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Friday, August 12, 2016
Analysis: Offshore wind industry poised for take off after R.I. project
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Analysis: Offshore wind industry poised for take off after R.I. project | Report: US cities welcome clean energy | Opinion: Apex project would be good for students, environment
Offshore wind development in the US is poised to take off after Deepwater Wind launches its Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island this fall, according to Deepwater CEO Jeffrey Grybowski and other industry leaders. "There's a tremendous amount of activity, and I think this will be viewed in history as the year that changed everything for the US offshore wind industry," said Natural Resources Defense Council Director of Energy and Transportation in New York Kit Kennedy.
The goals of job creation and limiting air pollution are driving US cities of all sizes to adopt renewable energy, according to a report by the Sierra Club. San Diego has sought to develop clean energy to expand the city's clean tech sector, and smaller cities, like Georgetown, Texas, see renewables as a way to grow the local economy, according to the report.
Apex Clean Energy's Lighthouse Wind farm in New York would benefit the community in numerous ways, including providing the public school system with extra revenue for new technology and other programs, writes Susan Campbell. "The proposed Lighthouse Wind project will bring a brighter future for our children, and not just because it means a cleaner, more sustainable earth," she writes.
The Macon County, Ill., Board has signed off on a transportation agreement that clears the way for E.ON to begin the roadwork for its planned 139-turbine Twin Forks Wind Farm, say observers. "I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing work done in the next few weeks," said Finance Committee Chairman Jay Dunn.
Belltown Power has purchased Welsh developer Awel Newydd Cyf and a 12-turbine, 24.6-megawatt project under construction from parent company RDC Partners, according to the companies. "We are continuing to grow our renewable energy portfolio across three diverse technologies -- wind, solar and hydro -- and this latest acquisition brings the total number of Belltown sites to 20; with over 140 MW," said Belltown founder and CEO Mike Kaplan.
The An Bord Pleanala has granted Apple approval to build a data center in Ireland that will be powered with 30 megawatts of installed land-based wind capacity. Apple said it hopes to build at least eight more renewable energy-powered data centers over the next 15 years.
Vattenfall has purchased Erste Nordsee-Offshore-Holding's 79-turbine Global Tech II offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany. "The acquisition underlines once more that our growth ambitions in wind are under full steam," said Vattenfall Vice President of Business Area Wind Gunnar Groebler.
The Indian Ministry of Shipping has unveiled plans to add more than 160 megawatts of installed renewable capacity at 16 major ports by the end of next year, according to the agency. Under the plan, the ministry will add turbines with a combined capacity of 70 MW at four ports.
Offshore wind energy gets a boost from Massachusetts
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law this week legislation that will transform the US offshore wind market and catapult the industry into a thriving source of clean energy for New England ratepayers, according to Nancy Sopko, manager of advocacy and federal legislative affairs for AWEA. The new law tasks state utilities with procuring 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power capacity through 15 to 20 year contracts by 2027, the largest such requirement in the nation and enough to power half a million typical homes. Projects must be procured by July 1, 2017 and at least 400 MW in size, twice the average land-based US wind farm installed last year. "Massachusetts as a first-mover has positioned itself as the cradle of an entirely new domestic supply chain that could revitalize East Coast port cities, supporting offshore wind development and potentially thousands of jobs," said Sopko. Read more.
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.