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*
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Wind development good for environment, economy, AWEA's Kelley says | Opinion: Renewables permitting bill would benefit Western US | Neb. utility issues call for renewables capacity
Wind energy, the cost of which has declined 66% over the past six years, is good for the economy and the environment, said American Wind Energy Association Vice President of Public Affairs Peter Kelley at the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Conference 2016 in Portland, Maine. "The fastest growing job in the country is wind turbine technician, and that means the young people can get a job back home rather than leave home for employment," he said.
The Public Land Renewable Development Act under consideration in the House of Representatives would spur renewable energy development and create jobs in the West Coast where large tracts of public land are underutilized, writes Ian Dowdy, a certified urban planner and director of the Sun Corridor Program at the Sonoran Institute in Arizona. "The future of the West relies on a thoughtful and robust renewable energy industry in order to take advantage of nearby resources, respond to threatening drought conditions and promote sustainable economic opportunities," he writes.
The Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska has issued a call for up to 400 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity. Spokesman Mike Jones said the request for proposal would also help OPPD assess the market for renewables following the wind energy Production Tax Credit extension and safe harbor rule.
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The Long Island Power Authority has delayed its vote on a 90-megawatt offshore wind farm proposed for the coast of New York by Deepwater Wind. LIPA said the decision would be made after the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority publishes its plan for offshore wind development later this summer.
Apex Clean Energy will hold a second comment period for its proposed Rocky Forge wind farm in Virginia from Aug. 4 to Sept. 6. "As potentially the first wind energy project in the Commonwealth, we take seriously the responsibility to do this in the most transparent and thorough manner possible," said Public Affairs Manager Kevin Chandler.
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The New York Power Authority has begun installing virtual beacon technology that may reduce accidents between undersea transmission lines and ship anchors. If successful, the technology could be used to protect cables used by offshore wind turbines or to ramp up undersea transmission systems in congested areas, NYPA said.
Deepwater Wind's proposed 90-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of New York, if approved, would provide power to New York City without requiring hundreds of miles of bulk transmission line buildout, say observers. Sierra Club Senior New York Representative Lisa Dix touted the potential of offshore wind development in the state, calling the proposal a significant development.
Wyoming could create more wind-related jobs and offset those lost by the decline of coal generation by expanding its wind energy manufacturing base, according to Laramie County Community College Wind Energy Technology Instructor Bryan Boatright. "Bringing manufacturers to this state would be probably one of the most incredible things you could ever do in the state of Wyoming right now, as the short term band-aid to stop the bleeding on what we see from the outside as coal in its demise," he said.
Congress should embrace renewables like wind and solar energy instead of continuing to invest in fossil fuel generation, writes Bold Iowa Program Coordinator Shari Hrdina. Increased spending on renewable energy development and related research would help Iowa transition to 100% clean energy generation within the next 10 years, she writes.
WEF launches Renewable America Champions social media contest
This year, the Wind Energy Foundation is giving new focus to targeted online outreach and education. A key element of this new strategy is Renewable America Champions, a contest launched this month that enlists renewable energy industry employees to advocate for clean energy using social media. Eligible participants include employees of private-sector companies that are developers, suppliers and purchasers of renewable energy. Read more.
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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.