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Friday, September 09, 2016
Avangrid to break ground on 57-turbine project in Calif.
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Editorial: Wind PTC continues to benefit Iowa's economy | Ore. Energy Dept. backs Orion request to alter 400-MW project | Opinion: Iowa must continue to prioritize wind development
The wind energy Production Tax Credit continues to be a major boon for Iowa's economy, attracting projects like MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI and a $1 billion wind farm from Alliant Energy, writes the editorial board of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "We've long supported the credit as a temporary tool to help grow and stabilize the wind energy industry in Iowa and elsewhere. Projects such as these show the credits are working as intended," it writes.
The Oregon Energy Department has expressed support for Orion Renewable Energy's proposal to use 125 turbines at its 400-megawatt Golden Hills wind farm instead of 267 General Electric SLE 1.5-MW machines. The proposal, which is subject to approval from the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, would allow turbines 295 feet high instead of 262 feet, and rotors that sweep 413 feet, versus 295 feet. It would also give Orion two additional years to begin building the project.
Wind farms, such as MidAmerican Energy's proposed Wind XI project, must remain a top priority for Iowa -- a fact that the Iowa Utility Board seems to recognize by its recent endorsement of the project, writes Iowa Wind Energy Association Board Member Susan Hendershot Guy. "This historic project will not only be the largest economic development project the state has ever seen, but will have a trickle down economic effect on Iowa's local communities that will benefit directly from the investment," she writes.
Avangrid Renewables said it is preparing to break ground on the 57-turbine, 132-megawatt Tule Wind Project in California. Spokesman Paul Copleman said the company, which expects to complete the first phase of the project by the end of the next year, is also in the early stages of developing a second 69-MW phase.
Principle Power has withdrawn its application to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of Coos Bay, Ore., that could have featured 25 megawatts of wind power, according to the company. Last fall, state utilities said the output from the project would be too costly for them to purchase.
Swanton Wind has filed an application with the Vermont Public Service Board for the right to develop a wind farm near St. Albans that could feature up to seven turbines. Project Consultant Anthony Iarrapino touted the proposed hillside site, adding that it would have less of an impact on the surrounding wetland habitat.
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Royal Dutch Shell may participate in an upcoming offshore wind auction for the right to develop the 680-megawatt Borssele III and IV wind farms in the Dutch North Sea, said Marjan van Loon, president-director of Shell operations in the Netherlands. "The potential for wind energy in the Netherlands is really very attractive," she said.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills on Thursday that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, factories and public utilities. The bills will extend California's reduction program for greenhouse gases to 2030 and also call for carbon emissions to be reduced to 40% below levels in 1990.
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Not too long ago, idea that an entire country could get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources for over 2 months was unthinkable. Well, one country just shattered that notion for the second time in two years. Costa Rica's electricity came from 100% clean, reliable renewable energy for 76 days between June and August this year. Read more.
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.