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Friday, June 17, 2016
Trident Winds seeks approval for Calif. floating offshore wind farm
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AWEA: Cost of wind energy has fallen 66% in past 6 years | Trident Winds seeks approval for Calif. floating offshore wind farm | Vestas signs conditional deal to supply Iowa project with 1,000 turbines
The cost of wind generation has declined 66% over the past six years, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "From the cornfields of Iowa to the windswept plains of Texas, by improving our technology and lowering wind power's costs, we're saving you money," said CEO Tom Kiernan. "It's a credit to American ingenuity and manufacturing," he added.
Trident Winds is seeking approval for a floating offshore wind farm off the coast of California that could feature up to 100 turbines for a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy said that California's coast could support an installed offshore wind capacity of almost 1 terawatt -- 13 times the combined capacity of every land-based wind farm under operation in the US.
Vestas has signed a conditional agreement to supply MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI project in Iowa with 1,000 V110 2-megawatt turbines. Vestas said that the deal with the 2-gigawatt project includes a five-year service agreement.
Pioneer Green Energy and Lavaca Wind have sold the 200-megawatt Flat Top wind farm in Texas to Alterra Power. "This project builds on our recent success financing and constructing the nearby 204 MW Shannon wind farm in Texas and, like the Shannon project, takes advantage of the recent extension of renewable energy tax incentives in the United States," said Alterra Vice President of Wind Operations Paul Rapp.
The Lehighton Water Authority has turned down Iberdrola Renewables' request to build three turbines in Lehighton, Pa., on the grounds that it would interfere with the water supply. Iberdrola Director of Business Development for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern US Craig Poff said that the board's decision would not stop the company from moving forward with 37 other turbines planned for the area.
The details of the merger of wind assets between Gamesa and Siemens have become public. Siemens would own 59% of the business, but not hold a controlling majority on the new entity's board of directors. The resulting company is poised to become one of the largest wind firms in the world in terms of market share.
Cape Wind has been struggling to get an offshore wind farm proposed for Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound off the ground for years. Observers say that the company may face new opposition in the form of former state House Speaker Tom Finneran, who recently joined the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound -- one of the groups most opposed to Cape Wind's project. The state is also considering an offshore wind bill that would block the project on two fronts.
A judge in Raleigh, N.C., has cleared the way for Iberdrola Renewables' 208-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm US East by dismissing a lawsuit against the project. Iberdrola said that it expects to begin installing turbines in the next few weeks and complete the project this year.
The Environmental Protection Agency has invited comment on additional details it has proposed on the Clean Power Plan, which continues under a court-ordered stay. Under the Clean Energy Incentive Program, states and tribes would be rewarded for investing in renewable energy development and energy efficiency measures.
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.