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*
Exelon, First Solar, the American Wind Energy Association and other entities are helping fund Americans for Carbon Dividends, a new bipartisan nonprofit that will advocate the creation of a carbon dividend plan. Other companies that supported the plan, like Exxon Mobil, may also sign on soon.
A single 1,100-megawatt offshore wind farm has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 2.2 million tons annually plus reduces "air pollutants like fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide," writes Jonathan Buonocore of Harvard University. "While it may not be possible, practical or necessary to build offshore wind everywhere, even replacing a small portion of the nation's fossil-fueled electricity will be good for everyone's health," he writes.
Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm marked the US' entry into the offshore wind industry, "paving the path for all of the wind energy offshore that's about to explode in the Northeast now," says Jerry Petros, a partner at Hinckley Allen and Deepwater's legal counsel. "It is unchartered water in the United States -- it's been done in Europe -- but finally someone took the lead and proved the proposition that you can do offshore wind here and do it effectively," he adds.
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Vineyard Wind has selected WSP USA and Wood Thilsted to design the foundations for its 800-megawatt offshore wind project slated for the Massachusetts coast, according to the companies. "WSP and Wood Thilsted have taken a significant step toward becoming leading consultants in delivering US offshore wind energy projects," noted WSP Offshore Wind Manager Matthew Palmer.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has achieved a cost-savings of 30% at its 28-megawatt Nissum Bredning offshore wind pilot project off the coast of Denmark, it said. Siemens Gamesa said the savings came from using concrete transition parts instead of steel components for the project's gravity-based jacket foundations.
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Transportation Partners and Logistics has purchased two new cranes, one for its distribution center in Kansas and another for its facility in Oklahoma, designed to handle oversized components for the wind industry and other energy sources, says the firm. "As we look ahead to new opportunities and business ventures, these cranes will help us continue to focus on moving, storing and delivering our customers' equipment on time and without error," co-founder and President Jim Orr said.
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The American Council on Renewable Energy has kicked off a $1 trillion capital campaign in an effort to raise that total for new renewable energy and grid-related projects by 2030. "With the $1T 2030 campaign, the investment community is charting a course to modernize America's energy infrastructure that will create massive economic opportunities over the next decade and beyond," said CEO and President Gregory Wetstone.
The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will begin reviewing three bills that would accelerate offshore wind development off the coast of the US on Tuesday. The measures, if approved, would create a leasing schedule for projects in federal waters, establish a federal grant to support related careers and allow the Interior Department to regulate offshore energy projects in federal submerged lands, like Guam.
A California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would establish a regional electrical grid, allowing for the sharing of wind, solar and other energies between California and its western neighbors. "This bill will help Washington and California meet our clean energy and climate protection goals," commented Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
The administration of Maine Gov. Paul LePage is still gathering public comments on the effect of wind development on tourism and won't release the names of the individuals on its Maine Wind Energy Commission until the panel's first meeting, says Steve McGrath, director of the Governor's Energy Office. The first meeting will likely take place near the end of the summer or in early September, he adds.
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.