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Wind Industry Promises Best Practices for Gender Diversity

Wind Industry Promises Best Practices for Gender Diversity

Fourteen associations in the wind industry worldwide have promised to maintain best practices for gender diversity at industry events.

A guide for “Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events” was published recently to assist member associations in establishing gender diversity in all their events. The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program spearheaded the publishing of the guide. It is a joint initiative between the Global Wind Energy Council and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition.

Introducing the Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events

An article on the Renewable Energy World website explained what the “Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events” guide aims. According to the article, the guide provides insights on what meaningful inclusivity can look like at events. Another goal is to go beyond quotas to highlight diversity in major aspects of events.

Through these best practices, events can handle unconscious bias and unequal representation. Also, these would impact corporate culture positively and promote gender diversity in the wind industry.

The move to align the best practices in the wind industry is part of an effort to empower female leadership. It also aims to boost diversity in the sector worldwide. Next year, the initiative will remain with a scaling-up of mentorship and career development under the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. Furthermore, the nomination of Ambassadors for Women in Wind will also continue.

Joyce Lee, the Policy and Operations Director at GWEC expresses confidence in the guide.

“The wind industry can be a leader in promoting the role of women as agents of change, collaborators, and innovators in the global energy transition. As an industry built around sustainability, our events should reflect the workforce of the future. GWEC organizes events for the wind industry worldwide, and we recognize that diversity challenges differ in each country. That’s why these best practices are designed to be adapted to different local contexts. We hope this guide will empower and showcase female leadership in wind energy and help to inspire the next generation of women in wind.”

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Two US Steel Plants to Run on Wind and Solar Energy

Two US Steel Plants to Run on Wind and Solar Energy

Nucor’s micro-mill in Missouri and a steel plant run by EVRAZ in Colorado are going to be the first U.S. steel plants to run on wind and solar energy. This is a good development as the steel industry leaves massive carbon footprint. The industry contributes around 6 to 7 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions globally.

The First US Steel Plant to Run on Wind Energy

According to Evergy, the micro-mill in Sedalia, Missouri will be the first steel plant to run on wind energy. The plant is a partnership between the steel company and local utility Evergy. It will power the plant after a 75-megawatt power purchase agreement by the two companies. The plant will open by the end of the year.

Chuck Caisley, the Senior Vice President at Evergy says the Midwest is in a prime location for more projects. This is especially due to the increasing importance of sustainability goals in companies.

Caisley stated, “I think that increasingly there will be sustainability requirements companies will want to meet. In Kansas and Midwest Missouri, we have great wind to meet current and prospective customers with price competitiveness and sustainability. It reduces our environmental footprint in the area and creates jobs.”

In a report on the CNBC website, it states that Nucor is constantly searching for measures to boost its energy efficiency to lessen their environmental impact.

US’ First Solar-Powered Steel Plant

In late September, Xcel Energy and Lightsource BP reached an agreement to develop a 240 megawatts solar power facility in Pueblo Colorado. This will power the EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel facility and costs $250 million. In 2021, the EVRAZ plant will be the largest on-site solar plant in the US.

Recently, the US announced a goal last month to lessen global greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2030. Therefore, the Worldsteel Association launched the Step Up program to switch to a carbon-neutral steel economy.

The Senior Principal at the Rocky Mountain Institute, Thomas Koch Blank, believes there are a lot more that needs to be done. “If we can’t decarbonize steelmaking, you’re still going to have 5 percent of carbon emissions coming from steel.”

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Shell Energy Inks Solar PPA for 132 MW Solar Output in California

Shell Energy Inks Solar PPA for 132 MW Solar Output in California

Shell Energy North America and EDF Renewables North America have recently signed a 15-year solar PPA. The agreement is for the 132 megawatts of solar output in Riverside County, California.

According to a report on the Renewable Energy World website, the Maverick 7 project is part of the Palen Solar site to be established on 3,140 acres of federal lands. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management completed the federal permitting process and approved the project in October last year.

The project will begin operations by the end of 2021.

Dai Owen, the Vice President of Power Marketing for EDF Renewables, highlighted the project’s key assets. “Palen Solar, with a total of 500 megawatts of solar capacity, demonstrates EDF Renewables’ long-term commitment to solar development in California. The project uniquely positions the company to help load-serving entities meet their long-term carbon goals and obligations under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by offering smaller tranches at industry-leading prices.”

About the Maverick 7 Solar Project

The Maverick 7 Project will have Shell Energy North America as its sole energy off-taker. Likewise, SENA will acquire 100 percent of the environmental attributes which include renewable energy credits and capacity.

The agreement builds on the previous PPA between SENA and EDF for another portion of the Palen Solar Project. The Palen Solar project has been in development for over six years.

The President of Shell Energy North America, Glen Wright, emphasized that the company is looking for opportunities to boost the supply of renewable energy in California. “We continually look for opportunities to increase the supply of renewable power in California while simultaneously reducing Shell’s carbon footprint. Customers and communities are demanding a shift in the way of generating power. The Maverick 7 Solar Project allows us to deliver a cleaner, sustainable energy solution.”

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Amazon Announces Three Renewable Energy Projects

Amazon Announces Three Renewable Energy Projects

Amazon recently announced three renewable energy projects in the United States and Spain. These projects will support the company’s commitment to the Climate Pledge. Additionally, this is one way for the company to reach 80 percent renewable energy by 2024, 100 percent renewable energy target by 2030, net-zero carbon by 2040.

Amazon’s Commitment to Major Investments in Renewable Energy

Amazon values its commitment to major investments in renewable energy as a crucial step in addressing its carbon footprint worldwide. Its newest renewable energy project in Europe will be Amazon’s first large-scale project in Sevilla, Spain. The new solar farm will provide 149 megawatts of new renewable capacity once complete.

According to the Business Wire website, the newest solar projects of Amazon in the United States will be installed in Lee County, Illinois, and Northern Virginia. They will have a total of 180 megawatts and anticipated to generate around 400,000 MWh of renewable energy yearly.

When the three new renewable energy projects begin operations, they will provide approximately 329 megawatts of additional renewable capacity. They will supply the company’s fulfillment network in Europe and Amazon Web Services data centers globally.

Currently, there are more than 70 clean energy projects under the company. These projects will provide more than 1,900 megawatts of renewable capacity and are expected to generate over 5.3 million MWh of clean energy every year.

Local Governments Support Amazon in its Renewable Energy Initiatives

Kara Hurst, the Director of Sustainability at Amazon, showcased the company’s commitment to utilizing clean energy. “Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. We also plan to run on 80 percent renewable energy by 2024 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. We’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.”

On the other hand, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker lauded Amazon for investing in his state. “As we work to put our state on a path to 100 percent clean and renewable energy, Illinois is proud to have Amazon invest in a major solar project in our state. Addressing climate change will take all of us working together, and leadership from state governments and the business community will demonstrate how we can sustainably power a modern economy and create good-paying jobs.”

Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner also praised the company for its commitment to renewable energy. “I applaud Amazon for its investment in renewable energy projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This solar energy project will generate 80 megawatts of renewable energy. This will also lead to a cleaner and healthier environment.”

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Renewable Power to Outperform Coal Soon

Renewable Power to Outperform Coal Soon

Renewable power such as solar, wind, and hydro could soon surpass coal as the “king” of the electric grid in the United States.

According to a report from the CNN website, wind and solar power are growing rapidly that the country would likely get more power from renewable energy in 2021. This insight was from the projections from the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis.

A Partner at Greentech Capital Advisors, PJ Deschenes, said, “The next piece of the energy transition is very close at hand. Coal is coming offline as fast or faster than we anticipated.”

Greentech Capital Advisors is a boutique investment bank that concentrates on clean energy.

For many years, coal gas been the cornerstone of the power industry. But due to various environmental concerns, old plants, and competition, it saw a decline in usage in the country.

Between 2000 and 2010, coal provided approximately half of America’s power generation. However, due to the abundance of cheap natural gas, coal usage fell sharply in the last decade.

Replacing Old Coal Plants with Renewables

President Donald Trump’s promise to save coal did not help in reviving the dying industry. One proof is the bankruptcy of America’s largest private coal mining company, Murray Energy, last month.

The country has seen US power companies replacing their aging coal plants with wind and solar farms. Utility companies such as PSEG and Xcel Energy now commits to carbon-free electricity after relying on coal for a long time.

“US Power plants are expected to consume less coal next year than at any point since 1978, according to the EIA. That will cause coal’s market share to drop below 22 percent, compared to 28 percent in 2018. That shrinking market share makes existing coal plants even less profitable,” the report stated.

“Crossover Year”

The Editor and Analyst at IEEFA, Dennis Wamsted, predicts that 2021 will be the “crossover year” where renewables replace coal.

He said, “Coal and renewables are rapidly heading in opposite directions. If the crossover doesn’t occur in 2021, it will without a doubt do so by 2022.”

Texas has seen this change when wind power outperformed coal for the first time during the initial half of 2019. Wind made up 22 percent of the state’s power this year compared to 21 percent for coal.

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Facebook Inks Deal to Acquire Renewable Power

Facebook Inks Deal to Acquire Renewable Power

Apex Clean Energy has recently announced that tech giant company Facebook has inked a deal to acquire renewable power from Altavista Solar.

The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Facebook and Altavista Solar becomes the first solar energy project in Campbell County, Virginia. The 61.6 megawatts portion of the project will become operational next year.

The deal will support Facebook’s operations in Virginia. It is the second major transaction between the two companies this year. In August, the tech company signed a 200 megawatts PPA with Aviator Wind East. It will be part of the largest single-phase, single-site wind project in the United States when it operates in Texas in 2020.

Leading the Transition to Renewables

The President and CEO of Apex Clean Energy, Mark Goodwin, expressed his excitement over the new deal. “Facebook is a clear leader in driving the transition to a new energy company. It is working to lay the foundation for other companies to achieve significant carbon reduction goals with cost-competitive renewable energy.”

He added, “We are thrilled to once again partner with Facebook at Altavista Solar, expanding Apex’s track record of fulfilling corporate clean energy demand as the private sector escalates its efforts to decarbonize the grid.”

On its website, the company said that with a total of 80 megawatts, the project will be the biggest solar project for Apex and its first renewable energy facility on the East Coast. It will support Facebook in achieving its targets of lessening greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent. It will also support in hitting 100 percent renewable power for its operations next year.

The Head of Renewable Energy at Facebook, Urvi Parekh, expressed trust to their partner company. “We are happy to be partnering with Apex once again to add new renewable energy to the grid. Also, to bring additional investment to the state of Virginia. Facebook has set an ambitious goal of supporting its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy in 2020, and we appreciate Apex’s partnership as we work to reach that goal.”

During the project’s 35-year lifetime, the company will generate an approximate of 200 full-time jobs during construction and more than $1.8 million in local tax revenue.

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Largest Solar Energy Project in New York Coming to JFK Airport

Largest Solar Energy Project in New York Coming to JFK Airport

The largest solar energy project in New York has been awarded to SunPower Corporation and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power Group. The project will be installed at the John F. Kennedy Airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced that the 13-megawatt system would include 7.5 megawatts of battery storage. The system was developed together with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

How It Benefits Surrounding Airport Communities

The plant also has a 6.1 megawatts community solar facility to assist the nearby airport communities in accessing clean energy at discounted rates. The rest of the generated solar energy will be used onsite at JFK Airport, setting off the Port Authority’s purchase of traditional power from the grid. The solar energy project is also considered the largest planned community solar venture at an airport in the United States.

A report on the International Airport Review website stated that the project will contribute to PANYNJ’s sustainability goals.

PANYNJ Chairman Kevin O’Toole said, “As the first transportation agency in the country to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority is committed to integrating clean energy technology at all of its facilities. The Port Authority is excited to be part of this collaborative effort bringing together community stakeholders, government and private business to advance our regional sustainability goals.”

About the Solar Energy Project

The solar energy project will include 1.1 megawatts of rooftop photovoltaic installed on Building 141 and over 13 megawatts of solar and approximately 7.5 megawatts of energy storage on Long Term Parking Lot 9. These installations will help to reduce the Port Authority’s greenhouse gas emissions at the JFK Airport by around 10 percent.

The renewable energy program at JFK Airport has a goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent by the year 2025. The installation is also part of PANYNJ’s efforts to implement solar and other renewable energy sources to its power operations.

Christine Weydig, the Director of Environmental and Energy Programmes at PANYNJ expressed her belief on how the project could help the city achieve its clean energy goals. Weydig said, “the Port Authority and NYPA, working with the Public Service Commission, are leading the way in constructing and enabling solar development in New York. With this record-setting system, our neighbors at JFK will have access to local, renewable energy and the Port Authority will advance its greenhouse gas reduction objectives.”

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Bill Gates-Backed Energy Startup Achieves Breakthrough in Solar Power

Bill Gates-Backed Energy Startup Achieves Breakthrough in Solar Power

Heliogen, an energy startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a notable breakthrough in solar power.

On Tuesday, CNN reported that Heliogen has found a way to use artificial intelligence and a field of mirrors to reflect so much sunlight that it could generate extreme heat over 1,000 degrees Celsius. Basically, the startup made a solar oven that is able to reach temperatures that are approximately a quarter of “what you would find on the surface of the sun.”

For the first time, concentrated solar energy can be utilized to make the heat needed to make cement, steel, and glass.

The Founder and CEO of Heliogen, Bill Gross, told CNN Business, “We are rolling out technology that can beat the price of fossil fuels and also not make the CO2 emissions. And that is really the holy grail.”

Aside from Gates, the startup is also backed by Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Los Angeles Times owner. The company thinks the patented technology will be able to lessen greenhouse gas emissions from industry.

Soon-Shiong stated, “Bill and the team have truly now harnessed the sun. The potential for humankind is enormous. The potential to business is unfathomable.”

How it Differs from Traditional Solar Power

Traditional solar power uses rooftop solar panels to store energy from the sun. Heliogen is enhancing concentrated solar power. The technology uses mirrors to reflect the sun to a single point and has been used in the past to produce electricity. However, concentrated solar power before could not get temperatures hot enough to create cement and steel.

The Use of Artificial Intelligence to Solve Climate Crisis

Heliogen and its team of engineers and scientists turned to artificial intelligence to solve the temperature problem of traditional concentrated solar power. The company uses computer vision software, automatic edge detection, and other advanced technology to train a field of mirrors to reflect solar beams to a particular spot.

Gross explained, “If you take a thousand mirrors and have them align exactly to a single point, you can achieve extremely high temperatures.”

This breakthrough is reportedly generating so much heat that the technology could create clean hydrogen at scale. The carbon-free hydrogen could also produce fuel for airplanes and trucks.

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Military Experience May Lead to Clean Energy Careers – Veterans

Military Experience May Lead to Clean Energy Careers – Veterans

Some veterans are confident that their military experience can help them and their colleagues find clean energy careers.

Based on the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, veterans make up a disproportionate segment of the clean energy workforce versus their presence in the overall economy. The study also found that veterans filled 10 percent of the country’s advanced energy jobs. The study was from the Energy Futures Initiative and the National Association of State Energy Officials.

However, the same study shows that veterans have low representation in fossil fuel-related jobs. Jobs in this industry are at risk considering that clean energy sources are slowly replacing them. Many industry members are also confident that veterans can leverage their technical skills and be included in a sector with rising professional opportunities.

The Statistics

The study further found that veterans comprise approximately 8 to 11 percent of the 9.2 million energy jobs in the U.S. Overall, they make up to 6 percent of the workforce.

In the renewable energy sector, veterans account for 9 percent of jobs in solar photovoltaic, 8 percent in natural gas and 7 percent in coal.

Clean Energy Trust sponsored the survey titled 2019 Clean Jobs Midwest. It gave a breakdown per state of veteran representation in the region. In Illinois, 10 percent of the renewable energy workforce is veterans while Indiana had 12.5 percent.

Dan Misch is a Chicago-area veteran and wants to bring more veterans in the clean energy sector. He presented a separate analysis of the study. According to him, energy efficiency is by far the largest portion of the renewable energy industry. There are approximately more than 50,000 Midwest veterans in this sector compared to about 7,500 in wind and solar.

He wrote, “Over half of the energy efficiency jobs are in construction which makes the construction industry the surprising driving factor behind veteran employment in clean energy. States with the fastest-growing construction industries are more likely to employ veterans in clean energy.”

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Phillip Riley aims to bridge to connect companies and job seekers who are searching for clean energy careers. To assist you in improving your hiring strategies, please contact Phillip Riley’s Director of Americas, Meredith Fuselier at [email protected].

McDonald’s Announces Signing of Virtual PPAs for Renewable Energy

McDonald’s Announces Signing of Virtual PPAs for Renewable Energy

Fast-food giant McDonald’s recently announced signing two long-term. Large-scale virtual Purchase Power Agreements or PPAs for renewable energy.

The company will acquire renewable energy generated by Aviator Wind West, a wind power project located in Coke County, Texas and a solar project situated in the same state.

Renewable Energy World reported that the PPAs for renewable energy combined 380 megawatts in renewables. McDonald’s contribution to the projects will assist in preventing more than 700,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

In March last year, the fast-food chain became the first restaurant company in the world to set a greenhouse gas emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The said renewable projects in the United States will provide valuable progress toward McDonald’s Climate Action Target. It aims to lessen emissions related to McDonald’s stores and offices by 36 percent by 2030.

Gearing Up for a Cleaner Future

The emissions reductions from the two agreements will give 16 percent in progress toward the Climate Action Target.

The Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer at McDonald’s, Francesca DeBiase, said, “As we look at the most pressing social and environmental challenges facing the world today, McDonald’s has a responsibility to take action and our customers expect us to do what is right for the planet.”

“These U.S. wind and solar projects represent a significant step in our work to address climate change, building on years of renewable energy sourcing in many of our European markets. We want to keep this momentum going, and we’re excited for what’s next,” DeBiase added.

Helping Creating More Jobs in Renewable Energy

The local community will benefit from these two projects through generating more than $200 million in local tax revenue. Also, they will provide approximately 600 new short-term construction, operations, and maintenance jobs. Aside from this, there is also potential in opening 13 long-term jobs.

The Climate and Renewable Energy Senior Director at World Wildlife Fund, Marty Spitzer praised the company. He said, “McDonald’s significant investment in 380 megawatts of renewable energy is groundbreaking.”

He continued, “Knowing their franchisees are typically small businesses that don’t have the capacity or resources to buy renewable energy at the scale needed to tackle the climate challenge, McDonald’s has taken a road untraveled. Other companies with thousands of franchisees need to take notice.”

Phillip Riley

Phillip Riley aims to bridge to connect companies and job seekers who are searching for new career paths in renewables. To assist you in improving your hiring strategies, please contact Phillip Riley’s Director of Americas, Meredith Fuselier at [email protected].