Equinor is in the process of conducting wildlife surveys for Beacon Wind, a new offshore wind farm it's planning to build off the coasts of Massachusetts and New York. "Equinor is making substantial progress, even during these challenging times, in strengthening our ability to deliver renewable energy and further advancing our ambitions in the US," said executive Siri Espedal Kindem.
The market for land-based wind and solar corporate power purchase agreements is "mature" in Europe and the next frontier will be offshore wind, asserts Rasmus Errboe of Orsted Offshore. The energy source is a "very obvious solution for corporate PPAs, because of its scale and it's as green as you can get," Errboe said.
Invenergy is seeking approval for the 200-megawatt Plymouth Wind Energy Center in Iowa. "We build projects where there is a strong wind resource with the capacity to connect efficiently to the existing power grid for delivering energy to customers and to work with supportive landowners willing to participate in projects," said Invenergy's Ben Lambrecht.
SSE Renewables has arranged a conditional supply agreement with MHI Vestas to source about 114 turbines for its 1,140-megawatt Seagreen offshore wind farm in Scotland. SSE Renewables is reportedly preparing to finalize financing for the project.
The UK government has delayed final decisions on two offshore wind farms proposed by Orsted and Vattenfall until next month, which industry observers say is problematic because the nation is in "a race against time" to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the economic fallout created by the pandemic.
Italy granted companies contracts for land-based wind farms with a combined capacity of 405.9 megawatts in its latest 500-MW renewable energy auction. Enel Green Power was among the winning bidders, securing the right to add 68 MW of new installed wind capacity and 38.3 MW of repowering projects.
New technologies are emerging that can help industry slash waste and achieve greater sustainability. Paige Morse looks at how digital twins, artificial intelligence and multivariate analysis can reduce energy waste, emissions and off-spec production.
Sensors, remote tracking and real-time monitoring can all help reduce waste in the process of distributing perishable food, according to PowerFleet CEO Chris Wolfe. "Some of this wasted food, if caught early enough in the process, can be turned into other edible items," he says.
New wind and solar projects are often more affordable to build than existing coal-burning power plants are to operate, marking "an important turning point in the energy transition," said Francesco La Camera of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Over 50% of new renewable energy projects last year outperformed new coal projects in terms of electricity cost, according to IRENA.
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