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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Opinion: CPP will protect communities across the US
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AWEA's Brown: Wind paves the way for US clean energy economy | Corporate PPAs with wind will continue to grow, says AWEA's Hunt | Opinion: CPP will protect communities across the US
Low-cost wind energy is leading the US transition away from fossil fuels, writes American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown. Historical commitments to wind from utilities such as MidAmerican Energy, in parallel with the increasing popularity among non-utility buyers such as Amazon and Apple, are evidence that wind is the economic choice for utility and non-utility alike.
Corporate power purchase agreements -- which accounted for 52% of all deals signed with wind farms last year -- will likely continue to grow in the years to come, according to American Wind Energy Association Senior Research Analyst Hannah Hunt. Non-utility buyers accounted for only 5% of wind PPAs as recently as 2013.
The Clean Power Plan is crucial to the future health of Americans and their communities, writes Jay Fisette, vice chair of the Arlington County Board in Virginia. More than 50 cities and counties in the US -- Arlington County included -- have signed a brief in support of the CPP, and Arlington County has also pledged to curb its carbon pollution 75% by 2050.
Kansas utility Westar Energy issued a $350 million bond on Monday to support land-based wind development in the state. The funds will be used for the construction of the 280-megawatt Western Plains Wind Farm, which is expected to begin operations early next year.
Invenergy Wind North America is in the early stages of developing a hybrid wind and solar project in New York that will have a total capacity of 126 megawatts. The Number Three project, which could include between 35 and 50 turbines, is expected to begin operations in 2019.
LM Wind Power and Adwen have joined forces to develop a 88.4-meter turbine blade that may be the largest ever produced. It will be used in Adwen's 8-megawatt AD8-180 offshore wind turbine series. "We are going where no one else has ever gone before, pushing all the known frontiers in the industry," said Adwen General Manager Luis Alvarez Rubio.
North Dakota's wind industry isn't expected to slow down anytime soon, according to this analysis. In the past 10 years, more than 400 turbines have been installed in the state, and another 550 could come online by 2018.
The North Carolina Senate has advanced a measure that would block wind development in military training zones. Observers say that the bill may make it challenging for developers to secure approval for wind farms in the state as large swaths of land are dedicated to military training.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has pledged to support Clean Line Energy's proposed Grain Belt Express Clean Line. "Clean Line's $500 million investment in Missouri and delivery of wind power to Missouri homes and businesses will boost our state's economy and make the state more competitive when attracting new businesses here," said Chamber CEO and President Daniel Mehan.
New report highlights electric transmission benefits and savings
A recently released white paper shows how improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion on their electric bills every year and provide "insurance against risks associated with future uncertainties." It's clear that a "wind rush" is well underway across much of the US. However, the grid still needs to be updated to optimize new sources of low-cost wind power. Read more.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Mahatma Gandhi, social reformer
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.