By Grace Hood, Colorado Public Radio
Corporate giants like Facebook, Walmart, Microsoft and Apple made big deals in 2018, but now smaller corporate fish have waded into the pond. “We had Etsy do a deal last year, J.M. Smucker Company that makes jellies and jams,” [Kevin Haley, a program manager at the Business Renewables Center at Rocky Mountain Institute] said. “It’s a great way for them to reduce a lot of carbon all at once.”
Colorado-based Vail Resorts has joined the ranks of small companies as well. It inked a 12-year agreement to buy new wind that will be produced from a Nebraska farm starting in 2020. When the wind farm is operational, the purchased power will offset Vail’s fossil fuel use across North America. “This is the way that a company that’s geographically diverse can make a significant impact and bring new renewable resources online,” said Kate Wilson, director of sustainability for Vail Resorts. Read more here.
Lincoln Clean Energy photo of the partially-completed 230 MW Plum Creek Wind Farm in Wayne County, Nebraska. Once operational, the project will create high-paying local jobs and will result in over $3 million in local community benefits annually in the Wayne County area. This includes much needed property tax revenues, with some of the largest beneficiaries being the Norfolk and Winside school districts.
Vail Resorts Announces Long-Term Wind Energy Contract, Renewable Energy Magazine
The company’s multimillion-dollar wind energy virtual power purchase agreement enables the development of the Plum Creek Wind Project. It is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power up to 100,000 U.S. homes each year.
Additional Colorado News: More Colorado co-ops announce clean energy goals, Clean Cooperative
HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES
Solar seen as bright career path at Illinois community colleges, Energy News Network
Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act included funding to make solar training more accessible to lower-income residents.
- Solar, Wind Industries Support Illinois’ ‘Path To 100’ Proposal, Solar Industry
- ‘We are Green Town’: Waukegan joining consortium to clear regulatory path for local solar power, Chicago Tribune
- ComEd Installs Off-Grid Renewable Lighting at Bronzeville Schools, Business Wire News Release
- Cuyahoga County awards $50,000 to lay groundwork for “green bank,” billed as tool for financing clean-energy projects, Cleveland.Com
- Minnesota Bill HF700 Considers Bold Carbon-Free Energy Target, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog
- North Dakota Commission Approves Wind Farm Project, News Dakota
The wind farm will have a capacity of nearly 300 megawatts. North Dakota currently has about 3,150 megawatts of wind capacity.
- Texas’ solar market is about to catch fire, PV Magazine
With more than 5 GW of approved solar projects in the ERCOT grid, Texas is getting ready for a major boom in its utility-scale solar market.
- LA scraps plan to rebuild 3 gas plants, moves towards 100% renewable energy, Utility Dive
- Los Angeles ditches plan to invest billions in fossil fuels, Mayor Eric Garcetti says, Los Angeles Times
- Concord hopes 100 percent pledge will be contagious in New Hampshire, Energy News Network
- N.Y. unveils $31.6 million of incentives for EV charging stations, American Public Power Association
- Progressive Voice: Make Arlington a Leader in Renewable Energy and Fighting Climate Change