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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Algonquin launches 200-MW wind farm in Minn.
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AWEA's Goggin: Low-cost wind diversifies, stabilizes US power grid | Deepwater is proud to be a leader in US offshore wind, says CEO | Report: Top 25 wind companies control 41% of global installed wind capacity
Wind is an affordable energy source that helps to diversify the US power grid while increasing reliability, writes American Wind Energy Association Senior Director of Research Michael Goggin. "Diversifying our energy mix with wind energy makes the power system more resilient, and better able to withstand disruptions," he writes.
Deepwater Wind is proud to be at the forefront of the US' burgeoning offshore wind industry, according to CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. "The industry was really stuck in this difficult limbo of not being able to advance until someone achieved a success," said Grybowski.
The 25 largest wind farm owners in the world controlled projects with a combined capacity of 170 gigawatts -- equivalent to 41% of the world's total installed wind capacity -- at the end of last year, according to Make Consulting. The report said 2015's results showed a decline from both 2014 and 2012 levels, which highlights a fragmentation in global ownership as a growing number of smaller companies continue to enter the market.
Algonquin Power & Utilities has begun operations at a 200-megawatt wind farm in Minnesota featuring 100 Vestas V110 2-MW turbines. The Odell wind farm has a 20-year power purchase agreement with an "investment grade utility," according to the company.
Iberdrola and Neoenergia have won the rights to develop three wind farms in Brazil that will have a combined capacity of 90 megawatts, according to the companies. The Canoas, Lagoa I and II wind farms will each have a total capacity of 30 MW.
Inox Wind has won a contract to supply a turnkey project in Gujarat, India, with 25 2-megawatt turbines, according to the company. Inox said that the project is expected to begin operations by December.
The US and Europe have huge potential for offshore wind development, but have taken different approaches to getting their respective industries off the ground, according to this analysis. One of the biggest differences between the two, say observers, is that offshore wind is the natural choice for European developers due to the continent's limited space for land-based projects.
SunEdison is seeking approval to make NRG Energy the stalking horse bidder to acquire its portfolio of US wind assets in a $144 million deal. If approved, NRG stands to acquire SunEdison's wind farms in Washington, Utah, Texas, Maine, Hawaii and California.
A new energy bill in Massachusetts represents a compromise between those that want to rapidly ramp up offshore wind and those that want to do it slowly so as to avoid rate increases, according to this analysis. Observers say that Massachusetts State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton developed the plan with three goals in mind: grid reliability, stable electricity rates and meeting the state's goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
More of wind power's savings coming soon to the Northeast
From Rhode Island to Washington, D.C., the Northeastern US made a big push this summer to bring more clean, affordable wind power to millions of families and businesses. A slew of new legislation will help grow wind energy in one of the country's most populous regions, proving big populations and big amounts of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand. The measures also include a new push to finally begin realizing America's offshore wind power potential. Read more.
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.