Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gulf of Mexico waters are freakishly warm, which could mean explosive springtime storms - The Washington Post

Photos reveal more than 200 bright blue Arctic lakes have started bubbling with methane gas - ScienceAlert

Friday, March 24, 2017

U.S. Sen. Blasts Wind, Says No To Clean Line Contract

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U.S. Senator Blasts 'Unreliable' Wind, Says No To Clean Line Contract
by Betsy Lillian, Mar 23, 2017
Speaking out against buying power from the Plains & Eastern Clean Line, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander claimed that the TVA's previous experiences with wind power showed how "unreliable" the energy source can [Read More]
AWEA: Ohio Wind Industry In Jeopardy Under Proposed Bill
March 22, 2017
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is speaking out against a proposed Ohio bill that the group says would reduce the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) into an "unenforceable goal" and, in turn, slam the brakes on wind power investment. [Read More]
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Military Concerns Spark Proposed Wind Moratorium In North Carolina
March 23, 2017
Citing efforts to protect the state's military installations, a newly filed bill in the North Carolina Senate is seeking a temporary moratorium on the construction of new wind projects. The Military Operations Protection Act of 2017 – sponsored by Sens. [Read More]
Work Kicks Off On LM Wind Power's Newest Blade Factory
March 23, 2017
LM Wind Power, a designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, has commenced work on its new factory in Cherbourg, Normandy. Headed by French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a foundation stone ceremony was conducted at the construction site [Read More]
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CanWEA Applauds Green Focus Of Federal Budget
March 23, 2017
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is voicing its support for the Canadian government's newly released Budget 2017, which includes promoting renewable energy across the country. Budget 2017 is the next step in the government's long-term plan to "create jobs [Read More]
Another Two U.S. Cities Establish 100% Renewables Goal
March 22, 2017
A total of 25 U.S. cities have now committed to fully transition to renewable energy, following city council votes on Tuesday establishing 100% renewable energy goals in Madison, Wis., and Abita Springs, La., according to the Sierra Club. Madison and [Read More]
How To Decarbonize The Energy Sector: Significantly Ramp Up Renewables
March 22, 2017
By expanding renewable energy and improving energy efficiency, energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions globally could be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased out by 2060, according to new findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA's "Perspectives for [Read More]
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Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm Goes With SgurrEnergy For Monitoring
March 23, 2017
SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group's clean energy business, has been awarded a construction monitoring contract for the Race Bank Wind Farm, a 573 MW project to be located 17 miles off the Norfolk, England, coast. The contract will be followed [Read More]
Floating Offshore Wind Moves Forward In Scotland
March 22, 2017
Dounreay Tri Ltd. has inked planning consent from the Scottish government for the installation of a floating wind farm to be located 9 kilometers off the northern coast of Scotland. According to Renewable Energy Systems (RES), this decision means the [Read More]
Energy Company Signs Up For Power From DONG Offshore Wind Farm
March 22, 2017
DONG Energy has signed a deal with U.K. green energy company Good Energy to supply power from the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm. The deal secures 12% of the output of the 210 MW project, which is operated by DONG [Read More]
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where Does Neil Gorsuch Stand on the Environment? Why Many Greens Are Worried

Release of Arctic Methane "May Be Apocalyptic," Study Warns

Big Oil firms are increasingly competing in offshore wind sphere

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AWEA: Ohio energy bill would stall wind energy jobs, investments | Maine energy director learns from UK's offshore wind industry | EDP Renewables to use Vestas turbines for Ind. project
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AWEA: Ohio energy bill would stall wind energy jobs, investments
A bill under consideration in Ohio to reduce the state's renewable energy requirements has the potential to stall wind industry growth, including its ability to create jobs and drive investment, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "Keeping the [renewable portfolio standard] in place will keep these businesses healthy and Ohio competitive with other states that are choosing to expand their own RPS policies," said Eastern Region Policy Director Andrew Gohn.
CleanTechnica (3/22) 
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Maine energy director learns from UK's offshore wind industry
Maine Acting Energy Director Angela Monroe traveled to the UK this month to learn more about the nation's offshore wind industry and the government policies and economic decisions behind it, said the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. Monroe said offshore wind would still be more costly for Maine than other energy options, though projects under development in other parts of the East Coast may be good opportunities for Maine firms.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/23) 
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EDP Renewables to use Vestas turbines for Ind. project
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EDP Renewables North America will use 50 V110 2-megawatt turbines from Vestas for its 100-MW Meadow Lake 5 wind farm in Indiana, the company said. The project is expected to begin operations in September. (U.K.) (3/22) 
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LM Wind begins work on turbine factory in France
LM Wind Power has broken ground on a factory in France that will produce blades for offshore wind turbines, according to the company. The site is expected to begin operations in June 2018. (U.K.) (3/23) 
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Big Oil firms are increasingly competing in offshore wind sphere
Major oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Eni are increasingly competing with and beating traditional wind companies such as Dong Energy and Vattenfall in offshore wind auctions. Among the reasons for the trend are reliable economic returns from offshore wind investments and growing demand for clean energy.
Bloomberg (3/23) 
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Statkraft divests 25% stake in Dogger Bank offshore wind project
SSE has purchased a 12.5% interest in the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm off the coast of England from Statkraft, bringing its total stake in the project to 37.5%, according to the company. It added that Statoil purchased the Statkraft's other 12.5% stake.
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Broad coalition asks Congress to invest in America's electricity grid
A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America's electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Read more.
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