Washington city plans to run on 100% wind power

The City of Mercer Island, Washington, announced that it will buy 20 years of clean wind power to replace its current mix of electricity. Today, 60% of the power supplied regionally by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) derives from coal and natural gas. The City’s contract for 2019-2039 will replace those fossil fuels under PSE’s new Green

South Lake Tahoe makes 100% renewables’ pledge

South Lake Tahoe, California became the 26th municipality in the U.S. and the latest in a growing coalition of communities to commit to 100% clean and renewable electricity. “South Lake Tahoe’s commitment for 100% renewable electricity is driven by our community,” said Mayor Austin Sass of South Lake Tahoe. The city council approved a measure that

New Yorkers encouraged to tap into $70 million EV rebate program

Editor’s note: Policies and rebates that encourage wider use of electric vehicles is good news for the power industry, which has seen a low growth rate over the last few years. And, hopefully, the power to charge EVs in New York will come from nearby wind farms.   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently spoke at

CPUC & CEC announce joint policy forum on future of retail electricity in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that they will hold a joint forum on May 19, 2017 to discuss the future of retail electricity in California. According to the announcement, by around 2025 over 80% of all electricity customers of the state’s three main investor-owned utilities (IOUs) will be

Chicago to power public buildings with 100% renewables

Chicago has plans to be the largest major city in the U.S. to have a 100% renewable energy supply for its public buildings. The city’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, recently announced a commitment to move many of Chicago’s city buildings’ electricity use to full-fledged renewables by 2025. The agreement was also made by Chicago Public Schools CEO Forest Claypool,

Another two U.S. cities set goals for 100% renewables

A total of 25 U.S. cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. This news follows city council votes this week establishing 100% renewable energy goals in Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana. Madison and Abita Springs represent the first Wisconsin and Louisiana cities to commit to

West Coast utility regulators collaborate efforts to reduce carbon pollution

This week, utility regulators from the West Coast will reaffirm a commitment made in 2006 to support efforts to reduce carbon pollution and expand development of low-carbon technologies in the energy industry, according to a release from the The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). West Coast utility regulators met in Seattle this week to

Shermco’s James White to represent wind industry on new ISEA Standard 203 development project for secondary flame-resistant garments

James R. White, director of training for Shermco Industries has been tapped by the American Wind Energy Association to represent the interests of the wind industry during the consensus approval process of a proposed new standard from the International Safety Equipment Association regarding secondary flame-resistant protective clothing.

ACCIONA & CFE continue joint efforts to develop renewables in Mexico

ACCIONA and the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) are continuing with their joint program to develop renewable electricity generation projects in different places in the country, as per the Memorandum of Understanding they signed in October 2015. As its part of this work, the CFE carries out surveys to assess wind-power resources and sites

Iberdrola Renewables announces wind-power agreement with California utility

Iberdrola Renewables announced a 15-year contract to supply Southern California Edison (SCE), an Edison International company, with renewable energy from the planned Tule Wind Power Project in the McCain Valley of eastern San Diego County. SCE will purchase the entire output of the 132-MW wind farm, when the project is expected to be completed in late