Tag: wind power

UK signs agreements for six offshore wind projects

In a major milestone for the UK’s energy security and net zero commitments, The Crown Estate announced that it has signed Agreements for Lease for six offshore wind projects which could begin to generate green electricity by the end of the decade and have the potential to generate c.8GW of renewable electricity, enough for more than seven million homes. Signing these agreements represents a significant moment in the UK’s response to climate change and energy security, and further bolsters the country’s thriving offshore wind industry, reinforcing its position as the second largest offshore wind energy generator in the world.

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US BOEM Proposes Modernized Offshore Wind Regulations

On January 12, 2023, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management within the US Department of Interior released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for its Renewable Energy Modernization Rule. The Modernization Rule updates the first set of BOEM regulations governing offshore wind on the Outer Continental Shelf promulgated in 2009.

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Setting Sail: A new course for offshore wind development in India

With roughly 42 GW of installed wi­nd power capacity as of Novem­ber 2022, India is one of the leading nations in terms of wind power dep­loy­me­nts. Much older and more mature than the solar power segment, wind pow­er dominated India’s renewable energy mix for years. However, of late, the segment has wit­nessed a significant slowdo­wn in capa­city addition and lags far behind solar po­wer, which has an installed capacity of over 61 GW.

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Virtual Power Plants

A virtual power plant (VPP) is a collection of small-scale energy resources that, aggregated together and coordinated with grid operations, can provide the same kind of reliability and economic value to the grid as traditional power plants. If homes and businesses can save the grid from going dark for free just based off a text message, imagine what they could do if there were a proper market for VPPs.

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Offshore Wind in Europe: TSOs to deploy new solutions for large-scale integration

According to the Marienborg declaration of August 30, 2022, eight Baltic Sea countries – Poland (5.9 GW), Germany (3.8 GW), Denmark (6.3 GW), Lithuania (1.4 GW), Estonia (1 GW), Sweden (0.7 GW), Latvia (0.4 GW) and Finland (0.1 GW) – have set a combined offshore wind target in the Baltic Sea region of at least 19.6 GW by 2030, which is seven times the current capacity. The declaration also recognises the potential for offshore wind in the Balitc Sea basin of up to 93 GW.

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UK Offshore Supply-Chain Dilemma: IEEFA Report

The UK government has increased its offshore wind capacity ambitions from 11 gigawatts (GW) of current total installed capacity to 50 GW to be installed over the next eight years. The offshore wind industry shares critical supply chains with the offshore oil and gas sector. Both rely on a limited pool of available ports, vessels and personnel. Stimulating both sectors at the same time will spur competition over scarce resources, driving up costs—which will affect the lower-margin offshore wind sector more severely than the oil and gas sector.

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Ecowende to construct 760 MW offshore wind project in Netherlands

Ecowende, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco, has won a bid to develop a 760 MW offshore wind facility at Hollandse Kust (west) VI in the Netherlands. The offshore wind farm, which is around 53 km from the Dutch coast, is slated to start operating in 2026. Once operational, it will generate enough clean energy to reduce carbon emissions by about 3 per cent of current electricity demand in the Netherlands.

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Neoen secures 180 MW of solar and wind capacity in France

Neoen, a French renewable energy provider, has been awarded 180 MW of solar and wind power capacity in the French government’s technology-neutral call for tenders. The auction process was supervised by France’s energy regulation commission, CRE. As per the company’s statement, Neon was awarded the most capacity in the auction process, with the 180 MW being split between 11 projects with capacities ranging from 12 MW to 22.8 MW. 

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An Action Year: Indian renewables take big strides despite geopolitical challenges

At COP26 held in Glasgow in Nove­mber 2021, India had announced am­bitious goals to increase its non-fossil fuel capacity to 500 GW and meet 50 per cent of its energy needs from re­new­able energy sources by 2030. A year later, it has accomplished about 172 GW of non-fossil fuel capacity, clearly showing that the country is moving rapidly towards its Glas­gow goals. Meanwhile, renewable energy capacity has reached close to 120 GW as of October 2022 and contributed 13 per cent of the country’s total energy generation between April and October 2022.

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Winners of California’s Offshore Wind Energy Auction

The Department of the Interior has announced results from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s wind energy auction for five leases offshore California. The lease sale represents the third major offshore wind lease sale this year and the first ever for the Pacific region. The sale drew competitive high bids from 5 companies totaling $757.1 million, well exceeding the first lease sales that were held in the Atlantic.

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US Short-Term Energy Outlook: Report

Without growth in U.S. electricity consumption, strong growth in renewables generating capacity results in lower shares of generation from all other sources next year, most notably natural gas and coal. It expects renewable sources to provide 22% of U.S. electricity generation in 2022 and 24% in 2023 as generation from natural gas declines from 38% in 2022 to 36% in 2023. The increase in renewables generation comes mostly from solar and wind capacity additions.

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US Offshore Wind and Equity Report

The report “Offshore Wind and Equity: State of the States Report” published by the Clean Energy States Alliance provides an overview of how states with offshore wind potential have begun to include and operationalize principles of equity in their offshore wind policies and related economic development programs. States, local communities, and other stakeholders can use this report to learn about options to incorporate equity provisions into state offshore wind policies and programs.

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Wind and Solar Growth in Chile: Report

The analysis reviews Chile’s electricity generation data. According to the report, for the first time, wind and solar generated more of Chile’s electricity than coal over a full 12-month period. Only six years ago, in 2016, just 6.6% of electricity was generated by wind and solar, while coal was responsible for a vast 43.6% of Chile’s electricity. 

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Masdar, Hassan Allam and Infinity Power sign agreement to build a 10 GW wind project in Egypt

Masdar, along with its Dutch joint venture company Infinity Power and Hassan Allam Utilities, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy to construct a 10 GW onshore wind project in Egypt. The project will be able to generate 47,790 GWh of clean energy annually as part of the country’s Green Corridor strategy, displacing 23.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

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