CCC | Decarbonize the Peak | Float
Happy Friday afternoon.
While many types of work have stopped due to the pandemic, the State House News Service via WBUR tells us that the Weymouth Compressor Construction Continues. “The construction of a major natural gas infrastructure project in Weymouth is one effort that hasn’t been hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘We are currently proceeding with construction activities for the Weymouth Compressor Station, while taking steps to protect work crews and the public,’ Enbridge spokesman Max Bergeron said. Enbridge is following guidance provided by governmental authorities, Bergeron said, noting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified energy infrastructure as being critical during the COVID-19 response.”
From the National Law Journal we have news about Massachusetts. “Following months of development and building on a host of previous renewable and alternative energy portfolio programs intended to incrementally decarbonize the electric sector, Massachusetts is poised to codify a Clean Energy Peak Standard (CPS) in the summer of 2020. In contrast to the existing Massachusetts programs, which have incentivized renewable and alternative energy sources simply to ‘show-up,’ the CPS takes aim at incentivizing new and existing generation resources to ‘show-up at the right time’ in order to further reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. Electricity generators and commercial, industrial and residential energy consumers alike should understand this new incentive program.”
Our new technology story this week comes out of Northeastern. “If you’re a wind turbine, there’s one place where you’d want to be. Far from the shore, out in the open ocean, and particularly in the North Atlantic, where the wind’s energy could potentially power an entire country the size of the United States. But harvesting wind energy in the ocean has posed an engineering feat that requires specialized equipment to manufacture and install heavy towers and propeller-like blades to catch the wind. Those towers—massive steel structures larger than the Statue of Liberty—need to be affixed to the sea floor. That means wind energy is a resource that can only be tapped in shallow waters, and that turbines need to be constructed at sea. Andrew Myers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern, and his collaborator, Jim Papadopoulos, intend to change that. Myers envisions a process by which wind turbines could be built in U.S. boatyards, launched in shallow ports, and then towed out to the sea. For the past two years, Myers and Papadopoulos have been designing a super light wind turbine that floats in the ocean and that can be installed in both shallow and deep waters. This kind of turbine, anchored to the sea floor, is also designed to reorient itself naturally to face the wind.
That’s the recap for the week. Have a wonderful weekend and stay well.
Massachusetts Races to Decarbonize the Peak, National Law Review
Wood Mackenzie: What Crashing LNG Prices Mean for Renewables, Greentech Media
7 Transmission Projects That Could Unlock a Renewable Energy Bounty, Greentech Media
Green Hydrogen Pipeline Surges on a Wave of Announced Mega-Projects, Greentech Media
Vineyard files Park City Wind mitigation plan, Renews.biz
New England fishing groups wary of rapid offshore wind development plans , National Wind Watch
Sound from Scituate Wind turbine in compliance with MassDEP regs, Wicked Local Scituate
Turbine work upsets residents, The Observer (NY)
Officials outraged over proposed solar siting changes, Hudson Valley 360
Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles, Microgrid Knowledge
Virus May Nix 39% of Projects to Build New U.S. Power Plants, Bloomberg Law
Another Way to See the Recession: Power Usage Is Way Down, New York Times
Microgrid Bill that Clarifies Utility & Operator Roles Approved by Maine House, Microgrid Knowledge
Hybrid Power Plants Are Growing Rapidly, But Are They a Good Idea?, Greentech Media
Mainers know truth about CMP, Central Maine