St. Louis-based real estate firm Commercial Development Co. is in the process of purchasing the retired Braytown Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass., to repurpose it for the state's emerging offshore wind industry, according to the company. Brayton Point is among the sites recognized by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center as a potential port for offshore wind operations.
EDF Energy Renewables has reached first power at its 41.5-megawatt Blyth offshore wind pilot project off the coast of England, according to the firm. A representative said it is likely to become 100% operational in the weeks to come.
Perceptual Robotics has secured funding from Innovate UK to continue its work developing autonomous inspection technology for the offshore wind industry, said the companies. The system aims to perform start-to-finish inspections via drones.
Transmission investments, such as the competitive renewable energy zones power lines created by the Texas Public Utility Commission, help carry West Texas renewables throughout the state, diversifying its energy mix and keeping utility rates low in the process, write Casey Williams and Carson Bonner. "There are more effective ways to work on climate change than environmental-regulation schemes -- choosing renewables can make an enormous positive economic impact," they write.
The Stanton County Board of Commissioners in Nebraska voted unanimously Monday to adopt land use rules that will effectively ban new wind projects by preventing the sale of conditional use permits to developers. Tradewind Energy criticized the changes, arguing they will block all wind development.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, which started up its Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor last year, would like to add small modular reactors to its fleet and has submitted a permit to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the technology. TVA is almost at the halfway point of a 10-year plan to improve operations and finances.
Six bills related to South Carolina Electric & Gas' halted V.C. Summer nuclear power plant project have passed the state House Judiciary Committee and will head to the House floor in January. Among the bills are proposals to refund some money to customers and prevent SCE&G from continuing to charge ratepayers for the project.
Industry experts testified before UK's Parliament that leaving Euratom is complicated, risky and could cause the UK's nuclear trade to stop if a replacement isn't in place by March 2019. Euratom is a treaty separate from the EU, Clare Moody writes.
An efficient producer pathway granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to the Little Sioux Corn Processors in Marcus, Iowa, will allow the ethanol plant to generate renewable identification numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for non-grandfathered ethanol volumes. The facility has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26.8% versus baseline gasoline, EPA documents indicate.