The Case For Pivoting Into Renewable Energy

Wind energy farmBernard Looney, BP’s new chief executive, wants to cut his company’s greenhouse gas emissions down to zero by 2050. To do that, the world’s sixth-largest energy company is committing itself to massive investment in renewable energy, including wind, solar and biofuels.

The U.K.-based energy provider may be more aggressive than its peers when it comes to plotting a carbon-free future, but it’s certainly not alone. Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Equinor and other traditional fossil fuel producers have also recently been diverting significant amounts of capital to renewable energy. Continue reading “The Case For Pivoting Into Renewable Energy”

Turkey touts ambitious renewable energy plans as it awards 1 GW of wind capacity

Turkey aims to increase the share of the domestic and renewable energy sources in the country’s electricity production to two-thirds by 2023, said Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said at a recently held G20 ministerial meeting in Japan.

“Last month another wind auction for 1 gigawatt capacity was also successfully completed,” Donmez said during a session at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in 2019 in Nagano, according to a press release from Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

Donmez said that Turkey needs to rely on energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy, fossil fuels and nuclear power technologies for a sustainable future, according to the press release. Continue reading “Turkey touts ambitious renewable energy plans as it awards 1 GW of wind capacity”

New report makes case for U.S. investment in collaborative offshore wind R&D

The U.S. could tap into a vast offshore wind energy resource and better steward its marine environment by galvanizing large-scale research and fostering public-private partnerships, according to a report by the Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Research (POWER-US).

The new report draws lessons from past industry-transforming initiatives and concludes that similar approaches can be taken to greatly expand the ability of the wind energy industry to generate power and jobs for the U.S. economy. The report, “Reaching Convergence in U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Research: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Innovation,” is the result of a two-year initiative convened by the Massachusetts Research Partnership in Offshore Wind (MRP) — a partnership of several academic and research institutions.

The initiative included nine major workshops and numerous discussions with industry leaders and university researchers across the U.S. and globally. The POWER-US initiative and other efforts across the country are precursors to the collaborative approach needed to transform the wind energy industry.

“We have the potential to become a world leader in offshore wind energy generation and innovation if we put our resources behind the effort and work together to make it happen,” said Fara Courtney, strategic advisor for POWER-US. Continue reading “New report makes case for U.S. investment in collaborative offshore wind R&D”