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Construction of Hollandse Kust Zuid underway

After months of preparation, the installation of the foundations of Dutch offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid is now underway. The offshore construction of the 1500 MW Hollandse Kust Zuid array started at the beginning of July, with full commissioning scheduled for 2023. Over the next two years, the wind farm, which is the world’s first offshore wind farm built without subsidies, will be constructed at a site off the Dutch coast.

SP Energy Networks starts £40m network refurbishment project

SP Energy Networks, which owns and manages overhead and underground power lines in southern and central Scotland as well as Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire, is investing £40m in a network refurbishment project in the East Lothian and the Borders region of Scotland to improve the resilience of its electricity supply and prepare this part of its network for a low carbon future. This upgrade project is part of its wider £2 billion investment plans to future-proof its transmission network across Central and Southern Scotland over the next five years.

MAN and Woodside announce LNG alliance

MAN Energy Solutions and Woodside Energy, prominent company in the Australian LNG industry, have signed a co-operation agreement aimed at commercialising an innovative solution for small-to-mid scale LNG production. Known as ‘Factory LNG’, the technology combines Woodside’s intellectual property and LNG experience with MAN’s manufacturing and project-execution expertise.

I million people in New Orleans without power

Category 4 Hurricane Ida has left more than a million people, including most residents of New Orleans, without electricity, more than 300 000 without water and some 2000 in shelters, according to official figures. At least three people have died in the catastrophic storm that came ashore on Sunday 29 August.

Exelon to build hydrogen electrolyser at NY NPP

Exelon Generation plans to develop a hydrogen electrolyser at its Nine Mile Point nuclear plant in New York using a grant secured from the US Department of Energy. The aim is to explore the environmental sustainability, energy security and economical benefits of using a nuclear site to produce hydrogen. Exelon is partnering with Nel Hydrogen and Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to demonstrate integrated production, storage, and normal usage at the nuclear station.

USA has retired over 60 GW of coal fired fleet

In 2011, the USA had 317.6 GW of coal-fired electric generation capacity. About 88.7 GW of that capacity was retired in the decade that followed. Units fired by bituminous coal accounted for 60 GW, at 68% the largest share. The decline in bituminous coal capacity was due initially to the lower price of sub-bituminous fuel, then by competition from natural gas and wind capacity.

Vestas wins 181 MW deal for Dulacca wind farm

Together with RES Group, Vestas has secured a 181 MW supply contract for Dulacca wind farm in Queensland, Australia. The project will feature 43 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines to be supplied and installed by Vestas.

US lab closes in on a key goal of nuclear fusion

Scientists at the National Ignition Facility, a science institute in Livermore, California, believe they are on the verge of achieving a longstanding goal in nuclear fusion research, namely, to create a fusion reaction that generates more energy than is required to maintain it.

Financial close for 1500 MW Sudair solar

ACWA Power has announced financial close for the 1500 MW Sudair solar plant, one of the world’s largest single-contracted solar PV plants and the largest in Saudi Arabia. It is a key project under the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) renewable energy programme, which aims to support Saudi Arabia’s ongoing energy transition and diversification, and to deliver 70% of the country’s renewable energy under the National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP).

Record rise in US electricity demand

On 12 August, most of the United States registered a daily high temperature above 90°F. The Energy Information Administration’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor shows that electricity demand in the Lower 48 states reached 720 GWh for the hour ending 5:00 pm eastern daylight time on that day, which is the highest reported value for a single hour since balancing authorities began reporting hourly electricity demand to EIA in July 2015. The previous high was 718 GWh reported for the hour ending 6:00 pm EDT on July 20, 2017.