Transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners has secured approval from federal regulators to move forward with a shared transmission project for offshore wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, according to the company. ADP said the project could carry up to 2.4 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity, and that it hopes to accept bids from interested project developers during Massachusetts' next round of request for proposals.
There's an opportunity for local governments, including cities, states and school districts, to fill the gap in renewable energy leadership led by state and federal entities, said Renew Wisconsin Program and Policy Director Michael Vickerman. He argued before the Sustainable La Crosse Commission on Thursday that La Crosse, Wis., is well-suited to step into that role.
President Donald Trump should support renewables like wind and solar for their ability to drive job creation, writes Winona LaDuke, touting Minnesota's potential for both industries. "We are as sunny as Florida and have, like states to the west, vast solar and wind potential," she writes.
Statoil's Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm pilot project fared far better than expected during its first three months in service, suggesting the technology could be useful in other deep-water applications, according to Statoil. "Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources globally are in deep waters where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, we see great potential for floating offshore wind, in Asia, on the west coast of North America and in Europe," said Statoil New Energy Solutions Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff.
Independent energy firm Tenaska has arranged a 25-year, 236-megawatt power purchase agreement with Associated Electric Cooperative for its Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center in Missouri, said the companies. "With our experience managing significant amounts of wind power on our system, Clear Creek is a good fit for our power-supply portfolio," said Associated CEO and General Manager David Tudor.
The $1.8 billion North Sea Wind Power Hub proposed for England's coast has the potential to revolutionize the global offshore wind industry by revamping how companies and countries share electricity, writes Anca Gagiuc. The TenneT-sponsored model calls for the creation of a man-made island that would source up to 30 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity from various projects in the North Sea and then share it through long-distance cables with six European countries.
The Diablo Canyon nuclear site in California is closing and "[t]he Central Coast has two golden opportunities to replace the energy, jobs and tax revenue that will be lost," writes Michael Segor. He proposes pursuing offshore wind development off the coast of the state and/or implementing a Community Choice Energy program that would allow electricity customers to support wind and solar projects.
Lake County, Ohio, and Perry Schools are hosting a "Save the Perry Nuclear Power Plant" rally to encourage community members and officials to support FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear power plant in Ohio, which is in danger of closing. The community and schools benefit financially from the plant.
West Feliciana Parish, La., is expected to gain an extra $6.6 million in the next year after the tax commission changed the tax distribution from Entergy's River Bend nuclear power plant, and the parish said it will use it to support schools and fix roads. "I consider it a significant win for our parish," parish president Kevin Couhig said.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is continuing work on an upgrade to its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama that will add 465 megawatts to the plant's capacity, with an anticipated completion date in 2019. "When the upgrade is completed, an additional 280,000 homes will be powered with carbon-free electricity from Browns Ferry's nuclear reactors," said TVA Chief Nuclear Officer Mike Balduzzi.