Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Opinion: Clean energy is driving US economic, job growth

Opinion: Offshore wind will benefit Mass. environment, economy | Mich. township wind ordinances block development, says utility | 300-MW wind farm in India to feature Senvion turbines
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Opinion: Offshore wind will benefit Mass. environment, economy
Opinion: Offshore wind will benefit Mass. environment, economy
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Massachusetts is preparing to unveil the winner of its offshore wind request for proposals, and all three proposals under consideration would bring huge economic and environmental benefits to the state, writes Dan Wolf, CEO and founder of Cape Air. "Offshore wind is our chance to combine our maritime traditions and our history of environmental stewardship to create thousands of well-paying jobs, while becoming a global leader in renewable energy," he writes.
Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Mich. township wind ordinances block development, says utility
Beaver Township, Mich., has adopted new ordinances for wind development that will prevent DTE Energy from moving forward with a wind farm in the area, said DTE Manager of Renewable Energy Development Matt Wagner. He said the company would explore other opportunities in Bay County, where it plans to erect 50 to 60 turbines.
MLive (Michigan) (5/16) 
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300-MW wind farm in India to feature Senvion turbines
Senvion has won a contract to supply a 300-megawatt wind project in Gujarat, India, with 131 of its 2.3-MW 120 turbines, according to the company. The deal comes under India's new reverse-auction system.
CleanTechnica (5/16) 
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Vestas acquires 40% in 353-MW wind farm in Sweden
Vestas has purchased a majority 40% interest in the 353-megawatt Blakliden/Fabodberget project in Sweden, which will feature 84 Vestas turbines, according to the company. Vattenfall and a Danish pension fund will each control a 30% stake.
ReNews (UK) (5/16) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Marine transportation firm launches US offshore wind unit
Marine transportation firm Reinauer has formed a new arm, Windserve Marine, to serve the US offshore wind industry. The company says the unit will offer support for all aspects of an offshore wind farm's life cycle, including towing, heavy equipment procurement and other services.
Offshore Wind Journal (U.K.) (5/17) 
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Nordex N133 4.8-MW turbine goes for TUV SUD certification
Nordex's N133 4.8-megawatt turbine model is preparing to undergo TUV SUD certification and pending approval, will hit the market next year. "Certification is aimed at confirming the quality of standard-conforming design and production and the wind turbine's power performance," said TUV SUD.
ReNews (UK) (5/15) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Opinion: Clean energy is driving US economic, job growth
Clean energy is boosting the US economy and creating jobs in Nevada and other states, Heather Reams, managing director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, writes. "We need to work to maintain those advantages," she argues, applauding Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., for their work representing Nevada's clean energy interests in the fiscal 2018 federal spending package.
Las Vegas Sun (5/16) 
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Statoil formally changes name to Equinor
Statoil has begun trading under the new name Equinor. "In becoming Equinor, we support the always safe, high value and low carbon strategy we outlined last year," said a spokesman on Wednesday.
United Press International (5/16) 
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Policy Watch
NYSERDA, partner hit halfway mark on wildlife-offshore wind study
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Normandeau Associates are conducting a three-year study into the Atlantic Coast's wildlife resources. NYSERDA said the study, which is halfway complete, will help New York develop its offshore wind resources in an environmentally responsible way.
North American Windpower online (5/16) 
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No partisan divide on wind support, young Americans overwhelming in preferences
A slew of surveys across 2016 and 2017 found Americans across the board supported the growth of wind energy. Now we have our first evidence from 2018 that this support continues to increase, and that we have a true rarity in today's political environment coming into focus -- there is no meaningful partisan divide in the country's preference for wind. Read more.
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