The VindØ consortium has released a video illustrating its plan to build an artificial energy island in Denmark's North Sea that would eventually connect 10 gigawatts of offshore wind and feature an energy storage component. The consortium is led by PensionDanmark, PFA, Andel and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
ENGIE controls 31 gigawatts of installed renewable energy capacity worldwide, including the addition of nearly 2 GW worth of projects in the US during 2020. Engie has 10 GW of renewable energy projects in the works in North America.
Total has decided to end its membership in the American Petroleum Institute. API's position on climate only "partially aligns" with Total's, which is particularly upset about API's support of the Trump administration's decision to roll back methane regulations last year and its lack of support for electric vehicles.
RESB Murmurs: This news might seem tangential to renewables, but it is a big enough deal to include in this newsletter. Total also noted it was disappointed in API's financial support for US politicians who backed President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. - Sean
Sungrow has hit a new milestone for solar inverter shipments to the Americas, having sent more than 10 gigawatts worth of equipment to the region as of the end of 2020. Sungrow says the milestone underscores "its role as a big game-changer for renewable energy across the region at large."
Officials in Klickitat County, Wash., are seeking public input on a proposed $2.5 billion project that seeks to store excess wind output via a network of reservoirs and a hydro-generator system. The state is currently crafting an environmental impact statement for the project.
RESB Murmurs: This is the second project we've covered this week involving pumped water acting as a power storage mechanism. It's interesting to see this process gaining traction as some of the energy traders RESB chats with think pumped hydro powered by renewables is a serious game-changer. -- Karen
Heavy rainfall made 2020 an excellent year for hydropower production on Alabama Power's grid. The utility operates 14 hydroelectric systems on 11 lakes in the state.
Taiwan expects to add 700 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity this year as the nation looks to have renewables account for 20% of its annual generating capacity by 2025. That goal includes having an installed offshore wind capacity of 5.7 gigawatts by the same year.
A pigeon found in an Australian backyard and thought to be an unapproved immigrant from the United States is in fact an Australian bird with a counterfeit leg band. That's good news for the bird, who was to be destroyed as a biosecurity risk.
Officials in Nagoya, Japan, have partnered with other organizations to launch an online game to help teach kids about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The game lets players develop a virtual town with homes, businesses, parks and more with the goal of achieving sustainable development.
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