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September 23, 2019

Top Story

The World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm Will Be as Cheap as Coal

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:43:38

The world’s biggest offshore wind park planned off the coast of England will probably in the next decade generate power cheaper than by burning coal. A number of offshore wind projects won contracts to sell power at guaranteed prices in a U.K. auction Friday. The price of 39.65 pounds per megawatt-hour ($49.70) was 31% below the level in a similar auction two years ago. The plunge highlights how offshore wind, which only a few years ago was a niche technology more expensive than nuclear reactors, is changing the economics of energy around the world. Both utilities and, increasingly, energy majors, are planning to spend $448 billion through 2030 on an eightfold capacity increase, according to BloombergNEF. [ read more … ]

State Projects

Minnesota wind-solar hybrid project could be new frontier for renewable energy

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:42:00

By capturing both sun and wind power, it can provide a more stable supply of electricity than either energy source can provide alone. And given its small size, it is relatively easy to hook into the electricity grid. “It delivers low-cost clean energy right to where the power is being consumed, and it leads to the retention of energy dollars in the community,” said Dan Juhl, the Minnesota renewable-energy pioneer whose company developed the project.
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Dominion Energy plans major offshore wind farm near Virginia Beach

By Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:42:36

Dominion Energy is proposing a major offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach that would be the largest of its kind in the country. The company said Thursday that it plans to expand a test project that’s already under construction to build up to 220 giant wind turbines on a patch of ocean 27 miles off the coast. The project would generate 2,600 megawatts of electricity by 2026, enough energy to power 650,000 homes. It is estimated to cost $7.8 billion.
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World’s Biggest Wind Turbines Coming to U.S. Waters, Care of GE

By Chris Martin. Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:43:01

The tallest, most powerful wind turbines ever made are coming to U.S. waters care of General Electric Co. Denmark-based Orsted A/S plans to use 12-megawatt turbines made by GE for projects off the coast of Maryland and New Jersey, according to a statement from the companies Thursday. The 853-foot (260-meter) turbines are almost as tall as New York’s Chrysler Building. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Senators press FERC on efforts to police markets

By Rod Kuckro and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:45:43

A group of senators expressed alarm that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may be giving short shrift to “preventing fraud and manipulation” in U.S. energy and financial markets. Led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the lawmakers asked each of the agency’s three commissioners to address a series of moves that Cantwell said call into question whether it is using its authority to “go after bad actors” in jurisdictional wholesale power and gas markets, as well as transmission and transportation services. The letter was also signed by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). [ read more … ]

Iowa scientists warn of ‘sobering extreme heat’

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:44:40

More than 200 scientists from 38 Iowa colleges and universities have signed on to a climate change statement that warns of “sobering extreme heat projections” for the Midwest that will put people, livestock and pets at risk. The statement released Wednesday says the World Meteorological Organization identified July as the hottest month in more than 140 years of record-keeping. [ read more … ]

Google ramps up wind, solar investments

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:45:04

Google is investing heavily in renewable energy, according to its top boss, an initiative announced ahead of global rallies calling for action to guard against climate change. Employees at Google and other big U.S. tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft planned to participate in the “global climate strike” today (see related story). [ read more … ]

Amazon puts in ‘largest order ever’ of delivery EVs

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-22 04:45:27

Retail giant Amazon.com Inc. said yesterday it would buy 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from startup automaker Rivian in a deal that one analyst called “quite possibly, the largest single EV purchase in history.” Announced as part of Amazon’s pledge to make all of its operations carbon neutral by 2040, the first vehicles from the deal — electric vans for package delivery — will begin appearing in 2021 and roll out over the course of the decade, with the full fleet introduced by 2030. [ read more … ]

Opinion

Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win

By Al Gore, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-23 04:16:08

People are recognizing that the climate is changing, and the consequences are worsening much faster than most thought was possible. A record 72 percent of Americans polled say that the weather is growing more extreme. And yet every day we still emit more than 140 million tons of global warming pollution worldwide into the atmosphere, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I often echo the point made by the climate scientist James Hansen: The accumulation of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases — some of which will envelop the planet for hundreds and possibly thousands of years — is now trapping as much extra energy daily as 500,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs would release every 24 hours. This is the crisis we face. [ read more … ]

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