The Great Lakes Zephyr - Wind Energy & Hydrogen Journal
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*
It is important for the public to learn about wind development, but wind education must be based on fact, not fiction, writes NextEra Energy Resources Project Director of Development Jeremy Ferrell. More than 60 peer-reviewed studies have examined the relationship between wind development and human health without finding any adverse effects. In addition, he writes, it's been proved that wind farms can be very beneficial for the communities they're built near.
Floating offshore wind farms could pump up to $40 billion into California's economy if the industry were to deploy 16 gigawatts by 2050, according to a study released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The study, commissioned by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said that such a timeline would result in 6,500 new jobs by 2030, and 28,000 new positions by 2045. In a second 10-GW-by-2050 scenario, NREL said that the industry could add $16.2 billion to the state's economy.
Berkshire Hathaway Energy has contracted Vestas' UpWind Solutions to provide operations and maintenance services for its 1.75-gigawatt portfolio of General Electric turbines in Iowa, Wyoming and Oregon. "This is a great achievement and validates the market strength we see in UpWind Solutions," said Chris Brown, Vestas' president of sales and service operations in the US and Canada. "This partnership confirms they are the trusted fleetwide enabler of production for multi-brand customers," he added.
Massachusetts must embrace both offshore wind development and hydro sources if it wants to curb its carbon emissions 25% by 2020, writes the editorial board of The Boston Globe. Rather than pitting offshore wind and hydro against each other, lawmakers should advance legislation that opens the door for both, argues the board. "The fact of the matter is that right now only hydro can meet the state's goals on the state's timeline. But the state will need wind, too, so farsighted legislation would provide for both," it writes.
Blue Water USA has agreed to provide General Electric with hub logistics services in Rhode Island's Port of Providence as the latter works to develop the Block Island offshore wind farm. Blue Water said that it would supply heavy lifting and turbine storage services for the 30-megawatt project. The project is expected to begin operations this year.
General Electric has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade to develop 1 gigawatt of installed wind capacity by 2025. According to the deal, GE will help the ministry identify possible opportunities for wind development. The company will then partner with local companies on project development.
Masdar, Statoil and Statkraft have secured $1.9 billion in financing for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of England in the North Sea. The project will have a total capacity of 402 megawatts. "Closing such a significant phase of the project's development so swiftly illustrates the energy industry's confidence in the long-term potential of offshore wind, and the increasing sophistication of financing models available to the sector," said Dudgeon Offshore Wind Chairman Halfdan Brustad.
Major cities in the US must lead the fight against climate change because they have the greatest need and potential to make a difference, according to this analysis. A study recently published in the journal Science discusses various measures to help cities overhaul the way the source electricity, including the use of small turbines and solar panels. Study co-author Daniel Kammen said that several major cities around the world are already using urban turbines.
Eighty-seven percent of 800 North Carolina voters polled by Conservatives for Clean Energy said they support renewables, like wind and solar, while 88% said they support new energy efficiency financing. Paul Shumaker, a Republican political strategist, said the poll "shows there continues to be strong support for renewable energy in North Carolina, and that's driven by the economic benefits and technology, the fact that technology is making our lives better and in a lot of ways making it cheaper."
After months of planning and anticipation, WINDPOWER 2016 starts today. And using #GenerationWind on Twitter and other social media is one of the best ways you can join the conversation. Whether you're at the conference, or admiring from far away, you can stay plugged into everything that's going on or even add your voice to what #GenerationWind means to you. Read more.
Reports show wind poised for record growth and major carbon-cutting role
Several new reports find wind energy is poised for record growth over the next several years, as utilities lock in historically low wind prices for their customers while also making a large down payment on required cuts to carbon pollution. EIA and the Bipartisan Policy Center predict that the US will roughly double its use of wind energy over the next five years, consistent with modeling released by NREL earlier this year and last year's Energy Department Wind Vision scenario of wind providing 10% of US electricity by 2020. Read more.
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.
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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.