The power industry briefing
The latest news, trends, and data you need to know about this month
News in Numbers
The US’s New York State Public Service Commission has approved a 54.5-mile transmission line known as the New York Energy Solution Project.
Australian investment bank Macquarie has generated more than $1.9bn (€1.6bn) to invest in renewable energy projects.
Hydroelectricity supplier RusHydro has signed an agreement to power Russian company Polyus’ Krasnoyarsk Business Unit (KBU). The Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant will provide 1,000 GWh of electricity to KBU this year.
Online retailer Amazon has signed a 130MW power purchase agreement with Eneco for energy from an under-construction offshore wind farm.
The Government of South Korea reportedly plans to build an 8.2GW offshore wind facility by 2030, using an investment of $43.2bn (KRW48.5tn).
US-based firm First Solar has secured a contract to supply 2.4GW DC of solar modules to clean infrastructure company Intersect Power.
New Zealand-based renewable generation company Meridian Energy has announced plans to construct a 176MW wind farm in the country.
Shanghai Electric Guoxuan New Energy Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pacific Green Technologies for the manufacturing of battery energy storage systems.
Swedish battery supplier Northvolt has announced the $200m construction of Europe’s largest energy storage systems factory in Poland.
US-based utility company WEC Energy Group has announced the construction of a 310MW solar and battery storage project in Wisconsin.
The Power Environment: making wind turbines work for birds and bats
Public consultations for wind power projects often hear the same question: how will this affect wildlife? The issue has followed wind generation since it first became widespread and has never truly gone away.
Still now, bird protection causes significant delays to wind projects. As an example, the 2.4GW Hornsea Three project recently committed to working with conservation groups to minimise its damage to nearby kittiwake populations. Planning around the local bird populations likely contributed to the six-month planning delay as the central government reviewed plans.
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