A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Fwd: Dominion, Dong Energy plot 12-MW offshore wind project in Va.
Dominion, Dong Energy plot 12-MW offshore wind project in Va. | Opinion: N.C. wind moratorium is shortsighted | John Laing to buy up 90.5% stake in Texas wind farm
Dominion Energy and Dong Energy plan to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia by the end of 2020 that will feature two 6-megawatt turbines and be known as the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the companies. "Today marks the first step in what I expect to be the deployment of hundreds of wind turbines off Virginia's coast that will further diversify our energy production portfolio, create thousands of jobs, and reduce carbon emissions in the Commonwealth," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Wind energy is a valuable resource in North Carolina, providing landowners with a reliable stream of revenue and other benefits, writes Jennifer Craft. "Responsible development of wind power is an asset to N.C., and this moratorium is a shortsighted decision that was moved forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown under the guise of military projection," she writes.
John Laing has confirmed that it plans to buy a 90.5% stake in NRG Energy's 100.5-megawatt Buckthorn project in Texas. The wind farm is expected to feature 26 Vestas V126 3.45-MW machines and three V117 3.6-MW turbines.
Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend up to $1 billion annually on its new energies business by 2020, CEO Ben van Beurden said. The division was created to focus on renewable energy development and other clean energy technology.
Burberry, French insurance firm AXA and Danish brewing company Carlsberg have unveiled new clean energy commitments, according to The Climate Group, an international clean energy nonprofit. Burberry has pledged to source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2022, and Carlsberg said it would switch all of its breweries to 100% renewables by the same year.
The US is on track to comply with the Paris climate accord despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of it, writes Sophie Vorrath. Citing a Morgan Stanley report, she argues that utilities will continue to shift to renewables as wind and solar as costs fall, steering the nation's shift toward a low-carbon future.
SaskPower, a utility based in Saskatchewan, Canada, has approved eight wind farms to compete in its upcoming wind leasing round to add 200 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its portfolio, said the firm. "We plan to increase this to 30% by 2030, and this project is one way we will reach our goal," Vice President of Resource Planning and acting Vice President of Properties and Project Delivery Guy Bruce.
The northwestern region of the US is thriving. Utility resource planning and replacement power (from retiring power plants) is setting the region up for significant wind energy growth, on top of growing renewable portfolio standard demand from Oregon and Washington. If you're invested in or have ties to the Northwest, you won't want to miss the AWEA Northwest Regional Wind Energy Conference this month in Seattle. Read more.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton, military leader
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.