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Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - U.S. Department of Energy gives green light to LNG export terminal

The U.S. Department of Energy announced this week it will allow firms to export liquefied natural gas to international markets from the proposed Jordan Cove terminal on the southern coast of Oregon.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - Offshore Wind Can Change Habitats for the Better

Since the Block Island Wind Farm, four years ago, pioneered U.S. offshore wind development, the United States has positioned itself to become a world producer of electricity in this renewable-energy sector.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - In Latest Blow to Fossil Fuel Industry, Appeals Court Sends Colorado Municipalities' Climate Case Back to State Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled late Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by three Colorado municipalities against two powerful fossil fuel companies will proceed in state rather than federal court in what was a blow to the oil giants.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - End of an era? Series of US setbacks bodes ill for big oil, gas pipeline projects

The oil industry says the pipelines are needed to expand oil and gas production and deliver it to fuel-hungry markets, but a rising chorus of critics argue they pose an unacceptable future risk to climate, air and water.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NC - State officials consider appeal of BOEM decision to allow seismic survey

RALEIGH — State officials are looking into appealing to a federal court the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision to allow seismic surveying off the North Carolina coast.

Southeast
Energy

FL - Florida's first aquatic preserve in 32 years a possible snag in federal plans for drilling

(The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made water quality improvements through environmental regulation a priority of his administration.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - Offshore Wind Power: Present Challenges and Future Realities

Sustainability and resilience are major market drivers reshaping how the power industry views the economics of renewable energy in North America.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - Reps: Fed center could power offshore wind efforts

BOSTON - A federal-level effort that brings together technology and policy minds to coordinate regional supply chains, foster a skilled workforce and plan for reliable transmission would help offshore wind energy become an even more attractive source of power, three members of the state’s Congressional delegation said.

International
Energy

World - Coronavirus Bailouts Stoke Climate Change

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed climate change from the headlines, but it has hardly arrested it.

Northeast
Energy

NE - Coast Guard challenged on offshore wind traffic study

A Coast Guard study that recommends against designated vessel transit lanes through New England offshore wind turbine arrays “contains serious foundational and analytical errors that merit correction,” commercial fishing advocates say in a formal objection to the findings.

International
Energy

Denmark - Huge Orsted US wind projects could be delayed by Covid-19, analysts claim

A number of Orsted’s major wind developments in the US could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to analysts.

International
Energy

World - The Oil Downturn: A Catalytic Moment for Renewable Energy? [GGP]

Since the brief collapse of the OPEC+ coalition in early March, oil markets ended up facing the “triple whammy” of a Saudi-Russian price war, cratering demand from the coronavirus-induced economic freeze and swelling oversupply of nearly 10 million barrels per day on the world market amidst tightening onshore and offshore storage.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR- Guest commentary: It's time to learn about floating wind

Recently the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a webinar regarding Oregon Offshore Wind (OSW). The focus was to discuss approaches for public and stakeholder engagement for potential future development off of our coast.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NJ - South Jersey to get another piece of state’s offshore wind industry

Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled plans Tuesday for a massive South Jersey wind energy project he said would create thousands of jobs, produce millions in investment and position New Jersey as a leader in the green energy industry.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Va. Beach Offshore Wind Project Installed

Dominion Energy announced Friday the successful instillation of the first offshore wind farm to be approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, and installed in federal waters.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Maryland offshore wind farm could become stop-over for migrating sturgeon, striped bass

SOLOMONS, MD – For the endangered Atlantic sturgeon and the commercially and recreationally important striped bass, the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia coastal shelf serves as an important spring and fall “flyway.” Typically thought of as an established aerial route used by migratory birds to travel between feeding and breeding grounds, a recent study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science applies the term to fish species of concern.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - First offshore wind turbine goes up on federal lease

Dominion Energy and offshore wind developer Ørsted have installed the first two wind turbines on a federal lease, a milestone in what backers hope is a first step toward arrays off Virginia producing up to 2.6 gigawatts of power.

International
Energy

Belgium - First turbine up at Belgium's SeaMade offshore wind complex

The first of 58 Siemens Gamesa turbine has been installed at the 487-MW SeaMade cluster of offshore wind projects off the coast of Belgium, dredging company DEME said on Monday.

Great Lakes
Energy

WI - Lt. Gov. Barnes: Wisconsin, it’s time to talk climate change

Next week the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change will hold two listening sessions — virtually — to hear how Wisconsinites are being affected by climate change, as well as soliciting ideas for solutions that state officials might be able to act upon.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - DLBA Naval Architects Designs SATV for US Offshore Wind Market

Virginia-based DLBA Naval Architects has developed a concept Service Accommodation and Transfer Vessel (SATV) for the US offshore wind market.

Caribbean
Energy

PR - Puerto Rico Hit With Water Rationing Amid Severe Drought

Puerto Rico’s government announced water rationing measures on Friday as 26% of the U.S. territory faces a severe drought amid the pandemic.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - FERC Notice of Technical Conference Related to Offshore Wind Integration in RTOs/ISOs;

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) staff will convene a technical conference to discuss whether existing Commission transmission, interconnection, and merchant transmission facility frameworks in RTOs/ISOs can accommodate anticipated growth in offshore wind generation

Northeast
Energy

NE - US offshore leaseholders welcome Vineyard study

The five New England offshore wind leaseholders in the US – Equinor, Mayflower Wind, Orsted/Eversource and Vineyard Wind – have welcomed the supplemental environmental impact statement on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

DE - Wind temporarily taken out of Ørsted project’s sails

Ørsted manages the first offshore wind farm in the United States, which includes five turbines about four miles off Block Island, Rhode Island seen here. The same company is looking to develop 12 turbines as a Maryland project, about 19 miles off Bethany Beach. | PHOTO C/O BLOCK ISLAND TIMES

Northeast
Energy

USA - Offshore leaseholders welcome Vineyard study

BOEM's supplement to the environmental impact statement for 800MW wind farm described as both positive and negative

Northeast
Energy

CT - As Offshore Wind Projects Pile Up, Glimmers of Progress on the State and Federal Level

Since Dec. 12, 2016, when the four of five offshore turbines at Block Island Wind started spinning (the fifth briefly malfunctioned and was soon fixed) the 30-megawatt electricity producer has been the only commercial wind farm in operation in the coastal waters of the United States.

Great Lakes
Energy

IL - Offshore Wind Turbines Are Popping Up On The East Coast. Could They Help The Great Lakes?

Human beings have been turning the power of the wind into energy for over a thousand years.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - Southeast Texas ranch to preserve forest in carbon storage deal

A donation from a Houston company will be used to preserve a forest on a southeast Texas ranch, as well as plant trees in Houston, in a unique carbon sequestration project by a local nonprofit.

International
Energy

World - Beyond the virus: new risks emerge as world changes

Coronavirus upheavals may have turned the world upside down in the past few months but Swiss Re’s Sonar report finds new technologies and the shift toward lower-carbon solutions remain key drivers of emerging risks.

Northeast
Energy

NJ - New Jersey aims to lead nation in offshore wind. So it’s building the biggest turbine port in the country

Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said his state will build the country’s first port dedicated to assembling the turbines that will go up not just in New Jersey but across the Eastern Seaboard.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Additional Analysis Issued for Offshore Wind Project

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a supplement to its draft environmental analysis of the proposed Vineyard Wind offshore energy project.

Northeast
Energy

RI - Vineyard Wind's Major Environmental Study Finished

The long-awaited supplemental draft environmental report for the Vineyard Wind project was recently released, setting the stage for numerous offshore energy projects planned for the waters off the East Coast.

Northeast
Energy

MA - BOEM completes key report on $2B Vineyard Wind

A federal agency has released a long-awaited supplemental environmental review for the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project that could begin service in 2023, Kallanish Energy reports.

International
Energy

Finland - AW-Energy Seeking Growth Capital to Deliver its First Scheduled Commercial Wave Energy Projects

AW-Energy Oy (AWE), the Finnish wave energy technology company, is using corporate finance advisory firm Fredericks Michael & Co. in New York to identify and approach potential strategic partners and investors for additional growth capital needs in support of the commercial WaveRoller® deliveries scheduled in 2021.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Tekmar Cable Protection Kit Installed Offshore Virginia

Tekmar Energy’s TekLink cable protection systems have been installed on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project (CVOW), the UK-based company said.

International
Energy

UK - Rotech Completes North Sea Offshore Wind Job

Rotech Subsea has completed a three-phase work scope at the Borssele and Triton Knoll offshore wind farms for a dredging specialist.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - Offshore drilling plan will wait until November

The Trump administration is preparing to try to open the door once again to oil and gas drilling off Florida's coast, but will wait until after the November election to avoid blowback in the swing state.

Coastwide
Energy

US/Europe - Renewable energy is taking off — but not in bank boardrooms

When it comes to investing in a sustainable future, do we really have to pick between fossil fuels and renewable energy? Well, yes. But many of the world’s top banking executives and directors haven’t gotten the memo.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

TX - The next Texas energy boom is offshore wind

The way we power our world is changing, and as is always the case, Texas has been at the forefront of that change. The Lone Star State has a history of seeing the next boom coming, and that is why it’s always front and center whenever energy is thriving. Now, two recent reports show Texas is once again primed to lead the way.

International
Energy

Int'l - Europe adding $137 million floating wind turbines to power 60000 homes

The article, titled “A New Weapon Against Climate Change May Float,” introduces many people to the offshore wind farm market, mostly installed countries like Britain, Germany, Denmark and China, which have large expanses of shallow water extending from their coasts.

Northeast
Energy

NY - Pandemic Pauses Offshore Wind Plans

Major wind farm projects off the East Coast are expected to proceed more slowly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Northeast
Energy

USA - Coast Guard favors wind turbine corridors offshore

BOSTON - The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded that the best way to maintain maritime safety and ease of navigation in the offshore wind development areas south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket is to install turbines in a uniform layout to create predictable navigation corridors.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Gulf of Mexico - Oil operators evacuating workers ahead of storm

Oil and gas operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are removing workers from its offshore assets and ramping down production ahead of an incoming tropical storm.

International
Energy

Germany - Offshore wind goals ramping up

The German cabinet has approved the amendment to the Wind Energy At Sea Act presented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs And Energy (BMWi). The core of the bill is a significant increase in the expansion target to 20 GW by 2030. In addition, a 40 GW target expansion goal has been set for 2040.

International
Energy

UK - Offshore wind farm extension refused on marine safety grounds

The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy has agreed with his inspectors’ conclusions and recommendations and refused a development consent order for a 340 megawatt extension to an offshore wind farm in Kent because of marine safety concerns and adverse economic impacts on Thames ports.

International
Energy

China - Allseas starts operations on first-ever gig in China

Offshore oil and gas installation, construction, and decommissioning specialist Allseas has started work on CNOOC’s Lingshui 17-2 gas field development offshore China.

Coastwide
Energy

Advancing Offshore Wind Community Acceptance Practices: New Report

A new analysis has gathered and distilled a set money-saving lessons that OSW can take from the experience of other clean economy sectors in dealing with local governments.

International
Energy

This Clever Ocean Power Station Harvests Wind, Wave And Solar Energy on One Platform

This summer, the clean energy company SINN Power is showcasing "the world's first floating ocean hybrid platform" - a high-tech buoy that produces electricity from not one, not two, but three sources of renewable energy.

Northeast
Energy

MA - $1.1M awarded for wind farm studies

Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced grants worth $1.1 million for four regional studies (versus site specific studies) that will collect data vital to the development of offshore wind and fishing.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Legislature approves resolution urging parishes to drop lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies

A day after suffering a stinging legislative defeat, oil and companies won a lesser victory Friday when the Louisiana House gave final passage to a resolution that urges parish governments to drop lawsuits that accuse the companies of destroying coastal marshes and wetlands.