Records tumble as New York turns green

New York again put itself centre-stage in US renewable energy with a record-breaking offshore wind procurement as part of an even bigger electricity call.

The state will seek up to 2.5GW from offshore wind and another 1.5GW onshore in a push to secure enough green power for 1.5 million homes.

In more good news for American wind at sea, neighbouring New Jersey within a few days said its own next offshore wind round could be as much as 2.4GW.

It's not just America's states that are jostling for position as green leaders, the nation's tech giants are also massively upping the ante.

Microsoft has just unveiled its biggest ever renewable power procurement commitment, while Apple put its supply chain on notice that it's going to have to be 100% green by 2030.

Ocean Winds of change

The newest big-hitter in global offshore wind now has a name after energy giants Engie and EDP unveiled Ocean Winds, their joint venture for marine renewables that got its identity from a scientific analysis of the sound of the wind on the sea.

The new venture has set out its stall to be market-leader, with a far more bullish view on floating wind than global pacesetter Orsted.

As part of its strategy Ocean Winds is targeting Asian markets, and the region's growing importance to the sector was underlined by news that global investor Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners is advancing a 3.5GW project off Vietnam.

Not to be outdone, the EU is also determined to stay at the forefront of offshore renewables growth, as it opened consultation on a strategy that's designed to spur a twenty-fold increase by 2050.

Clear for net-zero take-off?

Aviation will be one of decarbonisation's toughest nuts to crack, but plane-maker Airbus reckons green hydrogen from wind and solar can help it meet the challenge, as an executive said a zero-emissions commercial airliner could be launched by the early 2030s.

A Recharge special report published earlier this year offered a detailed look at the many initiatives underway to clean up its act by 2050.