The opportunities and challenges of developing a cost effective, technically feasible, environmentally responsible offshore transmission network and interconnecting the offshore cables were the topics of the day at the first Offshore Wind Transmission, USA conference last week.
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Samantha serves as a Research and Communications Specialist for Clean Energy Group and Clean Energy States Alliance. She assists on communications and research. She also coordinates social media and serves as the webmaster for both organizations. Samantha previously worked as an administrator at Fairewinds Energy Education, a nuclear safety advocacy non-profit in Burlington, Vermont. She has also worked as a research assistant in the environmental studies department at Brown University, where she researched fisheries projects in West Africa and compiled historic climate and fisheries data from southern New England. Samantha graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in French.
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On May 9th, BOEM held its Task Force Meeting for the New York Bight to present an overview of its Call for Information and Nominations, provide updates on recent developments, and seek public input.
California’s recently adopted building standards require solar to be a part of all new residential construction. As the first state to enact such a standard, it’s been lauded as a historic and game-changing event for solar power in the U.S. But some have argued that the new standards don’t go far enough.
After a hundred years of technology improvement, an old enabling technology — battery storage — has emerged anew.
It’s rare to have an opportunity to shape an energy technology market as it emerges. Today, battery storage is that energy technology.
Last month’s FERC order 841 was hailed by some as a watershed moment in energy storage history, but the devil’s in the implementation.
Three of California’s largest utilities recently proposed more than 100 megawatts of utility-owned energy storage to support resiliency in critical public facilities and $6 million in incentives for customer-owned storage at multifamily affordable housing properties.
Just this past week, Puerto Rico suffered another setback in its effort to restore power to the island. One of its 400 megawatt power plants caught fire, plunging people back into the darkness.
Contributing to the growing list of major milestones for the U.S. offshore wind sector, this week the Governors from both New York and New Jersey announced commitments to launch the nation’s largest offshore wind solicitations. These commitments confirm the strong business case for offshore wind.
Extreme weather and related power outages come with a price tag, but these costs are not typically accounted for when considering the potential benefits of a resilient power system. The result is that fewer solar+storage systems pencil-out to make economic sense than would be the case if the power resilience they provide was accurately valued.
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