a Catalyst For Grid Modernization

Ken Silverstein

The National Governor’s Association says that it can help facilitate grid modernization, which will take into account the market demand for clean energy and the state and federal policies that will encourage that use.


Xcel Opens Wind Farm in N.D.

Carl Weinschenk

Xcel Energy’s Courtney Wind Farm is online, according to the company. The 200MW farm is located near the town of Courtney, which is north of Jamestown, N.D. It includes 100 turbines that cover 25,000 acres that are owned by 60 landowners. It is capable of powering an average of about 100,000 homes. The farm is   …Continue Reading


Carbon Disclosure Project Recognizes Yahoo!

Ken Silverstein

The Carbon Disclosure Project, which evaluates companies based on their efforts to fight climate change, has recognized Yahoo as one of its leaders. According to the project, it has set meaningful targets and then verified its outcomes.


Boulder Still Wants to Acquire Xcel Energy’s Distribution Assets to Run a City-Wide Utility

Ken Silverstein

Boulder is relentless in its determination to become the nation’s greenest city. But is its ongoing attempt to acquire Xcel Energy’s distribution assets the smartest way to go about it?


BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …Continue Reading


Iron Mountain Beats Energy, Emissions Goals

Carl Weinschenk

Iron Mountain has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for last year. The report says that the storage and information management company achieved a year-over-year energy use reduction of 12 percent. The goal going into the year was a 3 percent reduction. The company also reported that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16.4 percent. This   …Continue Reading


Compromise Energy Bill to Mass Gov

Carl Weinschenk

The Massachusetts Legislature has sent Governor Charlie Baker an energy bill that, according to MassLive, would lead to “significantly more” use of offshore wind and other types of renewable resources in the Bay State. The story portrays H.4568 as a compromise. It would lead to long-term contracts to buy 1,600 MW of wind power, with is   …Continue Reading