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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Analysis: Trump's energy platform ignores climate change
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Analysis: Trump's energy platform ignores climate change | EDF Renewable Energy orders 80 turbines from Vestas | Mass. governor signs offshore wind bill into law
The energy platform outlined by presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday is flawed in many ways, with a major problem being that he acts as if climate change is not a real issue, writes Chris Mooney. Contrary to Trump's statement, Mooney argues that residential electricity prices declined in some parts of the country under President Barack Obama's leadership, and while 50,000 coal-related jobs were lost between 2008 and 2012, about 79,000 were added in the wind and solar energy industries.
EDF Renewable Energy has ordered 80 2-megawatt turbines from Vestas. "This order secures EDF RE's ability to capture the full value of the Production Tax Credit by strategically deploying our versatile 2MW platform on a variety of wind sites, delivering more cost-competitive wind energy to rate payers throughout the US," said Vestas Americas President and American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed an energy bill into law on Monday that will require state utilities to sign power purchase agreements for at least 1,600 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity over the next decade. "Through solicitation and procurement of long-term contracts for hydro and wind power, Massachusetts and New England can remain a leader in clean and renewable energy production," said Baker.
Apex Clean Energy has unveiled plans to break ground on a new wind farm in Sangamon County, Ill., in 2016 pending local zoning approval. The project, which Apex recently acquired from American Wind Energy Management, could feature between 60 and 70 turbines and have a total installed capacity of 130 megawatts.
Deepwater Wind has finished installing the second of five total turbines at the 30-megawatt Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island, according to the company. The company said the project is still expected to begin operations this fall.
As nonutility buyers account for a growing share of renewable energy power purchase agreements, observers wonder whether the shift will encourage utilities to follow suit by signing more PPAs with renewables. Some experts say the rise in corporate PPAs will likely lead to a similar boost in utility PPAs as they move to take advantage of the market.
Axium Infrastructure, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board and Manulife Financial have purchased a 33.3% stake in a 270-megawatt project in Ontario, Canada, according to the consortium. The K2 project, which is owned by Samsung, features 140 Siemens turbines.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said on Friday that it is preparing to release a draft version of its Offshore Wind Master Plan. The proposal, which could outline a plan to add 1,430 offshore turbines between New Jersey and Rhode Island, will "describe the benefits of developing New York's offshore wind potential and outline how the state will collect and document feedback," said the agency.
Mainstream Renewable Power, Inch Cape Offshore and Scottish ministers are appealing a ruling that would repeal planning permission for four wind farms that would add 2.3 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in Scotland. Lord Angus Stewart in the Court of Session said that the Scottish government failed to properly review the projects before awarding planning permission.
One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed
American offshore wind power is one step closer to becoming a reality, with installation of the first turbines at Deepwater Wind's Block Island project now complete. Construction on the country's first offshore wind farm began last spring, off the coast of Rhode Island, and the project is expected to be fully operational later this fall. With an installed capacity of 30 megawatts, the five-turbine Deepwater Wind wind farm will generate enough electricity to supply all of Block Island's needs, while also sending some to mainland Rhode Island. Read more.
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Helen Keller, writer and political activist
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.