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*
The US should adopt a national clean-energy standard as a means to curb greenhouse gas emissions and give states flexibility to encourage the use of low-emitting energy sources, write Justin Gillis and Jameson McBride. If Congress can't pass such a standard, they argue, then advocates must turn to states for support as they have more control over the electrical grid anyway.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s Icebreaker offshore wind pilot proposed for Lake Erie has the potential to change the way people think about energy production in freshwater lakes, says LEEDCo Vice President of Operations David Karpinski. "People everywhere want cleaner and more reliable and cheaper energy, and this project will show the value of doing that in the Great Lakes," he says.
Mesalands Community College and the Grady Wind project in New Mexico joined in last week's American Wind Week celebration by hosting open houses and tours. The American Wind Energy Association says the state has 17 wind farms with 1,005 turbines under various stages of development.
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Seventus has purchased Gaelectric's 235-megawatt Jawbone Wind Projects in Montana. The first phase will feature 38 S111 turbines from Suzlon for a total capacity of 80 MW and will likely break ground in 2019.
Pattern Energy and Canadian pension fund Public Sector Pension Investment Board have purchased the 147-megawatt Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project outside Quebec City. Pattern Energy will own a 51% stake in the wind farm.
TerraForm Power has contracted GE Renewable Energy to remotely monitor and optimize its 1.6-gigawatt installed wind capacity in North America. "This agreement with TerraForm is a great example of how we can combine GE's unmatched onshore equipment and services experiences to create the right solutions for our customers," said GE General Manager of Onshore Wind for the Americas Vikas Anand.
Clobotics has raised $11 million to expand its footprint in the US and to further incorporate artificial intelligence and other digital technologies into the wind turbine inspection project. Clobotics Smart Wind uses AI-equipped software and drones to monitor wind turbines in real-time.
Wind firms, renewable energy companies and grid operators in Europe must collaborate to develop the transmission infrastructure needed to support growing generation from renewables, writes WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. "To deliver an adequate grid in Europe and further reduce system costs, the extension of electricity infrastructure needs to be done in a smarter way," he writes.
The state of North Dakota should share a portion of the tax revenue paid by wind companies, rather than directing it all to the counties where projects are located, says state Rep. Mike Brandenburg. He is expected to introduce a bill in January that would redistribute one-third of the state's wind revenue.
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.