Equinor and BP Energy's Empire Wind joint venture has delayed the projected start date of its 816-megawatt offshore wind farm in New York by 18 months to the end of 2026. Empire Wind attributed the decision, in part, to regulatory permitting challenges and a pending interconnection agreement with the New York Independent System Operator.
Vestas, MingYang and Siemens Gamesa are busy working on offshore wind turbines that will far surpass the 8-megawatt capacity that was commonplace just four years ago, but the technology is advancing at lightning speed, and with it comes new challenges. First, there's the cost of innovation to consider, which is tough considering many manufacturers are experiencing weak financial results, says Aurelie Nasse of Vestas. Infrastructure is another problem, says Nasse, pointing to the need for larger harbors, equipment and installation vessels.
The expansion of rooftop solar is critical for reducing the energy burden placed on low-to-moderate income (LMI) households and accelerating clean energy growth, yet high upfront costs and limited tax incentives make the solution unattainable for many LMI residents, write Ryan Shea and Russell Mendell of RMI. Shea and Mendell discuss how Congress can encourage equitable access to clean energy and create jobs by adding a direct pay option to the ITC 25D tax credit for residential solar.
Pretty much every global law firm has environmental, social and governance or sustainability practices in place and the sector is ready to play a role in ESG cases, whether hashing out ESG clauses in contracts or handling cases involving missed emissions targets. Ashurst and dozens of other legal firms have also created the Chancery Lane Project to help streamline ESG contract terms.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved the Southeast Energy Exchange Market, paving the way for the creation of the Southeastern US' first energy-trading market. The SEEM model has been criticized by some clean energy supporters, with a Vibrant Clean Energy study finding an energy imbalance market or regional transmission organization would save more money and result in greater emissions reductions.
Many grids are unprepared for an influx in demand from electric vehicle fast-charging stations and one solution is to scale the use of on-site battery storage components. Electrify America is already deploying the tactic at its fast-charging hubs to offset a lack of grid capacity and minimize the cost of demand charges, says executive Jigar Shah.
The new Agritracker out from Axial Structural was designed with agrivoltaics in mind and will make it easier for operators to adjust modules to maximize crop output. "The Agritracker adapts to the specific needs of each crop: it protects from inclement weather and optimizes the periods of light and shade," said Axial.
A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines are studying light-induced degradation in silicon solar cells in hopes of reducing such defects and prolonging optimal efficiency. The researchers are using electron paramagnetic resonance to identify and evaluate defects that result in LID.
When most people think of Joshua Tree National Park, the probably envision one of the park's iconic Joshua trees. However, the California park is home to more than just trees. This photo gallery features some of the people and places you can find off the beaten path in Joshua Tree.
There is a RESB playlist on Spotify to keep track of all the songs listed in this space. Enjoy!
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