Power & Energy

The First Offshore Wind Project of the Mid-Atlantic Initiated On Virginia Beach Waters


Today a significant step has been taken to start prepping up for the upcoming launch of the first offshore wind project of the mid-Atlantic. 27 Miles off the coast of Virginia, this ambitious double turbine project is going to support 2,000 MW. This is equal to providing power to around 500,000 residences even at peak times.

It was on July 2017 when this Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind partnership was first announced to the world. Orsted (Dong Energy)     entered into a collaboration with Dominion for developing this site and deployment of the double turbines and to test it for success.

So, now the project has been initiated on the federal waters of Virginia which have been leased to the developers by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.

Both the turbines are said to be installed 80 feet or 24.3 meters in the water and will be 550 feet or 168 meters on the surface of the ocean. It is going to be the second of this kind in the country, the first site being on the Rhode Island active since the year 2015.

For the first time, an electrical utility firm will completely own the Dominion Energy offshore wind far enterprise.   

This is a $300 project and is in compliance with the Grid Transformation & Security Act. Based on the regulations and contingent measure related approvals, the project will be physically started in the year 2019 and then the installation of the turbine to follow next in the year 2020.

As per the Grid Transformation & Security, Act passed in the year 2018 in Virginia states wind energy is in favour of public interests. It is a step which will further provide the world a smarter, greener and stronger grid connected for the overall benefit of mankind.



Title- Sri Guru Ram Dass Langar Hall Kitchen now Smart with Bio-gas Support


The Golden Temple Kitchen is now a Smart Kitchen with the SGPC setting up its biogas plant to fuel its need of feeding 60,000 devotees of the community on a daily basis.

The initiative is profitable in two ways. First, the temple will not need fuel round the clock which is economically expensive and two it can use leftover huge vegetable wastage formed each day and make a contribution towards a sustainable effort.

The Amritsar Municipality Corporation along with the SGPC is all set to install the plant which is costing around Rs 2 crores. This biogas plant is in partnership with the HPCL or the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd as its strategic move to Corporate Social responsibility.

The plot near the Sri Guru Ram Dass Langar Hall is already specified for the expansion. The current high need of firewood to keep the temple kitchen running 24 hours will not be needed in the future once the biogas plant is set up and hence it will also avoid generating the high pollution it is generating currently.

Generally, in order to cook the langar, the temple used 90 LPG cylinders at the moment. But on special festivals like the Diwali, SAngrandh or Gurpurbs around 125 cylinders were needed.  Several times the SGPC’s was requested for a subsidy as the cost of commercial LPG cylinders is really high these days but never got an answer.

The Smart Kitchen move will help the temple save up tones and also make use of the huge amount of vegetable waste been generated. As the official formalities are over, in four months time, the basic infrastructure can be set up to start the biogas concept in the Golden Temple of India. This can also be a motivation for using it to other such shrines in the nation.

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