City staff in London, Ontario, have developed a proposal for creating an action plan to bring the city's greenhouse gas emissions to a net zero by 2050. A report outlines actions that can be taken immediately as well as those to pursue in a longer time frame.
A strong pipeline of projects helps make the US the most attractive global market for the offshore wind sector, according to EY. It is also tied with China for the best market for onshore wind investments, EY says.
The Defense Department says more military sites are likely contaminated by PFAS than the 401 it initially reported. The Pentagon is confirming the sites and is expected to share an interim report on PFAS contamination later this month.
A project to remove an aging dam in Warren County, N.J., has received $96,400 in federal funding through the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. The removal of the dam, originally built in the 18th century on the Musconetcong River, will help mitigate flooding upstream, said Alan Hunt, executive director of the Musconetcong Watershed Association.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday issued an executive order that more than doubles the state's goal for installed offshore wind capacity from 3,500 megawatts by 2030 to 7,500 by 2035. "No other renewable energy resource provides us either the electric-generation or economic-growth potential of offshore wind," he said.
Lawmakers in the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday introduced the draft Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now Act, designed to maintain the wind energy Production Tax Credit at the 60% level for five years and extend the Investment Tax Credit for solar and offshore wind for the same duration. The market has changed significantly since 2015 -- national carbon policy hasn't materialized, and we have new tariffs significantly raising the cost of wind energy and US manufacturing," said Tom Kiernan, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. "Federal tax incentives for renewable technologies like wind and solar have been an indisputable federal policy success."
Equinor, Mayflower Wind, Orsted and Eversource and Vineyard Wind are seeking approval from the US Coast Guard that would potentially ease fishing concerns by establishing a uniform 1 x 1 nautical-mile layout for their combined 7 gigawatts' worth of projects slated for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "The proposal is a result of the distinct solution and response to specific challenges in New England and would not be applicable to offshore wind leases in other geographies where challenges are different," say the companies, which are organized as the New England Offshore Wind Leaseholders.
American Electric Power's AEP Energy will accept requests for proposals for wind and solar power purchase agreements through Dec. 13. The call is open to new or repowered wind sites and new solar arrays that will begin generating power between 2020 and 2023.
Minnesota is home to more than 2,400 turbines and the industry will likely continue to grow, says University of Minnesota associate professor Jiarong Hong, noting that the institution hasn't linked the industry to any adverse health concerns. "I think we are really on the leading edge of wind energy research in Minnesota," he said.