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Could Floating Offshore Wind Farms be the Next Wave of Renewable Energy?

By Al Maiorino | July 2, 2021

Click to view the published article Hywind Scotland created the world’s first floating wind farm which currently houses five 253-meter (about 830-feet) 6MW floating wind turbines. Located about 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, Hywind’s floating wind farm generates enough electricity for more than 30,000 households. This offshore wind farm is the first … Read more

Gone With the Wind? Norwegians Oppose Further Turbine Construction

By Al Maiorino | September 8, 2020

The article below was Published September 8, 2020 in Renewable Energy Magazine. Click to view the published article In late June this year, Norway released a government announcement stating the rules regarding the construction of wind turbines will be tightened and regulated accordingly. This announcement was inspired by the increased number of massive protests displayed … Read more

The Importance of Keeping Renewable Projects Moving In the Time Of COVID-19

By Al Maiorino | March 27, 2020

The article below was Published March 27, 2020 in Renewable Energy Magazine. Click to view the published article With the increasing number of COVID-19 related postponements of public hearings across the country, many pending land use approvals have been put on the back burner. This puts the projects at risk of not meeting critical timetables. … Read more

Brookings Institute Report on Renewables and Local Opposition Well Worth the Read

By Al Maiorino | February 6, 2020

The article below was Published February 6, 2020 in Renewable Energy Magazine. Click to view the published article In January of 2020 the Brookings Institute published  “Renewables, Land Use, and Local Opposition in the United States,” a 24-page look at the challenges renewable energy projects still face, despite greater acceptance nationwide. The report aligns with … Read more

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Solar Energy Can Save Water But First It Must Be Approved and Built

By Al Maiorino | June 4, 2018

Across the globe, wetlands are disappearing. Aquifers, rivers and lakes are drying up or becoming too polluted to use.

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Tourism vs. Renewables – Making the Case for Both to Coexist

By Al Maiorino | May 9, 2018

Hydropower dams are one of the oldest forms of renewable energy harnessed by mankind. According to an article in Sustain Europe by Fergal McEntee, in 2016 hydro supplied a staggering 71 percent of all…

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5 Innovative ways to assure wind farm projects gain approval

By Al Maiorino | April 16, 2018

Global wind capacity is set to double by 2027, and the United States is in the midst of the most lucrative time to increase production of wind energy.

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Energy Projects Need A Strong Grid to Succeed

By Al Maiorino | April 4, 2018

The destructive Category 4 hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico on September 20th, devastating the island and knocking out all electricity, leaving 3.4 million residents in the dark.

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10 Tactics to Promote your Renewable Energy Project Proposal

By Al Maiorino | March 2, 2018

The world is becoming more digital everyday, and your renewable project campaign must keep up with the latest trends to be successful.

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To Increase Wind Power, France Must First Increase Support for Projects

By Al Maiorino | February 7, 2018

The French government has released a ten-point plan to accelerate the development of wind power capacity within five years.

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A New Year’s Resolution – Build a Campaign to Promote your Renewable Project

By Al Maiorino | January 5, 2018

Opposing offshore floating wind farms is the newest target of wind and renewable opponents as we enter a new year.

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Solar Energy: The Future of Africa

By Al Maiorino | December 9, 2017

With less than 50 percent of Africa’s sub-Saharan countries on the grid, many still don’t have universal access to electricity.

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Ten tactics for renewable projects that will help earn approval

By Al Maiorino | November 16, 2017

Renewable project companies have moved light years in the past decade on their ability to educate residents on the benefits of renewable projects.

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With Britain ending coal, will they now accept wind?

By Al Maiorino | November 2, 2017

Britain has relied on coal as an energy source since the Industrial Revolution. In fact, coal was…

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Despite the Need for Renewables, Opposition to Wind Farms Seems Here to Stay

By Al Maiorino | October 6, 2017

One only needs to visit or other anti-wind farm websites to see that opposition to wind farm projects, whether organic or not, isn’t going away anytime…

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Key Lessons from the “Ready for 100” Campaign to Promote Renewables

By Al Maiorino | September 21, 2017

The commitment to renewable energy targets has been a pillar of progressive climate policies in many countries for years. However, with the help of the…

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Tactics for Battling Public Opposition to Residential Development Projects

By Al Maiorino | July 21, 2017

Builders and developers need to assess their strategy of building public support to counter local opposition to residential and multi-use projects, as the outcome for a smooth entitlement of their…

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Wyoming wind: Politics restricting revolutionary renewable energy potential

By Al Maiorino | July 6, 2017

The State of Wyoming produces more coal than any other state in the nation, but if one global wind turbine manufacturer gets its wish…

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How the UK Can Continue Leading the Charge on Renewable Energy Innovation

By Al Maiorino | June 7, 2017

The new offshore wind turbines at the Burbo Bank Extension Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay can power a single home for 29 hours with just one rotation. Dubbed the “world’s biggest wind turbines,” the new MHI Vestas turbines are 8 MW each, which is more than double the capacity of the 3.6 MW turbines installed at Burbo Bank less than a decade ago.

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Another unique project underway, here’s how companies can gain the same approval

By Al Maiorino | April 17, 2017

GE Renewable Energy has been granted approval to begin construction for a unique project, set to be built in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota later this year. The project has been referred to as a cohesive solar wind hybrid project that will be the first of its kind in the United States. Leaders of GE Renewable strongly believe that it will open doors for more like it to come.

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Industry on the Move

By Al Maiorino | March 29, 2017

It seems the US is finally being blown away with the idea of wind power. At last traditional forms of energy are being reviewed and clean, sustainable wind energy is being taken seriously. There is to be a 200 turbine windfarm off the coast of Long Island.

“Today is a big day for clean energy in New York and our nation. Governor Cuomo has set a bold vision for a clean energy future, and this project is a significant step toward making that a reality.

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Even unique wind projects require plans to combat opposition

By Al Maiorino | March 6, 2017

It is evident that when any sort of renewable project is presented, public opposition often follows. Despite the job opportunities, tax revenue and renewable energy the proposed project may bring, protestors dedicate considerable time and effort to halt renewable projects. Ultimately, these protests make it very difficult for companies to gain approval and move forward with construction.

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Using a digital campaign to battle opposition to hydroelectric energy

By Al Maiorino | February 4, 2017

When any type of renewable project is presented, it is often associated with public opposition, making it more difficult to gain approvals on time, or at all. In many cases, a plan will be well underway, before being shut down due to protests, and other various factors. Despite what the disapprovals may be, it is not too difficult at times to bring a project to a standstill.

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Making the Case in Morocco for Renewable Project Approval

By Al Maiorino | January 12, 2017

With each passing year, it seems many countries set higher benchmarks for renewable energy generation as the pace quickens towards reaching the goals previously set. As pressure mounts from a political standpoint to prioritize clean power sources, citizens are presented with greater opportunities to learn about the benefits of industry growth.

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Bringing Communities on Board with New Projects in 2017 and Beyond

By Al Maiorino | December 5, 2016

An unexpected victory by President Elect Donald Trump has left many in the renewable energy industry asking how new leadership will impact the industry in the United States. On a national scale, advocacy for a sustainable path forward could easily see a shift in messaging, from emphasis on overall reduction of carbon emissions to jobs and economic growth as a basis for expansion of the industry.

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Revealing the Sunny Side of Solar and Other Renewables to Achieve Success

By Al Maiorino | November 9, 2016

Any renewable company or project manager that has navigated the entitlement process understands that it is a fragile process dotted with uncertainties of local politics and public perception.

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Innovative Solutions to Offset Development Dilemmas

By Al Maiorino | October 12, 2016

Society is currently undergoing a shift in many ways from traditional sources of energy to renewable sources of energy to become more sustainable. Although many positive factors come into play regarding the innovative approaches companies propose for their renewable energy developments, projects can still face substantial opposition and must build public support to counter it.

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The Primary Source for Renewable Project Delays and The Strategies to Prevent Them

By Al Maiorino | September 12, 2016

Newton’s First Law of Physics states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. In a sense, this foundation can be applied to the inertia of the permitting world for new renewable energy projects.

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Policy Changes in Scotland Result in Negative Impacts for Renewable Sector

By Al Maiorino | August 8, 2016

While development in general is on the rise in many places across the globe due to economic growth, the successful outcome of renewable proposals is not guaranteed everywhere. Recent changes to renewable energy policies in Scotland, for example, are leaving the industry there with a great deal of uncertainty.

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Outreach on Any Budget: The New Norms in Renewable Energy Project Development

By Al Maiorino | July 7, 2016

Traditionally from the outset, development proposals are not always launched through a formal announcement by the companies that are proposing them. For many renewable companies, informational resources such as an individual project website, social media pages and collateral related specifically to the new project may initially seem excessive.

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