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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Transmission upgrades necessary to clean energy future, Kiernan says
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Transmission upgrades necessary to clean energy future, Kiernan says | Editorial: Mass. needs new energy policy to meet its emissions goal | Analysis: Texas becoming major wind energy exporter
Transmission projects like the Plains & Eastern Clean Line are necessary to the spread of wind and other renewables in the US, write American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan and Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Executive Director Steve Patterson. "[T]o truly maximize our wind power potential, we need to transport clean, affordable energy from the windiest regions to areas where demand for electricity is highest," they write.
Massachusetts won't be able to meet its 25% by 2020 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions without an energy policy that supports renewables like wind and solar, writes the editorial board of The Boston Globe. "The state has made great progress, shedding coal and oil-fired generators in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas, but will not reach the goal without tapping renewable energy sources faster," it writes.
Texas, which is home to an installed wind capacity of almost 18,000 megawatts and whose wind industry employs more than 24,000 individuals, is leading the US in terms of wind energy exports, according to the analysis. American Wind Energy Association Senior Research Director Michael Goggin touted Texas' sheer size in its success, adding that "it's more than able to meet climbing energy demands."
Exelon Wind is in the early stages of developing a 200-megawatt wind farm in Ohio that could feature up to 87 turbines. The company said that it expects to hold an informational meeting later this year.
Mobro Marine has installed a 20-mile submarine cable at the Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island. National Grid said it expects to connect the cable to a substation on Block Island this week.
Vestas has begun generating power at a multi-rotor turbine pilot project in Denmark, according to the company. The project "challenges the core scaling rules that turbines have to grow in size to increase their energy output," said Vestas.
South Dakota residents are enjoying a higher standard of living due to wind development, writes Angela Landeen, executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association. She argues that lease payments from wind farms provide landowners with stable income and help local schools keep their doors open.
Wind has become an important part of BP's operations, according to BP Wind Energy CEO Laura Folse. The company, which operates 14 wind farms in the US and is the nation's 12th largest wind energy firm, recognizes that the future of the energy industry lies in renewables, she said.
Grain Belt Express Clean Line filed a new application with the Missouri Public Service Commission on Thursday, seeking approval for a proposed transmission project that would carry wind energy throughout Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has pledged support for the project, said all of the initial concerns regarding the proposal have been resolved.
Fact check: Wind energy leads to more reliable, resilient power system
Technological advances have not only reduced the cost of wind energy, but also increased wind's contributions to power system reliability. Last year, wind and solar made up nearly 75% of new electric generating capacity that came online in America, and in some regions wind energy now reliably provides 20% or more of total electricity generation. That means opponents are turning to increasingly far-fetched criticisms. Read more.
Never tell people HOW to do things. Tell them WHAT to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton, military leader
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.