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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Opinion: PTC has helped US wind industry deliver low-cost energy, environmental benefits
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Opinion: PTC has helped US wind industry deliver low-cost energy, environmental benefits | Stable policies are needed to continue US wind success story, says expert | Editorial: US corporations' interest in renewable energy PPAs growing
The wind energy Production Tax Credit has done exactly what it was designed to do, writes Kelley Welf. She argues that under the PTC, wind energy in the US has evolved into a mainstream power source offering low-cost electricity, numerous environmental benefits and well-paying jobs. "The PTC is an excellent example of a tax incentive that has actually worked as it intended," she writes.
Elected officials who support wind power are needed for the US wind industry to continue its success story, writes Ecotech Institute Program Director Auston Van Slyke. Wind growth is directly linked to the creation of high-paying jobs, he argues. Demand for wind technicians, for example, is slated to increase 108% over the next decade -- that's twice the rate of any other field. "In order to sustain this job growth, elected officials need to support American wind power," he writes.
US corporations are increasingly interested in securing power purchase agreements with renewables, such as wind and solar, writes the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News. The Rocky Mountain Institute said that wind and solar PPAs with nonutility buyers more than tripled in 2015 compared to the prior year. "There is a persistent myth that U.S. corporations oppose green initiatives. To the contrary, many are embracing a green future and reduced carbon footprints as profitable strategic investments," it writes.
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Blackstone Energy Partners has agreed to sell its 80% stake in WindMW to China Three Gorges. WindMW, a joint venture between Blackstone and Windland Energieerzeugungs, is responsible for developing the 288-megawatt Meerwind Sued/Ost offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany. The project consists of 80 turbines.
TenneT, a power grid operator from the Netherlands, has unveiled a plan for wind development that involves building a man-made island in the North Sea. The company said that the island would be capable of supporting an installed wind capacity between 30 gigawatts and 70 GW. If approved, the project would feature several undersea cables capable of carrying wind energy to the surrounding European countries.
Siemens has begun building a new turbine manufacturing facility in Cuxhaven, Germany. The project will produce nacelles for the company's 7-megawatt offshore wind series. Siemens said that it expects to finish the factory and begin producing its 7-MW offshore wind model by summer of 2017.
A turbine coating developed by BASF to protect machines from rain erosion has passed a 50-hour test, according to the company. BASF said that the multi-layer coating should be applied to every external component of a turbine, ranging from the base to the outer edge of rotor blades.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a revised renewable energy siting bill into law Monday. Shumlin, who had objected a previous version of the measure, said that the updated bill would help local government and communities have a greater say in the placement of wind and solar projects.
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton advocates a promising agenda for renewable energy development, writes Sara Wyant, an editor at Agri-Pulse. Clinton has set a goal to bring renewables to every home in the US within 10 years of assuming office. "Over the past decade, American wind power workforce has grown tenfold and domestic renewable fuels production has expanded more than 350% -- creating jobs, boosting farm incomes and driving billions of dollars of investment into rural communities," she said during a speech last summer.
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.