- Massachusetts’ bid to become the nation’s leader in offshore wind power is ramping up. The state’s electric utilities will soon release requirements for projects seeking to develop the state’s first ocean-based wind farm. That sets in motion an ambitious effort to put Massachusetts ahead of other states’ efforts on offshore wind power. [The Japan Times]
- The Garden Island newspaper reports that a Hawaiian electric utility, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, will build a pumped storage hydro project. It could supply more than 15% of the island’s electricity and surpass the goal of 70% renewable energy by 2030. The cooperative says protecting trout populations is a priority. [KITV Honolulu]
- “New highland wind farm plans just the start of renewable future” • A $300 million wind farm being developed in Tasmania’s Central Highlands will have a significant impact. It will increase Tasmania’s wind generation by about 50%, create 150 jobs through construction and deliver enough clean energy to power 60,000-plus homes. [The Mercury]
- Jerusalem-based renewable-energy developer Energiya Global will invest $1 billion over the next four years to advance green power projects across 15 West African countries as part of a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this week between Israel and the Economic Community of West African States.[ISRAEL21c]
- Pieces are falling into place for an important collaboration between India and Africa to end energy poverty. The stakes are high, as sub-Saharan Africa and India account for over 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion unelectrified. India had already pledged in 2015 a concessional credit line of $10 billion to Africa over five years. [Thomson Reuters Foundation]
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