The US' emerging offshore wind industry could support 83,000 jobs by 2030, and states like New York are leading the way with policies that put affordable, clean and reliable energy first, writes American Wind Energy Association President and CEO Tom Kiernan. "At a time of such economic uncertainty, offshore wind's benefits are too great to risk missing," he writes.
Congress has a responsibility to safeguard and conserve US water resources, which are important for ensuring Americans have access to clean water, write Melinda Kassen of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Julie Hill-Gabriel of the National Audubon Society. "We applaud the House for recognizing this in the Moving Forward Act -- and it is essential that Congress continues to come together and invest in water infrastructure and conservation efforts," they write.
The Treasury Department should support offshore wind projects delayed due to the coronavirus by extending the wind energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit's safe harbor provisions, wrote Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and eight other senators in a letter. "On top of construction delays and financial difficulties faced by the entire wind community, offshore developers are facing the significant additional challenges related to permitting offshore in federal waters," says American Wind Energy Association President and CEO Tom Kiernan.
AEP Energy has arranged a power purchase agreement with a Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners affiliate for output from the 400-megawatt Panther Grove Wind Energy Facility in Woodford County, Ill. AEP Energy will use the output to power retail customers such as Google.
Investor Hannon Armstrong will purchase an equity interest in ENGIE's US wind and solar portfolio, supporting the company's plans to bring 2.3 gigawatts of new capacity online by the end of 2020. ENGIE is currently developing wind farms in South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Offshore wind has the potential to become the world's leading source of renewable energy, especially as turbines grow more efficient and new technologies improve the maintenance and operation processes, writes Emily Folk, editor of Conservation Folks. Improvements in floating offshore wind are also driving down costs and make the energy source feasible in more areas, Folk writes.
The Gage County Board of Supervisors in Nebraska met Wednesday to discuss a local petition for stronger wind rules, including lengthening the county's setback distance to one mile. The board hasn't made any decisions yet, and will meet later this month to consider whether the county should resume accepting special use permit applications for wind and solar projects.
Renewable energy is more affordable than ever and Indiana policymakers need "to embrace a resilient future built on reliable technologies," writes Steve Eberly. "The benefits of this approach include low-cost energy, more Indiana jobs, and financial rewards for both communities and landowners," he writes.
Officials in Flagstaff, Ariz., voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency and set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. "We can change our game plan to really make some big pivots in the way we operate -- that time is now," said Vice Mayor Adam Shimoni, noting that pandemic shutdowns provide an opportunity to make changes.
BIO unveiled a US climate crisis action plan this week that includes proposals for sustainable aviation fuels tax breaks and a national standard for low carbon fuels. "Biotech companies that develop and manufacture sustainable fuels and other biobased products are helping to decarbonize the transportation and manufacturing sectors ... mitigating other harmful environmental impacts, and improving public health," said Stephanie Batchelor, vice president of BIO's industrial and environmental section.
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