Category: Wind & Hydro Renewable Energy

Off Shore Wind Energy is Back!

 

Der schwedische Offshore-Windpark Lillgrund im Öresund zwischen Malmö und Kopenhagen. Siemens hat im Projekt Lillgrund 48 Windenergieanlagen des Typs SWT-2.3-93 mit einer Leistung von jeweils 2,3 Megawatt (MW) installiert. Der Windpark mit einer installierten Gesamtleistung von 110 Megawatt (MW) wird vom schwedischen Energieversorger Vattenfall betrieben und wurde im Juni 2008 offiziell in Betrieb genommen. Der Offshore-Windpark Lillgrund produziert genug Strom, um 60.000 schwedische Haushalte zu versorgen. The Swedish offshore wind farm Lillgrund in the Øresund between Malmö and Copenhagen. For the Lillgrund project Siemens installed 48 SWT-2.3-93 wind power systems each rated at 2.3 megawatts (MW). The wind farm with a total installed capacity of 110 MW is operated by the Swedish utility Vattenfall and officially came on line in June 2008. The Lillgrund offshore wind farm produces enough electrcity to supply 60,000 Swedish households.

It’s looking like off shore wind projects are finally taking off.  For a while there it wasn’t looking very hopeful. This is great news for the renewable energy industry!   Read here for some of the exciting new projects!

Questioning Value of Large Utility Renewable Systems

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Governors Accord for a New Energy Future

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17 States have banded together to form the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future”. New York and California are among them. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the recent Supreme Court suspension of the Clean Power Plan and the courts final decision on the matter. Read Here!

President Obama Proposes Doubling Clean Energy R & D by 2012

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The White House released a “Fact Sheet” this week on the President’s proposal to double clean energy Research and Development by 2012.  “Accelerating clean energy innovation is essential to achieving the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to well below 2˚C,” the White House said.  Read article here.

Renewable Energy Portfolios by States Showing Considerable Benefit

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Not all the states have renewable energy portfolios.  But for those that do a study was conducted that showed over the last several years there has been considerable benefit in a range of areas.  Including reduction of green house gases,  growth of the job sector…

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2015 Year In Review for Renewable Energy

 Great summary of major advances that have been made in the field of renewable energy in 2015. Battery storage development strongly moving ahead – we will see full electric storage enter the market sooner then you think! And electric cars and their chargers are nationally becoming more common place!     read more!investment-solar-wind-energy

Major US Corps commit $140B for new renewables

13 major US companies announced $140B in new renewable energy investments to reduce their carbon footprint this week. Isn’t it time for us all to save money with clean energy?

 

Major US Corporations Pledge To Increase Renewable Energy Usage, Decrease Carbon Footprint

July 27, 2015

Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations are announcing at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris.

Companies including Apple Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will join Secretary of State John Kerry and top administration officials at the White House for the announcement. In addition to pledges to cut emissions, provide financing to environmentally-focused companies, and reduce water consumption, the companies have said they will procure at least 1,600 MW of new, renewable energy. The White House said in a statement that it expects to announce a second round of similar pledges later this fall from additional companies.

The commitments are being announced as President Barack Obama is looking to build momentum toward a legacy-defining global climate accord in Paris. In addition to company-specific commitments, the corporate leaders on Monday will signal their support for a strong climate agreement out of the United Nations talks. They administration is using the pledges to set an example for companies to find ways to eliminate their carbon emissions.

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“As the world looks toward global climate negotiations in Paris this December, American leadership at all levels will be essential,” the White House said in a fact sheet detailing the announcement.

The administration’s actions are pushing the issue into the 2016 presidential debate. Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, released an energy strategy saying she would both defend and go beyond Obama’s efforts. Republican candidates have criticized the administration’s initiatives as costly to the economy and unnecessary.

Among the pledges, aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. has agreed to reduce emissions by 50 percent from its 2005 levels, while agricultural giant Cargill Inc. says 18 percent of its total energy use will come from renewable sources.

Coca-Cola Co. said it would drive down the carbon footprint of its beverage production by 25 percent over the next five years, while Google says it plans to triple its purchases of renewable energy over the next decade. Berkshire Hathaway says it plans to invest up to an additional $15 billion in the construction and operation of renewable energy generators, while Bank of America Corp says it will increase its environmental business initiative by $75 billion over the next decade, according to the White House

Other participating firms include Wal-Mart, United Parcel Service Inc., PepsiCo Inc., Microsoft Corp., General Motors Inc.

The corporate commitments won’t be the administration’s only major climate announcement in the next few weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency is set to present final regulations that aim to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 later this week.

While visiting Kenya over the weekend, Obama repeatedly praised the country for its efforts to address climate change, saying its efforts tor educe emissions “has put it in the position of being a leader on the continent.” And next month, the president will travel to Alaska for an international summit on Arctic climate issues.

©2015 Bloomberg News

Now Everyone in NY can “go solar”!

This week, the NYS Public Service Commission (PSC) delivered on Governor Cuomo’s promise to create a statewide “Community Renewables” program. http://ny-sun.ny.gov/Get-Solar/Community-Solar

The community net metering initiative now allow multiple customers to net meter from a single solar generation facility – so anyone, anywhere in the state can sign up to save with solar, wind, or water power from a renewable energy generation system that is sited anywhere in their community.

As the PSC notes, “Many utility customers lack control over sites that can be configured into a location for a clean generation facility, even for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, the most common form of small on-site clean distributed generation.” The new program allows customers who don’t have a solar resource, or rent their homes or workplaces, to now sign up for solar (or wind or water) and gain the same benefits as those who can install a renewable energy system on their property.

EarthKind is working with customers to create Community Solar opportunities throughout the state.

Contact us if you’d like to participate.