Category Archives: OpEd

Triple Annual Deployment of Clean Energy by 2030

ACP CEO Heather Zichal Statement on House Passage of Historic Inflation Reduction Act. Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). The IRA provides unprecedented multi-year policy certainty for clean energy and will now be sent to President Joe Biden to … Continue reading Triple Annual Deployment of Clean Energy by 2030

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Sweden: Making up lost ground on offshore wind power

Over the last few months the Swedish Government has made important announcements on offshore wind. Sweden does not yet use the full offshore wind potential its large coastlines offer. But they want to make up the lost ground. And the wind industry is lining up impressive gigawatt-scale projects in Swedish waters. Sweden is Europe’s biggest … Continue reading Sweden: Making up lost ground on offshore wind power

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ACP Celebrates Historic Clean Energy and Climate Victory with Senate Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, today applauded the Senate for passing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). The IRA provides unprecedented multi-year policy certainty for clean energy:  “This is the vote heard around the world. It puts America on a path to creating 550,000 new clean energy jobs while reducing … Continue reading ACP Celebrates Historic Clean Energy and Climate Victory with Senate Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

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Clearing up falsehoods surrounding wind turbines

It is Erie County Legislator John Mills who is muddying the waters. The simple answer to his concerns is that no, wind turbines would not negatively affect our area’s drinking water. The idea that it would rest on falsehoods (i.e., lies) which have been repeated so many times, they start to sound like facts. Lake … Continue reading Clearing up falsehoods surrounding wind turbines

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Energy security: France takes emergency measures to boost wind and solar

France gets around 20% of its electricity from renewable sources – 8% from wind energy, but it needs more to meet its climate goals while reinforcing energy security.  The war in Ukraine and disruptions in its conventional electricity generation fleet are putting France’s energy system under stress.  The French Government is taking unprecedented steps to … Continue reading Energy security: France takes emergency measures to boost wind and solar

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It’s a Big Deal for Job Growth and for a Clean Energy Future

On July 27, news whipsawed the nation’s capital as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Joe Manchin announced a compromise agreement and path forward on a comprehensive package of clean energy investments. Announced as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), this bill represents the single largest investment in renewable … Continue reading It’s a Big Deal for Job Growth and for a Clean Energy Future

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European consumers want more renewable power to ease climate and affordability concerns

New research into public attitudes and concerns about energy, commissioned by Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable power, found that three quarters of the 18,000+ respondents say they’re worried about the negative effects of climate change, and they want more renewable power to help address their pressing concerns. In southern European countries where extreme heatwaves … Continue reading European consumers want more renewable power to ease climate and affordability concerns

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Iberdrola to expand its renewable capacity in Poland with 98 MW of wind and solar projects

When the new facilities, already under construction, come on stream in 2023, the company will have 261 MW of installed capacity in Poland, a market that has become one of the Iberdrola group’s growth platforms. Iberdrola has closed a preliminary agreement for the acquisition of 98 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar projects in Poland … Continue reading Iberdrola to expand its renewable capacity in Poland with 98 MW of wind and solar projects

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Urgent progress in the development of offshore wind power in Spain

Offshore wind energy is a fundamental vector for achieving climate and energy security objectives, based on our own renewable resources and providing greater stability to our electrical system. In addition, it constitutes a great opportunity for technological, economic and industrial development, due to its high potential for the creation of qualified employment in the strategic … Continue reading Urgent progress in the development of offshore wind power in Spain

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ACP CEO Heather Zichal Statement on Sen. Manchin and Sen. Schumer Deal on Clean Energy Developments

Following the announcement that U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to add the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 to the budget reconciliation bill being negotiated in Congress, ACP CEO Heather Zichal issued the following statement:   “The entire clean energy industry just breathed an enormous sigh of relief. … Continue reading ACP CEO Heather Zichal Statement on Sen. Manchin and Sen. Schumer Deal on Clean Energy Developments

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Global Shift Towards Renewable Energy Continues.Here are 7 Reasons Why People Prefer it

Renewable energy is the future. This statement may sound like a crazy idea, but it’s becoming an increasing reality. More people are choosing renewable energy over fossil fuels. The global shift towards renewable energy is continuing on an upward trajectory, and this shift is due to several factors propelling the global switch to clean energy.  … Continue reading Global Shift Towards Renewable Energy Continues.Here are 7 Reasons Why People Prefer it

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BOEM’s NEPA Screening Criteria for Offshore Wind Power Projects Are a Big Step Toward Permitting Certainty

While a recent announcement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) may have flown under the radar – overshadowed on the same day by announcements from President Joe Biden and eleven governors rolling out a Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership, along with a separate BOEM release of an eagerly awaited Draft Fisheries Mitigation Strategy … Continue reading BOEM’s NEPA Screening Criteria for Offshore Wind Power Projects Are a Big Step Toward Permitting Certainty

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House Passes Appropriations Bills That Will Advance American Clean Energy

ACP CEO Heather Zichal issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 8294 (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2023):   “The FY2023 Appropriations package that passed out of the House today will go a long way toward further developing the clean energy industry. The bills provide the necessary funding … Continue reading House Passes Appropriations Bills That Will Advance American Clean Energy

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ACP and API Praise USMCA Energy Consultations with Mexico

American Clean Power Association (ACP) CEO Heather Zichal and American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers today released the following joint statement after the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it is requesting formal consultations with Mexico under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) over Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez … Continue reading ACP and API Praise USMCA Energy Consultations with Mexico

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ACP Statement on Biden Executive Climate Actions

Ahead of President Biden’s announcement of new climate actions today, Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, issued the following statement:  “The American Clean Power Association applauds actions to be announced today by President Biden that will advance the American offshore wind industry. Offshore wind is a ripe opportunity to employ tens of … Continue reading ACP Statement on Biden Executive Climate Actions

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Wind energy industry charts path out of energy crises with action plan for world leaders

Global Wind Energy Council (‘GWEC’) publishes an action plan for policymakers to steer a way out of the current energy and climate change crises. The five-point plan, Accelerating renewables to achieve energy security, affordability and climate action, addresses the need to restore order to energy markets while meeting climate goals and creating a secure, stable … Continue reading Wind energy industry charts path out of energy crises with action plan for world leaders

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Renewable Power Remains Cost-Competitive amid Fossil Fuel Crisis

New IRENA report shows almost two-thirds of renewable power added in 2021 had lower costs than the cheapest coal-fired options in G20 countries. The global weighted average cost of newly commissioned solar photovoltaic (PV), onshore and offshore wind power projects fell in 2021. This was despite rising materials and equipment costs, given that there is … Continue reading Renewable Power Remains Cost-Competitive amid Fossil Fuel Crisis

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American Clean Power Week: Celebrate How Renewables Are Building the Clean Energy Economy This August

On the heels of the Fourth of July holiday honoring America’s independence, ACP and the clean power industry are turning the focus to America’s energy independence through our second annual American Clean Power Week (ACPW). American Clean Power Week 2022 From August 15 – 19, the clean power industry will participate in a nationwide celebration … Continue reading American Clean Power Week: Celebrate How Renewables Are Building the Clean Energy Economy This August

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Wind power and biodiversity come together at Hollandse Kust West offshore wind farm

To be sustainable, offshore wind power must be rolled out in harmony with nature and the environment. Critical biodiversity research, groundbreaking innovations and updates to wind turbines mean that sustainably generated electricity and a healthy ecosystem are becoming increasingly intertwined. Biodiversity around wind farms  Vattenfall aims to make a net positive contribution to biodiversity by … Continue reading Wind power and biodiversity come together at Hollandse Kust West offshore wind farm

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Negative bidding in German offshore wind power law threatens supply chain

The German Parliament has adopted a new Offshore Wind Law (WindSeeG). It makes important changes to the design of Germany’s offshore wind auctions. It established two different types of auctions, one of which involves negative bidding with no caps on the amounts developers bid. This is bad: uncapped negative bidding means additional costs for electricity … Continue reading Negative bidding in German offshore wind power law threatens supply chain

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