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*
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Google offsets 100% of its operational electricity needs with wind, solar
Google offsets 100% of its operational electricity needs with wind, solar | East Coast offshore wind farms could create 75,000 jobs, report shows | US offshore wind lacks supply chain to support growth, say experts
Google has contracts to purchase 3 gigawatts of wind and solar energy worldwide, giving it enough output to officially offset 100% of the electricity used by the office and data center operations, according to the company. "We do want to get to a point where renewables and other carbon-free energy sources actually power our operations every hour of every day," it added.
The US offshore wind industry would create about 75,000 full-time jobs if the targets of New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and other East Coast states were met, according to the Center for American Progress and the New Jersey Work Environment Council, citing 2014 data from EU countries. "When coastal states get the right policy in place for offshore wind, they're supporting working families and being leaders in the urgent fight against climate change," said CEP Associate Director of Ocean Policy Shiva Polefka.
The US offshore wind industry lacks the supply chain to meet the needs of the 15-gigawatt pipeline of projects taking shape on the US East Coast, an industry expert told delegates to the 2018 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Princeton, N.J. "We all need to work to together to build this capacity," said Business Network for Offshore Wind Executive Director Liz Burdock.
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Bay State Wind, Deepwater Wind and Vineyard Wind have each submitted bids to build an offshore wind farm to supply 190-200 megawatts of power in Connecticut's latest request for proposals. "The region needs rapid deployment of offshore wind, and Connecticut's RFP shows that the state wants to participate in growing the market for this clean energy resource," said Acadia Center Policy Analyst Emily Lewis.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will file documents with the Federal Register on Friday, opening a public comment period that will run through May 21 to gather input on advancing offshore wind development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. The comment period will help BOEM identify areas potentially suited for the industry and future offshore wind leasing rounds.
US distillery MGP has signed a deal with Westar Wind in which it will purchase enough renewable energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity needs with wind, according to the companies. Westar said the power would come from its wind farms in Kansas and be added to the overall electric grid.
Mexican bakery corporation Grupo Bimbo has signed a virtual power purchase agreement with Invenergy to purchase 100 megawatts of output from its Santa Rita East wind site in Texas, said the firms. "This agreement is a great example of how companies across all industries can view renewable energy as beneficial for both the environment and business," Invenergy founder and CEO Michael Polsky said.
South Africa has signed a total of $4.7 billion in renewable energy contracts for 27 individual projects, most of which are wind or solar related. "This will bring much-needed policy and regulatory certainty and maintain South Africa's position as an energy investment destination of choice," the South African energy ministry said.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is calling on the state to source 100% of its electricity needs from clean energy sources by 2050. Orsted, meanwhile, is preparing to open a office in Atlantic City, N.J., that will create about 100 permanent jobs.
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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.