BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDFBOEM has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System. Deepwater Wind’s proposed project would entail the installation of a bi-directional submerged transmission cable between Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland. The transmission system would serve two purposes: 1) connect Deepwater Wind’s proposed 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm (offshore), to the Rhode Island mainland; and 2) transmit power from the existing onshore transmission grid on the mainland to Block Island.
  • Yahoo has announced a 15-year partnership with wind energy developer OwnEnergy. Under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Yahoo will purchase approximately 50 percent of the wind power from the 48 MW Alexander wind farm in western Kansas to offset much of Yahoo’s energy usage in the Great Plains region. The wind farm is expected to generate over 100,000 MWh annually. The PPA is part of Yahoo’s effort to engage in community-centric partnerships to buy wind power directly from local wind farms.
  • Andalay Solar, Inc. has announced that it has begun production of its solar modules this week in San Jose, CA, U.S.A and will begin shipping to customers next week. The modules are black-framed, 60-cell, multicrystalline, 250 watt modules.
  • Burlington Electric Department (BED) has purchased a 7.4-MW hydroelectric project located Burlington, Vermont’s largest city. The utility now now has contracts to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. BED currently sells the renewable energy certificates (RECs) from the facilities and uses the funds to lower customer electricity rates. Burlington’s effort contributes to Vermont’s target to produce 90 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2050.
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