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“Renewable energy is the foundation for everything we need to do to unlock net zero and drive a green economic recovery, and we can’t do that quickly enough”

says Lindsay McQuade, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables.

However, McQuade, a speaker at the upcoming Reuters Events’ Future of Renewables virtual conference (Dec 8–9), admits that while many building blocks are in place the UK at least needs to be more ambitious. “It will be crucial that the planning process is fit for purpose, and there are sufficient resources to drive the necessary pace of change,” she says.

A US view comes from…

Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist at bp and former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, discussed the road to net zero with Andrew Brown, a Partner at strategic communications firm Apella Advisors

The world is on an “unsustainable path” in its energy consumption. This is the core thesis that is driving bp, the world’s fifth largest oil company, to radically shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050 and increase its production of low and no carbon energy. …

Image: artist’s concept of a next-generation heavy-lift installation vessel planned by Jan De Nul Group

US utility Dominion Energy unveiled plans this week to build a Jones Act-qualified offshore wind installation vessel to support its growing investment in marine wind projects.

On May 5th in a conference call to investors, the energy company confirmed that it was part of a consortium formed to create the first USA-built offshore wind installation vessel. The company’s chief executive Thomas Farrell stated that the ship would be capable of handling all existing machinery, and also next-generation wind turbines. The unnamed group of companies will be sharing the financing of the vessel amongst themselves. It is expected to enter service in 2023. The company expects it will be utilized across the US OW industry, not be dedicated to Dominion Energy projects.

Thomas Farrell also told investors…

Frequently overlooked by planners, the Gulf of Mexico offers opportunities for developing offshore wind generation in the US.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a pair of reports, funded by BOEM, outlining the possibilities and hazards of this resource. It is not an ideal environment, but nevertheless has a bounty of energy that could be harvested.

The main disadvantage is the hurricanes that strike the area. The wind speeds are generally not high and the seabed tends to be soft. However the five states bordering the gulf, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, could reap the benefit of significant amounts of marine energy. …

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