Statoil beefs up floater future

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Statoil is planning to scale up future floating wind farms larger than its in-construction 30MW Hywind Scotland pilot project to support oil and gas platforms off Norway. Replacing the gas generators that power its North Sea installations with floating wind turbines could be “the next step” for the technology, the company said.

Offshore-Wind True Believers Remain Optimistic About New Jersey

Source: By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

At a conference in Atlantic City, the Business Network for Offshore Wind outlined steps to resuscitate the state’s offshore wind program, including increasing the commitment to build at least 3,500 megawatts of capacity, up from the existing target of 1,100 megawatts. That would be an ambitious goal — given the repeated missteps and delays the industry has encountered in New Jersey. Although a law designed to spur offshore wind farms along the coast was passed in 2010, not a single project has won state approval.

4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies

Source: By DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

As global project costs continue to drop, America is building on the momentum of its first commercial offshore wind farm. The Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Rhode Island, is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 17,000 homes—and that’s just the beginning. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) more projects are underway as four significant trends are emerging in this growing energy market.  

US wind and solar power helped prevent up to 12,700 deaths

Source: by Ian Johnston, The Independent • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

The massive increase in wind and solar energy helped prevent the premature deaths of up to 12,700 people over a nine-year period in the US, according to new research which illustrates the wider benefits of ditching fossil fuels beyond limiting global warming. The lower carbon emissions were worth billions of dollars as a result of the avoidance of the range of problems caused by fossil fuels, according to a paper about the study published in the journal, Nature Energy.

Missouri Nixes $2.5 Billion Line to Bring Wind Power to the Midwest

Source: By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

A proposed $2.5 billion transmission line to bring cheap Kansas wind power to the Midwest was rejected by Missouri, which said the project failed to get all needed county approvals. Clean Line Energy Partners LLC’s Grain Belt Express project is intended to transport about 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. The rationale: while untapped wind howling across Oklahoma and Kansas could generate more electricity than a dozen nuclear plants, it’s captive without a shipping route.

What Happens to Solar Power in an Eclipse? We’ll Find Out Monday

Source: By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times • Posted: Friday, August 18th, 2017

For months, the nation’s grid overseers have been preparing for any disruptions in solar power that the eclipse might cause, by running models and training operators in simulators for worst-case scenarios. Because solar still provides less than 1 percent of electricity nationwide, regulators are confident that the lights will stay on, other energy sources will compensate and the costs will be minimal.

A skeptic’s wish list for abolishing agency pieces

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The climate change skeptic who led President Trump’s U.S. EPA transition effort has sent a list to the White House about which agency programs he’d like to see axed. They include: EPA’s enforcement shop, all 10 EPA regional offices, environmental justice programs and environmental education efforts.

Yet Another U.S. City Commits To 100% Renewable Energy

Source: By North American Wind Power • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Last Thursday, just days after Orlando, Fla., established a similar goal, Nevada City, Calif., joined the growing list of U.S. cities that are officially committed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. Surrounded by city council members, key members of the community and partners, Nevada City Mayor Duane Strawser announced the city’s near-unanimous vote to ensure that the city’s electricity will come entirely from renewable sources by 2030 and that all energy sources would be renewable by 2050.

Lawmakers weigh environmental effects of Trump’s order

Source: Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Members of the House United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force are condemning President Trump’s infrastructure order as a gag on public comment that will put the environment at risk for the sake of “corporate profit.” “Removing existing protections and stripping away long-term planning requirements will mean more waste, more accidents, and shorter useful lives for the projects we build. These changes are a deep disservice to the American public, and the president should be ashamed,” the task force said in a statement to E&E News.

House to tee up spending bills when recess ends

Source: George Cahlink, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, August 17th, 2017

When the House reconvenes next month, it will immediately consider a broad package of fiscal 2018 domestic spending bills, including the measure funding U.S. EPA and the Interior Department, Republican leaders signaled today. GOP leaders announced the floor schedule for the week of Sept. 4, which will include consideration of eight of the 12 annual appropriations bills the chamber has yet to pass.