Companies have secured 15 federal leases for offshore wind projects totaling 23.6 gigawatts on the US East Coast, positioning the industry to surpass Europe's market, says Business Network for Offshore Wind President Liz Burdock. Europe has brought 18.6 GW worth of projects online since the 1990s.
Almost 50,000 municipal water systems in the US have levels of nitrates, arsenic, trihalomethanes and other contaminants that exceed guidelines set by the Environmental Working Group, according to an EWG report. The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't have limits for many contaminants and has "not added a new contaminant to its list of regulated tap water contaminants in nearly 20 years," says David Andrews, senior scientist at EWG.
Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is still considering turbines for its 804-megawatt offshore wind project in Connecticut and hopes to use a model that has a capacity of at least 14 MW, says Jonathan Cole of Avangrid parent company Iberdrola. Offshore wind costs are expected to fall more rapidly in the US than they did in Europe, he said.
Hybrid projects that feature wind, solar and battery storage can help the US and other nations transition to clean energy while maintaining grid reliability, writes Chandu Visweswariah. Policymakers should encourage hybrid projects by updating incentives that pit one energy source against another, such as the Investment Tax Credit's emphasis on solar, and changing how storage is classified so it can be used in more transmission and distribution applications, Visweswariah writes.
US Wind has pushed back the installation of a meteorological tower in Maryland to 2020 and delayed the launch of the project for which the tower will gather data from 2021 to 2023. "US Wind's estimated commercial operation date may continue to change as its qualified offshore wind project develops or as unforeseen variables may arise," wrote Country Manager Salvo Vitale in a letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Black Hills Power and its subsidiary Black Hills Energy have secured approval from the Wyoming Public Service Commission to increase the size of a project planned outside of Cheyenne, Wyo. The updated project will feature 21 turbines, up from 16, and cost $78.6 million.
Vard Marine has secured a Jones Act-compliant designation from ABS for an offshore wind service operations vessel. It's the first industry SOV to receive the classification.
Collaboration with other states could help New Jersey efficiently and affordably accelerate its transition toward offshore wind, writes the editorial board of The Press of Atlantic City. "New Jersey could reduce the grid upgrade costs by working with neighboring states to create the regional grid capacity required by the rush of all coastal states into offshore wind energy," wrote the board.
The Clifton Planning Board in Maine has asked SWEB for more information on a proposed expansion to a nine-megawatt, five-turbine wind farm that would increase its capacity by 20 MW. SWEB has also submitted the proposal to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for review.
The White House is turning its deregulatory agenda toward water efficiency standards, which President Donald Trump says result in poor water pressure and increased consumption. "You can't wash your hands practically, there's so little water comes out of the faucet, and the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands, you end up using the same amount of water," Trump says.
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