The technical feasibility of using wind power to assist in offshore oil extraction has been established in the first phase of a new project. The venture, led by DNV GL and involving ExxonMobil and Eni, found that wind could be used to power water injection in a manner that is cost competitive with conventional extraction methods. The process involves using a floating wind turbine to power an injecting process capable of sufficiently pressurising reservoirs to encourage oil extraction.
A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon over concerns about a declining sage grouse population that needs the area to breed. The U.S. District Court in Portland vacated plans for the project Tuesday, bringing an end to lengthy litigation over the proposal by Columbia Energy Partners. The project proposal was for wind energy development on roughly 10,500 acres of private land in Harney County near Steens Mountain.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry hinted at upcoming policy changes as he spoke to an advisory group about innovation in coal power. “I didn’t come here to do inconsequential things,” Perry told the National Coal Council, an independently funded advisory group to the Department of Energy, at its annual meeting in Alexandria, Va. “I came to serve a president with a clear and bold vision for this country.”
President Trump talks a great game when it comes to US coal miners and coal jobs but he sure is walking the renewables walk. The latest item in the flood of renewable energy news pouring from the Energy Department since Inauguration Day is a new study that charts a do-able path for global energy producers to harvest 5-10 terawatts of solar power by 2030. That’s quite a big feat considering that the current scope of global solar generation is still measured in gigawatts, but then again President Trump is known to be a huge fan of the bigly.
Wyoming might be in coal country, but it’s also leading the country in renewable energy capacity, a new report finds. Wyoming’s expanding wind sector has placed it at the top of a ranking of states’ clean energy development by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report found that renewable sources account for all of the new power plant capacity added to the state between 2016 and 2019. Wyoming also leads in terms of renewable energy development per capita.
Offshore wind turbines are about to become higher than the Eiffel Tower, allowing the industry to supply subsidy-free clean power to the grid on a massive scale for the first time. Manufacturers led by Siemens AG are working to almost double the capacity of the current range of turbines, which already have wing spans that surpass those of the largest jumbo jets. The expectation those machines will be on the market by 2025 was at the heart of contracts won by German and Danish developers last week to supply electricity from offshore wind farms at market prices by 2025.
We cannot emphasize enough that dealing with climate change is a bottom-line business. Opportunities presented by the agreement, now and in the future, are being recognized by corporations like Ikea, Nike and Wal-Mart, who have joined universities, venture capital funds and other major investor groups in touting the agreement’s ability to set up financing mechanisms that can channel investments toward low- and no-carbon energy technologies.
This seemingly dull inquiry has stirred controversy in a Trump administration in which nearly all moves that touch on energy and the environment are matters of contention. While framed as an inquiry into policies that will ensure the resilience of the electricity grid, Perry’s focus on so-called “baseload” generation — power plants that produce a steady, controlled stream of electricity — appears to create an opposition with fast-growing wind and solar. These sources by definition are variable or “intermittent,” providing energy only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.
Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years as the industry continues to grow, according to a report released today. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report notes that two states in the region generate more than 30 percent of their electricity needs from wind – Iowa (35 percent) and South Dakota (30 percent). North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas produce more than 20 percent of their electricity demand from wind.
The wind industry is staking a claim on “Trump country.” “Eighty-six percent of all wind farms are in Republican districts,” said Tom Kiernan, head of the American Wind Energy Association. “The vast majority of the investment each year is in Republican districts.”