New & Noteworthy

‘Fossil-Fuel Ally’ Scott Pruitt Officially Takes Reins At EPA

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 21, 2017

Much to the dismay of many environmental advocacy groups, Scott Pruitt was officially sworn in as the 14th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday. Pruitt succeeds Gina McCarthy, who President Barack Obama named EPA head in 2013. [Read More]

Wind Farm On Remote Nova Scotia Island Shutting Down

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 21, 2017

A wind farm on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, is meeting its demise this year. Citing further renewable energy advancements since the project was installed, as well as extreme weather on the island, Parks Canada is shutting down the project. The [Read More]

Vestas Reclaims No. 1 Wind OEM Title; Who Else Made The Top Five?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

Vestas has reclaimed its spot as the world’s largest supplier of wind turbines, according to FTI Intelligence’s preliminary rankings for the world’s top five wind turbine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2016. The firm says the Danish company’s return to [Read More]

Wind Power Helps Drive Michigan Toward RPS Goals

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

All of Michigan’s electric providers met or exceeded the state’s 10% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2015, according the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) seventh annual report on the implementation of the RPS. Notably, wind energy represented a big share [Read More]

Court Makes Decision In Fishing Industry vs. N.Y. Offshore Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has decided not to grant a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit brought by a host of fishing communities, associations and businesses – led by scallop industry trade group the Fisheries Survival [Read More]

Siemens Is Reconfiguring Its Mechanical Drives Unit

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

In an effort to enable the business to operate more efficiently and flexibly, Siemens is giving its mechanical drives (MD) unit a new setup. In the future, the unit will be managed as a separate company under the Siemens umbrella. [Read More]

New Campaign Pushes For U.S. Colleges To Go All In On Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

Environment America and the Student Public Interest Research Groups have launched a campaign that aims to secure commitments from American colleges and universities to shift to 100% renewable energy. According to the groups, hundreds of colleges and universities – as [Read More]

Iron & Earth: Oil Sands Workers Ready For Renewable Energy Shift

Lauren Tyler
Written by Lauren Tyler on February 14, 2017

Launched in March 2016, the Iron & Earth initiative works to help retrain tradespeople in the fossil fuel industry to transition into the renewables sector.

Wind Makes It Big In Central U.S.; SPP Sets New Record

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

Southwest Power Pool Inc. (SPP), touting a new wind penetration record of 52.1%, says it has become the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than 50% of its load at a given time with wind [Read More]

GridShare Crowdfunding Platform Launches For Renewables Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

GridShare LLC has commenced operations as an independent crowdfunding platform to help renewable energy projects and cleantech companies raise capital. Through the platform, potential investors can peruse investment opportunities in a variety of renewable energy sectors. GridShare also intends to [Read More]