Virginia elections put another state squarely in the energy-transition column

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The Democratic governor of Virginia’s attempts to join the cap-and-trade compact of 10 states had been thwarted by Republican lawmakers, who had controlled the General Assembly in Richmond. That roadblock no longer exists.Climate policy in the U.S. has closely tracked with Democratic state victories in recent years. In 2018, Democrats seized control of all three branches of state government in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and New York and added to their narrow legislative majorities in Washington state.In the following months, New Mexico, New York and Washington all passed legislation to eliminate emissions from power plants by midcentury. Colorado passed a series of reforms meant to green its power supply while Nevada boosted its requirements for renewable energy.Northam has indicated that he wants to follow in those state’s footsteps. In September, he issued an executive order setting renewable energy goals for the state. They included generating 30% of Virginia’s power from renewables by 2030 and all power from non-carbon emitting sources by 2050.But with Republicans controlling the General Assembly in Richmond, the order lacked the force of other states. One big question will be how Democrats approach Dominion Energy Inc., the state’s largest utility. Dominion has emerged as a flashpoint in Virginia politics in recent years.But Dominion has also signaled it is willing to substantially boost its investment in renewables. When Northam issued his executive order establishing renewable energy goals, the utility responded with a statement saying “challenge accepted” Dominion recently announced plans to invest $8 billion in offshore wind.More: Democratic sweep thrusts Va. into ambitious role on climate Virginia elections put another state squarely in the energy-transition columnlast_img read more

Two new appointments for OTAQ

first_imgChris Hyde steps into the role of chief technical officer having filled the position of chief commercial officer since 2015. Over the last five years, Coull has worked, as engineering manager & technical authority at Fathom Systems. Chris Hyde, chief technical officer, OTAQ said A founding member of OTAQ team, Hyde has over 25 years experience in aquaculture and offshore energy systems and technology. Phil Newby, chief executive officer, OTAQ, also said: “I plan on delivering an enhanced product strategy focussed on aquaculture, primarily targeting, algal bloom analysis, video-based AI technologies, control and data platforms and enhancing our predator deterrent systems.” Underwater tech company OTAQ has appointed two key figures as it eyes to grow turnover to £50 million by 2025. center_img Prior to this, he ran his own engineering company, Immerse Technologies, for over eight years. As chief engineer for the Group, Coull will drive product development, primarily with a focus on OTAQ Aquaculture Ltd. Maurice Coull, Chief Engineer, OTAQ, said: “I am looking forward to starting the next stage of my career with OTAQ, using my ROV, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and most recently Diving System experience to lead product development. This is a very exciting time to join the company and I am eager to see what lies ahead.” Furthermore, Maurice Coull has joined the marine technology company as chief engineer. “With a combined 65 years of industry experience, Chris and Maurice have the expertise and enthusiasm needed to strengthen and support the engineering department with innovative new product development.“last_img read more