LEEDCo. Wins a Key Federal Approval

The offshore wind energy project proposed for installation eight miles off the coast of downtown Cleveland, Ohio has moved significantly forward due to a required construction permit approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More>>

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The California Offshore Wind Project: A Vision for Industry Growth

California Jobs Project: Offshore wind can be California’s next legacy—a new industry, built from the ground up, that invites shared prosperity, spurs innovation, and respects our natural treasures. More>>

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Keep our graduates here: Build A Robust Offshore Wind Industry

Lowell Sun: New England is home to some of the first and finest colleges and universities in the nation. We are also the home of the nation’s first offshore wind farm. But this small, five-turbine 30-megawatt (MW) facility off the coast of Block Island, R.I., is just the beginning. Thanks to the leadership of the New England states, hundreds, and hopefully thousands, more megawatts of offshore wind are coming soon. More >>

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Equinor promotes collaboration between offshore wind and fishing industries

Windpower Engineering & Development: In an increased effort to promote the coexistence and collaboration between offshore wind development and the U.S. fishing industry, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) would like to announce that Equinor Wind US has joined its Joint Industry Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to develop recommendations for maximizing the compatibility of offshore wind development with the established fishing industry in the region. More

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US Aims To Disrupt Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Field

CleanTechnica: The US has been long sitting on a 13,000-mile coastline worth trillions (yes, trillions) of BTU in offshore wind energy, all of it accessible and ripe for the plucking. And yet, the country has only 5 commercial offshore turbines in operation. Somewhat ironically, the tide finally began to turn during the Trump administration. More and larger offshore projects are finally in the pipeline. To realize the full benefits of its offshore resources, though, the US will have to start getting serious about floating wind turbines. more

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N.Y. approves largest U.S. offshore wind farm off Long Island

Computerworld: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved what will be the largest U.S. offshore wind farm when it’s built off the east end of Long Island. It will generate enough electricity to power more than 50,000 homes on Long Island’s South Fork.

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1st US offshore wind farm to usher in new era for industry

Startribune.com: The nation’s first offshore wind farm is set to open off the coast of Rhode Island this fall, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry. Full story here

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Fred. Olsen to acquire 20-MW US offshore wind project – report

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Norwegian wind farm developer with experience in the North Sea will build the $120 million pilot wind farm planned for Lake Erie.

Fred.Olsen Renewables, the largest independent power producer in the United Kingdom and the fifth largest in Europe, has already partnered with the non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo.

The two companies have signed an agreement that Fred.Olsen will buy LEEDCo’s research assets early next year, said Lorry Wagner, LEEDCo president. He declined, at this time, to reveal the selling price. Cleveland Plain Dealer Story Here

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Converging Energy and the Internet of Things

Tech lingo is trendy – remember “intra-net” and “cyber-space”? – these days it is hard to read any business or technology news without coming across the phrase the “Internet of Things.”

Usually it is mentioned in the context of the next great technology transformation or a scary cautionary tale about privacy. When IBM places a $3 billion bet on a new IoT business unit, something interesting must be up.

So what is the Internet of Things and (selfishly I wonder) can it help us build better energy production and transmission stuff?

Forbes contributor Jacob Morgan writes one of the better descriptions I have read:

“Simply put this is the concept of [the IoT] basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.  As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.

You can read his full article here.

Consider the vast mountains of data which go into any large scale industrial project, like a power plant or a new transmission line. It takes years of data gathering and organization to prove project viability and get a set of permits. At that point the serious engineering begins with another massive layer of data upon data of engineering detail. From there it is broken out into bids and contracts each with their own liabilities and interface issues. It is then constructed, generating a set of as-built data which hopefully resembles the original engineering plans and is within the tolerances of the permits. Finally, it goes into a couple of decades of operations requiring maintenance and repair all of which is dependant on this mountain of data going back to the original project viability assumptions. Not an insignificant data set.

Further, consider the thousands of pieces and parts which go into any electricity infrastructure project. What would the increased availability look like if all to that data could talk to the asset in the field, for instance an overhead cable could tell you “hey this oak branch is leaning on me” or a transformer part mentions “the temperature around me doesn’t feel quite right, if this continues I will likely fall over in 6 months.”

It will be a while before entire electrical grids are really intelligent – that is the opportunity. This is much more than just an academic exercise, there are a number of really innovative efforts which seem to be heading towards large scale commercialization: For example:
MicrogridsStreetlights, or Building Management.

Leading research firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be 26 billion objects connected to the Internet of Things. That type of growth is sure to transform much of our technology infrastructure (yet again) – given our dependence on energy for everything, the more the IoT converges with the traditional energy way of thinking – the better it will be for us all.

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Massachusetts Offshore Wind Leases Awarded

On Jan 29 the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the nation’s fourth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters offshore Massachusetts for potential wind energy development. Developing offshore wind energy is part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution. Full BOEM release.

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