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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 13, 2022

Top Story

Are highway rights of way an answer to power siting dilemma?

By Jeffrey Tomich , E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:46:05

Could a key to unlocking a cleaner, more durable power grid and furthering the adoption of electric vehicles be found in vacant strips of land alongside highways and interstates? The answer may be yes, and it’s a concept that’s gaining momentum across the country, according to a feasibility study done for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The study, released yesterday, was led by the Ray, an Atlanta-based transportation nonprofit, and Seattle-based NGI Consulting, and shows multiple benefits for co-locating high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) transmission and broadband underground along highway rights of way [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Will North Carolina go big on offshore wind?

By Heather Richards, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:45:43

North Carolina is about to take center stage in the Biden administration’s push for offshore wind, with a major federal lease sale set for this spring that proponents say could drive a billion-dollar industry in the state. But there’s one problem: Duke Energy Corp. — the state’s largest utility — and state regulators haven’t fully committed to offshore wind just yet. [ read more … ]

N.J. Shore city opposes plan to bury offshore wind power cables under beach, streets

By Bill Duhart, NJ.com  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:44:57

The plan to bury power cables from an offshore wind project under a prime stretch of beach in a popular New Jersey Shore town is set to move forward despite objections from the local government and residents. Ørsted, the Danish firm developing the offshore wind project, is seeking an easement from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to put cables under land owned by Ocean City that includes a beachfront with luxury homes, some valued in the millions of dollars.
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The race to roll out ‘super-sized’ wind turbines is on

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:45:18

In the not too distant future, waters 15 miles off Martha’s Vineyard will be home to a potentially crucial part of America’s energy future: the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind 1, a project that’s been described as “the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.” Construction of Vineyard Wind 1 started last year, and the facility will use 13 MW versions of GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X turbines. With a height of up to 260 meters (853 feet), a rotor diameter of 220 meters and 107-meter blades, the Haliade-X is part of a new generation of turbines set to be installed in the years ahead. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

“They very clearly set a precedent:” Massive solar energy plant to be built in rural community despite some pushback

By Gretchen Gerlach, NBC News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:44:19

A massive solar energy plant is headed for the towns of Deerfield and Christiana. Last week the Public Service Commission approved construction of the 465-megawatt Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, the largest in Dane County. Chicago-based developer Invenergy says the new power plant is a big step forward for Wisconsin, as the state makes moves away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. According to Invenergy, Koshkonong will generate enough power to sustain 60,000 Dane Co. homes, create hundreds of jobs and invest millions into the economy. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

How much energy powers a good life? Less than you’re using, says a new report

By Laura Benshoff, National Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:46:58

How much energy does it take to have a good and healthy life? A new Stanford University study has found that the answer is far less than the average American is using. Comparing energy use and quality of life across 140 countries, researchers found that the magic number is 75 gigajoules a year, or less. For context, one gigajoule of energy is equal to about 8 gallons of gasoline. Americans use 284 gigajoules a year per capita, nearly four times that much energy, according to the new research. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric Vehicles, Not Luxury Cars, Dominate the New York Auto Show

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:43:55

The auto show, expected after two years of lockdowns to drive off into an irrelevant sunset, isn’t dead yet. Following the vibrant Munich auto show in the fall, the New York International Auto Show will open to the public on Friday, April 15, at Manhattan’s Javits Center and will run through April 24. The format is more compelling than in years past, given the supply chain crisis that has severely delayed deliveries to dealerships, not to mention markups as high as $100,000 over manufacturer’s suggested retail price for luxury cars and SUVs.
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Electric Vehicle Growth Outpaces Installation of Battery Chargers

By Colin McKerracher, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-13 14:46:27

In markets like the U.S., the number of EVs on the road per charger has grown steadily higher over the last year, so there are fewer chargers for every EV on the road. That effect is even more pronounced in Europe, where EV sales have surged since 2019. In Germany, the ratio went from 8 EVs per public charging point in 2019 to 20 in 2021. [ read more … ]

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