- Enel Green Power North America, Inc, a subsidiary of Enel SpA, started operations of two new wind farms in Oklahoma: the Thunder Ranch wind farm, which has a capacity of around 298 MW, and of the Red Dirt wind facility, which has a capacity of around 300 MW. They are Oklahoma’s first incentive-free wind farms. [Windpower Engineering]
- A subsidiary of Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc plans to buy Westinghouse, the bankrupt nuclear services company, from Toshiba Corp, for $4.6 billion. Brookfield Business Partners LP and institutional partners plan to use $1 billion of equity and $3 billion of long-term debt financing to buy Westinghouse. [The Japan News]
- The Trump administration announced plans to end a ban on new offshore drilling off the coasts of Florida and California and is considering over 40 sites for leases. Interior had just issued a stop-work order on a National Academy of Sciences study reviewing the offshore oil and gas operations inspection program to enhance safety. [CNN]
- The latest Energy Infrastructure Update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is packed full of good news for natural gas and renewables, but not for coal. FERC anticipates 20,650 MW of retirements of coal-fired power plants, with only 1,927 MW of new units planned. But natural gas and renewables are still growing fast. [CleanTechnica]
- As the New Hampshire legislature gears up for the 2018 session, over 50 New Hampshire businesses are calling for lawmakers to support clean energy policies. Dartmouth Hitchcock, Hannaford Supermarkets, Hypertherm, Velcro Cos., Timberland, Worthen Industries, and Wire Belt Co of America are among them. [North American Windpower]
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