CenterPoint Energy has launched a request for proposals to add up to 1,300 megawatts of clean energy capacity to its portfolio, including up to 300 MW of land-based wind. Interested parties should submit bids by Sept. 23.
Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind will work with Larry Niles of Wildlife Restoration Partnerships, Normandeau Associates and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to learn more about the migration patterns of red knot birds in New Jersey, and how the endangered species could be affected by offshore wind development. Atlantic Shores will use the collected information to mitigate and minimize effects of offshore wind on the species and plans to share the data publically.
The Obama administration's Waters of the US rule was a solid, science-based approach to water protection, contrary to statements made by President Donald Trump, writes Earthjustice's Maz Ali, citing experts from his organization. The rule was a cooperative policy to help improve the water quality of lakes, streams and rivers, says Alejandro Davila of Earthjustice.
Fortune 500 Companies are building a new way to do business by powering their factories, data centers and stores with wind. Not only does this practice help their bottom line, it's good stewardship as well. According to AWEA's recently released Wind Powers American Business report, corporate customers now represent 40% or more of announced wind power contracts in a given year.
Texas' wind industry strengthens communities and families by creating stable jobs in rural areas, bolstering the economy and affording workers a high quality of living, writes Ken Becker of Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development. "Despite the pandemic and oil and gas downturn, wind has remained a stable source of energy and jobs that help power communities in more ways than one," he writes.
"Wind works for America. Now we turn to the next 40 years. I see a renewable energy powerhouse that will add thousands of jobs to the workforce," writes Vestas North America President and American Wind Energy Association Board Chairman Chris Brown. "This vision is just one vision. Members of my Vestas team and those we've had the pleasure of working with have their own ideas on the future of wind," Brown writes.
EDF Renewables North America has agreed to sell Masdar a 50% interest in three US wind farms and five solar projects that have a combined capacity of 1,600 megawatts. The deal includes the 243-megawatt Coyote, 273-MW Las Majadas and 300-MW Milligan 1 wind farms, all of which are expected to begin operations later this year.
US offshore wind leasing rounds could to produce $1.7 billion in federal revenue by 2035, per Wood Mackenzie, but a look at last year's lease sales shows how these economic benefits are already being realized, writes Nader Sobhani of the Niskanen Center. In 2019, offshore wind lease sales surpassed $405 million, up from about $9 million in 2018, putting the industry right behind the oil and gas sector's 2019 sale revenue of $407.3 million, he writes.
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden's proposal to achieve carbon neutrality in the US by 2050 was well-received by everyone except the Trump administration and fossil fuel entities, indicating the concept has become a mainstream political issue in the US, writes Dan Gearino. Gearino explores the role economics have played in the shift, including how utilities are replacing coal generating capacity with clean energy sources to lower ratepayers' costs.
Clean energy enjoys broad support nationwide and Congress should help the industry grow by extending wind and solar tax credits and creating new tax benefits for energy storage projects, wrote 64 mayors and Environment America in a letter to Congress. "Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle need to heed the call to act from local leaders and seize the opportunity to invest in clean energy now," says Ben Sonnega of Environment America.
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