US offshore energy plan unveiled
U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday a plan that would see the United States generate electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.
"The choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy - it's a choice between prosperity and decline," President Obama said. "The nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy."
Wind could generate as much as 20 percent of US electricity demand by 2030, he said, while at a wind tower factory in Iowa.
Reaffirming his past messages of weaning his country off foreign oil and investing in a renewable energy sector, Obama reiterated that his administration remains committed to establishing a "cap and trade" scheme to limit greenhouse gas emissions, currently being debated in Congress.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.