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May 16, 2016

Statoil Set to Build World’s First Floating Wind Farm

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-05-16 04:36:38

Statoil ASA, the Norwegian energy company, was granted a lease to use the seabed off the east coast of Scotland and can now begin building the world’s first floating offshore wind farm.
The Hywind project will consist of five 6-megawatt turbines. They will float on steel tubes fastened to the seabed about 25 kilometers from the town of Peterhead, according to a statement issued by the company based in Stavanger, Norway. [ read more … ]

Illinois leads the Midwest in clean energy jobs, report says

By Ally Marotti, Chicago Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-05-16 04:37:34

“People … understand the idea of someone screwing a wrench on solar panels on someone’s roof or putting up a wind turbine,” Adams said. “A significant part of this economic activity is happening in (energy efficiency), where people at first glance might not realize there are clean energy activities going on.” And actually, those stereotypical clean jobs took a hit. Illinois lost 10.8 percent of its wind jobs and 3.4 percent of its solar jobs between 2014 and 2015, according to the report.

Adams attributes that to a broken set of state regulations. [ read more … ]

Wind turbines arrive at Quonset for installation around the state

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal Staff Writer  •    •  Posted 2016-05-16 04:37:07

DePasquale is hoping that more communities will follow West Warwick’s lead. Not only is the town investing in clean energy, it’s locking in a predictable price of energy for years to come, he says. “It is the future,” he said. [ read more … ]

How America’s regions learned from Europe’s mistakes

John Fialka and Debra Kahn, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-05-16 04:38:29

California, which fancied itself the centerpiece of what was to become the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), seemed to be in the most trouble. It had done much of the planning for this regional coalition, learning from the European Union’s mistakes and taking more time to design a system of measurements and rules to put an effective cap on its biggest sources of emissions. The plan of the state’s Air Resources Board started with electricity generators and large-scale manufacturing in 2013 and then spread by 2015 to cover 85 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emitters. [ read more … ]

Europe becomes a reluctant emissions trading pioneer

John Fialka, E&E special correspondent  •    •  Posted 2016-05-16 04:35:58

When it came to creating the European Union’s Emissions Trading System, now the largest system of abating greenhouse gases in the world, implementing cap and trade turned out to be much harder than the early enthusiasts of the idea in the United States had ever imagined. [ read more … ]

German model hard to follow, even for Germans

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-16 04:35:31

As families celebrated Mother’s Day and fathers still hung over from Vatertag — Germany’s Father’s Day celebration — basked in the breezy sunshine, renewable power provided 95 percent of the country’s energy. And most people didn’t notice. [ read more … ]

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