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.
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette cut the dedication ribbon at the Hanford Site's new Analytical Laboratory in Washington state. The lab will be used to check samples at the site's $17 billion vitrification plant and determine which glass formulation should be used for each batch of nuclear waste to be processed.
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County, California, has been nominated by NASA to be designated an official landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. The radiation-contaminated site is undergoing cleanup and NASA Santa Susana Field Lab project director Peter Zorba says the historic designation "would not alter NASA's cleanup responsibilities at the site."
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems expects $1.4 billion in Department of Energy funding to be finalized in September for development of a construction permit-operating license for a 720-megawatt small modular reactor plant at the Idaho National Laboratory. UAMPS members have not decided whether to purchase electricity generated by the NuScale SMR project, which is proposed to be operational by June 2029.
US-based X-energy is seeking a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission pre-licensing vendor design review for its Xe-100 small modular reactor design, which uses tri-structural isotropic fuel. The pre-licensing VDR is meant to determine if the design meets Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements.
The town of Suttsu in the Hokkaido prefecture is Japan's first municipality to announce it will consider allowing a government study to determine whether it is a suitable site for deep-underground high-level radioactive nuclear waste disposal. However, Hokkaido has an ordinance opposing the acceptance of nuclear waste.