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May 17, 2021

Top Story

The stakes couldn’t be higher for America’s first major offshore wind farm

By Matt Egan, CNN Business  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:12:10

Now that the project has secured its final, major federal approval from the Bureau of Ocean Management, Vineyard Wind plans to begin construction this year and start providing power to Massachusetts in 2023. But this is no small task. Offshore wind farms must contend with rough seas, bad weather and the inherent challenges of installing gigantic wind turbines at sea — and then connecting them to land miles away. “This first project is terribly important in getting this sector kicked off on the right foot,” said Dan Shreve, head of global wind energy at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

End of wind power waste? Vestas unveils blade recycling technology

By Tim Barsoe, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:12:58

Wind turbine maker Vestas (VWS.CO) unveiled new technology on Monday which it says enables wind turbine blades to be fully recycled, avoiding the dumping of old blades. Turbine blades are set to account for 43 million tonnes of waste in 2050, according to a 2017 University of Cambridge study. Most blades end up in landfills, because they are hard to recycle.
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Few assurances for fishermen in federal offshore wind approval

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:13:19

“While Vineyard Wind is not authorized to prevent free access to the entire wind development area, due to the placement of the turbines it is likely that the entire 75,614 acre area will be abandoned by commercial fisheries due to difficulties with navigation.”  The statement represents the worst-case scenario for fishermen and contradicts what Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management director Amanda Lefton said last Tuesday in a press call on the approval about their hopes of having the two industries coexist.     [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

Natural Gas, America’s No. 1 Power Source, Already Has a New Challenger: Batteries

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:13:46

Vistra Corp. owns 36 natural-gas power plants, one of America’s largest fleets. It doesn’t plan to buy or build any more. Instead, Vistra intends to invest more than $1 billion in solar farms and battery storage units in Texas and California as it tries to transform its business to survive in an electricity industry being reshaped by new technology. “I’m hellbent on not becoming the next Blockbuster Video, ” said Vistra Chief Executive Curt Morgan. “I’m not going to sit back and watch this legacy business dwindle and not participate [ read more … ]

States

Newsom’s looming threat: Summer blackouts

By DEBRA KAHN and COLBY BERMEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:12:35

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is on track to beat the recall this fall — if he can just get through the summer. A deepening drought and potential for heat waves threaten to unleash a new political nightmare for Newsom: widespread power outages. The state’s grid operator is already warning of the possibility of rolling blackouts in August and September, not long before voters will decide his fate in a Republican-driven recall election. [ read more … ]

Washington State Tells Businesses to Eliminate Emissions by 2050

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:14:21

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is set to sign a law mandating that a broad swath of industries essentially eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The new standards, the most aggressive in the nation, will go into effect in 2023. The Climate Commitment Act sets a cap on greenhouse gas and creates a market where polluting industries buy and sell credits from the state for every ton of greenhouse gas they emit [ read more … ]

EVs

A Dry Pipeline Asks: Who Wants an Electric Car Now?

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-17 15:14:02

If smugness could be bottled and burned, East Coast drivers would have had no problems this week. The stuff was spewing out of Teslas, Nissan Leafs and every other electric vehicle silently zooming past dry gas pumps and frantic drivers filling all manner of receptacles with fast-dwindling fuel. When hoarders turned to plastic bags, the righteousness of the clean, green observers, no doubt, hit the redline. [ read more … ]

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