Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Xcel, parties reach deal on Colo. wind farm, transmission line

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Opinion: Wind development benefits the environment, economy | Wyo. senator says he'd would consider exempting project from tax hike | 3 offshore wind firms sign lease to use Mass. terminal
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Opinion: Wind development benefits the environment, economy
Wind development is an energy source that has very little impact on wildlife, yields huge environmental benefits and would be good for the economy, writes Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship President David Jenkins. "That's why Audubon, a group dedicated specifically to bird conservation, 'strongly supports properly sited wind power as an energy source' because it 'helps reduce the threats posed to birds and people by climate change,' " he writes.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (9/6) 
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Wyo. senator says he'd would consider exempting project from tax hike
Wyoming state Sen. Ogden Driskill said on Tuesday that he would be open to exempting the Power Co. of Wyoming's Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project from a tax hike currently on the table in the state. PCW, which hopes to break ground on the project by the end of 2016, said it may not be able to complete the project as planned if the tax increase moves forward.
Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (9/6) 
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3 offshore wind firms sign lease to use Mass. terminal
Dong Energy, Deepwater Wind and OffshoreMW have signed a letter of intent to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal in Massachusetts as the staging and deployment site for their offshore wind-related activity for the next two years. "The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will play a critical role in supporting an offshore wind industry here, and we are pleased to sign the LOI," said Dong North America General Manager Thomas Brostrom.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa)/The Associated Press (9/6), (U.K.) (9/6) 
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US Wind seeks renewable credits for offshore wind farm
US Wind has asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to sign off on renewable energy credits that would help the company to build a 750-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of the state, according to the company. Project Development Director Paul Rich said that the multiphase project would "create the bedrock for this wind industry that will serve other parts of the East Coast when it's done."
The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (9/6) 
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Xcel, parties reach deal on Colo. wind farm, transmission line
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Xcel Energy has reached an agreement with the Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, the Colorado Energy Office and several other parties to begin building the 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project and corresponding 125-mile Pawnee-Daniels Park transmission line ahead of schedule. The deal requires approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to meet Thursday or Friday.
The Denver Post (9/6) 
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Hitachi prepares to launch 5-MW offshore turbine next year
Hitachi is in the process of developing the HTW 5.2-megawatt 136 offshore wind turbine, which it expects to release during the next fiscal year pending a successful pilot phase, said the company. The company will begin a land-based trial in October at Fukashiba Wind Power Station.
SeeNews Renewables (9/7) 
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Report: Costa Rica got 100% of electricity from renewables for months
Renewables provided 100% of Costa Rica's total electricity needs for a 76-day period from June 16 to Sept. 2, according to the Costa Rica Electricity Institute. The ICE said the country has relied on renewables for 100% of its electricity on 150 days, so far, in 2016.
Mashable (9/6) 
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ERSG recruiting firm begins operations at Wash. office
Energy recruiter ERSG has begun operations at its first location in the US, according to the company. Chief Operating Officer James Dixon said the Seattle location would seek individuals to fill wind-related jobs in a number of US states. (U.K.) (9/6) 
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Policy Watch
Energy Dept. A2e explores options for wind optimization
The Energy Department has launched a research program dubbed Atmosphere to Electrons that seeks to optimize wind development and make it a more widespread energy source, according to the agency. One option under consideration is to connect hundreds of turbines in a move that would boost output and streamline their operation, say observers.
NextGov (9/6) 
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Wind power helps US cities go big on clean energy
With over 75% of the world's energy use happening in cities, there's a significant opportunity for the US to increase its share of clean power in urban centers across the country. A few trailblazing cities are showing us just how to do it, in many cases by choosing wind power. Looking to reduce their carbon pollution while locking in low electricity prices, many cities have decided to "go big" on clean power, committing to use 100% renewable energy. Read more.
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