Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy

The wind farm, named the White Mesa Wind project, will be located in Crocket County, Texas. When completed in 2021, it will be capable of supplying 500 megawatts of power to the surrounding area.

Founded in 2009, Apex Clean Energy is a wind-energy company based in Virginia with 13 wind energy projects in Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois.

Apple will be the largest purchaser in the agreement. Between the four companies, the purchase totals 75 megawatts of clean energy—or enough to power roughly 20,000 homes. The agreement will enable those involved to access cost-effective renewable energy from Apex. Continue reading “Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy”

Report: Renewable Energy to Expand by 50% in Next Five Years

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years.

Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US. Continue reading “Report: Renewable Energy to Expand by 50% in Next Five Years”

More Renewables Than Fossil Fuels: The U.K. Reaches an Energy Milestone

Renewable energy has made a breakthrough in the U.K. The third quarter of this year was the first where more electricity was generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels.

According to new analysis by the climate change analysis site Carbon Brief, Q3 saw 40% of power come from renewables such as wind, biomass and solar, while fossil fuels—almost all gas, as coal and oil now have a negligible share of the U.K. energy scene—accounted for 39% of generation. (The remaining 21% largely came from nuclear.) Continue reading “More Renewables Than Fossil Fuels: The U.K. Reaches an Energy Milestone”

Breathing new life into renewable energy

Green technology has come a long way. The next challenge for the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory is to develop ways to recycle the recycling infrastructure.

The clean energy sector faces a major stumbling block. The power it produces may be renewable, but the infrastructure it uses is far from it.

Over the past decade, advances in composite materials have allowed the construction of enormous turbine blades. Some are now longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747. As blades have increased, so have the costs to transport them. When wind farms need to replace aging blades, it is now often cheaper to leave them lying on the ground. Continue reading “Breathing new life into renewable energy”

Welsh Company Secures £12.8 Million for WaveSub Development

More than £12 million of EU funds will be invested in the next stage of a major initiative to generate clean energy from ocean waves, The funding will support the next stage of Swansea-based Marine Power Systems’ project to create and launch an underwater device that can provide clean, affordable and reliable energy in Wales and around the world.

The WaveSub device is the invention of Swansea University graduates Dr. Gareth Stockman and Dr. Graham Foster who founded Marine Power Systems in 2008. Continue reading “Welsh Company Secures £12.8 Million for WaveSub Development”

A Renewable Energy Giant Makes a $1 Billion Bet on Natural Gas

(Bloomberg) — One of America’s biggest renewable-energy companies is making a bet on natural gas.

NextEra Energy Partners LP agreed to buy Meade Pipeline Co., an owner of a pipeline that provides gas from Pennsylvania, in a deal valued at about $1.37 billion, according to a statement Monday.

While NextEra Energy Partners already owns pipelines in Texas, it’s viewed by many investors as a wind and solar company, owning 5 gigawatts of renewables as of mid-June. The move to buy a pipeline comes as utilities and cities across the U.S. are pushing to drastically cut back on burning fossil fuel. Continue reading “A Renewable Energy Giant Makes a $1 Billion Bet on Natural Gas”

Orsted set to use a massive turbine to power two of its offshore wind farms in the US

Danish firm Orsted has chosen GE Renewable Energy as its preferred turbine supplier for two offshore wind farms in the U.S. The agreement means that Orsted is set to use GE Renewable Energy’s huge Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines at the projects.

Orsted’s use of the turbines will represent the first commercial deployment of the Haliade-X 12 MW. The deployment is subject a final agreed and signed contract and project approvals.

The two wind farms the turbines will be used at are the 120 MW Skipjack facility off the Maryland coast and the 1,100 MW Ocean Wind project off the coast of New Jersey. It’s expected that the facilities will be commissioned in 2022 and 2024 respectively.

The U.S. offshore wind industry is relatively young. Its first offshore facility, the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, only commenced commercial operations in 2016. The Block Island Wind Farm is located off the coast of Rhode Island and operated by Orsted. Continue reading “Orsted set to use a massive turbine to power two of its offshore wind farms in the US”

Clean energy to power over seven million UK homes by 2025 at record low prices

Twelve new renewable energy projects have won Contracts for Difference – enough to power over seven million homes at record low costs

Twelve new renewable energy projects will be powering over seven million homes at record low prices thanks to the latest round of the government’s flagship Contracts for Difference scheme.

The new projects will provide around 6GW of capacity – 2.4GW more than the last round. For the first time renewables are expected to come online below market prices and without additional subsidy on bills, meaning a better deal for consumers. The costs of offshore wind are now around 30% lower than the second auction held in 2017, with projects now being delivered for as low as £39.65/MWh. Continue reading “Clean energy to power over seven million UK homes by 2025 at record low prices”

Bloomberg: What’s Behind the World’s Biggest Climate Victory?

wind energyThe chief executive of the world’s largest private coal company sat before a group of U.S. lawmakers who wanted to know whether the fuel had a future. He didn’t hesitate. “Coal,” he said, “is the future.”

It was 2010. Coal supplied nearly half of America’s power, the executive testified, and was growing more than 1.5 times faster than oil, natural gas, nuclear and renewables combined. Global demand was on pace to rise 53% within two decades. And renewable energy? Not an option. “Wind and solar comprise just 1% of today’s U.S. energy mix,” Gregory Boyce, then the chief executive of Peabody Energy Corp., told the members of Congress. “It is unrealistic to suggest that renewables could replace conventional baseload fuels.” Continue reading “Bloomberg: What’s Behind the World’s Biggest Climate Victory?”

Europe can meet energy demand just through renewables, study finds

Europe has enough resources to meet its energy demand solely through renewable sources, a new study has found.

Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany have found that regions across Europe could likely satisfy their electricity needs by using systems based entirely on solar and wind power.

However, scientists warned that developing these systems would increase pressure on land use around large cities and towns. Continue reading “Europe can meet energy demand just through renewables, study finds”