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Artist’s Rendering of Brooklyn Port Upgrade Art: Equinor
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer
New York state selected Norwegian energy giant Equinor to build and supply clean energy from two offshore wind facilities in one of the largest renewable energy deals ever in the United States, according to Reuters. Under the deal, Equinor and its “strategic partner” BP will generate 3.3 total gigawatts of offshore wind power for the state. In addition, they will refurbish two port facilities in New York (the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and Port of Albany) to support additional offshore wind projects. Per Businesswire, Equinor’s Chief Executive Anders Opedal described the successful bids as “a game-changer for our offshore wind business in the U.S.”
Anders Opedal, also said in the statement that these offshore wind projects will help the State restore its economy after the pandemic and provide jobs to disadvantaged communities while helping New York become a leader in the nation’s quest to pursue more sustainable forms of energy. “These projects will deliver homegrown, renewable electricity to New York and play a major role in the State’s ambitions of becoming a global offshore wind hub,” continued Opedal. The upgrades will make world-class wind facilities of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and Port of Albany, which will provide the facilities to build offshore wind towers, transition pieces, and other manufacturing components.
BP Gets Winded
BP bought a 50% share of these Equinor projects last summer for $1.1 billion. BP had a target of increasing its renewable power generation capacity 20 fold over the coming decade to 50 gigawatts, according to Reuters at the time of the sale. BP will partner on the development and construction phases of these projects — they are planning on partnering to develop both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind facilities.
This week, we have featured this series of videos by the Environmental Defense Fund about the impacts climate change is having on the ocean as observed by the people who live and work there — fishermen and women. Their stories have been compelling and provided a sense of the ways that climate change is harming and shifting global fish stocks.
Why This Matters: On Tuesday, pursuant to President Biden’s climate executive order, NOAA announced: “an agency-wide effort to gather initial public input” on “how to make fisheries, including aquaculture, and protected resources more resilient to climate change.
It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too. Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast. These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]
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