Offshore wind power is cheaper than new nuclear power in the UK

September 12, 2017 by  
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Offshore wind power has pulled ahead of nuclear power in the United Kingdom . Energy from offshore wind farms will be less expensive than power from a new nuclear project for the first time, based on subsidy figures via the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy after an auction. Emma Pinchbeck of Renewable UK said the figures were “truly astonishing.” Two firms said they’d construct offshore wind farms for a subsidy of £57.50, around $76, per megawatt-hour for 2022-23, according to the BBC, which noted these figures are around half the subsidy costs in a 2015 auction. Compare £57.50 with the subsidy secured by new nuclear plant Hinkley Point C , which is £92.50, or around $122, per megawatt-hour. Related: Is this $26 billion UK nuclear power plant worth its ludicrous cost? Pinchbeck told the BBC, “We still think nuclear can be part of the mix – but our industry has shown how to drive costs down, and now they need to do the same.” The BBC listed larger turbines , foundations that cost less, and higher voltage cables as components that have helped reduce prices for offshore wind, along with UK supply chain growth and the oil and gas industry downturn. An example of those larger turbines are new eight-megawatt ones that are nearly 656 feet tall – and Pinchbeck suggested turbines could double in size during the 2020’s. The nuclear industry said nuclear power is still necessary for times when the wind isn’t blowing. Nuclear Industry Association chief executive Tom Greatrex said, “It doesn’t matter how low the price of offshore wind is. On last year’s figures it only produced electricity for 36 percent of the time.” The subsidies for the wind farms will come from a consumer bill levy, and will run for 15 years, according to the BBC. Hinkley Point C’s subsidies will run for 35 years. Minister for Energy and Industry Richard Harrington said the offshore wind projects would create thousands of new jobs . Via the BBC Images via Wikimedia Commons and NHD-INFO on Flickr

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Sweden is putting stressed-out people in tiny glass ‘chillout cabins’

September 12, 2017 by  
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Can nature really be the cure for stress? Sweden wants to find out – so it’s sending five people in extremely stressful professions to spend three glorious days in beautiful glass-enclosed “ chillout cabins ” on an idyllic island. The 72 Hour Cabin program seeks to investigate the effects of nature on people’s well-being. Led by researchers Walter Osika and Cecilia Stenfors from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the case study explores how Allemansrätten (freedom to roam) affects people’s mental and physical health. The aim of the study is to spread awareness of the unique relationship the Swedish population has with nature , and encourage people around the world to spend more time bonding with Mother Nature. Related: Artist builds incredible stained-glass cabin in the middle of the woods “Year after year, Sweden takes first place in international rankings of countries with the best life quality. Swedish nature, which is clean, vast and easy to take part in, is a part of the secret.” the 72-hour website reads. “The Swedes’ unique relationship with nature is an important part of their well-being, which is why Sweden has created ‘The 72 Hour Cabin’. With the initiative, Sweden wants to acquaint visitors with the special bond that Swedes have with their natural environment, and invite the world to experience it themselves.” The lucky participants include a London broadcaster, a Parisian taxi driver, an event planner from New York, a German police officer, and a British travel journalist. Each will spend three days in their own cabin located on Henriksholm island in West Sweden, experiencing the Swedish “close to nature” lifestyle. All communication with the outside world will be forbidden. For the most part, the participants will be able to hike, fish, cook, swim, and generally enjoy their peaceful surroundings. Researchers will be on-site to measure their well-being based on stress levels, problem-solving ability, and creativity. The results of the study will be presented in October. The glass cabins were designed by Jeanna Berger and built with the help of Fridh & Hells Bygg AB Construction Company . Berger grew up on the island and used the beautiful area as inspiration for the design. The wood-framed structures – which are placed on pillars in order to leave a light footprint – were inspired by the traditional barns found in the area. + 72 Hour Cabin Via Apartment Therapy Photography by Maja Flink  

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Is tidal power finally coming of age?

April 4, 2017 by  
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A British company wants to demonstrate that underwater turbines can be a viable source of hydroelectricity, by winning a share of $363 million worth of electricity generation contracts being offered up by the U.K. government. As Bloomberg reports, Atlantis Resources wants to build power turbines under the ocean in Scotland, and their success would not only mean a whole pile of cash, but also provide another option for producing clean energy . The company faces steep competition for the government funds from offshore wind power companies, but they’re hoping to convince officials that tidal power has finally come of age. If they manage to do so, tidal power could eventually provide the U.K. with one fifth of its energy needs. As Bloomberg notes, previous efforts at producing tidal power have been largely experimental and operated at costs around triple that of wind power . To be successful in their bid to government, Atlantis must find a way to bring the cost of energy down by 70 percent—to about $125 per megawatt hour. That’s close to the price of nuclear and offshore wind power. If they can pull it off, Atlantis is hoping to get a $125 million investment that would let them build a manufacturing plant in Scotland, which would in turn let the company get much-sought contracts from France, South Korea and Indonesia. It’s all leading up to the final goal of helping to turn Scotland into a “Saudi Arabia of green energy.” Related: World’s longest wind turbine blade expected to drive down offshore energy costs With that in mind, the company is already working on its “MyGen” project, which involves the installation of up to 269 turbines under the Pentland Firth, a stretch of water that links the Atlantic ocean to the North Sea. It’s an eight-mile-wide channel of water that flows regularly at about 10 feet per second. Four turbines are already generating 6 megawatts, and two more phases should see enough turbines to generate about 86 megawatts of power by this summer. Via Bloomberg Images via Atlantis Resources

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Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power

April 15, 2015 by  
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Team ‘green energy’ recently scored another goal in the ongoing match for power affordability supremacy, when a recent analysis showed wind energy is already cheaper than both gas and nuclear power. The analysis, done by energy consultant Mike Parr , looked at public data on offshore wind energy in Denmark (where world record wind power is generated) and revealed that the technology is already financially viable and no longer need subsidies from the UK government. Read the rest of Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cost of wind energy , offshore wind energy analysis , offshore wind energy cost , offshore wind power , renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels , wind energy cheaper than gas and nuclear

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Statoil Pulls Out of Maine’s $120 Million Offshore Wind Project

October 16, 2013 by  
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Scheduling days and change of terms with the state of Maine has led the Norwegian company Statoil to pull out of a proposed $120 million offshore wind project. The announcement on Tuesday comes as a significant blow to the state, calling into question their ability to cultivate an offshore wind industry and reducing the likelihood of future investments. Industry officials once said the project could make Maine a leader in offshore wind power, but now the Norwegian company will focus its attention on a project in Scotland while continuing to explore other opportunities in the United States’ offshore wind market. Read the rest of Statoil Pulls Out of Maine’s $120 Million Offshore Wind Project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $120 million wind project cancelled , Maine Renewable Energy Association , Maine’s offshore wind project cancelled , offshore wind power , Offshore Wind Project , Public Utilities Commission , statoil , Statoil leaves Maine , Taxpayers , university of maine        

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Donald Trump Picks a Mean Fight with Scotland Over Offshore Wind

February 10, 2012 by  
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Donald Trump may be a real estate mogul with an estimated worth of who knows how many billions — we think it might be seven — and a penchant for trying to derail presidential campaigns but that’s not stopping Scottish authorities from standing up for themselves in the face of this combed-over bully. Trump started a nasty feud with the nation when they announced plans to erect a series of windmills in Aberdeen Bay near Trump’s new luxury golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The Don threw a tantrum, wrote a personal letter to Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond , shut down construction on the golf course and said he wouldn’t start building again until Scottish authorities promised not to erect those “ugly monstrosities”. Now the Scottish government is fighting back calling his tantrum “embarrassing” and assuring the world they won’t be “bullied by Mr. Trump and his millions.” Read the rest of Donald Trump Picks a Mean Fight with Scotland Over Offshore Wind Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Donald Trump , golf course in scotland , Offshore Wind Energy , Offshore Wind Farm , offshore wind potential , offshore wind power , scotland offshore wind , scotland offshore wind energy , scotland renewable energy , scotland wind , scotland wind energy , scotland wind potential , scotland wind power , trump aberdeen , trump aberdeenshire , trump golf course , trump scotland , wind energy , wind farm

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Vestas and WindPlus to Deploy Unique Floating Wind Turbines

February 25, 2011 by  
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Vestas , one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of wind turbines, has announced that it will be working in collaboration with WindPlus to deploy a unique wind turbine that uses a first-of-its-kind floating platform technology.

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Giant Wind Farm Will Link New England and New York Power Grids

December 10, 2010 by  
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Though no offshore wind farms have been completed in the United States to date, there is certainly a lot of talk going around about the farms of the future. In addition to Google’s recent initiative to help up the east coast power grid, Deepwater Wind, a new project developer, recently received  approval from the state of Massachusetts for a newly planned wind farm. Deepwater Wind has proposed a brand new, 1,000-megawatt wind farm that would link the New England power grid to New York by way of Long Island.

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News From Mother Jones: Cape Wind’s Woes

January 7, 2010 by  
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Happy new year, TreeHuggers. It’s looking like 2010 might not be so happy for the proposed offshore wind farm on Nantucket Sound known as Cape Wind. Over at Mother Jones , we’ve been tracking the beleaguered project’s most recent set of obstacles.

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