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*
Monday, August 22, 2016
US has turned corner on offshore wind, says Deepwater CEO
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US has turned corner on offshore wind, says Deepwater CEO | Editorial: Texas a national leader in wind, poised for CPP success | Vestas wins 100-MW turbine supply deal in Mich.
The US has hit a milestone in offshore wind development with Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, according to CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. He said the project would likely give utilities the confidence to strike more power purchase agreements with offshore wind farms.
Texas is a national leader in clean energy sources like wind and solar, and therefore perfectly positioned to comply with the Clean Power Plan, writes the editorial board of the San Antonio Express-News. "[I]magine what Texas could do if state officials acknowledged the future catastrophic potential of climate change," it writes.
Vestas has won a contract to supply Sempra with 29 V126 3.45-megawatt turbines for the 100-MW Apple Blossom wind farm in Michigan, according to the companies. "The turbines at Apple Blossom are another example of the increasing demand for our 3MW platform in the US," said Vestas Americas President and American Wind Energy Association Chairman Christopher Brown.
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Wind is thriving in the US due to declining costs, technological improvements and stable policies like the wind energy Production Tax Credit, according to this piece. Observers say these trends will likely to continue to drive wind development for the foreseeable future.
Vestas Wind Systems and General Electric accounted for 33% and 40%, respectively, of all new turbine installations in the US during 2015, according to the Energy Department. The report added that Siemens was ranked third, representing 14% of the market share.
It's time for Massachusetts legislators to hear the voice of the people, many of whom are calling for more clean energy, writes Massachusetts Sierra Club Chapter Director Emily Norton. She praised the state for passing a new bill to drive offshore wind development, but noted that many important clean energy provisions were dropped from the final measure.
To reduce dependence on fossil fuels and tap additional renewable energy sources, Cuba has set up its first Energy and Infrastructure Summit with green energy experts from 14 American and European countries. Cuba aims to attract foreign investors in the national energy sector and to further build its renewable energy infrastructure, including the use of plants that aid in biofuel production.
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.