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July 19, 2019

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New York Signs Biggest Offshore Wind Project Deal in the Nation

By Will Wade and Millicent Dent, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-07-19 04:33:12

New York signed the biggest-ever deals for offshore wind power in the U.S., a key part of its plan to get all of its power from emissions-free sources by 2040. On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded contracts for two projects off Long Island that will total 1,700 megawatts in capacity. Equinor ASA and a joint venture between Denmark’s Orsted A/S and Massachusetts-based Eversource Energy were chosen to build the farms, which will supply enough power to light up a million homes. [ read more … ]

New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts in Bid to Reduce Emissions

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-07-19 04:33:49

The wind projects, to be built off the coast of Long Island, will start operation within the next five years. They will have the capacity to produce 1,700 megawatts of electricity and will account for about 20 percent of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s overall goal for offshore wind, an energy source that has been slow to take off in the United States. The wind projects are meant to be an important component of the state’s plan to get 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The projects will be built by a division of Equinor, the Norwegian oil and gas company, and a joint venture between Orsted, a Danish company, and Eversource Energy, an American firm. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Hawaiian Electric finalizes largest-ever renewables procurement

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-07-19 04:34:11

Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has submitted to state regulators its final proposed renewables solicitation,laying out how it plans to acquire a range of non-emitting energy resources over the next five years to replace coal and oil-fired power plants. HECO says it plans to seek approximately 900 MW of new renewables, capable of generating about 2 million MWh each year. The requests for proposals (RFPs) are “among the largest single procurement efforts undertaken by a U.S. utility,” the company said. [ read more … ]

EPA: Unhealthy days in cities increase despite other gains

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-07-19 04:34:54

For 2018, the number of days that 35 major cities experienced air deemed “unhealthy for sensitive groups” spiked almost 11%, rising from 721 days in 2017 to 799, according to EPA’s latest “air trends” report released yesterday. After hitting a low of 598 days in 2014, the number of such unhealthy air days has climbed in three of the last four years. Last year’s increase was particularly pronounced, although not seen everywhere around the country. [ read more … ]

Congress finds climate policy “sweet spot”in energy efficiency

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-07-19 04:34:28

Energy efficiency is having a moment on Capitol Hill, and is representative of low-hanging fruit climate change policy that could pass in a divided Congress. The concept of using less energy in homes, at the office, and for industrial applications, is not new or controversial. That was the message from Senators Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, who re-introduced legislation Wednesday that would incentivize use energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and by the federal government.  [ read more … ]

Developer blames Interior for offshore wind delays

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-07-19 04:35:13

A developer hoping to build an offshore wind farm appealed directly to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today to end delays on an environmental assessment it says would derail the project entirely if not completed by the end of the summer. Vineyard Wind LLC plans to place 84 turbines off the coast of Massachusetts. It would be the first utility-scale wind farm to be constructed in U.S. waters, aside from a pilot project of five turbines producing wind power off Rhode Island’s coast. [ read more … ]

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