A recent survey of Tokyo Bay by the organizers of the 2020 Olympics found the presence of E. coli bacteria to be up to four times greater than the allowable level on one out of 12 days in August. Officials are concerned about water quality in the bay, which will be the site for the swimming portion of the Olympic triathlon, and plan to install triple-layer underwater screens.
Offshore wind is expected to become a $1 trillion industry within 20 years and while states are doing everything possible to ensure the US' success, the federal government must also do its part by providing regulatory stability. "Offshore wind currently provides just 0.3% of global power generation, but its potential is vast," says Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA's executive director. "More and more of that potential is coming within reach, but much work remains to be done by governments and industry for it to become a mainstay of clean energy transitions."
Equinor is developing the 816-megawatt Empire Wind project off the coast of New York, has a lease in Massachusetts and is scouting opportunities for renewables "all the way from the Northeast to Texas," says Equinor's Michael Wheeler. Equinor is interested in offshore wind projects, as well as land-based wind ones and floating offshore wind in California, he says.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection can ensure the city of New London once again houses a thriving maritime industry by approved Orsted and Eversource's Constitution Wind project and corresponding investment in the port city, write New London Mayor Michael Passero and state Sen. Paul Formica. "No other economic development opportunity compares to the transformational nature of becoming an offshore wind hub," they write.
Vestas Wind Systems has won a contract to complete a 103-megawatt extension at Mercury NZ's Turitea wind farm in New Zealand, bringing its total capacity to 222 MW. The project will feature an additional 27 V112 3.45-MW machines optimized to 3.8 MW from Vestas.
Hai Long Offshore Wind has arranged a preferred supplier deal with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to use its machines at the 300-megawatt Hai Long 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Separately, SGRE is building an offshore wind hub at Taiwan's Port of Taichung.
Special transport companies such as Nooteboom and TTI are working with wind companies to develop cranes and other transport tools for turbine blades, allowing the industry to continue scaling the machines and transport them safely and affordably, writes Sotiris Kanaris. TII recently worked with Vestas to develop the Scheuerle system, which can handle blades more than 100 meters long.
China is expected to become the world's leader for offshore wind in the 2020s and there may be an opportunity for international players to enter the market as it pursues a cost-deflation agenda for the energy source, says Fitch Solutions Macro Research. The Chinese market hopes to bring down offshore wind costs by streamlining supply chains and adopting advanced technologies, including larger turbines.
Robert Bryce has a long history of promoting untruths about renewable energy, including alleging the industry lacks popular support and carries unfounded health concerns, writes American Wind Energy Association Deputy Director of External Communications Greg Alvarez. Robert Bryce has a long history of trying to muddy the waters when it comes to wind energy, and he hides potential conflicts of interest.
North Carolina will move forward with offshore wind feasibility studies, including a look at its potential supply chain, regardless of the outcome of the state's 2020 fiscal budget, says Gov. Roy Cooper. "We know we need to move to a clean energy future in order to fight climate change, but we also know that clean energy creates so many good-paying jobs for the people of North Carolina," he says.
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