New York Announces 1,700 MW of New Offshore Wind Projects and 70 Percent Renewables Requirement by 2030

LCG, July 22, 2019--The Governor of New York announced last Thursday that the State has executed the nation's largest offshore wind agreement - totaling approximately 1,700 MW - in U.S. history. The Governor also signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which includes a mandates of 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035, 70 percent renewable energy by 2030, plus a Zero-Carbon Emission Electric Sector by 2040.

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Georgia PSC Approves Georgia Power's 2019 IRP

LCG, July 18, 2019--The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power's 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which was submitted in late January.

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Industry News

Wave Energy Firm Scouts New England Locales

LCG, June 7, 2002--Small demonstration projects to extract electric power from energy in ocean waves are possible in New England in the next couple of years, if an Australian company can decide on a suitable site.

The company, Energetech, is currently looking at a number of coastal towns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, with the assistance of a $1 million commitment from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. Speaking for the Massachusetts town of Hull, Phil Lemnios, town manager, said, "We're listening, but it's premature to know if it makes sense for Hull - or the Area."

Different technologies exist for capturing wave energy, which has received little attention since the oil embargo of the 1970's. The technique planned by Energetech focuses the dispersed energy of waves into a central chamber through the effects of parabolically shaped walls. A turbine is driven by air that is compressed by the force of the waves. While Energetech's structures would be placed onshore, other technologies capture tidal energy offshore.

Research is being done on wave-driven power structures' effect on coastal areas. While some scientists see the structures as helping to reduce erosion, others see them as accelerating it, possibly affecting marine life in nearby areas that could see increased sedimentation.

A small plant is being constructed by another company in Washington state, while Energetech is nearly ready for the building of two demonstration projects in Vancouver, British Columbia and Australia. The sole wave energy plant now in operation is in Scotland.
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