The Trump administration's "energy dominance" strategy, the agendas of Northeast states and other factors are working to bring the US offshore wind industry to fruition, writes Saqib Rahim. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is overseeing 12 leases for offshore wind development.
MidAmerican Energy expects to break ground on a new wind farm in Grundy County, Iowa, this month that will have a total capacity of 90.8 megawatts, says the utility. The Ivester project will likely begin operations this year.
BayWa has arranged a long-term power purchase agreement with utility MCE for its 101-megawatt Strauss project in Santa Barbara County, Calif., says the firm. The project will feature a total of 30 General Electric machines.
Massachusetts electrical cooperative Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative has confirmed plans to add two turbines at a 10-turbine project in Hancock, says the utility. The project will feature two additional 2.3-megawatt units.
The New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils have launched Offshore Wind in the Northeast Region, a website that provides stakeholders with information on offshore wind projects under development on the East Coast. The site contains Bureau of Ocean Energy Management documents, scheduled meetings and other relevant activities.
Deepwater Wind has enacted a plan that seeks to protect commercial fishing gear located in areas where it plans to develop offshore wind farms, it says. "We know that offshore wind and all other ocean users can coexist -- we see that happening every day at the Block Island Wind Farm," says CEO Jeffrey Grybowski.
Apple has introduced a $300 million fund that will drive clean energy investment in China. The fund will be separate from Apple's previous investments in wind and solar projects in the country.
California cut its greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels in 2016, reaching its 2020 GHG reduction goal four years early, according to the California Air Resources Board. The state is now working to reduce its emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
Apple will partner with several suppliers to establish a $300 million renewable energy project fund in China. Apple hopes that the China Clean Energy Fund will lead to the production of at least 1 gigawatt of renewable energy during the next four years.
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