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*
Orsted has reached a deal with D.E. Shaw to buy a 100% stake in its Deepwater Wind offshore wind unit for $510 million. Deepwater Wind has a potential offshore wind pipeline of 3.3 gigawatts, including projects in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Maryland.
Executives from EDF Renewables, Vestas, Pattern Energy and other companies raised concerns about the China-US trade war, increasingly competitive bidding for power purchase agreements and other industry trends at AWEA's Wind Energy Finance and Investment Conference West last week.
Texas is the nation's capital for installed wind capacity, but industry leaders, regulators and lawmakers are divided about the industry's future as the wind energy Production Tax Credit lapses and other changes occur. Energy consultant Robert Pena argues that the government and companies must continue to invest in the region because new turbines are taller and more efficient, meaning they can generate electricity during off-peak hours.
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Utility CMS Energy has launched the 105-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind project, which will begin offsetting General Motors' carbon emissions via renewable energy credits. "Working with CMS Energy's Northwest Ohio Wind farm, along with the HillTopper Wind Project in Illinois, we'll soon power all of our manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana with 100% clean wind energy," says GM Global Manager of Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld.
Carbon emissions in the US declined for the seventh time in 10 years in 2017, falling by nearly 1% as wind and solar expanded to account for 22% of the nation's non-carbon electrical generation, according to the Energy Department.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being used to address challenges in climate change, generation of renewable energy, transportation and health care, Abhinav Rai of UpGrad writes. "Wind energy companies are increasingly using AI to optimize turbine propellers to generate more electricity per rotation," he writes.
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Tradewind Energy is seeking a special-use permit for a proposed $300 million, 68-turbine wind farm that would be built in DeWitt County, Ill. The Zoning Board of Appeals is expected to review the proposal Nov. 5 and make recommendations to the DeWitt County Board.
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.