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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Deepwater CEO: Block Island ahead of schedule
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BOEM issues request for interest in Calif. offshore wind | Opinion: Don't debate fossil fuels; focus on clean energy future | Deepwater CEO: Block Island ahead of schedule
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued a request for interest to see whether any companies besides Trident Winds are interested in building an offshore wind farm off the coast of California's Morro Bay. The agency said that if no other developers express interest after a 30-day comment period, it would move forward with a noncompetitive leasing round for the area.
Americans should stop debating the pros and cons of fossil fuels and hydraulic fracturing and focus their energy on the nation's clean energy future, which will be driven by renewables, writes Robert Keller, vice chairman of the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Arlington, Va., group. "Do we really need to debate the possibility of polluting our potable water sources when our road map to the future of energy is clear," he writes.
Deepwater Wind is on track to complete its 30-megawatt Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island ahead of schedule and on budget, according to CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. He added that the company is in the early stages of developing a second offshore wind farm that could have a total capacity of 90 megawatts and become operational in the 2020s.
E.ON is on track to begin building a 278-megawatt in Illinois this month that will feature 139 V110 2-MW Vestas turbines, according to the company. "It will be E.ON's third wind farm to be located in Illinois, further diversifying our portfolio, which so far has a strong focus on Texas," CEO and Chairman Johannes Teyssen said of the Twin Forks project.
Mainstream Renewable Energy has installed the first of 61 Siemens turbines at a 140-megawatt project in South Africa, according to the company. The Loeriesfontein wind farm is expected to begin operations by the end of next year.
Masdar will get help from 8.2 Consulting to evaluate a proposal to invest in a series of offshore wind farms in Europe that would have a combined capacity of 1.5 gigawatts, according to the companies. Masdar controls a stake in the 630-megawatt London Array I and 402-MW Dudgeon offshore wind farms.
Offshore wind management service Ziton has won a three-year contract to supply Dong Energy's projects in Denmark and the UK with operations and maintenance services. Among other duties, Ziton will be responsible for exchanging turbine components and transformers.
Senvion has acquired wind turbine manufacturer Kenersys India to expand its holdings in the country, according to Senvion CEO Juergen Geissinger. According to the deal, Senvion has also received the right to sell Kenersys' 2-megawatt and 2.6-MW turbine series worldwide.
Wind energy continues to be a divisive issue for candidates competing in Vermont's upcoming gubernatorial election, according to this analysis. Sue Minter, a Democratic candidate, supports the construction of wind farms on the state's mountain ridges, while others argue against such projects.
Fact Check: Flawed study overstates challenge of integrating wind energy
A national press story recently highlighted an academic study claiming flexible fossil-fired power plants, like natural gas power plants, are critical for integrating renewable energy. In reality, wind energy can be reliably integrated onto the existing power system, and the addition of renewable energy never increases, and actually always decreases, the need for other power plants. Further, the study contains a fundamental mathematical flaw that, when corrected, completely undermines its conclusions. 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.