The market for corporate renewable energy power purchase agreements has momentum and will likely continue to grow in 2017, according to this analysis. "If you look at the strong trend we've seen over the past four years, how 2016 has far outperformed 2013 and 2014 [in corporate renewables], and then pair that with the economics of wind that we have right now, and there is every indication that we will continue to see this market grow in 2017," said American Wind Energy Association Senior Analyst Hannah Hunt.
The Long Island Power Authority is close to approving a power purchase agreement with Deepwater Wind for output from its proposed 90-megawatt South Fork offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island. "Contract negotiations are successfully concluded," said spokesman Sid Nathan, adding that the LIPA board of trustees would likely vote on the deal Wednesday.
The Bureau of Land Management has approved the first of two 500-turbine phases that will make up the Power Co. of Wyoming's Chokecherry Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Wyoming, according to the agency. If the full project is approved, it could have a total capacity up to 3,000 MW.
Royal Dutch Shell has been prequalified to participate in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's March 16 offshore wind leasing round in North Carolina, according to the Interior Department. Last month, a Shell-led consortium won the right to develop a 700-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands.
US Wind held the third of a series of informational sessions for offshore wind supply chain firms in Maryland on Jan. 9, according to the company. US Wind, which is in the early stages of developing a 750-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of the state, said it is working to foster collaboration between various businesses with the ultimate goal of growing Maryland's offshore wind industry.
The Carbon Trust has kicked off a tender process in which it seeks to recruit firms interested in exploring the technology challenges facing the floating offshore wind industry. The group said it wants to gather more information on electrical and mooring systems, among other issues.
Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry said during his confirmation hearing he believes in the value of the Energy Department's roles. "Under Rick Perry's leadership, Texas created a stable, long-term, competitive energy market, combined with robust infrastructure investment, which allowed new technologies, like wind, to enter," said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's success growing Texas' wind industry could be influential in his role as energy secretary, if he's confirmed by the Senate, according to Jennifer Layke, global director of the World Resources Institute's Energy Program. "On renewable energy and energy efficiency, we're looking for a broad view that these technologies will continue to be supported by the federal government," she said.
The US Department of Agriculture unveiled the National Certified Transitional Program, which will make it easier for farmers to receive organic accreditation. The USDA will provide oversight to producers, conduct audits and help establish a uniform production standard.
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