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 17, 2016
Avangrid resumes construction on N.M. wind farm
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Minn. OKs Xcel plan to increase installed wind capacity by 1,500 MW | Calif. task force, BOEM discuss potential for offshore renewables | Analysis: Block Island project opens door for US suppliers
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy's request to add up to 1,500 megawatts of new installed wind capacity to its portfolio in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin. "This outcome allows us to invest even more in wind, giving customers more renewable energy options," said Chris Clark, president of Xcel Energy -- Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force held its first meeting with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week to discuss the state's potential for offshore renewable energy development. "California is currently implementing a comprehensive set of climate change policies, including 50% renewable energy target by 2030, and we are interested in learning about how offshore wind could play a role in helping achieve our climate and renewable energy goals," said California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas.
Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island is paving the way for US turbine equipment manufacturers interested in entering the market, according to this piece. Although IHS Energy expects US installed offshore wind capacity to only reach 7 gigawatts by 2040, observers say that US suppliers will increasingly vie for a part of the pie.
Avangrid Renewables resumed construction today on a wind farm in Torrance County, N.M., that will feature more than 140 turbines. Observers say that the El Cabo project will pay out at least $2 million annually in land leases and other payments.
Siemens will provide the 207-megawatt Korat 1 and 2 wind farms in Thailand with operations and maintenance services for an additional 13-year period, according to the company. "This is an important milestone for Siemens and for Thailand's renewable energy sector as they work toward enhancing their energy independence," said CEO Global Wind Power and Renewables Service Mark Albenze.
Partnerships between labor unions and clean energy projects could be mutually beneficial, according to this analysis. Such agreements would provide workers with stable jobs and could help lower the cost of clean energy development by providing projects with a trained, local workforce, say observers.
It would take nearly 4 million 2-megawatt land-based turbines operating at 30% efficiency and covering a total space either half the size of Alaska or smaller than Spain -- depending on their spacing -- to provide 100% of the world's electricity, according to Global Wind Energy Council Secretary-General Steve Sawyer. American Wind Energy Association Manager of Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley said that taller, more efficient turbines and offshore machines could reduce that number.
A group of states and business groups filed a lawsuit with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's new rule for power plant emissions under the Clean Air Act and therefore the agency's ability to enforce the Clean Power Plan. Environmental Defense Fund Attorney Tomas Carbonell said the standards are common sense and legally supported.
Friday in Rwanda, 170 nations agreed to a legally binding pact to curb the use of hydrofluorocarbons, a chemical often used in refrigerants. This agreement, plus the Paris climate accord, show that "while diplomacy is never easy, we can work together to leave our children a planet that is safer, more prosperous, more secure, and more free than the one that was left for us," said President Barack Obama.
America's farmers work hard to put food on our tables. And now more and more of them are able to rely on a new cash-crop -- wind energy. Wind power is rapidly growing in America's heartland, supplying enough electricity for 20 million homes, and that's helping keep farms in the family and families on the farm. In honor of National Farmers Day, AWEA released a new video that includes some of the stories heard from farmers and ranchers across the US who have seen the benefits of wind energy firsthand. Watch the new video on community benefits.
Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.
Jane Kenyon, poet
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.