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November 28, 2021

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Biden administration approves first offshore wind farm to supply power to New York

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:32:24

President Biden’s administration greenlit a major offshore wind project to supply power to New York, arriving as part of a broader push to build out renewable energy and tackle climate change. But the Biden administration still faces stiff head winds ahead of meeting its clean energy goals. The effort to dot the East Coast with towering turbines has at times put advocates at odds with coastal homeowners worried about spoiled seaside views; fishermen concerned about the impact on their catch; and conservationists concerned about the impact on endangered whales. At the moment, only seven commercial turbines — five in Rhode Island and two in Virginia — are up and spinning. Europe, by contrast, has already deployed over 5,000 offshore turbines. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden admin approves nation’s second offshore wind project

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:30:15

The Biden administration approved a Rhode Island offshore wind project today, paving the way for the first utility-scale renewable project in U.S. waters. The South Fork Wind project is the nation’s second offshore venture to get a federal nod, following the approval of the Vineyard Wind development off Martha’s Vineyard earlier this year. But while the 62-turbine Vineyard project broke ground on construction earlier this month, the more modest 12-turbine South Fork array, developed by Denmark’s Ørsted A/S and New England’s Eversource Energy, may be the first to finish construction and begin sending wind power back to the continent. [ read more … ]

Wind power risks becoming too cheap, says top turbine maker

By Stine Jacobsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:29:56

The head of Siemens Gamesa warned on Wednesday that a decade-long race to bring down the cost of generating wind power could not continue, as it would reduce the financial muscle of turbine producers to continue investing in new technologies. A boom in investments in green energy to address climate change has helped bring down the cost of wind power to a level where it can compete with fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. “What we’ve clearly achieved is that wind power is now cheaper than anything else. But I believe we shouldn’t make it too cheap,” Chief Executive Andreas Nauen told Reuters. [ read more … ]

Who owns the wind? An anthropologist has ideas

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:31:31

Hughes explores the contracts that govern wind power. Most local profits flow to those who own the land where turbines are built. Left out of the bargain, he says, are neighbors who experience the turbine in their “viewshed.” If they have no skin in the game, he reasons, those neighbors could insist local governments forbid new installations, and that could stall the wind-energy revolution before it really starts. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Mass. solar setback may threaten climate plans

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:31:15

The solar industry is warning that a long-delayed expansion of Massachusetts small-scale solar incentives could thwart the state’s climate goals, underscoring the regulatory bottlenecks that can block renewable energy around the country. Massachusetts’ solar incentive program, known as SMART, was considered cutting-edge when introduced in 2018, since it was one of the first in the nation to encourage solar installations in tandem with storage. It helps finance installations that are 5 megawatts or less — small enough to fit on a house’s rooftop, in some cases, or on a landfill or other repurposed space. [ read more … ]

Tranmission

Keeping the lights on

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:32:48

The rapidly evolving resource mix behind the U.S. power grid requires a new approach to ensuring there is enough power supply to meet demand, according to a report released Tuesday by Grid Strategies that was prepared for the American Council on Renewable Energy. The report lays out nine recommendations for FERC, states and regional grid operators to consider as they assess how to address “resource adequacy” and keep the lights on while the nation transitions to cleaner power, particularly in the wake of rolling blackouts in California and Texas. [ read more … ]

Maine hits the brakes

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:33:17

 Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Melanie Loyzim suspended the permits for the New England Clean Energy Connect, a controversial 145-mile transmission project that would deliver hydropower from Quebec into New England. The suspension of the permits comes after 59 percent of Maine voters rejected the project in a ballot referendum earlier this month. [ read more … ]

Markets

Biden Urges World to Go Green But Pushes for Cheap Gasoline at Home

By David R Baker, David Wethe and Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:31:58

The policy whiplash reveals the tension between Biden’s long-term climate goals and short-term political realities. He’s determined to transition the U.S. to cleaner sources of energy and rein in carbon emissions. But his administration is also mindful of the energy crisis roiling Europe in recent months. The president can ill afford to let energy prices rise so high that voters turn against him. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers made the danger explicit last week when he said inflation threatened to usher in a return to power for former President Donald Trump, who called global warming a hoax. [ read more … ]

Climate

White House creates new energy division to coordinate climate change policies

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-28 13:31:00

The White House has launched a new energy division of its Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and appointed Sally Benson, a well-known energy expert at Stanford University, to a high-level position to coordinate climate change policy. The announcement illustrates that the White House is racing to fulfill President Biden’s ambitious commitments to combat climate change, particularly as Republicans ramp up their attacks on the administration over high gas prices ahead of the holiday season. [ read more … ]

 

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