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*
States in the bipartisan Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative are spearheading the US transition to a clean energy economy and proving that it can be done without sacrificing economic growth, writes former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. "As this agreement shows, just because the administration in Washington is asleep when it comes to climate change and clean energy, it doesn't mean the United States is asleep," she writes.
Falling wind costs are making it possible for developers to build projects without government support, but only those with diverse portfolios and ample resources will be able to compete in those markets, said Enel General Manager and CEO Francesco Starace. "You need to have a diversified portfolio, you need to be able to say, 'No I don't like this project, I have another three coming,' " he said.
National governments could help corporations transition to buying more renewable energy in international markets by issuing tougher targets aligned with the Paris Agreement, writes Dymphna van der Lans, senior director of international corporate engagement at the World Wildlife Fund. "It's crucial governments leverage the formidable purchasing power of businesses and spur the growth of renewable energy in these markets," she writes.
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Triton Knoll will feature 90 9.5-megawatt turbines from MHI Vestas at its proposed offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea, according to the companies. Triton has yet to make a final investment decision on the project, but is expected to do so in 2018.
E.ON has secured approval from the Scottish government to move forward with its proposed 18-turbine project at Benbrack, Scotland, said the company. The project could have an installed capacity up to 59.4 megawatts.
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North Dakota is one of the largest and most diverse energy-producing states in the US, and its potential for growth is creating interest among wind, natural gas and other energy developers. "There is a ton of interest from developers and from utilities to continue to see that industry grow," said Wind on the Wires Regional Policy Manager Chris Kunkle, adding the firms would continue to build projects in the state as long as it maintains agreeable policies.
Total is expanding its foothold in the renewable energy industry with plans to acquire a 23.5% interest in wind and solar firm EREN and to buy energy-efficiency group GreenFlex, said the company. "EREN RE's momentum will allow us to accelerate our growth in solar energy and move us into the wind power market," said President of Gas, Renewables & Power and President of Strategy-Innovation Philippe Sauquet.
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The Hopkinton, R.I., Town Council in met Monday to discuss how the town could allow local farmers to hold land leases and gain revenue from turbines without leading to the proliferation of the machines in their community. Conservation Commission Chairman Harvey Buford said one option would be to allow a limited number of turbines on several farms instead of outright banning wind development.
Invenergy has asked the Lowville, N.Y., Town Council for several waivers pertaining to the zoning of its proposed Number Three Wind farm in the area with 35 to 50 turbines. The council has set an Oct. 19 meeting to discuss the request.
Wall Street Journal: Rural America embraces wind power
The Wall Street Journal has a new feature story out, and it focuses on Benton County, Ind. If that sounds familiar it's because the town of Fowler, site of #AmericanWindWeek's Fowler Wind Fair, lies in Benton County. Read more.
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.