Regional and National

Vineyard Wind breaks ground on Vineyard Wind I project

On November 18, 2021, Vineyard Wind (a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners) broke ground on the Vineyard Wind I offshore wind project. Initial construction steps will include laying the two transmission cables that will connect the project to the mainland at Barnstable, MA, according to the Department of the Interior’s press release. As discussed …

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Solar Trade Updates: Federal trade court strikes down tariff on bifacial solar and reinstates exclusion; International Trade Commission recommends that Biden Administration extend of solar panel tariffs

On November 16, 2021, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued a ruling, reinstating the bifacial solar module tariff exclusion to the Section 201 global safeguard tariffs on solar cells and modules. The CIT ruling also reduced the Section 201 tariff rate back to 15% after President Trump raised it to 18% in 2020 (discussed …

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Illinois regulators begin implementation of CEJA provisions, including provisions related to energy storage, electric vehicles, and REC procurement

Illinois regulators have taken the first steps towards implementation of the recently enacted omnibus energy legislation known as The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA). The Act contains a wide range of provisions, including wind and solar development, public utility company ratemaking and operations, and emissions and efficiency standards at coal- and gas-fired power plants. Per …

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DOE issues RFI on energy sector supply chain

On November 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy released a Request for Information on supply chains in the energy sector. The RFI is issued in accordance with Executive Order 14017, which required the Secretary of Energy to submit to the President a report on supply chains for the energy sector industrial base. The RFI seeks responses to numerous questions …

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Other Regional and National News of Note December 6, 2021

Vestas announces modular nacelles for offshore wind turbines: On November 17, 2021, wind energy manufacturer Vestas announced the introduction of a modularized wind turbine nacelle design as a step towards reaching full wind turbine modularity. The new nacelle design takes general industry logistics standards into account, allowing them to be transferred with less specialized handling needed. Vestas …

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