Sustainability is about more than commitment -- it requires a top-down approach that begins with the CEO and involves the whole organization, says Pascual Berrone, a professor at IESE Business School in Madrid who has researched these issues. "We found that when there's a gap between a company's symbolic and substantive environmental actions, it negatively affects a company's perceived legitimacy, reputation, and market value," he says.
The goals of mindfulness help leaders improve focus and performance by emphasizing presence, awareness and intentionality, writes Alaina Love. Mindfulness also represents an ability to learn from failures and to be open-minded in what we witness rather than rush to judgment, she writes.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has introduced a 10-megawatt offshore wind turbine and expects to begin delivering it in 2021. The model is part of MHI Vestas' V164 platform and features a stronger gearbox and some other changes from the 8-MW version.
Renewable Power Direct is testing a new program, Purely Green, that combines the procurement power of major companies like Intuit with residential and business demand for more access to wind and solar. The startup and Intuit, for example, have purchased a small block of output from EDP Renewables' Lone Star II project in Texas and are selling it for a competitive rate through retail energy company Just Energy.
E.ON and Equinor have begun generating power at their $1.41 billion Arkona offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea. The project is expected to have a total capacity of 385 megawatts.
GE Renewable Energy has added a new 5.3-megawatt 158 land-based machine to its Cypress series of scalable wind turbines. "This platform, which reflects our relentless focus on quality, will enable our customers to achieve a new level of competitiveness in the power generation marketplace," said Peter McCabe, president and CEO for Onshore Wind Business at GE Renewable.
Shell Wind Energy's Brazos Wind Ventures has signed a maintenance agreement with E.ON for its 160-megawatt Brazos project in Texas. The arrangement is collaborative, meaning E.ON will work with Brazos on a daily basis to maintain the project's 160 Mitsubishi machines.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s Icebreaker offshore wind pilot proposed for Lake Erie makes sense, says Great Lakes Science Center Vice President of STEM Learning Scott Vollmer. The project, says Vollmer, would be positioned to leverage the strong, predictable winds coming off the lake.
UK energy company SSE has agreed to acquire the remaining 50% interest in Seagreen Wind Energy for about $154.59 million.
Wind companies looking to advance offshore wind farms must be able to show their projects can coexist with other established industries, such as commercial fishing, said the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management during meetings in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. BOEM is also exploring the idea of a shipping and barge traffic lane that would run between New York and New Jersey.
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