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*
Friday, August 19, 2016
Analysis: Coal-to-wind switch could save Colo. consumers money
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Deepwater erects final turbine at Block Island | Report: Wind prices continue to fall, attract investments | MidAmerican has big plans for wind, says CEO
Utility and nonutility buyers will no doubt continue to be attracted by the "rock-bottom levels" of wind energy prices, according to a report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. "Moreover, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects are economically viable in a growing number of locations throughout the United States," said Berkeley Lab senior scientist Ryan Wiser.
MidAmerican Energy has big plans for wind development in the US, starting with its proposed 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project in Iowa, according to CEO and President Bill Fehrman. "Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85% of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100% renewable vision," he said.
Enercon is preparing to begin operations at a 230-megawatt project in Ontario, Canada, that will feature 66 3-MW and 11 2.9-MW E101 turbines, according to the company. The province's Independent Electricity System Operator has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with the project.
Siemens is making progress on the 402-megawatt Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the coast of England in the North Sea, said the developer, adding that it recently finished installing some important parts of project's grid connection. The project, which is owned by Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar, will feature a total of 67 6-MW offshore turbines.
Tata Power and Exxaro Resources' joint venture Cennergi has begun operations at the 95-megawatt, 31-turbine Tsitsikamma Community wind farm in South Africa, according to the companies. "The commissioning of the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm has further augmented Tata Power's renewables portfolio outside India and represents the company's commitment and progress on its objectives of enhancing non-fossil based generation portfolio up to 30-40% of its total generating capacity," said Tata Managing Director and CEO Anil Sardana.
Colorado could replace 6,000 gigawatt-hours of coal generation with 2 GW of new installed wind capacity without risking grid reliability, according to this analysis. Observers say the switch would also save consumers money because the wind energy Production Tax Credit appears to bring the cost of new Colorado wind down below that of coal.
Offshore wind investment in Europe climbed to $15.85 billion during the first half of the year, surpassing the total spent during the entire course of 2015, according to research firm Planet OS. The report said that the UK accounted for 75% of that growth.
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Hawaiian Electric and other groups would have to spend a total of $8 billion on infrastructure projects to prepare Hawaii's Oahu island for a 100% renewable energy economy, according to former Hawaii Public Utilities Commission member John Cole. The state of Hawaii, meanwhile, has set a goal to source 100% of its total electricity from renewables by 2045.
New reports highlight bright, low-cost future of wind
A number of recent reports paint a bright future for the US wind industry thanks to continuing cost declines, with reductions of more than 60% since 2009. This cost trajectory is attributable to, among other things, advanced manufacturing techniques, improved construction methods, larger turbine blades, economies of scale and other advances in turbine technology. Read more.
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist
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.