Energy

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - $100m oil company settlement heads to coastal parishes

A landmark settlement with an oil and gas company that could potentially unlock big dollars to help restore Louisiana’s disappearing coast has yet to advance, three months after the tentative agreement was announced. The deal with Freeport calls for the company to pay up to $100 million in cash and in what Carmouche calls “environmental credits.”

West Coast
Energy

CA - Offshore oil rigs could turn into windmills and dive hotels

A Long Beach conference explores new uses for oil rigs at the end of their life cycle.

Northeast
Energy

MA - Turning turbines: Massachusetts and the offshore wind energy industry

Towers taller than the Statue of Liberty are popping up throughout the seas, generating energy for a booming industry.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Siemens-Gamesa Bags Deal for Mammoth 2.64-GW Virginia Offshore Wind Project

Dominion Energy’s proposed 2.64-GW Virginia Offshore Wind project—the world’s largest single offshore wind project proposed to date—will likely feature turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE).

Northeast
Energy

MA - Responsible Offshore Development Alliance proposes transit lands for New England offshore wind

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) has submitted a letter to NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that proposes a new layout for potential wind projects off the coast of New England.

Coastwide
Energy

Total-chartered LNG bunkering newbuild completes sea trials

The world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel, which will be chartered by the French energy giant Total and owned and operated by MOL, has completed sea trials, according to Bureau Veritas official.

Arctic & Antarctica
Energy

Opening the Arctic Refuge brought Alaska’s largest Native corporation $22.5 million from BP and Chevron

The Alaska Native regional corporation for the North Slope collected $22.5 million from a pair of oil companies after Congress opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain to drilling in 2017, according to corporate documents.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Dominion chooses turbine supplier for $7.8B offshore wind farm

Spanish engineering firm Siemens Gamesa will supply the 600-foot-tall turbines. The 6-megawatt turbines will be 600 feet tall when measured from the ocean’s surface to the tip of the top blade — or taller than the Washington Monument.

Coastwide
Energy

Building Energy Infrastructure Has Bipartisan Support — But Not If The Permitting Process Guts Climate Protections

Right now, national infrastructure projects must carefully consider their eco-implications. But the Trump administration would change the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to make it easier to get those deals built and without considering the “cumulative impact” — code for climate change.

International
Energy

Denmark Sources Record 47% of Power From Wind in 2019

Denmark sourced almost half its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology.

Coastwide
Energy

Hedge Funds Stay Bullish on Oil

Hedge funds are approaching the end of the year more optimistic on global oil prices than they’ve been since May.

West Coast
Energy

Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views

The government is due to announce its decision on a massive new wind energy project on the West Coast within the next two weeks.

Northeast
Energy

Gone with the wind? Will internecine wrangles wreck US offshore windfarm plans?

For its adherents, the benefits of offshore wind are self-evident: abundant, clean, emission-free power. But for supporters of a new development off the Eastern Seaboard - billed as the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the US - progress to make their vision a reality has been frustratingly unforthcoming.

Coastwide
Energy

Team Develops Floating Turbine To Harvest Deep-Ocean Wind Energy

The wind over deep-sea waters offers the potential to become one of the country’s largest renewable energy sources.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Chevron Approves $5.7B Deepwater Gulf Of Mexico Oil Project

Chevron said on Thursday it had approved the development of a deepwater high-pressure oil project in the Gulf of Mexico, which will require US$5.7 billion investment for the initial development, in the industry’s first such deepwater high-pressure project to have reached a final investment decision (FID).

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - Ocean wind turbines on the horizon

Oregon’s coast is drawing the attention of ocean wind turbine installation planning for production of clean energy by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy (BOEM).

Northeast
Energy

New Hampshire Governor Signs Offshore Wind Executive Order

New Hampshire’s Governor Chris Sununu has signed an executive order preparing the US State for future offshore wind development and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

VA - Gov. Northam proposes $733 million for environmental quality, renewable energy

Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for $733 million in spending on environmental quality and renewable energy, including heavy investments in Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

A Decade After Gulf Oil Spill, a New Wave of BP Lawsuits Hits Courts

A new wave of lawsuits against BP is hitting the federal courts nearly a decade after the Gulf oil spill.

International
Energy

Court bans Greenpeace from boarding Shell’s North Sea installations

Oil major Shell has won a court order against Greenpeace aimed at preventing environmentalists from boarding the company’s oil installations in the North Sea.

Coastwide
Energy

The high seas has vast offshore potential, but who has the right to own it?

The offshore wind industry is making great strides in developing technology to build projects further from the shore, including technological innovations in floating foundations and hydrogen storage. However, a new report by Chatham Partners, a boutique law firm specializing in renewable energy, indicates that if such technology were to allow the construction of wind farms in the high seas, the current legal framework would not have the scope to cover such development.

International
Energy

GE Sets Date to Test Worlds Largest Offshore Wind Turbine

Standing 853 feet tall, with blades that each extend 351 feet, the Haliade-X 12 MW promises to be not only the biggest but also one of the most efficient wind turbines in the world. GE says a single turbine can power 16,000 homes and can operate at a 63% capacity factor, or produce its rated output 63% of the time.

Northeast
Energy

Interior Department Considers Cable Plan to Wire Ocean Floor for Wind Farms Off NJ-NY Coast

ATLANTIC COAST — As New Jersey and New York governors press for energy from giant wind turbines along the Atlantic coast and in the New York Bight, the question of how to best get the power to the shore has resulted in a call for public comment.

Northeast
Energy

A Silver Lining in Vineyard Wind’s Delay?

Offshore wind farm’s setback is frustrating for a restless industry. But it could help to avoid the death-by-lawsuit fate of Cape Wind.