AWEA's Sopko: N.J. helping lead US energy transition | EIA maps show the evolution of the US energy mix | Opinion: Offshore wind is a huge opportunity for Va.
September 24, 2018
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AWEA's Sopko: N.J. helping lead US energy transition
New Jersey is preparing to host a leasing round to add 1.1 gigawatts of offshore wind, the largest single-state solicitation of its kind in the nation. "This is the kind of action that spurs investment and job creation at the scale needed to launch this new American energy industry," says American Wind Energy Association Director of Offshore Policy and Siting Nancy Sopko.
CleanTechnica (9/21) 
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EIA maps show the evolution of the US energy mix
Four new maps out from the Energy Information Agency detail the evolution of energy production in the US from 2007 to 2017. One map tracking renewables shows wind was the dominant renewable energy source in seven states in 2007 and in 16 states by 2017.
Ars Technica (9/23) 
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Opinion: Offshore wind is a huge opportunity for Va.
Offshore wind is a low-carbon, reliable energy source that would bring more jobs and many other benefits to Virginia and the rest of the US, writes Bryan Stephens, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. "The significant economic development opportunities for Virginia cannot be overstated," he writes, touting a two-turbine pilot project proposed by Dominion Energy and Orsted.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (9/24) 
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Project Focus
Intermountain Wind proposed 2 projects in Wyo.
Intermountain Wind is seeking approval to build two new wind farms in Wyoming that would have a combined capacity of 780 megawatts. If approved, the projects would begin operation in 2020 and 2022, respectively.
The Associated Press/Rawlins Daily Times (Wyo.) (9/23) 
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Iowa utility seeks funds to build more wind, solar projects
Alliant Energy's Interstate Power and Light Company will hold an inaugural public offering for $500 million worth of green bonds to finance future wind and solar projects in Iowa. It has already secured regulatory approval to add 1 gigawatt of new installed wind capacity in Iowa by 2020.
Renewables Now (Bulgaria) (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Ind. utility working on plan to accelerate coal retirements
Indiana utility Northern Indiana Public Service expects to submit a proposal to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission by Nov. 1 outlining plans to accelerate the closure of coal plants with a combined capacity of roughly 1.8 gigawatts. The Sierra Club says early analyses indicate the utility may offset the loss by adding more renewables, including 150 megawatts of new wind capacity.
North American Windpower online (9/21) 
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Cleveland sets 100% by 2050 renewables, clean energy goal
Cleveland agreed last week to source 100% of its electricity needs from clean and renewable energy sources by 2050. "Cleveland should lead the state and the Midwest in accelerating a just and equitable transition," said Jocelyn Travis of the Sierra Club's Cleveland Ready for 100 campaign.
North American Windpower online (9/21),  InsideClimate News (9/22) 
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Con Edison to acquire 980MW from Sempra's portfolio
Sempra has agreed to sell roughly 980 megawatts of US generating capacity to Consolidated Edison, including one wind farm. In June, Sempra committed to selling US renewable energy projects totaling 2.6 gigwatts and two natural gas plants as part of a restructuring.
Utility Dive (9/21) 
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Policy Watch
China exploring ways to help wind, solar reach grid parity
China's National Energy Administration released draft guidelines Sept. 13 outlining plans to help wind and solar projects reach "grid price parity" with coal and other energy sources. The plan includes new government support mechanisms for renewables in less-competitive regions.
CleanTechnica (9/21) 
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