A EC plan wants to see 20% penetration of wind energy by 2020: small turbines could help meet this target.
Opponents to wind turbines often claim that the noise and vibrations from the turbines affect their health, leading to sleep disturbance, headaches and a host of other problems. But is this backed up by evidence or a good example of the nocebo effect?
While Alberta’s oil sands have been shut down due to fire and while the political debate about coal use heats up, the renewable energy sector keeps on making temperature-reducing progress, and on several fronts. More companies have committed to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the latest including Mars, IKEA, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, and Adobe, who join the likes of Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.
The renewables industry can use lessons learned from serving big business to get universities off old-school fossil fuel energy.
In 2015, corporations bought roughly 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from utility-scale renewable energy facilities, which generate power from sources like wind and solar and then pump it into the grid to supply energy to utilities and other customers. Indeed, corporations surpassed utilities last year as the majority buyers of wind power. But universities may be the next big customer for utility-scale renewable energy.
Caterpillar Inc. has run its Tucson proving ground near Green Valley since 1990, putting mining trucks and other massive machines through their paces in the shadow of Freeport-McMoRan’s Sierrita mine. All the while the relatively remote, off-grid facility has been powered solely by Cat’s own diesel generators — but now the sun will do part of the work. The construction machinery giant last week launched a new product line with the christening of a hybrid solar-generator “microgrid” system at the proving ground.
TransCanada’s Annual General Meeting highlights record earnings and cash flow in 2015
Depth of company goes far beyond headlines projects generate
Russ Girling has always been far more interested in the numbers on a balance sheet than the words in a newspaper. So while he accepts that the company’s high-profile projects will continue to generate headlines, TransCanada’s President and CEO puts his focus on delivering steady results to his shareholders through a business model built on strength and stability over sensationalism.