A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
EDF Renewable Energy and Alliant Energy have unveiled plans for a new 200-megawatt project in Iowa that the companies say supports Alliant's long-term plans to add more than 1-gigawatt of new installed wind capacity in the state. "The project will also provide an economic boost to the Iowa economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners," says EDF Vice President of Development for the North Region Kate O'Hair.
Apex Clean Energy has expressed support for a pair of bills under consideration in the Ohio House and Senate that would ease the setback rules for wind development, allowing it to advance a total of six projects with a combined capacity of 1,500 megawatts, says the company. State Sen. Matt Dolan, sponsor of the Senate version, says he would combine his measure under the House effort to see them both move forward.
The Northeastern US has great potential for offshore wind development and Rhode Island "will play a very important role in the industry as it goes forward," said Deepwater Wind Vice President Matthew Morrissey during a June 8 summit. "[I]t is truly an exciting time for the state of Rhode Island and for the offshore wind industry," he added.
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Orsted has kicked off operations at the 573-megawatt Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of the UK, the firm said this week. "Race Bank fits very well into our existing pipeline of offshore wind projects and will contribute to the achievement of our strategic target of constructing 6,500 MW by 2020," said Orsted Executive Vice President Samuel Leupold.
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Van Oord will test a variety of seabed materials that it says may stimulate oyster bed growth and biodiversity near offshore wind turbines positioned off the coast of the Netherlands. "Oyster beds prevent the erosion of the seabed around wind turbine foundations and increase biodiversity," it says.
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The Salinas Valley State Prison and corresponding Correctional Training Facility in California are converting to wind energy and will source the power from an on-site turbine under development by Foundation Windpower. "It's broadening our program for making the prison system more energy self sufficient and helping the state meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesperson Bill Sessa said.
Ben & Jerry's is supporting 10:10, a UK petition calling for more land-based wind, by releasing five of its top flavors with new, wind-inspired names and selling them for half price on "windy Wednesdays." The ice creams will carry names such as Strawberry Breeze-cake, Caramel Blew Blew and Cherry Gale-cia.
Renewables' global footprint is expanding, with the world's installed renewable energy capacity expanding from 18.5% in 2008 to about 25% today, writes Maxx Chatsko, citing the International Renewable Energy Agency. Other facts, such the efficiency of the US' wind farms compared with other nations and growing support among oil and gas producers indicate the energy source is only gaining momentum on the global scale, he asserts.
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Capital Power is considering building a wind farm in Warren County, Ill., that would feature 20 turbines and attended a Warren County Board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the project. Senior Manager of Business Development Matthew Martin said the firm hopes to have a formal motion to present to the board by its next meeting in September.
These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.