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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Copenhagen Infrastructure acquires Offshore MW
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AWEA: Okla. could become third in US for installed wind capacity | Wind is efficient, cost-effective, says AWEA's Goggin | Block Island symbolic of US offshore wind potential, says GE Renewable exec
Oklahoma is poised to overtake California as the No. 3 state in the US in terms of installed wind capacity, according to American Wind Energy Association Senior Analyst Hannah Hunt. She said the state, which has more than 1,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity under development, is ranked third for wind generation due to its excellent wind resources.
Wind is an affordable and efficient energy source capable of producing huge amounts of electricity, contrary to a recent op-ed, writes American Wind Energy Association Senior Director of Research Michael Goggin. "Modern wind technology is a testament to American innovation and manufacturing. Wind's costs continue to decline while turbines become more efficient, turning more wind into electricity than ever before," he writes.
Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island "is a very important symbol of the fact that tangibly offshore wind can work in the US," according to GE Renewable Energy Public Affairs Leader Tim Brown. "It won't be a theoretical debate. People will see it in the water, they will see it working, and they will see it supplying electricity," he said.
Trishe Wind Ohio is reviewing three turbine models that it may use at its 100-megawatt Northwest Ohio project instead of the 50 Gamesa G114 2.1-MW turbines originally included in its proposal, according to the company. Trishe said it is considering General Electric's 2.3-MW 116 version and two others from Vestas.
EDF Renewable Energy is looking for landowners interested in hosting turbines that would be part of a wind farm in Cherokee County, Iowa, according to the company. If approved, the project could feature roughly 100 turbines and have a capacity up to 200 megawatts.
Invenergy invited residents of Harrisburg, Lowville and Denmark, N.Y., to an open house on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss its proposed Number Three Wind Farm. Transparency is a top priority, according to Invenergy Eastern Manager of State Government Affairs Harrison Godfrey, who added that the project could feature between 30 and 50 turbines.
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has purchased 100% of Offshore MW, a company pre-approved to compete in Massachusetts' upcoming offshore wind auction, according to the companies. Observers say that Offshore MW is expected to also pursue offshore wind leasing rights in New York.
Gov. Chris Christie has prevented New Jersey from becoming a national leader in offshore wind production, hurting the state's economy and potential for job growth in the process, writes New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel. "New Jersey has enough potential of offshore wind to meet a third of our electrical needs and power 1.2 million homes, but our governor would rather side with polluters over our clean air," he writes.
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.
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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.