British grid ready for 100% renewables by 2025, Iowa wind coalition, and more

Electrek | April 09, 2019

Great Britain’s electricity system operator says it will be able to operate the grid with 100% renewables by 2025. Iowa forms a statewide coalition to promote wind energy. A U.K. campus will be able to fulfill nearly three-quarters of its electricity needs from rooftop solar panels. Australian wind turbine complaints are nearly non-existent. National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) announced it will be able to fully operate Great Britain’s electricity system with zero carbon by 2025. ESO recently became a separate entity from National Grid. The U.K. has been setting some impressive marks in renewable energy during recent years. More than 35 percent of electricity was generated by wind power during a week in March, and renewables and wind power hit record highs for electricity generation in the U.K. in 2018.

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Jonathan Scurlock from the National Farmers' Union visits Newlands Solar Farm in Devon, meets the landowner Mr. Gilbert Churchill and announces the release of the new Good Practice Guidance document for Solar Farms.

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Jonathan Scurlock from the National Farmers' Union visits Newlands Solar Farm in Devon, meets the landowner Mr. Gilbert Churchill and announces the release of the new Good Practice Guidance document for Solar Farms.

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Hydrogen and artificial intelligence to play ‘critical role’ in scaling up renewables – EY

Pv-tech | November 25, 2020

Hydrogen and man-made reasoning are set to play a "basic function" in supporting network soundness and scaling up efficient power energy, new exploration from EY says. The capacity to change over abundance green power into hydrogen is extended to be a "distinct advantage", while AI calculations – with their utilization inside the 'web of things', sensors and huge information – can help settle focal networks and increment dispatch effectiveness, the consultancy said in its half-yearly EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. Coronavirus lockdown gauges from the get-go in 2020 brought about the portion of renewables utilized in the energy blend taking off internationally in light of discouraged power interest, low working expenses and need admittance to the lattice through guideline, as indicated by EY. Then, a monetary recuperation zeroed in on green development has prompted a reestablished pushed towards net zero targets. Having jumped China before in the year, US keeps up its place at the highest point of the file, with EY noticing support from COVID-19 boost bundles assigned to environmentally friendly power ventures and a responsibility by President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. China remains in runner up, thanks to some extent to its light sun oriented area. As per EY, boards adequate for 59GW of limit were produced in the nation in the initial five months of 2020, speaking to a 16% expansion year-on-year, close by conjectures of 35-45GW of new sun powered ability to be introduced for the current year. With developers and investors driving growth in Australia’s renewables sector, the country reached its highest ever position in the index, rising to third. EY said that despite policy uncertainty – and issues with grid stability and price volatility – the future looks bright for Australia’s renewable energy industry, predicting that it “could be on its way to becoming a green energy exporting superpower”. The index also sees India move from seventh position to fourth. EY says the country’s installed PV capacity has reached more than 35GW, while its economic attractiveness has led to record-low tariff bids.

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Pattern Energy Completes Construction of Largest Single-Phase Renewable Energy Project in U.S. History

Pattern Energy | January 10, 2022

Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Energy) announced it has completed construction and begun commercial operation of its suite of Western Spirit Wind power projects. Western Spirit Wind is comprised of four wind power facilities totaling more than 1,050 megawatts (MW) located in Guadalupe, Lincoln, and Torrance Counties in central New Mexico. U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich said, "The largest renewable energy project in American history is now up and running – right here in New Mexico. Western Spirit encompasses four new utility-scale wind sites that connect rural communities in central New Mexico to local customers and other major energy markets beyond our state's borders. This project literally changed the map of our state's energy landscape, allowing New Mexico to help power our nation with clean electrons." Western Spirit Wind is a groundbreaking megaproject that demonstrates large-scale renewables can be developed and built in the United States. These projects create significant job opportunities and local economic investments. Western Spirit brought over 1,100 construction jobs to New Mexico, generated local spending, tax revenue and landowner payments in a remote area of New Mexico, and is now delivering enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of more than 900,000 Americans. The collaboration of our teams of workers around the state shows what can be achieved – building the largest single-phase wind project in U.S. history in less than one year – a truly remarkable achievement. This is just the beginning for New Mexico – Pattern Energy has committed to $6 billion in upcoming wind energy and related infrastructure projects in the state over the next decade. Together, we are building a cleaner and more sustainable future in New Mexico." Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy The four wind power facilities that comprise Western Spirit Wind utilize a total of 377 GE wind turbines ranging from 2.3 to 2.8 MW in size. The GE turbines utilize various tower heights to optimize the wind capture at each facility. Western Spirit Wind was developed by Pattern Energy. Blattner Energy served as the construction contractor for the Western Spirit Wind projects. The wind project and accompanying transmission line involved more than 1,100 workers on-site during the 15-month construction period, including heavy equipment operators, electricians, laborers, and others. Going forward, more than 50 workers will operate and maintain the Western Spirit Wind facilities in New Mexico. Western Spirit Wind will have far-reaching economic benefits for the local area and is projected to provide an estimated $3 million per year for the three counties and two school districts in the project area. Stable, long-term funding directly contributes to improved quality of education, services, roads and first responder capabilities for the entire community. Western Spirit Wind will provide clean, renewable energy to California and New Mexico through long-term power purchase agreements with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, San José Clean Energy, East Bay Community Energy, California Choice Energy Authority and member cities, and international energy company Uniper Global Commodities. Western Spirit Wind will also provide power to New Mexico municipalities, including Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, through the Uniper Global Commodities power purchase agreement. The wind power generated by Western Spirit Wind has a complementary generation profile to solar and typically delivers power around the clock. Western Spirit's wind power will provide resource diversification to western energy markets to help meet customer demand during the crucial early evening hours when demand is high but otherwise available renewable energy supply is typically low. Last month, Pattern Energy and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (RETA) announced the completion of the Western Spirit Transmission line, enabling the suite of Western Spirit Wind projects to be connected to the grid. The 155-mile 345 kV transmission line, developed jointly by Pattern Energy and RETA, is delivering wind power from Western Spirit Wind in central New Mexico to the electric grid managed by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) near Albuquerque. PNM owns and will operate the transmission line. About Pattern Energy Pattern Energy is one of the world's largest privately-owned developers and operators of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects. Its operational portfolio includes 35 renewable energy facilities that use proven, best-in-class technology with an operating capacity of more than 5,900 MW in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. Pattern Energy is guided by a long-term commitment to serve customers, protect the environment, and strengthen communities.

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Avangrid Renewables’ Commonwealth Wind Joint Venture Selected by Massachusetts to Help State Meet Its Clean Energy Goals

Avangrid Renewables | December 20, 2021

Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., announced that its joint venture offshore wind project, Commonwealth Wind, has been selected as part of Massachusetts’ third offshore wind competitive procurement process. The 1,232 megawatt (MW) project, New England’s largest offshore wind project to date, will create 11,000 full time equivalent jobs over the project’s lifetime and generate enough energy to power 750,000 homes annually. Commonwealth Wind will power hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Massachusetts with clean energy, creating thousands of local jobs across the supply chain. It will also be a key project in helping the U.S. to achieve the 30 GW offshore wind target by 2030.After investing $15 billion in 8 GW of onshore wind and solar, we are now leading the way in offshore wind energy in the U.S. with the construction of Vineyard Wind One and Park City Wind. With 15 years of experience delivering projects across the world, Iberdrola and AVANGRID are working hard to ensure our investments are transformational for the environment and the economy. Our U.S. offshore wind pipeline alone could deliver over $15 billion of investment in the coming years.” Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola and Chairman of AVANGRID Ignacio Galán With the addition of Commonwealth Wind to AVANGRID’s existing portfolio of offshore wind development projects, the company will build, own and operate more than 2,400 MW of offshore clean energy once the joint venture restructuring with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables closes. Commonwealth Wind includes two transformative initiatives that convert former coal-fired power plant sites into clean energy centers including the creation of the state’s first offshore wind manufacturing facility at Brayton Point in Somerset and the establishment of a second offshore wind port in Salem Harbor, both of which will provide an anchor for building long-term jobs to service this new industry. Transformative Partnerships Commonwealth Wind will catalyze two major investments in Massachusetts communities that will generate significant long-term jobs and economic development: Prysmian Cable Manufacturing Facility: Prysmian Group, a leading international subsea cable manufacturer, intends to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for subsea transmission cables at Brayton Point, the former 1,600 MW coal-fired power plant in Somerset, MA. Salem Offshore Wind Port: The Commonwealth Wind proposal enables Crowley Marine, in partnership with the City of Salem, to redevelop 42 acres surrounding Salem Harbor Station to serve as an offshore wind assembly and turbine staging port for the Park City Wind and Commonwealth Wind projects. Clean Energy and Environmental Benefits Commonwealth Wind offers the following additional clean energy and environmental benefits for the Commonwealth’s electricity consumers: Equivalent of 750,000 Massachusetts homes powered annually; Contributes to Massachusetts’ 50% carbon dioxide reduction target by 2030; Carbon dioxide reduction equivalent of taking 323,000 cars off the road; 1 x 1 nautical mile layout to accommodate fishing activities and promote safe navigation across project area; and, First-in-the-nation partnership to supply offshore wind power to municipal utilities in conjunction with Energy New England (ENE) which will enable Massachusetts Municipal Light Plants (MLPs) to purchase offshore wind power for the energy portfolios of 20 MLPs across the state. Investments in Workforce Diversity, Communities, and Innovation Commonwealth Wind brings a ground-breaking set of commitments and partnerships to advance workforce diversity, community investment and technological innovation including: Appointing a Chief Diversity Officer to lead diversity/equity/inclusion project commitments; Negotiating a Project Labor Agreement paying prevailing wages with hiring goals for women, Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) as well as local employees; Partnering with local organizations to bring diverse workers and businesses into the offshore wind industry; $15 million in directly-funded initiatives for diversity/equity/inclusion in workforce training and supply chain development; Requiring all contracts over $10 million to include local hiring plans that include diversity components, including a supplier diversity plan; and, $20 million toward community, environmental and educational initiatives and support of new technology and innovation. Operations & Maintenance in New Bedford The historic City of New Bedford will serve as the site for Avangrid Renewables’ Offshore Wind Control Center, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide remote control monitoring for the turbines, electrical service platforms and other offshore/onshore assets. The project also brings a first-in-nation, world class service and maintenance hub to New Bedford through a partnership with Semco Maritime, a leading international service provider that will employ up to 40 people at their new facility. About AVANGRID AVANGRID, Inc. aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies – a list of America’s best corporate citizens – and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute.

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