Tuesday, August 15, 2017

N.Y. wind farm will be built with wildlife in mind, says Avangrid exec

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Sierra Club lawsuit demands federal transparency in grid study
The Sierra Club on Monday filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Energy demanding that DOE identify the groups and individuals it consulted with on a soon-to-be released nationwide electric grid reliability study. "We want to make sure that when this study is finally released, that the public and policy makers fully understand how [DOE] went about doing it, who they were influenced by, and whose views they did not take into consideration," said Sierra Club attorney Casey Roberts.
Reuters (8/14),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (8/14) 
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N.Y. coalition pledges to support offshore wind development
A coalition of companies and individuals known as the New York Offshore Wind Alliance has pledged to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to encourage offshore wind in the state. "The Offshore Master Plan holds the key to creating a new clean energy economy that means emission-free offshore wind, new job-creating industries and economic opportunity, while reducing reliance on polluting fossil fuels and improving public health," said NYOWA Director Joe Martens.
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Trending: Creative strategies for onsite clean energy
Intel, NRG Energy and Prologis are good examples of large corporations devising strategies to establish their own onsite clean-energy installations to both improve their operations and sustainability profiles, writes Heather Clancy. Intel pledged to triple its onsite renewable energy projects by 2020 in 2015, and is currently experimenting with 14 different types of clean generation, including wind.
GreenBiz (8/8) 
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N.Y. wind farm will be built with wildlife in mind, says Avangrid exec
Avangrid Renewables will develop its planned Horse Creek Wind Farm in New York in accordance with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and US Fish and Wildlife Service's guidelines to protect wildlife and habitat, says Communications Manager Paul Copleman. Nonprofit group Audubon New York has objected to the project, arguing that it could create challenges for bird species in northern Jefferson County.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (8/15) 
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Developers install first jacket at offshore wind farm in UK
Companies working on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of Scotland have installed the first of 86 jackets at the site, according to SSE and the other firms involved. The project, which will feature 84 turbines, is expected to begin operations by the end of 2019.
BBC (8/14) 
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Innogy acquires 10.2-MW wind farm site in Ireland
Innogy said it has purchased its first wind farm site in Ireland -- the 10.2-megawatt Dromadda Beg project. Innogy said the project would feature three turbines and that construction would likely begin in September.
The Irish Times (Dublin) (8/14) 
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TPI Composites wins turbine blade supply deal with Senvion
TPI Composites wins turbine blade supply deal with Senvion
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Senvion has contracted TPI Composites to provide it with turbine blades for projects in Asia, Australia and South America, according to the companies. "We have chosen TPI due to its strong quality track-record, cost competitiveness, global footprint and ability to support Senvion's drive for technology leadership," said Chief Operating Officer Christian Roth.
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Policy Watch
Okla. AG moves to reject preapproval for Wind Catcher project
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed a motion asking state regulators to dismiss a case preapproving the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's proposed 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher wind farm and corresponding 350-mile transmission line. PSO said it expects state regulators to support the project as would save consumers money, attract other investments to the state and diversify PSO's portfolio.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (8/15) 
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S.D. judge sets 3,960-foot setback distance for planned wind farm
South Dakota Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Carmen Means has upheld a minimum setback distance of 3,960-feet for turbines at Geronimo Energy's planned 400-megawatt Crocker Wind Farm. If Geronimo accepts the ruling and moves forward with the project, it is expected to pay $1.2 million to landowners and $40,000 to Clark County annually.
Watertown Public Opinion (S.D.) (8/14) 
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Houston Offshore Wind Summit: Charting a path for success
American offshore wind is continuing its forward momentum: More than 350 offshore energy services and manufacturing pros gathered at the Offshore Wind Executive Summit in Houston, Texas, last week. Their goal: charting a path to tap into America's strengths and knowledge, and use them to build offshore wind energy infrastructure for this growing industry. Read more.
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