Congress can ensure the next stimulus is a vehicle for job creation, economic recovery and clean energy growth by including an Energy Jobs Coalition in the package, writes former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Moniz details provisions to include in the EJC, including modernizing the country's grid infrastructure, financing opportunities for renewables and other programs that encourage decarbonization.
Officials from thirteen states and districts with goals to completely divest from carbon have formed the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative, with plans to hold their first meeting by phone later this month. The coalition will focus on what states have to do to meet their respective goals and identify areas for collaboration, says Warren Leon of the Clean Energy States Alliance, the coalition's facilitator.
Technological advances and transmission infrastructure have brought down the levelized cost of energy from offshore wind Europe over time, and the US could see the same trend if the industry continues to embrace larger turbines and overcomes challenges in land-based and subsea cable infrastructure, write Aneesh Prabhu and Luisina Berberian of S&P Global Ratings. "The benefits are twofold for offshore wind: Larger turbines will generate more electricity per unit, and fewer turbines will need to be installed and serviced," they write.
Northland Power has finished building the 252-megawatt Deutsche Bucht project off the coast of Germany. It's the third offshore wind farm the company has completed, says President and CEO Mike Crawley.
RWE has made a final investment decision to move forward with the 342-megawatt Kaskasi offshore wind farm in Germany, which will feature Siemens Gamesa turbines and is expected to come online in 2022. "Our investment in this project underlines our ambitions to further grow in offshore wind in Europe and around the globe," says executive Christoph Radke.
Digital technologies such as digital twins and data analytics present a huge opportunity for wind companies to improve operations and maintenance, maximize equipment longevity and save money, but adoption can be difficult due to a lack of time, knowledge and cost constraints, writes Rob Profilet of Shell. Companies can ensure they realize the maximum benefit by working with specialists who can analyze their maintenance program and existing assets.
GE Renewable Energy is shifting gears at two factories in the US to 3D-print N95 masks in the response to the coronavirus, including a plant in Pensacola, Fla., where the company uses the technology to produce wind turbine component prototypes. It currently takes GE about 40 minutes to produce each mask, but it's working to reduce that figure to five minutes.
Vattenfall has decided against participating in the Netherland's next 700-megawatt offshore wind leasing round due to uncertainty created by the coronavirus, says Spokesman Robert Portier. Vattenfall was selected as the winning bidder for the nation's last two support mechanism-free tenders.
Broad Sustainable Building has created a stackable hospital for COVID-19 patients that includes beds, bathrooms and other features built into 3D units that can be transported like shipping containers and assembled on-site. Broad's structural panels are made from stainless steel and its hospital units include fresh air systems that reduce energy consumption.
The San Antonio Water System in Texas works hard year-round, including testing water quality more than 1,000 times per month, to ensure drinking water is safe, and employees are continuing to provide essential service during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Board Chairman Berto Guerra. The utility has also stopped suspending service and moved all meetings online, and its SAWS Uplift program is serving families in need.
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