Adopting Grid Enhancing Technologies to Empower our Renewable Energy Transition
- May 20, 2021 9:18 pm GMT
This item is part of the Grid Modernization - May 2021 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
The renewable energy transition isn’t coming—it’s here. On Tuesday, May 11, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) gave final approval to the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind park, the 800-megawatt, 62-turbine Vineyard Wind project. And this is just the start. According to Recharge News, state offshore wind capacity commitments now total about 23,000 megawatts, most of these backed by power purchase agreements from guaranteed offtakers. Legions of residential PV solar systems are being installed daily, increasingly paired with large home battery storage systems. Utility-scale and community solar projects are multiplying. Electric vehicle purchases are increasing at scale, and entire companies such as Amazon as well as government agencies and transit systems are moving to all-electric fleets and too many utility scale wind projects are just sitting in a queue waiting for enough transmission capacity to be built, delaying thousands of jobs.
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