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, October 10, 2016
Analysis: Wind farm repowering projects surge after PTC extension
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Analysis: Wind farm repowering projects surge after PTC extension | Vt. home to some of US' best wind resources, says business owner | Report: Spending on global supergrids to hit $10.2B by 2025
The wind energy Production Tax Credit extension passed by Congress last December has some developers looking at wind farm repowering projects, as well as a number of new wind farms, according to this analysis. Observers say upgrading an existing wind farm can be easier and more affordable than building a new one, and holds potential for companies to take advantage of the PTC.
Vermont's energy policies make it one of the best places in the US for wind development, according to Star Wind Turbines founder Jason Day. Day said he moved from New Jersey to Vermont to begin producing his small-scale turbine model for sites with low wind speeds.
Spending on supergrids -- massive electrical grid systems capable of carrying generation across countries and continents -- is expected to hit $10.2 billion by 2025, according to Navigant Research. The report said such ventures would improve grid stability and support the integration of renewable energy capacity.
The country of Georgia has begun operations at its first wind farm, which has a total capacity of 20.7 megawatts, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Georgian government. EBRD said about one-third of the project's output will be sold to Turkey.
Dong Energy, General Electric and Siemens have teamed up with DNV GL to develop best practices for turbulence-modeling systems. The group said that the collaboration would make site-specific load assessments more accurate and help wind producers cut costs.
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Brazil's lack of transmission infrastructure will hinder its ability to bring newly installed wind capacity online until 2020, according to the National Wind Energy Association. Elbia Gannoum, executive president of the association, said about 90% of the projects expected to compete in an upcoming energy auction would be rejected because of connection issues.
Innogy plans to invest about $7.2 billion in its global wind business and US electric car charging business from 2016 to 2018, according to CEO Peter Terium. Terium said the plan would support the construction of new transmission lines, grid systems and wind farms in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.
Energy policy will be a major issue for the next US president, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is prepared to meet the challenge head on with her well-crafted plan rooted in renewable energy development, according to this analysis. Observers say Clinton's plans, like boosting the nation's installed renewable energy capacity and investing in clean energy research, will drive job growth and help the US curb carbon emissions.
Argentina could source 8% of its total electricity from renewables by 2017 as the result of a recent energy auction in which developers won the right to develop 17 renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 1,109 megawatts, the government said Friday. The country currently sources about 1.8% of its total electricity from renewables.
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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.