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Greenalia Planning 670-MWp Texas Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Greenalia
Date: 2021-07-23
Coruna, Spain-headquartered renewable energy developer Grennalia reports company plans to invest $450 million to develop 670MWp of solar photovoltaic, with 170MW battery storage capacity, all in ready-to-build phase, in Texas, with construction over the next year.

The company is active in offshore and onshore wind, solar, energy storage and biomass and in plans to pursue other U.S. renewable acquisitions and projects. and opportunities.

Currently, Greenalia has a 3 GW portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, solar photovoltaic and biomass. (Source: Greenalia, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: GReenalia, Manuel Garcia, CEO, +34 900 81 50 81, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenalia,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


AEP, Opdenergy Ink US Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
Opdenergy
Date: 2021-07-23
Madrid-headquartered independent offshore wind and solar energy developer Opdenergy reports the closing of a new 15-year Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement (REPA) in the United States with AEP Energy, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-headquartered American Electric Power (AEP).

Under the agreement, Opdenergy will develop a solar PV plant with an installed capacity of 63 MWdc in Clarke County , Virginia, and AEP Energy will purchase 100 pct of the project's power production. The project expects to reach RtB in 2023 and grid connection in the first half of 2024. (Source: Opdenergy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Opdenergy, Luis Cid, CEO, +34 914 559 996, www.opdenergy.com/en; www.opdenergy.com; AEP Energy, Ben Buckworth, beduckworth@aepes.com, www aepes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Opdenergy,  AEP Energy,  Solar,  


Qair Joins Brazilian Offshore Wind, Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
Qair
Date: 2021-07-12
Qair Brasil, a subsidiary of French company Qair Internacional, is reporting a MoU with Brazil's Ceara State to cooperate on and invest in development of the $6.9 billion, 1,216-GW Dragao do Mar offshore wind park and a 2,240-MW electrolysis plant capable of producing 296,000 tpy of green hydrogen. (Source: Qair Brasil, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: Qair , +33 (0)4 11 95 11 11, contact@qair.energy, www.qair.energy/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qair,  Offshore Wind,  Hydrogen,  


Vestas to Supply Turbines for He Dreiht Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
Vestas, EnBW
Date: 2021-07-12
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reports has been named "pre-selected tenderer" to supply its V236-15.0MW offshore wind turbines for Stuttgart, Germany-headquartered power producer EnBW's 900 MW He Dreiht offshore wind project roughly 85km from the island of Borkum in the German North Sea.

The turbines are expected to be installed in Q2, 2025 for commissioning before the year end when the facility will operate without subsidies. EnBW and Vestas will finalize the contractual agreements over the coming months and expect to ink a final agreement efore the year end. (Source: EnBW, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: EnBW Generation, Dr Georg Stamatelopoulos, CEO, Stefanie Klumpp, +49721 63-00, stefanie.klumpp@enbw.com, www.enbw.com; Vestas,+45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  EnBW,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  


China's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
China Offshore Wind
Date: 2021-07-07
The China Morning Post is reporting the 29 June completion of China's largest offshore wind farm in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Rudong county in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

The wind farm is expected to generate "a massive amount of renewable energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.46 million tonnes (1.6 million tons), helping the nation achieve its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2060", according to the release. (Source: South China Morning Post, 6 July, 2021)

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


Vattenfall Building Wind Components Warehouse in Denmark (Int'l.)
Vattenfall
Date: 2021-06-28
In Sweden, Stockholm-based wind energy giant Vattenfall reports it plans to construct a large wind turbine parts and components -- gearboxes, generators, transformers, shafts, blades and others -- warehouse at the Danish Port of Esbjerg. The 2,100 sqm indoor warehouse and an 8,200 sqm outdoor storage facility will serve wind farms in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the UK when completed and stocked in 2022.

Vattenfall presently operates more than 1,300 on- and offshore wind turbines in Northern Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, all of which are monitored from Vattenfall's central control room in Esbjerg. (Source: Vattenfall, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Kryssare, +46 (0)76-769 56 07, magnus.kryssare@vattenfall.com, www.vattenfall.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Wind,  


GE, TNO Researching Wind Blade Tip Improvements (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power
Date: 2021-06-25
A consortium of GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power and TNO, are collaborating on the TIADE project to develop technologies and design methods for more efficient operation of next-generation wind turbine rotors, wind farms with large rotor wakes, and demonstrate them in the field.

Innovations developed in the TIADE project will be tested on the full-scale 130 m diameter turbine recently installed in Wieringermeer, Netherlands. The turbine is powered by two-piece blades which allows the outer 12 m of the blades to be replaced by several innovative tips such as spoilers, serrations, vortex generators, "turbulators" and blade tip improvements. These innovations, which will be validated using advanced measurement techniques, can be applied to newly manufactured wind turbines in the factory or retrofitted to existing offshore wind farms. With both options available, implementation of the technologies in offshore wind farms can be done from 2023. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: TNO Wind Energy, Peter Eecen, R&D Manager www.tno.nl/en; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LM Wind Power ,  Wind Blade,  


J-POWER Joins Green Hydrogen Consortium AquaVentus (Int'l.)
J-POWER, AquaVentus
Date: 2021-06-23
Tokyo-based Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-Power) reports it has joined the German green hydrogen initiative AquaVentus. AquaVentus was established by 26 leading international companies, organizations and research institutions in December 2020 and presently has 60 members. Several projects are currently planned under the AquaVentus initiative and they are targeting to generate green hydrogen from the electricity generated by 10GW offshore wind power station by 2035. J-POWER believes that its participation in the Consortium will provide the company with valuable expertise in production, transportation and usage of green hydrogen.

AquaVentus aims to produce green hydrogen at sea, with the vision of achieving 10 gigawatts of production capacity for green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and transporting it to land by 2035.

AquaVentus project initiatives portfolio includes various sub-projects along the value chain including: development of offshore wind turbines with integrated hydrogen production (AquaPrimus); a large-scale offshore hydrogen park (AquaSector); a central supply pipeline (AquaDuctus); infrastructure for harbors (AquaPortus); hydrogen-based maritime applications and research platform. (Source: Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (J-Power) PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english; Aqua Ventus, www.aquaventus.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News J-POWER,  Green Hydrogen,  AquaVentus,  


DP Energy, Iberdrola Partnering on Offshore Wind (Int'l.)
DP Energy, Iberdrola
Date: 2021-06-21
Buttevant, Ireland-based renewable energy developer DP Energy reports its core projects are currently centered on a joint venture with Madrid-headquartered renewable energy giant Iberdrola on three offshore wind projects -- Inis Ealga in Cork and Clarus in Clare and Shelmalere off the east Irish coast. All three pipeline projects will utilise floating wind technology.

Iberdrola has acquired a 3-GW pipeline of offshore wind and a majority stake in DP Energy's offshore business. Ireland's climate action plan aims for 70 pct renewable energy by 2030 . (Source: DP Energy, PR, Business Post, June, 2021) Contact: DP Energy, +353 (0) 22 23955, Fax -- +353 (0) 22 23027 info@dpenergy.com, www.dpenergy.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.ea

More Low-Carbon Energy News DP Energy,  Iberdrola,  Wind,  Offshore Wind ,  


1.2GW South Korean Offshore Wind Project Planned (Int'l. Report)
Ocean Winds
Date: 2021-06-18
In Seoul, the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is reporting the Spanish renewable energy firm Ocean Winds -- a joint venture of EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Engie -- plans to invest $100 million in the construction of a 1.2GW offshore wind farm in Incheon, which borders the capital city Seoul.

Construction and other details have not been released. (Source: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, www.english.motie.go.kr/www/main.do; Ocean Wind, communications@oceanwinds.com, www.oceanwinds.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Ocean Winds,  EDP Renewables,  Engie,  


Consortium Seeks Norwegian Offshore Wind Power Permits (Int'l.)
BP, Statkraft, Aker Offshore Wind
Date: 2021-06-16
Further to our Feb 1st coverage, British oil major BP reports it will join Norway's Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind in an equal one-third partnership to bid for permits to build offshore wind power projects in the Soerlige Nordsjoe II licensing area in the North Sea, one of the two areas opened in Norway. (Source: BP, Statkraft, Aker Offshore, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Statkraft, Lars Magnus Gunther, +47 912 41 636, larsmagnus.gunther@statkraft.com, www.statkraft.com; Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Statkraft,  Aker Offshore Wind,  


Baltic Seas Sustainable Fuels Bunkering Hub Planned (Alt Fuel)
Bornholm Bunker Hub
Date: 2021-06-14
The newly formed Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium is reporting the launch of a feasibility study to determine the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels produced from wind energy on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

The project, involving major energy group Orsted and Danish marine fuels firm Bunker Holdings Ltd. will investigate how local power-to-X green energy can support the supply of sustainable fuels for the more than 60,000 ships per year that pass the island. Consortium partners include Danish ferry operator Molslinjen, Finnish engine maker Wartsila, French classification society Bureau Veritas, Bornholm's Port of Roenne, Danish engineering group Ramboll and hydrogen catalysis firm Haldor Topsoe.

Bornholm Island's central location in the Baltic region gives it added potential to exploit green electricity from offshore wind from Sweden, Poland and Germany as well as Danish waters. (Source: Bunker Holdings Ltd, Website PR, Trade Winds, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Bunker Holdings Ltd, +45 88 38 28 28, bh@bunker-holding,com, www.bunker-holding.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Sustainable Fuel,  


Green Hydrogen Systems IPO Aims for $153Mn (Int'l. Alt. Fuel)
Green Hydrogen Systems
Date: 2021-06-09
Copenhagen-based Green Hydrogen Systems, a maker of electrolysers to produce "clean" hydrogen derived from renewable power, reports it plans to raise $163 million with its IPO. Shares will be priced at 40 Danish crowns ($6.54), valuing the company at about 3 billion Danish crowns ($491 million US).

A.P. Moller Holding, the owner of maritime shipping giant Maersk, holds 18 pct of the company and has committed to buy shares worth 37 million crowns. Maersk is aiming to put the world's first vessel powered by carbon-neutral fuel into operation in 2023. Green Hydrogen Systems' current customers include the world's biggest offshore wind farm developer Orsted and top wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa. The firm is also in talks with Maersk.

Green Hydrogen Systems is backed state pension fund ATP, the Danish Growth Fund and Nordea. (Source: Green Hydrogen Systems, PR, Zawya, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Green Hydrogen Systems, +45 7550 3500, www.greenhydrogen.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen Systems ,  Green Hydrogen,  


Bureau Veritas Launches Floating Wind Verification Tool (New Prod.)
Bureau Veritas
Date: 2021-06-07
Paris-headquartered global testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas is reporting the introduction of OPERA, a new digital simulation tool to support the certification of floating offshore wind turbines.

OPERA provides an independent and integrated modelling solution that includes all components of a floating wind turbine, from mooring systems to blades, integrated loads analysis taking into account all types of couplings and supports the design review team in case of technical issues, according to the release. (Source: Bureau Veritas , PR, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Bureau Veritas , Laurent Leblanc, Snr. VP, www.group.bureauveritas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau Veritas,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  


Iberdrola, Vestas Ink Baltic Eagle Turbine Agreement (Int'l.)
Iberdrola, Vestas
Date: 2021-06-04
Madrid-headquartered renewable energy major Iberdrola reports it has contracted with Vestas to supply 50 units of its V174-9.5 MW wind turbine -- including service and maintenance -- for Iberdrola's Baltic Eagle project which is being developed roughly 75 km off the island of Rugen, in the German Baltic Sea.

When fully operational, Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola's second major offshore initiative in Germany after the installation of 350-MW Wikinger wind farm in 2017, will generate sufficient energy to meet 45 pct of the total electricity consumption of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and it will displace 1.65 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

Iberdrola has 1.3 GW installed and is progressing with the construction of a further 2.6 GW and expects to have 12,000 MW offshore wind in operation by 2030. The Group operates the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (since 2014), 350-MW Wikinger in the German Baltic Sea (since 2017) and the 714-MW East Anglia One in British waters in the North Sea (since 2020). At different stages of planning and development are 496-MW Saint-Brieuc project, off the coast of Brittany in northern France, which will use 62 Siemens-Gamesa turbines each with 8-MW unit capacity; 800-MW Vineyard Wind, a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, off the coast of Massachusetts; and Baltic Eagle. (Source: Ibersdrola, PR, Website, 25 May, 2021)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es; Vestas, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  Baltic Eagle ,  


NRCAN Offers $964Mn Smart Renewables, Electrification Pathways Program Grant Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Natural Resource Canada
Date: 2021-06-04
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) reports the launch of the 4-year Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREP), four-year programme that will provide up to $964 million ($799 million US) in grant funding for smart renewable energy and grid modernisation projects including: on- and offshore wind, solar, geothermal, concentrated solar, grid modernization, tidal and wave energy, energy storage and other established and emerging clean energy technologies.

The applicants in the established renewables category need to have a minimum net installed capacity of 4 MW if a generating project, or 500 kW if an Indigenous-owned scheme, and must be commercially viable in Canada.

Emerging technologies to be considered will have been successfully deployed at the utility scale in other countries but still not commercially viable in Canada. Heating and storage projects need to have capacities of not less than 40 terajoules (TJ) and 1 MW, respectively. The minimum sizes for generating and Indigenous-owned projects in this category are the same as in established renewables. Demonstration projects, renewable fuel production projects and non-organic waste-to-power projects will not be considered eligible.

The maximum funding in all categories is $50 million and there is also a limit to the percentage of total cost that can be supported, which is 10 pct for established renewables, 30 pct for emerging technologies and 50 pct for grid modernisation. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/green-infrastructure-programs/smart-renewables-and-electrification-pathways-program/23566

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada news,  Renewable Energy news,  


Orsted Partnering for Japanese Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l.)
Orsted,Eurus,Japan Wind Development
Date: 2021-05-24
Copenhagen-headquartered energy giant Orsted reports it is partnering with Japan Wind Development Co. (JWD) and Eurus Energy to develop offshore wind projects in Japan's Akita Prefecture.

The partners are developing two designated offshore wind sites under Japan's Offshore Renewable Energy Act of 2018, both of which are located off the coast of Akita -- the Noshiro/Mitane/Oga Offshore Wind Farm and the Yurihonjo Offshore Wind Farm. Both projects are currently in the permitting process.

Japan is aiming for 30-45 GW offshore wind capacity by 2040 and plans to execute offshore wind auctions every year. The country's west coast is expected to host up to 5 GW offshore wind by 2030, increasing to 9 GW by 2040. (Source: Orsted, Website PR, 19 May, 20210 Contact: Orsted, Tom Christiansen, Media, +45 99 55 60 17, tomlc@orsted.dk, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Wind Development,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Eurus Energy,  


Vestas Claims157 MW Australian Project Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas,Neoen
Date: 2021-05-24
Vestas has secured a 157 MW order from Neoen to deliver the engineering, procurement and construction of Kaban Green Power Hub in Far North Queensland, Australia.

The project will feature 28 Vestas V162-5.6 MW turbines from the EnVentus platform and is Vestas' first EnVentus order for Asia Pacific and Australia, as well as Neoen's first Australian project with Vestas. Delivery is slated for Q1, 2022 for commissioning in Q4, 2022.

Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe and has more than 136 GW of wind turbines and more than 117 GW of wind turbines under service in 84 countries, according to the company website. (Source: Vestas, Website PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Vestas, www.vestas.com ; Neoen, Louis de Sambucy, Neoen Australia MD, www.neoen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Neoen,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


54-Turbine Chinese Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l.)
China Wind
Date: 2021-05-21
In Beijing, the China General Nuclear Power Corp reports its 54-turbine Daishan No.4 offshore wind farm in Zhejiang Province is now in operation and delivering power to the national grid.

The 234-MW facility is expected to generate 618 million kWh per year -- roughly equivalent to the power generated by burning 170,000 tpy of coal. The facility is also expected to eliminate 470,00 tpy of carbon emissions. (Source: China General Nuclear Power Corp., PR, Xinhua, 18 May, 2021) Contact: China General Nuclear Power Corp., www.en.cgnpc.com.cn

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


Orsted's First Renewable Hydrogen Project Underway (Int'l.)
Orsted
Date: 2021-05-19
Copenhagen-headquartered Orsted reports construction is underway on its first renewable hydrogen project -- H2RES. The 2-MW H2RES project, which will be situated on Orsted's premises on Avedore Holme in Copenhagen, will investigate how to best combine an efficient electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using Orsted's two 3.6 MW offshore wind turbines at Avedore Holme.

The facility will produce as much as 1,000 kg per day of renewable hydrogen which will be used to fuel zero-emission road transport fuel in the Copenhagen area and on Zealand. The project is expected to produce its first hydrogen before the end of the year.

The Danish Energy Agency previously awarded DKK 34.6 million ($5.6 million) to support the H2RES project. (Source: Orsted, PR, Website, 18 May, 2021) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen , Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, + 45 99 55 79 96, ir@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Renewable Hydrogen,  H2RES,  


Calif. Budget Stresses Energy Storage, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $350 million of support for pre-commercial long-duration energy storage projects and a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund.

The budget also includes: a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles ; and $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen to reduce the Golden State's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Gavin Newsom,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Project Approved (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2021-05-17
In Washington, the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo have confirmed approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project -- the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the U.S..

The 800-MW Vineyard Wind energy project will generate sufficient energy for as many as 400,000 homes and contribute to the Biden administration's goal of generating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The project will be located approximately 12 nautical miles offshore Martha's Vineyard and 12 nautical miles offshore Nantucket in the northern portion of Vineyard Wind's lease area. (Source: US DOI, Various Media, 15 May., 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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


£1.2Bn Floating Wind Project Seeking Investors (Int'l.)
Univergy International
Date: 2021-05-17
Spanish-Japanese renewable energy group Univergy International S.L. reports it is seeking a financial partner to develop Scotia Ventus, a £1.2 billion floating wind farm project off the north-east coast of Scotland.

The initial four-year phase of the project is expected to cost £28 million. The construction phase could get underway in 2026 for commissioning and power generation beginning in 2028.

Univergy launched in 2012 with joint headquarters in Tokyo and Madrid, operating projects across Europe, South America and Asia. (Source: Univergy International S.L., PR, The Scotsman, 15 May, 2021) Contact: Univergy International, www.univergy.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Univergy International ,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Newsom Supports Climate Change Mitigation Through Energy Sector (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $350 million of support for pre-commercial long-duration storage projects; a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045; a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles ; and $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen to reduce the Golden State's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Gavin Newsom,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


Renewables, Hydrogen High on Calif. Budget Revisions (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen; an additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; and a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045.

The budget also calls for; $350 million for pre-commercial long-duration storage projects; a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gavin Newsom,  Renewable Energy,  Hydrogen,  


Vineyard Wind's 800-MW Offshore Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, BOEM
Date: 2021-05-14
Vineyard Wind reports receipt of the U.S. DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Record of Decision (ROD) -- the federal review process for the 800-MW, 160,000-acre offshore wind project 15 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

The project, which will incorporate as many as 84 GE Haliade-X wind turbines, will be the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the country, according to Vineyard Wind -- a joint venture between AVANGRID subsidiary Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

In response to comments and direct engagement with neighboring communities, environmental organizations and advocates, fisheries organizations, as well as governmental and tribal entities, the project has committed to: invest millions of dollars to develop and deploy innovative technologies and undertake scientific research to further safeguard marine mammals; to provide millions to compensate fishermen for potential loss of revenue and gear, as well as to enhance their ability to fish in and around the lease area; and use an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ALDS) to ensure nighttime lights will only operate a few hours a year when aircraft are present.

Vineyard Wind expects the project will reach financial close in the second half of this year and begin delivering energy to Massachusetts in 2023. (Source: Vineyard Wind, PR, T&D World, 11 May, 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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


Hexicon to Launch Norwegian Floating Wind Turbine Demo (Int'l.)
Hexicon
Date: 2021-05-14
Stockholm-headquartered Swedish twin offshore wind turbine technology developer Hexicon AB reports it will develop a floating wind power demonstrator -- proof of concept -- project at the Norwegian Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre) deepwater area off of Norway's southern coast.

Hexicon has signed a conditional site exclusivity agreement with a reservation of 6 MW. Metcentre applied for consent for a new larger capacity of 85 MW which is expected to be granted in 2021. (Source: Hexicon AB, Website, PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Hexicon AB, Marcus Thor, CEO, +46 (0) 8 525 064 00, info@hexicon.eu, www.hexicon.eu; Norwegian Marine Energy Test Centre, www.metcentre.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexicon,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


UK Targets 40GW of Offshore Wind by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
UK Wind
Date: 2021-05-07
As previously reported, in October 2020, the UK government announced plans to increase offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030 as part of a larger plan aimed at reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, in keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement.

According to Oxford-based independent energy market analytics company Aurora Energy Research, reaching 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 will require a clear government strategy, an investment of at least £50 billion ($69.34 billion) and a methodical approach for grid development and advanced infrastructure for integrating the electricity generated by offshore wind farms into the electricity grid. An investment of £160 million ($221.91 million) will also be need to upgrade the country's ports and factories to boost turbine production. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, Various Media, Power Technology, May, 2021) Contact: Aurora, Martin Anderson, Head of Renewables, +44 (0) 1865 952 700, contact@auroraer.com, www.auroraer.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Energy Research,  UK Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


250 MW French Offshore Wind Farm Tendered (Int'l. Report)
France Offshore Wind
Date: 2021-05-05
The French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) -- the independent administrative body in charge of regulating the French electricity and gas markets -- reports a tender launch for construction of a 230-270 MW wind farm at a yet to be identified exact location off the coast of Brittany, northwest France. The government will subsidise any difference between the wholesale power price and the winning company or consortium's bid.

Bids for the project are due by 1 July at 12:00 CET. A shortlist of bidders will be determined in September and a final selection announced in February 2022.

As previously reported, France's first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Saint-Nazaire (486 MW) is due to come on line in 2022 followed by six additional projects totaling 3.5 GW capacity. France is aiming to have installed capacity of 2.4 GW by 2023 increasing to 5.2-6.2 GW by 2028. (Source: CRE, Website PR, Montel, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: CRE, www.cre.fr/en

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Revolution Wind Offshore Project Awaits BOEM Review (Ind. Report)
Revolution Wind, BOEM
Date: 2021-05-03
Orsted and Eversource-owned Revolution Wind's planned offshore wind farm 12 miles southwest of the Martha's Vineyard, is headed into its BOEM environmental impact statement (EIS) phase.

If approved by BOEM, Revolution Wind would be allowed to construct and operate a 100-turbine, 880-MW wind energy facility offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts and deliver energy to Connecticut and Rhode. (Source: BOEM, MV Times, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Revolution Wind, www.revolution-wind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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Orsted's Gode 3 Offshore Wind Wins Planning Approval (Int'l.)
Orsted
Date: 2021-04-30
Danish offshore wind energy giant Orsted reports the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has granted planning approval for the 242-MW Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farm about 32 kilometers from the island of Norderney in the German North Sea. The project has now secured all necessary approvals and is expected to begin commercial operation in 2024.

Gode Wind 3 will have a total of 242 MW of export capacity and incorporate 23 Siemens Gamesa turbines with a nominal output of 11 MW and a rotor diameter of 200 metres. (Source: Orsted, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

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TOTAL Takes Stake in Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
TOTAL,Yunlin Holding GmbH
Date: 2021-04-30
TOTAL is reporting an agreement Bremen, Germany-based wpd WG to acquire a 23 pct interest in Yunlin Holding GmbH, the owner of the 80-turbine Yunlin offshore wind farm roughly 200 km located off the coast of Taiwan.

The 640 MW Yunlin Offshore Wind farm , the region's largest, incorporates 80 Siemens Gamesa turbines and benefits from a 20-year guaranteed-price PPA with the state-owned company Taipower. (Source: Total, PR, Yahoo, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; wpd AG, www.wpd.de; Taiwan Power Company, www.taipower.com.tw

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RWE, Shell Partner on Offshore Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
RWE, Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2021-04-28
RWE AG oil group Royal Dutch Shell Plc, German natural gas grid operator Gascade Gastransport GmbH and Netherlands-based gas network company Gasunie are reporting a letter of intent intent to collaborate on the development of AquaDuctus, the first German offshore hydrogen pipeline.

The project is is part of the AquaVentus venture, which envisages the installation of 10 GW of electrolysis capacity in the North Sea by 2035, the German energy group said today. The AquaVentus electrolysers will generate green hydrogen from offshore wind, with the island of Helgoland serving as the main hub. The green hydrogen will be transported to the continent via the AquaDuctus pipeline, which will be able to carry up to one million tonnes of hydrogen a year from 2035. The first step in the initiative will be the completion of a detailed feasibility study, according to the announcement. (Source: RWE, PR, Renewables, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: RWE, www.rwe.com; www.shell.com/newenergies; Gascade Gastransport GmbH, www.gascade.de/en; Gasunie, www.gasunie.nl/en

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Aker, Strathclyde to Collaborate on Wind Blade Recycling (Int'l.)
Aker Offshore Wind,
Date: 2021-04-26
Norway-based Aker Offshore Wind, Aker Horizons and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland are reporting a memorandum of understanding to together develop recovery processes for used glass fibre wind turbine blades. Under the MoU, the parties will scale up and commercialise a University of Strathclyde developed process thermal recovery and post-treatment of glass fibres from used in wind turbine blades.

In February 2020 the Los Angeles Times reported "The thermoset glass-reinforced polymer composites used in wind turbine blades are extremely hard to breakdown and, since most blades last only 20 to 25 years, disposing of used wind blades in landfills could soon become an enormous landfill issue."

The University of Strathclyde notes a global increase of wind turbine blade waste from around 400,000 tpy in 2030 could grow to 2,000,000 million tons by 2050. (Source: Aker Offshore Wind, Strathclyde Univ., Splash 274, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; University of Strathclyde, www.strath.ac.uk

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Barbados Consideing Renewable Energy Options (Int'l. Report)
Barbados
Date: 2021-04-26
In Bridgetown, the Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship reports it is considering various options for the island nation of 287,000 residents to meet its National Energy Policy target of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030. To that end, the Ministry is reviewing a recently completed feasibility study from global energy engineering consultancy and asset management specialist ITPEnergised to identify alternative energy sources for the island.

ITPEnergised, supported by local and international experts, considered wave energy and other ocean energy options as well fixed offshore, floating offshore wind and ocean thermal energy conversion projects from a technical, environmental and logistical perspective as well local supply chain, connectivity to the electricity grid, tourism impact and various financial and other considerations to determine the practicality of these technologies in Barbados.

After reviewing 16 possible ocean energy project sits the report concluded wave and ocean energy was not suitable for Barbados due to the level of "commercial-scale un-readiness" and recommended development of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine systems located off the island's north coast. (Source: Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Jamaica leaner, 24 Apr., 2021) Contact: ITPEnergised, +44 (0) 20 7081 2846, info@itpenergised.com, www.itpenergised.com; Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, www.commerce.gov.bb

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Marine Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine JV Launched (Alt. Fuel)
Compagnie Maritime Belge
Date: 2021-04-23
In Antwerp, Belgian shipowner Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) and Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft, a business unit of Japanese ship builder Tsuneishi Group have launched a hydrogen joint venture to develop hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) technology for the Japanese industrial and marine market.

To that end, the two firms will further invest in the Bingo Research Institute and change the name to JPN H2YDRO, which will establish a H2ICE Application Center in Japan. The companies will also focus on the development of hydrogen-powered equipment for the land-based port industry and ships of different categories, such as support ships for offshore wind farms, and others. (Source: CMB, Website PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Compagnie Maritime Belge, +32 3 2475 911, info@cmb.be, www.cmb.be; Tsuneishi Group, www.tsuneishi.co.jp/english

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Orsted, ATP Bidding on Danish Energy Island Project (Int'l. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2021-04-23
Copenhagen-headquartered Danish pension fund ATP reports it has partnered with Danish offshore wind giant Orsted to bid in the upcoming tender for construction of the planned Danish North Sea energy island, which will be majority government owned.

Initially, the artificial island will be roughly the size of 18 soccer fields and will be capable of producing and storing 3 gigawatts of electricity scalable up to 10 gigawatts -- nearly one-and-a-half times Denmark's current energy needs.

The North Sea energy island is expected make a significant contribution to the future build-out of Denmark's large-scale offshore wind resources, overall energy infrastructure and to Europe's transition to to green economy, according to the release.

To date, Orsted has constructed more than 25 offshore wind farms and 17 offshore transmission systems worldwide. ATP has more than 5.3 million members with funds totaling DKK 960 billion ($155 billion). (Source: ATP, PR, Website, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; ATP, Bo Foged, CEO , Stephan Ghisler-Solvang, Media, +45 61 22 93 92, stg@atp.dk, www.atp.dk

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Maverick Creek 492MW Texas Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
RES
Date: 2021-04-21
Bloomfield, Colorado-based Renewable Energy Systems America (RES) is reporting its 127-turbine, 492-MW Maverick Creek wind farm in Concho County, Texas has begun commercial operation.

Maverick Creek, RES's largest North American project, was originally developed by Roaring Fork Wind LLC -- a joint venture partnership between RES and Steelhead Americas (Vestas' development arm in North America) -- and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

RES is the world's largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage, transmission and distribution. (Source: RES, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: RES, Tim Jordan, Snr. VP Construction, www.res-group.com; Roaring Fork Wind LLC, ca.linkedin.com/company/roaring-fork-energy-partners

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NJ Offshore Wind Manufacturing Hub Underway (Ind. Report)
Ocean Wind, EEW
Date: 2021-04-21
Following up on our 30 Dec, 2020 report, in the Garden State, Ocean Winds and steel fabricator EEW have broken ground for the EEW monopole wind tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

The state committed $250 million to the two-building facility that will manufacture monopiles to supply Orsetd and PSEG's 1,100 MW Ocean Wind farm off the coast of southern New Jersey. When fully operational, Ocean Wind will generate sufficient energy 500,000 New Jersey homes. (Source: Ocean Wind, offshoreWIND, 20 Apr., 2021)Contact: Ocean Winds, communications@oceanwinds.com, www.oceanwinds.com; EEW, www.eew-group.com

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PSEG Completes 25 pct Interest Acquisition in Ocean Wind (M&A)
PSEG,Orsted,Ocean Wind
Date: 2021-04-14
PSEG and Orsted are reporting completion of PSEG's acquisition of a 25 pct equity interest in 1,100 MW Ocean Wind offshore wind farm located 15 miles off the coast of southern New Jersey.

In 2019, New Jersey set a goal of 7,500 MW of offshore wind capacity by 2035, a key component of Gov. Phil Murphy's strategy for achieving a 100 pct carbon-free energy supply by 2050. (Source: PSEG, Orsted, PR, 12 Apr., 2021) Contact: PSEG, Carlotta Chan, IR, 973-430-6565, Carlotta.Chan@pseg.com, www.preg.com; Orsted North America, Lauren Burm, 617-309-8730, laubu@orsetd.com, www.orsetd.com

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GEV Wind Power, Wind Power LAB Merge Announced (M&A)
GEV Wind Power, Wind Power Lab
Date: 2021-04-14
UK-based wind turbine blade repair and maintenance provider GEV Wind Power is reporting a merger with Danish based Wind Power Lab, a leader in providing intelligent technology based blade solutions to wind park operators.

GEV provides field blade repair and maintenance services to both onshore and offshore wind farm manufacturers and operators in the UK, Europe and the US. WPL offers world class blade expertise and machine learning enabled services for all wind farm park owners, irrespective of the number of turbines they operate. The merged organization will operate globally and is backed by Bridges Fund Management, a specialist private equity investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Website News PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: GEV Wind Power, David Fletcher, CEO, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.cvwindpower.com; Wind Power LabLAB, Mille Beck Klinto, +45 31 32 10 06, mbk@windpowerlab.com, www.windpowerlab.com

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Tokyo Utility Plans 19-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm (Intl.)
Tokyo Gas Co.
Date: 2021-04-12
Japanese gas and power utility Tokyo Gas Co. reports it will install 19 offshore wind turbines totaling 159.6 MW capacity near the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan. The project, which will be funded by Wind Power Group Co. and Singapore-headquartered Vena Energy Holdings Ltd. is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 70,000 homes when fully online in 2024.

The Japanese government is aiming to generate up to 45 GW of renewable power per year by 2040 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Tokyo Gas Co., PR, reve, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tokyo Gas Co., www.tokyo-gas.co.jp

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Triton's Offshore Wind Anchoring System Scores Funding (Funding)
Triton Systems
Date: 2021-04-07
In the Bay State, Chelmsford-based Triton Systems Inc. is reporting receipt of $1.3 million funding from the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (Consortium) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to support Triton's Helical Anchor Group Installation System (HAGIS), a low cost, flexible anchoring system for small- and large-scale offshore wind farms. The company previously received $1.1 million from the U.S. DOE to develop the technology.

Triton's patent-pending HAGIS anchoring system: can be applied to any offshore wind platform or mooring configuration; minimizes acoustic impact on the environment and sea life; can be easily removed for decommissioning; is scalable and applicable to many types of subsea foundations beyond offshore wind; and delivers cost savings by lower manufacturing (40 pct) and installation costs (25 pct reduction). (Source: Triton Systems, Inc., PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Triton Systems Inc., Dave Model, COO, Zach Miller, 978-250-4200, fax: 978-250-4533, zmiller@tritonsys.com, www.tritonsys.com

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Ocean Winds Targeting Expansion Into Ireland (Int'l. Report)
Ocean Winds,China Three Gorges
Date: 2021-04-07
EDP Renewables and Engie joint venture company Ocean Winds reports it is evaluating the expansion of its global offshore wind portfolio -- 1.5 GW under construction and 4 GW in development -- to include a potential offshore wind farm 8 miles from the shore at County Wicklow, Ireland. To that end Ocean Winds has established Cailleach Offshore Wind Farm based in Edinburgh as a project delivery company.

In the UK, Ocean Winds will soon complete the 100-turbine, 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. When fully operational in 2022, the project is expected to generate sufficient energy for roughly 950,000 homes. It is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East, which is majority owned by Ocean Winds with Diamond Green and China Three Gorges holding minority positions. (Source: Ocean Wind, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Ocean Wind, communications@oceanwinds.com, www.oceanwinds.com; China Three Gorges Europe, www.hydropower.org/our-members/china-three-gorges-corporation

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Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
Mitsui
Date: 2021-04-07
Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

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Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
Orsted, NOAA
Date: 2021-04-07
In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO,, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

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Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
Orsted, NOAA
Date: 2021-04-06
In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

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Nat. Offshore Wind R&D Consort. Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2021-03-31
The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which was established with funding from U.S. DOE, has selected 15 new projects to receive a total of $8 million for offshore wind support structure innovation, U.S.-based supply chain development, electrical systems innovation, and solutions for impacts on wildlife and radar.

The selections announced today include:

  • Four projects to develop innovative support structures (including foundations and moorings) for very large fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind turbines to achieve economies of scale;

  • Three projects that propose innovative solutions to supply chain and installation challenges including spiral welded towers, a self-positioning blade installation tool, and unmanned aerial devices for inspections;

  • Five projects to support innovations in grid interconnection and transmission;

  • Three technology development projects to mitigate use conflicts, including wildlife monitoring and radar interference. The 15 new projects bring the Consortium’s total funding portfolio to $28 million for 40 projects. This announcement supports a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind by 2030.

    DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind.

    Download details HERE (Source: US DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office, National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, www.nationaloffshorewind.org; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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  • Nexans Cabling Supplier on Empire Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Nexans
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Paris-based cabling specialist Nexans is reporting a preferred supplier agreement (PSA) with Equinor's Empire Offshore Wind LLC to connect Empire Wind offshore projects to the onshore grid. The turnkey projects cover the full design and manufacturing, as well as the laying and protection of over 300 km of export cables that will deliver renewable energy to over one million homes.

    Empire Wind is being developed by a 50/50 Equinor and BP partnership. Empire Wind is planned for an area of 80,000 acres of federal waters roughly 33 km south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways, New York.

    Nexans designs solutions and services along the entire value chain in three main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities and e¬mobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, subsea interconnections, land high voltage), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, oil and gas, automation, and others), according to the company website. (Source: Nexans, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Nexans North America, www.nexans.com

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    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

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