In the chronicles of Great Britain’s energy industry, 2017 will go down as a significant year. At a time already characterized by change and uncertainty, two events stand out. One signals a break with the past; the other suggests the shape of things to come.
In April, for the first time ever, Britain’s National Grid ran for 24 hours without any coal-generated power. In September, for the first time ever, the cost of wind power in Britain fell below that of nuclear power.
Whirlpool Corporation is continuing their efforts to think green when it comes to powering their manufacturing plants.
It's hard to miss, but there's a new 25 story wind turbine just down the road from the Ottawa Whirlpool Plant. This is the third Whirlpool operation in Ohio to use wind energy to partially power the plant.
TOLEDO, Ohio, November 9, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today announced three types of commercial and residential insulation, independently certified as made with renewable energy, are available for specification and purchase. These products represent the first ever to have met the requirements of SCS Global Services’ certification protocol to validate electricity used to make them is 100% wind powered, which, in turn, reduces their carbon footprint.
DER continue to drive change within the electric industry
Distributed energy resources (DER) continue to drive change within the electric industry as both energy consumers and electric service providers are diversifying how electricity is generated and delivered. Spawned by the public embrace of clean energy, falling prices, and regulatory subsidies, solar photovoltaics, battery energy storage, and microgrids are being deployed in more places across the electric system.
All of GM’s Ohio and Indiana facilities – including the assembly plants that build the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickup trucks – will meet 100 percent of their electricity needs through wind power. Once the turbines come online by the end of 2018, renewable energy will power 20 percent of GM’s global electricity use.
Agreements enable Kimberly-Clark to surpass greenhouse gas reduction goal four years ahead of schedule
DALLAS, September 14, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Kimberly-Clark Corporation today announced its first major commitment to renewable energy with agreements to annually purchase approximately 1,000,000 megawatt hours (245 megawatts - MW) of electricity from two new wind power projects in Texas and Oklahoma.
Strategic Directions Report finds business models challenged by shifting customer demand
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 15, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The influx of renewables and evolving customer demand for green energy and reliability are driving the electric industry to make significant capital investments in power delivery assets.
MINNEAPOLIS, June 8, 2017 /3BL Media/ – General Mills has taken another step toward its climate goal with the signing of a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for 100-megawatts (MW) of its Cactus Flats wind project. The wind project will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills that can be applied toward the company’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. During the peak of construction, the project will create about 250 jobs in the clean energy workforce.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., December 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- Whirlpool Corporation is breaking ground today on a project to build three wind turbines to help power its Marion, Ohio manufacturing facility. The three turbines will deliver wind generated power directly to the plant and when fully completed, are expected to provide approximately 19% of the total power consumption of the facility.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced on July 12, 2016 that two Southern California Edison (SCE) clean energy programs have received Green-e Energy certification—”Green Rate,” a voluntary program offering a 50% and 100% renewable energy option to SCE residential and commercial customers in California, and “Community Renewables,” a program that allows customers to contract directly with developers of clean energy facilities and receive bill credit through the utility.