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*
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
AWEA: Doubling Iowa installed wind capacity could save consumers $12.6B
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AWEA: Doubling Iowa installed wind capacity could save consumers $12.6B | Renewables are mainstream and will continue to grow, says Invenergy exec | Report: Global installed wind capacity could hit 2.1 TW by 2030
Consumers in Iowa could save $12.6 billion over a 25-year period if the state were to double its installed wind capacity to 20,000 megawatts, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "Iowa is already a leader in wind energy, with only more growth visible on the horizon," said Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham.
Renewable energy has become mainstream and will continue to account for a growing share of the nation's energy mix regardless of support mechanisms and other policies, said Invenergy Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer James Murphy. However, support should be eliminated for all energy sources as the wind energy Production Tax Credit is phased out to ensure the playing field is fair, Murphy said.
The world's installed wind capacity could hit 2.1 terawatts by 2030, providing 20% of the Earth's total electricity needs, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. Meeting that goal will require the "political will to put together the programs and policies," including following through on the Paris climate accord, the report said.
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Several wind farms in Indiana are working to reduce wind-related bat fatalities, according to this piece. The 125-turbine Wildcat project proposed a plan to the US Fish and Wildlife Service in which it would slow its turbines down at night, and 355-turbine Fowler Ridge project has agreed to turn its turbines off during night's low-wind periods.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a $5 million program on Friday in which companies and cities will be able to compete for up to $500,000 each for their most innovative energy efficiency projects. Observers say the goal of the program is to curb electricity costs and improve energy efficiency efforts in Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers.
The Missouri Public Service Commission moved toward establishing a final public hearing schedule for Clean Line Energy's Grain Belt Express transmission project last week. Clean Line Director of Development Mark Lawlor praised state regulators for making progress on the proposal, which could secure approval next spring.
Lawmakers in Scotland have approved a 72.6-megawatt project proposed for Creag Riabhach Wind Farm for the Scottish Highlands, said Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse. The wind farm is expected to feature 22 turbines that could each have a capacity of up to 3.3 MW.
New report finds wind energy's benefits to Iowa go beyond lower electric bills
A new report from AWEA and the Wind Energy Foundation details how wind energy benefits Iowa electric consumers, both corporate and residential. Iowa generated 31.3% of its electricity from wind last year, while maintaining consumer costs below the national average. The report finds even larger consumer savings are possible. In addition, said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, "Wind energy investments in Iowa have been a significant driver in attracting advanced manufacturing companies and data centers to our state," and they help recruit and retain top talent. 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.