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Thursday, July 07, 2016
Fwd: Federal appeals court overturns Cape Wind ruling
Federal appeals court overturns Cape Wind ruling | N.D. PSC OKs $250M Brady Wind farm | Iberdrola asks Vt. regulators to decide on 15-turbine wind farm
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has overturned an earlier ruling that the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management were in compliance with at least two federal statutes when they awarded Cape Wind a lease to develop an offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. Cape Wind said the court's ruling, which also permitted the company to keep the lease, "provides the roadmap to move the project to completion."
The North Dakota Public Service Commission has approved a wind farm in Hettinger and Stark counties that could feature up to 72 turbines and cost $250 million to build. The project, which includes an associated transmission line, could have a total capacity of 100 megawatts.
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Iberdrola Renewables asked the Vermont Public Service Board on Wednesday to make a decision on its proposed 15-turbine Deerfield wind farm within the next month to keep the project on track. The company, which is changing its name to Avangrid Renewables, said any delays beyond that point could make it difficult to order turbines and begin the installation process next year.
Greenfield Wind Manager has begun installing turbine towers at its 25-megawatt Greenfield Wind farm under construction in Montana. The project, which secured a $25.9 million loan from Greenbacker Renewable Energy, will feature a total of 13 General Electric turbines.
Independent System Operator New England has begun offering automatic, electronic dispatch orders for wind farms and hydro-electric dams. Observers say that the update has helped wind farm operators predict how much electricity the grid can handle, thereby improving their operations.
Siemens has introduced a new 8-megawatt offshore turbine series known as the SWT-8.0-154. The company said that the machine "represents yet another significant step towards grid parity for offshore wind."
Senvion and General Electric are preparing to join the list of companies bidding on Adwen, a joint venture between Gamesa and Areva, sources say. Siemens, which is preparing to acquire Gamesa's 50% stake in the venture, has also offered to purchase Areva's share.
The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Energy Commission in Vermont has proposed a plan that would set individual renewable energy targets for communities under their jurisdiction based on their total population and potential for renewables. Commission Senior Planner Chris Sargent said each community would have to begin adding renewables to help the state meet its renewable energy goals.
It's easy to take our agricultural community for granted. Most Americans live far removed from their food sources, and out of sight can mean out of mind. But the people who feed the country don't have it easy. Farmers and ranchers across the US often face challenges beyond their control -- from too much rain to too little, or commodity prices that fluctuate wildly, throwing the economics of their operations off balance. Fortunately, many of them are now harvesting a new drought-resistant cash crop: wind power. Read more.
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
Eudora Welty, writer
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.