Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, are seeking approval for the Offshore Wind for Territories Act, a bipartisan bill that would permit companies to develop offshore wind farms in US island territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico. "This bill gives American citizens better access to electricity, boosts revenue for US territories and helps protect vulnerable coral reefs," Cassidy says.
Juwi Americas, Coronal Energy, First Solar, law firm Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough and other companies have signed onto the American Wind Energy Association's RTO Advisory Council. "The combined effort, which currently represents over 70 percent of utility-scale wind and solar development, comes at a time when regulators and electricity grid operators are considering policy and design changes critical to ensuring an affordable, reliable, resilient grid capable of delivering the cost-competitive clean energy consumers are demanding," says AWEA.
Wind farms have paid $17 million to landowners in Nebraska and have the ability to continue creating jobs and revenue streams, says Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning, who is also the director of New Power Nebraska. More people are beginning to view the industry positively, he adds.
Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Equinor each hold leases to develop offshore wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, and are now separately competing in New York's up to 1,200-megawatt request for proposals to build additional East Coast projects. Vineyard is seeking approval for a 84-turbine project in Massachusetts and, if selected for New York's tender, would develop another almost directly south.
Orsted is studying the water and seabed off the coast of Atlantic County, N.J., and may leverage existing interconnection infrastructure to connect an offshore wind farm poised for the area to the mainland. The company says it's reviewing the Oyster Creek Generating Station -- a nuclear plant that closed in September -- and B.L. England, a coal-burning power plant slated to close in May.
Invenergy Services will now offer end-to-end operations and maintenance services to 2.8 gigawatts worth of wind, solar and other energy projects controlled by third-party entities. The unit currently manages 10 GW of capacity.
Scientific evidence indicates turbines don't cause any actual health concerns for humans, according to University of Iowa Department of Occupational and Environmental Health professor Peter Thorne and partners. Compensation mitigated annoyance in one 2014 MIT report.
Regulators in New York are reviewing Bluestone Wind's proposal to build a 124-megawatt wind farm in Windsor and Sanford that would feature up to 33 turbines. Supporters of the project said it would reduce energy costs and encourage renewables during a town meeting on Tuesday.
The Lancaster County Board in Nebraska passed a 1-mile setback distance for turbines on Tuesday. The limit will protect homeowners without stalling development, County Commissioner Deb Schorr says.
Researchers at Montana State University are working on a biofuel process using the newly discovered algae strain SLA-04 that can be cultivated using ambient carbon dioxide instead of costly supplemental carbon dioxide. Blake Wiedenheft, MSU associate professor, will investigate whether the algae can more efficiently produce desired oils for biofuel production via CRISPR.
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