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, May 08, 2018
Calif., Denmark sign deal to grow offshore wind industry
Opinion: Engagement key to overcoming public opposition | Bay State, Southcoast Health enter MoU for offshore wind PPA | Calif., Denmark sign deal to grow offshore wind industry
Community opposition has the power to delay or stop wind farms from advancing, but many issues can be overcome through engagement, coordination and cooperation with local entities, write Jeremy Firestone of the University of Delaware and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Ben Hoen and Joseph Rand. "Local ownership and financial benefits may help sway nearby residents who would otherwise object to a new wind farm," they write.
Massachusetts-based health care provider Southcoast Health has signed a memorandum of understanding to arrange a long-term power purchase agreement with Bay State Wind's 800-megawatt offshore wind farm, if its project is selected to advance. Vineyard Wind, which also has a project under consideration in Massachusetts, said it's also considering similar nonutility PPAs.
California has signed a new deal with Denmark through which the Danish Energy Agency will help the state develop its offshore wind industry, said California Energy Commission Commissioner Karen Douglas and Danish Energy, Supply and Climate Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt. "California's size and ambitions for renewable energy expansion make it a very exciting market," said Lilleholt.
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Statoil and SSE are working to qualify their joint 4.8-gigawatt Dogger Bank offshore wind farm for Britain's contracts-for-difference procurement round in 2019, according to the companies. "The strategic importance of that project to the UK and Statoil can not be overestimated," said Statoil Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff.
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Bech-Bruun, a law firm based in Denmark, will open an office in New York in September through which it will serve the US offshore wind industry, according to the company. The company has a working relationship with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
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The US is a key market for land-based and offshore wind growth, and future investors will need properly trained individuals with basic safety skills, said Jakob Lau Holst, CEO of the Global Wind Organization. Global Wind is an international nonprofit that evaluates and certifies sites offering wind-related training.
Michigan utility DTE Energy has unveiled $525 million in funding for "green bonds" to help finance wind farms, solar projects and other renewable energy and clean energy projects, said the utility. "Green bonds will help finance our low-carbon investments, which will enable us to continue moving Michigan toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy future," said Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson.
Global Wind Service has purchased Total Wind's offshore and blade-related businesses, according to the companies. Global Wind CEO Lars Bo Petersen noted that the acquisition would ensure Total Wind's pipeline of projects moves forward, despite its decision to pursue bankruptcy proceedings.
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and various companies are exploring California's potential for offshore wind development, but draft guidance from the US Navy potentially barring much of the coast may create challenges for the emerging industry, writes Rob Nikolewski. Navy Region Southwest Encroachment Program Director Steve Chung said his agency is working with several developers to help advance various projects, and that a final assessment will be released at some point.
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.