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*
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Xcel Energy launches 150-MW project in N.D.
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Opinion: Stable policies foster renewable energy job growth in Colo. | RES Americas unit proposes 300-MW project in N.D. | Xcel Energy launches 150-MW project in N.D.
Policies like the wind energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit will support renewable energy job growth in Colorado for the foreseeable future, writes Auston Van Slyke, program director for wind energy technology at Ecotech Institute. "These long-term extensions will continue to help drive down the cost of renewable energy, and create additional demand for new in-state renewable power projects," he writes.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas' subsidiary Glacier Ridge Wind Farm has proposed a 300-megawatt project in North Dakota that would use between 87 and 99 turbines. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk said the application marks the largest wind farm proposal ever filed in the state.
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Xcel Energy began operations at the 150-megawatt, 75-turbine Border Winds project in North Dakota on Tuesday, according to the company. The company added that it has set a goal to source 35% of its total electricity from renewables for consumers in the Upper Midwest by 2030.
The Montana Public Service Commission approved power rates on Tuesday for Greycliff Wind Prime's 25-megawatt Big Timber project that may be too low for the developer to move forward with the project, according to the company. Greycliff owner and Montana Wind Resources CEO Rhyno Stinchfield said that no wind farms have been built within the past 10 years at the PSC-approved price.
High-performance computing has become a mainstream technology that can be applied in a variety of applications to improve efficiency, writes Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Bill Mannel. The wind energy industry could "use HPC systems to handle massive amounts of data and complex calculations to analyze the impact of friction at multiple points on a single turbine blade, making improvements a millimeter at a time," he writes.
Firstar Development is seeking approval to purchase a 45% tax equity stake in an Oklahoma wind farm owned by Enel Green Power North America's Little Elk Wind Holdings. The Little Elk wind farm, which has a 25-year power purchase agreement with the People's Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma, will have a total capacity of 74 megawatts.
The party platform passed at this year's Republican National Convention supports all forms of energy, including wind and solar, without any form of federal support. "We encourage the cost-effective development of renewable energy sources -- wind, solar, biomass, biofuel, geothermal and tidal energy -- by private capital," the platform read.
Commissioners in Carbon County, Wyo., voted on Tuesday to join the Power Co. of Wyoming in fighting a proposal to raise Wyoming's tax on wind generation. Observers say that if approved, the tax increase could deter future wind investment in the state, including PCW's Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project.
Scotland holds a lot of promise for offshore wind development, despite the government's recent decision to reject four separate projects, says Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse. Recent claims made by former Labor Member of Parliament Brian Wilson stating otherwise are unfounded, he said.
Renewable competition strengthens Mass. clean energy future
The Massachusetts state legislature is considering a forward-looking bill to further reduce carbon emissions and clean the air -- something all of the state's residents deserve. The bill as amended by the state senate will benefit consumers by creating greater competition between electricity sources and allowing all forms of renewable energy to meet more of the state's clean energy needs. 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.