US Wind has selected Gulf Island Fabrication to erect a meteorological mast tower and platform to test wind conditions in its offshore wind zone off the coast of Ocean City, Md. "These projects support our efforts to diversify our company within our reporting segments as we continue to look for ways to provide opportunities for our employees and value-added returns for our shareholders," said Gulf Island President and CEO Kirk Meche.
The McLean County, Ill., Board has approved EDP Renewables' 200-megawatt, 58-turbine Bright Stalk Wind Farm, which will be built near Chenoa. The project is expected to begin operations by the end of 2022.
Suzlon has developed a new, 63-meter-long turbine blade for India's wind market. Suzlon Group Chief Technology Officer Duncan Koerbel says it "is the longest and most efficient aerodynamic blade Suzlon has ever produced."
A New Jersey legislative committee is scheduled to review a bill Thursday that would ease the permitting process for offshore wind farms and potentially revive a 24-megawatt pilot offshore wind project from Fishermen's Energy. "It's a good effort to diversify our energy portfolio," said bill sponsor Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, adding that he expects Gov. Phil Murphy to support the proposal.
Several regulatory agencies in New York have written a letter to Invenergy Wind North America detailing 19 pages of deficiencies regarding its proposed Number Three Wind Farm that must be resolved before the project can undergo a state review. "We are working closely with the agencies to clarify and address the items they listed and hope to have responses turned in within about six weeks," said Invenergy Manager of Renewable Development Marguerite Wells.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is working toward transforming its processes and regulatory framework to address modern challenges and technology. A team is getting input from stakeholders to inform the transformation initiative, and the Nuclear Energy Institute will also recommend steps for the NRC take in its modernization efforts.
Two new autonomously driven robots developed by a team at Carnegie Mellon University can navigate pipes at nuclear power plants that have been shut down to detect and measure uranium deposits during the decontaminating and decommissioning process. This method is safer and more accurate than humans performing the job, researchers say.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and told members that financial challenges at nuclear power plants aren't a nationwide issue, but rather a "geographic" problem. Some markets have rate-recovery mechanisms that make the plants economically viable while plants in other regions are losing money, she said.
A startup called Deep Isolation would use fracking techniques to dispose of used nuclear fuel a mile beneath the ground in horizontal tunnels. "We're using a technique that's been made cheap over the last 20 years," says Richard Muller, co-founder and physicist.