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Thursday, September 01, 2016
Analysis: Tech advances make Ohio wind development feasible
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AWEA's Brown: States listen to market, driving renewables switch | Analysis: Tech advances make Ohio wind development feasible | Argentine duo seek approval for 100-MW wind farm
States are listening to market demands and driving the US' transition to a clean energy economy powered by low-cost wind, writes Vestas Americas President and American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown. "Today, states are at the epicenter of America's renewable energy revolution. And, because we have 50 state energy markets, big positive advances in state policy can accelerate the pace of this historic shift," he writes.
Advances in wind turbine technology have made it possible for developers to build wind farms in parts of Ohio that previously could not support the energy source, according to this analysis. Observers say that such advances have made it possible for Avangrid Renewables to build the Blue Creek Wind Farm.
Argentine firms Eolica Rionegrina and Corporacion America are preparing to submit a bid to build a 100-megawatt wind farm under Argentina's first renewable energy auction, according to the companies. Argentina is expected to auction off the rights to develop 1-gigawatt in installed renewable energy capacity during the round.
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Adwen and Winergy recently introduced a gearbox designed to support an offshore wind turbine prototype dubbed the AD 8-180. "This key component has performed extremely well during the exhaustive validation process which makes us confident the first prototype of the turbine will meet and even exceed our expectations in terms of performance and reliability when it is installed," said Adwen General Manager Luis Alvarez.
UpWind's Vortex Generator (VG) solution has been installed on thousands of turbine blades and proven a positive AEP increase on several turbine technologies. This case study examines the effects of the VG solution on Acciona AW82 turbines, proving their value with a scientific analysis by Smart Blade GMBH. Learn more
Brazil's installed wind capacity reached 10 gigawatts in August, according to the National Wind Energy Association. Elbia Gannoum, chief executive of the association, said the country has enough projects under various stages of development to bring its total installed wind capacity to 18 GW by 2020.
President Barack Obama unveiled a multimillion-dollar plan on Wednesday that would help Western states cut carbon emissions and deal with climate change. The plan involves ramping up renewables in Southern California, a $230 million investment in stormwater management and up to $29 million for a pair of geothermal projects in Nevada and Utah.
Editorials promote offshore wind power progress in US
With America's first-ever offshore wind farm being completed this month off the coast of Rhode Island, major newspapers are editorializing in support of this abundant, homegrown, clean source of electricity. It continues a major American success story already experienced onshore, where there's enough land-based wind power installed to produce electricity for 20 million American homes and support 88,000 jobs. Read more.
After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.
Alfred Perlman, railroad executive
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.