FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Columbia Missourian:We applaud Ameren Missouri’s announcement this past week to invest $1 billion in wind and solar power technology.The utility, which operates a coal-fired power plant in Labadie, says the investment will ultimately allow it to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent in 2050 from 2005 levels.Ameren said it would add at least 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020.Without question, this is a significant shift in strategy for Ameren, which has relied on coal-fired power plants to generate the bulk of its power.The utility said it would retire two coal-fired plants and phase out two units at its Labadie facility in 2037.While the times have changed and consumers have clamored for cleaner energy, the demand for affordable power has always driven investment decisions.Wind and solar power generation technology has improved to the point where it is becoming more affordable than traditional coal and gas technology.That’s why more and more companies and municipalities are adopting renewable energy goals in addition to reducing the carbon footprint. It’s good for the environment and for the bottom line.More: Right on Renewables Editorial: Ameren Missouri Is Making the Right $1 Billion Move
News is spreading quickly about the Caribbean’s first floating taco bar, which opened last month in the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 200 feet off St. John’s Hansen Bay Beach. The new business, called Lime Out VI, is creating quite a stir, and has already been featured on POPSUGAR, Caribbean Journal, Coastal Living, Travel and Leisure, Yahoo, and Lonely Planet, to name just a few.According to reports, everything about the bar is eco-friendly: It’s solar-powered, serves food in biodegradable containers, has solely recyclable cups, and will not serve straws. They’ll deliver food to nearby boats, customers who swim up to their bar (because, yes, there is also a swim-up bar for those who decide they don’t need a boating vehicle to get there), and kayakers in the area.Chelsea Baranowski, co-owner of Lime Out VI, told the paper her husband and their fellow owners, “all grew up together in St. John’s Coral Bay and have always wanted to open a business in the area.” The menu features super local cuisine and right now has 11 types of tacos, including fresh-catch ceviche, surf and turf, rum ribs, shrimp, and green curry chicken tacos.Lime Out’s cocktail menu is reportedly just as enticing, as it revolves around St. John flavors: Each drink is made with local fresh-squeezed juice and a specialty island liquor.