Aug 2, 2017

Wind company plans offshore project with Tesla batteries

Three of Deepwater Wind's turbines stand in the water off Block Island, R.I. Michael Dwyer / AP

Deepwater Wind is proposing a 144 megawatt project off the Massachusetts coast that would also have 40 megawatt-hour battery storage system provided by Tesla. The project, if approved, would begin construction in 2022 and start operating in 2023.

  • How it works: Combining storage with solar and wind projects helps to deploy more renewables onto the grid by creating flexibility to provide energy from intermittent resources when it's most needed.
  • Why it matters: If built, it would be the world's largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project, according to Deepwater Wind.

Still not a player: While there are several projects planned, for now the U.S. remains a bit player in the global offshore wind market that's currently dominated by European projects. Deepwater Wind's Block Island project off Rhode Island is the only U.S. commercial offshore wind farm in operation.

  • "[A] firm pipeline is beginning to emerge in the early 2020s as [U.S.] states slowly establish new routes to market," notes a recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Still, the U.S. accounts for a very small share of the cumulative 71 gigawatt offshore wind market they forecast in 2025 as Chinese development grows rapidly and Europe, also growing, remains the biggest player overall.

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U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdraws from 3rd base this month

A soldier stands guard at the Qayyarah airbase in southern Mosul on March 26. Photo: Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The United States-led coalition in Iraq withdrew from K-1 Air Base in the northern part of the country on Sunday, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's the third site that coalition forces have left this month as the U.S. gathers troops in Baghdad and at Ain al-Asad Air Base.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 679,977 — Total deaths: 31,734 — Total recoveries: 145,625.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 124,686 — Total deaths: 2,191 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per CDC, those residents should "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska issues a stay-at-home order — New York tries to nearly triple hospital capacity in less than a month and moved presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's initial handling of the virus balk at call for U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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The year of the protest meets the year of the lockdown

Hong Kong demonstrators protest a government ban on face masks in October. Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images

The year of the mass uprising has collided with the year of the coronavirus lockdown, leaving protest movements around the world stalled. 

The big picture: The enduring images of 2019 are of protest — from Hong Kong to Khartoum, across the Middle East and through much of Latin America. Seemingly overnight, though, social distancing has made such mass demonstrations almost unthinkable.

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