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
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July 11, 2017
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Dominion, Dong Energy plot 12-MW offshore wind project in Va.
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.
Fox Business/The Associated Press (7/10),  The Hill (7/10) 
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Opinion: N.C. wind moratorium is shortsighted
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.
The Hickory Daily Record (N.C.) (7/11) 
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5 ways to help your office work smarter
It's hardly a secret that the most successful small businesses are the ones with the smartest people.

But when they have to work with not-so-smart tech, their time and talent gets wasted. It's bad for the business. It's time to get smart >
Project Focus
John Laing to buy up 90.5% stake in Texas wind farm
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.
ReNews (UK) (7/10) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Shell to invest up to $1B annually on clean energy by 2020
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.
Reuters (7/10) 
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Burberry, firms roll out new clean energy targets
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.
Bloomberg (7/10) 
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Policy Watch
Analysis: Falling wind, solar costs will help US meet Paris climate goals
Analysis: Falling wind, solar costs will help US meet Paris climate goals
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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.
RenewEconomy (Australia) (7/7) 
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Canadian utility OKs 8 projects to compete in upcoming wind auction
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.
ReNews (UK) (7/10) 
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An exclusive event is headed to the Northwest
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.
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