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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Administration considers rule to fast-track wind farms on public land
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AWEA looks ahead to next Congress | Analysis: US may enter period of rapid offshore wind growth | 3 US firms, Taiwanese delegation to partner on offshore turbine foundation
The American Wind Energy Association, the Sierra Club and the Solar Energy Industries Association are calling on Congress to reconcile the House and Senate energy bills to pass a comprehensive package before the end of the year, according to this analysis. AWEA Senior Director of Legislative Affairs Aaron Severn added that AWEA's efforts this fall would be "educational and preparing for opportunities that may come up next year, and playing defense on the issues that still could come up before the end of the year."
The US is poised for a rapid period of offshore wind development following the launch of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, according to this analysis. Chairman Bryan Martin said it was logical for Deepwater to choose a relatively small project for its first given the challenges faced by the 130-turbine Cape Wind project, adding that the firm's next offshore wind farm will be significantly larger.
Three US-based firms and a delegation from Taiwan have signed a memorandum of understanding to design and develop a new foundation for offshore wind turbines that is more durable. The groups said that the finished product should be strong enough to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The UK and Germany, which account for 40% and 27% of the world's 12-gigawatt installed offshore wind capacity, contribute to Europe's overall status as a global hotspot for offshore wind development, according to this analysis. The Global Wind Energy Council said that offshore wind farms represented 24% of all wind-related projects in the EU last year.
The Obama administration is preparing to issue a new rule that would make it easier for developers to break ground on wind farms pre-approved for public lands, say observers. Only 15 of 46 wind and solar projects approved by the federal government for public lands since 2009 have become operational.
The Arizona Corporation Commission has introduced a plan that, if approved, would require the state's utilities to source 30% of their total electricity from renewables like wind and solar by 2030. "The idea here is to ensure we continue to do the right thing for Arizona ratepayers," said Commission Chairman Doug Little, adding that the state must address milestones like this as technology advances.
Vestas is preparing to sign a deal with the Egyptian government that may give it the right to add 2.2 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in the country. "Vestas is continuing discussions with the authorities and we expect ... to sign the cooperation agreement, some time shortly after the trip, maybe during," said Chief Press Officer Michael Zarin.
Deepwater Wind completed construction on the country's first offshore wind farm on Friday, proving to the world that when it comes to offshore wind power, the US is open for business. While the completion of construction is a historic milestone, it must not be seen as a successful one-off, but rather as the dawn of an entirely new US energy industry. 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.