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Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-06-12
The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Offshore Wind California Grows Membership (Ind. Report)
Offshore Wind California
Date: 2020-06-08
French offshore wind foundations specialist Naval Energies has joined Menlo Park-based Offshore Wind California, an international association of offshore wind developers and technology companies focused on the California market. The association supports a goal of 10 GW of installed offshore wind capacity in the Golden State a by 2040.

Offshore Wind California members include Aker Solutions, Avangrid Renewables, Equinor, Magellan Wind (which has a Joint Development Agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners), Mainstream Renewable Power, Northland Power, Orsted, Principle Power, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, and Smultea Sciences. (Source: Naval Energies, PR, 4C Offshore, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Naval Energies, +33 2 40 84 85 00, Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, Pres., www.naval-energies.com; Offshore Wind California, Adam Stern, Exec. Dir., (510) 681-4483, adam.stern@offshorewindCA.org, www.offshorewindca.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind California news,  Offshore Wind news,  


Dominion's Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project Nears Construction (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2020-04-22
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy is reporting turbine components and monopiles for its pilot Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project are en-route to North America.

The project's foundations, consisting of the turbines' monopiles, transition pieces and anode cages were fabricated by EEW SPC. Installation of the two 6-megawatt Siemens Gamesa turbines 27 miles offshore, is expected to begin later this spring for commissioning and startup by the end of the year. At peak production, the pilot project will power 3,000 homes.

Also this month, Dominion Energy is conducting ocean surveys to map the seabed of the 112,800-acre lease area where the company's 2,600-MW CVOW project will be built beginning in 2024. These surveys will support the development of the project's Construction and Operations Plan to be submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) later this year. (Source: Dominion Energy InsideNova, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  


Trump 2021 Budget Ups BOEM Offshore Wind Support (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2020-02-14
In its proposed 2012 budget, the Trump Administration is proposing $189 million for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), with $26.5 million earmarked for "advance offshore renewable energy development" compared with $21.3 in FY 2020.

According to BOEM, the $189 million funds will be used to "continue to advance renewable energy" through its leasing programme. BOEM notes it "will continue to use environmental science as the foundation for sound policy decisions." (Source: BOEM, Various Media, renews, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  Offshore Wind,  


Martha's Vineyard Offshore Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-02-14
Following up on our 12th August, 2019 report, offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) environmental impact study for its planned 84-turbine offshore wind farm off of Martha's Vineyard has been delayed and the project's originally anticipated completion date will accordingly be delayed. (Source: Vineyard Wind, CapeCod.com, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vineyard Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Mocean Developing Sub-Sea Wave Energy Power (New Prod & Tech)
Mocean Energy
Date: 2020-02-12
Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Mocean Energy is reporting its collaboration with UK North Sea independent Chrysaor, subsea energy storage specialist EC-OG, and AUV developer Modus to assess the potential of Mocean Energy's Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG's HALO subsea energy storage system to sub-sea sub-sea applications.

The project is being funded by the partners and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen. If the initial work is successful, the partners will commit to a field trial using a Mocean Energy prototype offshore Orkney, northern Scotland, later this year. In 2019, Wave Energy Scotland agreed to supply £3.3 million ($4.27 million) to the company to construct and test a half-scale version of its technology at sea. (Source: Mocean Energy, PR, 10 Frb., 2020) Contact: Mocean Energy , Cameron McNatt, Managing Director, +44 (0)131 651 7959, hello@mocean.energy, www.mocean.energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mocean Energy.Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-01-15
An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, www.oceanpanle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Energy,  


Wave Energy Converter Ready for Testing (Ind. Report)
Vigpr.Ocean Energy
Date: 2019-10-21
In Washington State, Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC is reporting completion of a OE 35 Buoy wave energy converter for Ireland-based Ocean Energy. The buoy weighs 826 tons, measures 125 feet by 59 feet, has a 31-foot draft, and has a potential rate capacity of 1.25 MW in electrical power production.

The $12 million buoy, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, will be transported to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy

Test Site in Kanehoe Bay Hawaii for 12 months testing. Ocean Energy plans to construct an additional five buoys for deployment at the Oregon wave Energy Test Site off the coast of Newport, Oregon. (Source: Vigor Industrial LLC, Ocean Energy, Env. Oct., 2019) Contact: Vigor Industrial LLC, Brian Akin, (503) 247-1777, www.vigor.net; Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, info@oceanenergy.ie, +353 (0)21-4816780, +353(0)21-4816778 - fax, www.oceanenergy.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  Vigor,  


BOEM Approves Dominion Energy's Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2019-10-16
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for the design, fabrication and installation of its previously reported 2,600-MW offshore wind project in US federal waters 27 miles off the Virginian coast.

With these approvals, construction is expected to get underway in mid 2020. Orsted will construct the project which will incorporate SiemensGamesa 6-MW turbines. (Source: Dominion Energy, BOEM, renews, 15 Oct., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Thomas Brostrom, US Offshore Wind CEO, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Dominion Energy Virginia Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Dominion Energy,  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  Offshore Wind ,  


Coalition Calls for 10 GW of Calif. Offshore Wind Power (Ind Report)
Equinor,Aker Solutions,NREL
Date: 2019-10-07
A new Offshore Wind California coalition of renewable energy companies is calling for the Golden State to commit to a goal of at least 10 GW of primarily floating offshore wind power in California waters by 2040.

The group that counts Equinor and offshore engineering company Aker Solutions among its members notes that U.S. East Coast states have about 22 GW worth of offshore wind commitments and are projected to see an estimated $70 billion in related supply chain spending by 2030.

The US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates California's potential for offshore wind at about 112 GW, including about 8.4 GW in three Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) designated study areas. NREL also notes that floating wind platforms are a basic requirement for most of the state's offshore waters, which are too deep to support monopile or multi-leg jackets. (Source: NREL, Maritime Executive, Oct., 2019) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Floating Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  NREL,  Equinor,  Aker Solutions,  Offshore Wind,  


DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2019-08-26
The U.S. DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

According to the report, the utility-scale Land-Based Wind Sector had another strong year with 7,588 MW installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. The U.S. distributed wind sector now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. And the U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. The report found:

  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to over 96 gigawatts (GW).

  • Wind industry employment is at an all-time high, supporting 114,000 jobs

  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects -- Texas leads the nation with nearly 25 GW of wind capacity, while California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma have more than 5 GW.

  • Wind energy provides 6.5 pct of the nation's electricity, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

  • The trend of installing wind turbines that are larger and more powerful continued in 2018 and the price of wind energy being sold in long-term contracts is at an all-time low.

    The 2018 Distributed Wind Market report highlights include:

  • Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

  • Employed by households, schools, farms, industrial facilities, and municipalities, distributed wind doesn't only refer to small-scale turbines; it includes any size turbine or array of turbines that generates power for local or on-site use.

  • U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,127 MW in 2018. This capacity comes from over 83,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

  • The trend of using larger wind turbines in distributed applications continued in 2018. The average capacity of large-scale turbines installed in distributed applications in 2018 was 2.1 MW -- almost double the capacity of turbines used in 2003.

  • Commercial and industrial distributed wind projects increased in 2018, representing 29 pct of total project capacity. Distributed wind for utility customers remained the most prevalent use, representing 47 pct of capacity in 2018.

  • Of small wind turbines (100 kilowatts or less) deployed in the U.S., turbines of less than 1 kW are contributing an increasingly larger percentage of both the total number of turbines (99 pct) and capacity (47 pct) of small wind projects.

    The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report found:

  • The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.

  • Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control -- a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes.

  • California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase.

  • The DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

  • Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project -- Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts -- came in lower than expected at $65–$75 per MWh.

  • Technology trends toward larger turbines continued, with offshore turbines installed globally in 2018 averaging 5.5 MW, and turbines with capacities of 10- 12 MW coming to market in the next couple years. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office., 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


  • BOEM Stalling Vineyard Wind Environmental Statement (Reg & Leg)
    Vineyard Wind,
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In the Bay State, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reportedly stalling the release of a key environmental impact statement on Vineyard Wind's proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. The federal agency said the delay is in response to comments "from stakeholders and cooperating agencies" requesting a more robust cumulative analysis that would include projects that have been awarded power purchase agreements, but may not have submitted construction and operations plans. To that end, BOEM has decided to supplement the Draft EIS and solicit comments on its revised cumulative impacts analysis," according to an agency statement.

    Vineyard Wind urged the federal government to complete the project's review as quickly as possible and says the 84-turbine, 800-MW wind farm is key to a 2016 Massachusetts renewable energy law and remains viable.

    (Source: Vineyard Wind, BOEM, Boston.com, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,www.vineyardwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM,  Offshore Wind,  Vineyard Wind,  


    Eni Pilot Explores Wave Energy in the Adriatic (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Rome-headquartered, state-owned Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA reports the installation of a unit that can produce energy from sea waves in a pilot program that could be spread to offshore oil platforms being phased out.

    The pilot plant, which was installed about 90 miles south of Venice along the Adriatic Sea, has a "peak power output of 51 kW" and has been integrated into "the world's only hybrid smart grid wave energy system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage," according to a company statement.

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM} the U.S. wave energy resource potential along the outer continental shelf stands at 2,640 TWh per year, of which 1,170 TWh/yr are recoverable -- 1 TWh/yr of energy will supply around 93,850 average U.S. homes with power annually. (Source: Eni New Energy SpA, World News, 28 Mar., 2019)Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Wave Energy,  


    Antigua-Barbuda Ink Minesto Ocean Energy MoU (Intl Report)
    Minesto
    Date: 2019-03-04
    The Government of Antigua and Barbuda are reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Gothenburg, Sweden-based marine energy developer Minesto AB to supply renewable energy to the Eastern Caribbean.

    Under the MoU, Minesto AB will collaborate with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Antigua and Barbuda Science and Innovation Park on a feasibility study of the use of Minesto's Deep Green technology to provide energy in the Caribbean.

    In January 2019, UNOPS opened its first science and innovation center in Antigua and Barbuda to support national and regional innovation in the fields of science and technology. (Source: Minesto, Daily Observer, 4 March., 2019) Contact: Minesto, Dr. Martin Edlund, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60, www.minesto.com; UNOPS, www.unops.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto,  Ocean Energy,  


    SIMEC Atlantis Quits Nova Scotian Tidal Energy JV (Ind. Report)
    SIMEC Atlantis Energy
    Date: 2019-01-23
    UK-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd reports it has quit its Canadian tidal power JV and has redeployed two turbines at the MeyGen project in Scotland. SIMEC Atlantis sold its 50 pct interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL) for $400,000 (Cdn) ($297,000 US) to its Irish JV partner at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, namely DP Energy which will rename AOCL Rio Fundo Operations Canada Ltd. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, +44 131 659 9690, https://simecatlantis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy news,  Ocean Energy news,  


    Tidal Energy Kites Planned for Faroe Islands (Int'l Report)
    Minesto AB
    Date: 2018-11-14
    Further to our August 15th coverage, Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB reports it has entered into an agreement with electric utility SEV for the installation of two DG100 tidal energy converters in the waters surrounding the Faroe Islands, in he North Atlantic.

    SEV will provide the infrastructure for the grid-connected project, and purchase the output of the two subsea kite devices under long term PPA. Installation of both devices is to be completed in 2020. The project will be funded through a mix of equity and resources from Minesto and SEV, plus public funding grants. The Faroe Islands are planning a transition to 100 pct renewable power by 2030. (Source: Minesto AB,PR, Renewables Now, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60, www.minesto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB,  Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  


    Mass. Offshore Wind Lease Auction Details Expected (Ind. Report)
    US DOI,BOEM
    Date: 2018-04-11
    In Washington, the The US Department of Interior (DOI) reports it plans to lease two additional areas offshore Massachusetts totaling 390,000 acres for offshore wind energy development.

    The proposed sale notice (PSN) is expected to be published in the Federal Register today, 11 April 2018 and will include the proposed lease provisions and conditions, auction details as well as the criteria for evaluating competing bids and award procedures. The PSN will also be issued to affirm the continued interest from developers who are already been qualified for commercial wind development off Massachusetts, as well as to gather qualification materials from potential bidders who have been qualified for a wind lease sale in the Bay State. (Source: BOEM, Various Media, EBR, 9 April, 2018) Contact: US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  


    France Flaunting Tidal Energy Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    Tidal Energy
    Date: 2018-03-09
    In Paris, the French Government of President Emmanuel Macron has announced it will launch a preliminary study into the feasibility of tidal energy from tidal zones in Brittany and Normandy, an area with some of the most powerful tides in the world. The world's first tidal power station generating approximately 500 GWh per year was constructed in Brittany in 1966.

    Under its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, France has committed to increasing its share of renewable energy consumption to 23 pct by 2020. Under the Energy Transition Law in 2015, France is committed to generating 40 pct of its energy from renewable sources and increasing the share of renewable energy consumption to 32 pct by 2030. However, as of 2016, France's percentage is holding at just 16 pct . The government has also earmarked €7 billion for the renewable energy sector from 2018 to 2022. (Source: Various Media, southEU summit, Mar., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


    Navy to Test Irish Wave Ocean Energy Technology (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Energy,Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2018-02-02
    In Ireland, County Cork-headquartered wave energy technology developer Ocean Energy reports it has sealed a €5.25 million deal with the US Navy to test its OE Bouy wave energy converter at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. The test unit will be built by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at a test site on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu this autumn.

    The project is being partially funded by US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). (Source: Ocean Energy, newstalk.com, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, +353 (0)21-4816780, info@oceanenergy.ie, www.oceanenergy.ie; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie; US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  ,  


    Cape Wind Scuttles Nantucket Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Cape Wind
    Date: 2017-12-04
    Cape Wind Associates reports that after 16 year it has officially scuttled its bid to develop its long planned offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound and surrendered its development lease with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    Cape Wind pioneered the U.S. offshore wind market beginning around 2001 with its plan to build 130 wind turbines on Horseshoe Shoal nine miles east of Martha's Vineyard. (Source: CapeWind, PR, 1Dec., 2017) Contact: Cape Wind, Jim Gordon, Pres., (617) 904-3100, info@capewind.org, www.capewind.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cape Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

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