Category: Interviews

California represents almost half of the EV sales in the US: CPUC’s Clifford Rechtschaffen

Electrification of transport has gained significant momentum in the United States, especially in the state of California. The state, reputed for its commitment to clean and renewable energy has taken several initiatives over the past decade to move towards carbon neutrality. Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission talks about the key initiatives undertaken by California in this space and the way forward.

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There is a need for a strong offshore wind supply chain: Ocean Winds’ Daniel Finch

Ocean Winds began operations with fixed projects in France with 500 MW capacity each in the locations of Treport and Noirmoutier. The company also has operations in the US where it partnered with Shell in developing the Mayflower project, off the east coast. It had also developed a new technology for floating wind which was used to execute an upcoming project off California. Further, Ocean Winds has collaborated with Ignitis for projects in Lithuania and also proposed wind projects in Poland and the Mediterranean.

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Huge potential in the Baltic sea for offshore wind power: Estonia’s Timo Tatar

The Baltic sea is surrounded by countries with ambitious carbon neutrality targets and climate action goals. Estonia is not far behind, with a target of 70 per cent carbon dioxide reduction by the year 2030. The country also targets to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. To achieve climate neutrality and renewable energy targets, we have to focus on offshore development in addition to onshore projects.

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Offshore wind is expected to grow faster than onshore in Europe: EU’s Joachim Balke

Offshore energy is slated to play an instrumental role in building a power system largely based on renewables to reach the 2030 and 2050 energy and climate objectives. This net-zero objective is ambitious and will require an array of policy changes in sectors beyond energy as well. Offshore wind has the potential to contribute to a sustainable and inclusive post-Covid-19 recovery.

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Any disruption to the solar industry will be temporary: REC Group’s Steve O’Neil

Current projections suggest that by 2030-35, generation costs for utility solar will reduce even further to 1 to 2 USD cents per kWh in sunny locations. This means that building new solar power plants will not only be cheaper than operating already-built coal plants, but cheaper than fossil fuel plants in general. The uptake of solar power will certainly accelerate the phasing out of coal and other fossil fuels.

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Covid-19 is worsening the bottlenecks: GWEC CEO Ben Backwell

While governments have been taking measures to ensure that wind power project operations go on unhindered, the disruption caused in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic is expected to stay for a long time yet. REGlobal spoke to Ben Backwell, chief executive officer, Global Wind Energy Council, on the impact of Covid-19 on the global wind power industry and the future outlook.

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