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May 24, 2018

Top Story

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S.

By Stanley Reed and Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 06:37:43

On Wednesday, that effort took a major step forward as the State of Massachusetts, after holding an auction, selected a group made up of a Danish investment firm and a Spanish utility to erect giant turbines on the ocean bottom, beginning about 15 miles off Martha’s Vineyard. This initial project will generate 800 megawatts of electricity, roughly enough to power a half a million homes. At the same time, Rhode Island announced it would award a 400-megawatt offshore wind project to another bidder in the auction. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts, Rhode Island award major offshore wind contracts

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 06:37:22

Massachusetts on Wednesday selected a partnership between Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop what will be the largest U.S. offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind’s 800 megawatt proposal was chosen by state utilities Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy. It is the largest ever procurement of offshore wind by a U.S. state, and represents up to 6 percent of the state’s total annual electricity load. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New Mass., R.I. projects to add 1.2 GW US offshore wind capacity

  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 04:18:20

Massachusetts on Wednesday announced its first offshore wind project, proposed by Vineyard Wind to generate 800 MW. Vineyard Wind aims to begin construction in 2019 and bring the project online by 2021. The state received three project proposals from wind developers in December responding to a request for 400 MW of offshore wind capacity. A 2016 Massachusetts law requires the state’s power companies to acquire 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity in the next decade. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Announce Largest Procurement of Offshore Wind in Nation’s History  

  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 04:30:24

Building on her commitment to a clean, affordable and reliable energy future, Governor Gina Raimondo announced yesterday that Rhode Island has selected Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island-based clean energy developer, to construct a new, 400-megawatt offshore wind farm. The Revolution Wind project–more than ten times the size of the Block Island Wind Farm–was selected through a competitive offshore wind procurement process in collaboration with Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island and Massachusetts Announce Largest Procurement of Offshore Wind in Nation’s History  

By Josh Block, Office of Governor Gina Raimondo  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 06:49:23

Building on her commitment to a clean, affordable and reliable energy future, Governor Gina Raimondo announced yesterday that Rhode Island has selected Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island-based clean energy developer, to construct a new, 400-megawatt offshore wind farm. The Revolution Wind project–more than ten times the size of the Block Island Wind Farm–was selected through a competitive offshore wind procurement process in collaboration with Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

Former EPA head Gina McCarthy: The climate change message is all wrong

By Neil Swidey, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 06:38:56

Gina McCarthy strides into the ocean-view ballroom at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, plops down her green backpack, and glances out the window. The waves are angrily advancing on this last night in April, which feels as dreary as mid-January. “The water seems way closer than it was the last time I was here,” she says. Maybe that’s because of climate change, the threat that McCarthy led the charge to confront as head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration. Or maybe it’s just high tide. [ read more … ]

North Carolina Wind Power Hangs in the Balance Amid National Security Debate

By James Bruggers, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 06:40:03

The Department of Defense already has authority to decide whether wind farms mess with radar stations or training flights. But that’s not enough for some lawmakers.  The future of wind power in North Carolina may be decided in the next couple of months by lawmakers who are likely to revisit fears that giant turbines threaten national security in a state with a heavy military presence. [ read more … ]

Senators press FERC on integrating renewables

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-24 06:40:17

Sixteen Democratic senators led by Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island are urging federal regulators to act quickly on advising electric grid operators on how to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) such as renewables into their day-to-day operations. “DER adoption and renewable energy aggregation continue to grow in the United States, driven by state and federal policies as well as consumers choosing cost-competitive innovative technologies such as smart thermostats, electric vehicles, and customer-sited energy generation and storage,” the lawmakers wrote yesterday to Kevin McIntyre, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [ read more … ]

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