EDF Energy Renewables, a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, has started to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland in Britain, the firm said on Tuesday. The wind farm will have a maximum total generating capacity of almost 100 megawatts and provide enough low-carbon electricity to power 33,000 homes, the company said.
Nevada is mulling the future of its law requiring that some of its energy come from renewables as members of a state task force assert that the measure is no longer driving construction of new wind, solar and other clean energy projects. An advisory committee to Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force, reconvened this year by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), met yesterday to discuss strengthening the state’s renewable portfolio standard or phasing it out. It could potentially be replaced by a policy that constrains how much fossil-fuel-fired generation is allowed in the state.
Large technology companies that use massive amounts of energy are now sourcing more power directly from renewables as opposed to purchasing renewable energy credits to offset their carbon footprints. “Direct sourcing is important to us because our goal is really the transformation of the electric grid,” said Brian Janous, the director of energy strategy for Microsoft Cor
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is looking to convince wary Democrats against blocking the first energy bill conference committee in a decade. The Senate could vote as early as next week on whether to launch a conference with the House to seek compromise on energy reform legislation. The House voted before the Memorial Day recess to begin talks.
A few weeks ago, the United States Senate passed their first appropriations bill of the year by a vote of 90-8, which explicitly endorses doubling clean energy research and development, but includes only modest increases in actual funding. When the House and Senate ultimately send an appropriations bill to the President, it should include significantly more funding for innovation if America hopes to not diminish its lead in this emerging economic revolution.
In the past decade South Dakota has seen tremendous job creation and capital investment in renewable energy. Wind power has led the way by contributing over $2 billion in direct capital investment and directly creating well over 500 new jobs. Those wind power jobs are in operations and maintenance, construction, manufacturing and many support sectors. In addition, wind projects produce lease payments for landowners and increase the tax base for local governments and school districts.
The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission said Thursday that it had signed an agreement for as much as 200 megawatts of transmission space on the cross-state line. The group represents municipally owned utilities in the state that pool their resources to buy power and is administered by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. The contract could bolster Grain Belt’s case with the Missouri Public Service Commission, which single-handedly blocked the project last summer on a 3-2 vote. While members acknowledged it may benefit other states, they weren’t convinced it was worth it for Missouri ratepayers.
Eleven energy and technology firms said on Monday offshore wind can be as cheap as gas and coal within a decade, but said European nations must do more to ensure a stable legal framework to inspire investment in zero carbon generation. Germany’s RWE, E.On and Siemens signed an open letter, alongside Norwegian oil firm Statoil, Sweden’s Vattenfall and General Electric of the United States, saying they can produce for less than 80 euros ($90.80) per megawatt hour per project by 2025.
Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade are in jeopardy amid a partisan dispute over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of wildlife protections. A bipartisan bill the Senate approved in April would boost oil and natural gas production while encouraging renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, and increased energy efficiency.
Congress is close to having the first energy bill conference in more than a decade, but when or whether the Senate will join the House in formally launching negotiations remains up in the air. Before leaving for the Memorial Day recess, House leaders named conferees to reconcile the chamber’s revised energy bill with the Senate’s own package, S. 2012.