World’s First Floating Wind Farm Begins Operating in Scotland

Source: By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm started delivering electricity to the grid in the north of Scotland. The Hywind project, built by Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., has five turbines floating 25 kilometers (16 miles) off the coast of Peterhead, near Aberdeen. The project has a capacity of 30 megawatts and cost about 200 million pounds ($263 million) to construct.

University of Delaware report say onshore assembly could cut installation to 10 hours

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Assembling offshore wind turbines and foundations entirely in a port could significantly reduce construction costs, according to a study by the University of Delaware. The research concluded that would be possible to assemble 10MW turbines on jacket suction bucket foundations onshore before transporting to the offshore site for installation.

Governors Push Clean Energy Technology

Source: By US News • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Both Republican and Democratic states are pushing policy and investments in green technology to reduce their energy consumption and drive economic growth, despite partisanship in Washington, D.C., that has divided climate and clean energy issues along party lines. Electric cars, clean energy storage and affordable solar panels are among the top recent innovations in states pushing clean energy, governors said during a panel at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas Oct. 13.

Texas plants shuttering in spite of Trump’s policies

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Coal plants are shuttering in Texas, despite the Trump administration’s promises to revive the ailing industry. A series of coal plant retirements in the Lone Star State marks a new chapter in the industry’s struggles, analysts say, hinting at the wider challenges facing the administration as it embarks on a rescue effort to stem the wave of plant closures nationwide.

China’s President Xi Says Will Continue Years-Long War on Smog

Source: By Christian Shepherd and Stella Qiu, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

China will keep up its years-long battle against smog to ensure “blue skies” and promote a “revolution” in clean energy, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of a key Communist Party congress.

Conservative groups join in opposing Perry’s plan

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to boost coal and nuclear sent oil and gas interests into an unlikely alliance with renewable energy sources. Now conservative groups are teaming up with greens against the idea. The Department of Energy’s proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would change electricity market rules to boost coal and nuclear plants with the goal of increasing grid resilience.

Conservative think tank: Plan to help coal, nuclear power ‘arbitrary’

Source: By Devin Henry, The Hill • Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A conservative think tank is raising concerns about a Department of Energy plan to help boost coal and nuclear power. An analyst for the American Action Forum (AAF) said the proposal, announced this month by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, aims to address a “real problem” with “not the best solution.”

Strong reactions on both sides to Trump’s CEQ pick

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

President Trump’s nomination of a former Texas regulator who’s touted the benefits of carbon dioxide to lead the Council on Environmental Quality is being praised by industry but derided by environmentalists as “creative evil” and a “nightmare scenario.” If confirmed by the Senate, Kathleen Hartnett White would lead a short-handed White House office that’s traditionally been seen as an environmental watchdog on Pennsylvania Avenue.

OPEC Sees ‘Healthy’ Oil Demand Growth to 2022

Source: By Wael Mahdi, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Oil demand will grow at a “healthy pace” over the next five years as renewables show the fastest expansion of any type of energy, the head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said. Wind, solar, geothermal and photovoltaic sources will be the fastest-growing energy, increasing by an average of 6.8 percent a year from 2015 to 2040, though still accounting for less than 5.5 percent of the world’s total energy mix by 2040, he said.

How to Make Enemies in Solar Energy

Source: By Travis Hoium, Motley Fool • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

In the battle over solar tariffs proposed by bankrupt manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld, nearly every solar company has come out against tariffs. One that’s breaking ranks is First Solar. First Solar’s management said this week that it’s in favor of some kind of protective measure. But this may be a self-serving opinion, because First Solar itself isn’t under threat from solar tariffs.