Pattern Energy is acquiring ownership stakes in the 300-megawatt Henvey Inlet Wind project in Canada and the 220-MW Grady Wind farm in New Mexico from Pattern Energy Group. Pattern will control a 51% interest in the Grady project.
Energy Vault uses concrete blocks, artificial intelligence and a process that generates kinetic energy using stored power from wind and solar facilities to store energy and deploy it as needed. One benefit is that the system may be able to store energy longer than some alternatives.
Consumers can help protect bird species and their habitats by embracing wind and other renewables that combat carbon emissions and climate change, says the National Audubon Society. The society urges the public to ask their respective policymakers to add more job-creating clean energy sources.
Vineyard Wind's proposal to develop the waterfront in Bridgeport, Conn., is a huge opportunity for the city, potentially transforming it "into a hub of the growing offshore wind industry, writes the editorial board of Hearst Connecticut Media. "Far from abandoning its transition to a recreational harbor, the city could have both, with a working port mixing in seamlessly with planned new residences, marinas and boardwalks," it writes.
The Danish Energy Agency is helping the Renewable Energy Authority of Vietnam identify potential areas for offshore wind development off the coast of the nation. The agencies will develop a roadmap for launching Vietnam's industry and share it with authorities.
Alexey Likhachev, the CEO of Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom, says the company would be willing to help the US and other partners build a nuclear power plant in Saudi Arabia.
The Atlantic Council has released a report that finds the contribution of the US nuclear power industry to US national security is more than $42.4 billion annually. The report notes that the civilian nuclear power sector "supports the nuclear elements of the national security establishment, while underwriting the strategic value of civilian nuclear power to the United States and encouraging growth over the long term."
With $100 million in funding, NASA is under a presidential executive order to study the cost and feasibility of developing and launching a nuclear space propulsion system. System testing would take place in a shielded, Earth-bound facility or in space.
Congress and the courts continue to struggle with the problem of where to permanently store radioactive waste from commercial nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons production, while experts debate whether the technology and safety regulations are adequate for transporting the waste. Energy Department researchers say that advances in 3D computer models and upgrades in transport containers should help alleviate past concerns the public and officials have had about a serious accident.