The oil and gas industry has valuable insights to share with the floating offshore-wind sector regarding floating platforms and other technologies, says Walt Musial, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's principal engineer and offshore wind manager. The NREL says 11 floating offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 229 megawatts are in the early stages of development.
Denver has become the 10th Colorado city to pledge the use 100% renewable energy, and it plans to meet that standard by 2030. "Climate change threatens our people directly, putting our health, environment and economy -- our very way of life -- at risk," Mayor Michael Hancock said.
Renewables firm CleanChoice Energy is giving customers the option to buy 100% renewables from the company's portfolio of wind and solar projects. The CleanChoice Energy Broker Program is available now to customers in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of Clean Line Energy Partners on Tuesday, ruling that the state Public Service Commission wrongly rejected its $2.3 billion, 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission project. Clean Line President Michael Skelly says it will resume work on the project and hopes to get it up and running by 2023 or 2024, pending regulatory approval.
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority is expected to host its first request for proposals to add 800 megawatts of offshore wind capacity in the fourth quarter of the year. Ultimately, New York seeks to add 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has agreed to serve as a brand ambassador for NRG Energy for a second consecutive year. NRG operates 14 micro wind turbines and a solar array at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Duke Energy has canceled a request for proposals to add 500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the Midwestern US due to a lack of transmission and other concerns, says spokesman Randy Wheeless. "We were thinking there would be better transportation methods than there are," adds Wheeless.
Swiss oil trader Vitol and UK investment firm Low Carbon have launched a new investment fund that will stimulate renewable-energy development in Europe. VLC Renewables has about 200 million euros, about $233 million, in initial funding and will focus on both land-based and offshore wind projects.
Clean-energy investments and jobs are important for Michigan and central to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, according to El-Sayed's "Renew Michigan" plan. He has also expressed support for helping the state achieve 100% renewables.
Ontario, Canada, has nixed 758 contracts with renewable-energy projects, including a number of wind farms that were very early in the development process. Greg Rickford, provincial minister of energy, mines, northern development and indigenous affairs, says the decision will save ratepayers money.