The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted 51-46 to advance a bill that would change the state's wind energy tax credits by ending incentive payments for the industry beginning in 2019. The full state Senate will review the bill next.
Intel Corp. has returned approximately 80% of its water use to local watersheds and aims to return 100% of its water use by 2025. In addition to its watershed and river basin projects in five states, Intel has saved 3 billion kilowatt-hours of energy since 2012, said Todd Brady, Intel's global public affairs and sustainability director.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has won a contract to repower three wind farms owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources in Texas. "As a multi-brand service provider, we can enhance the performance of V47 turbines with our cutting-edge solutions by delivering maximum performance and optimal energy output, allowing NextEra Energy Resources to achieve the best possible return on their investment," said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Gamesa's Service Business Unit.
NTR has purchased the 12-turbine, 28-megawatt Aeolus in County Mayo, Ireland, from an undisclosed group of developers and will add it to its NTR Wind 1 fund portfolio, according to the company. "In just over three years, we have acquired 220 MW, with over 160 MW now constructed and producing clean energy," said Chief Investment Officer Manus O'Donnell.
Aeronautical research firm Bihrle Applied Research has spun off its machine learning capabilities to form a new company, Ardenna, that will offer smart drone inspection services for the wind industry and other critical infrastructure, according to the company. "Operations and maintenance organizations have begun looking to drones as a new tool for monitoring the health of their assets," said Business Lead David Patterson.
Technostrobe, a Canadian company that develops obstruction lighting solutions to guide aircraft, has purchased Dutch marine navigation specialist ITO Navaids, according to the company. The acquisition will allow it to begin offering obstruction lighting solutions for offshore wind farms both in Europe and North America, Technostrobe said.
Sweden is expected to add 2.5 gigawatts of new installed land-based wind capacity in 2018, bringing the country's total to more than 9 GW, according to the Swedish Wind Energy Association. The report noted that land-based wind costs have declined dramatically.
The Davison County, S.D., Planning and Zoning Commission has rejected a nine-turbine wind farm and scheduled a May 1 meeting to review the county's rules for wind development. Chairman Brenda Bode said since there aren't any pending applications, it's the ideal time to reassess guidelines for future projects.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission unanimously adopted a moratorium Tuesday that would prevent wind projects from being constructed on 1.5 million acres of state game land. The commission has rejected 19 wind proposals since 2005.
Thomas McQuillan, Baldor Specialty Foods' director of food service sales and sustainability, is using his talents as a chef and executive to find ways to reduce food waste through an effort called SparCs. In its first year, the program cut out all food waste from the business' food processing operations, Fresh Cuts.
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