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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Fishermen's to close PPA for 24-MW offshore wind demo in N.J.
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First power expected from Block Island before Thanksgiving | EIA: 11 states sourced at least 10% of electricity from wind in 2015 | 14% of electricity in Colo. comes from wind, EIA says
National Grid has almost finished the interconnection work for Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, which Deepwater CEO Jeffrey Grybowski says is expected to reach first power "right before Thanksgiving." Duke Energy Renewables, meanwhile, said it has been contracted to provide the project with monitoring and control services after it becomes operational.
Eleven US states acquired 10% or more of their total electricity needs from wind last year, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report attributed the nation's growing installed wind capacity to "a combination of technology and policy changes."
Wind energy represents 14% of the electricity produced in Colorado, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration. The state with the largest share of wind energy production was Iowa, with 31%.
Offshore wind farms are ideal for densely populated, coastal states that are home to retiring nuclear plants and large tracts of offshore space, according to this analysis. Observers say the falling price of wind development makes it an increasingly attractive energy source for many states.
Mark Del Franco toured Deepwater Wind's Block Island wind farm off of Rhode Island recently and was amazed with what he saw. He discusses how impressive the turbines are up close, and how residents of the project's namesake will see their electricity rates drop by up to 40%.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. has tapped Fred Olsen Renewables to build its 20.7-megawatt Icebreaker offshore wind project off the coast of Cleveland in Lake Erie and hopes to reach a deal by the end of the year, LEEDCo President Lorry Wagner said at the American Wind Energy Association's Offshore WINDPOWER 2016 conference in Warwick, R.I.
Fishermen's Energy is preparing to finalize a long-term power purchase agreement with an undisclosed buyer for its proposed 24-megawatt offshore wind demo in New Jersey, according to the company. "That is essentially the last hurdle we have to make this project the next project we'll see in the water," said CEO Chris Wissemann, adding that the project could be operational within two years.
Consulting firm Fugro has agreed to conduct a marine geotechnical review for a potential offshore wind site off the coast of Massachusetts owned by Vineyard Wind, formerly known as OffshoreMW, according to the companies. Fugro said the review would take two to three weeks to complete.
Deepwater Wind will not participate in an upcoming offshore wind leasing round in New York state, said President Chris van Beek. "We think it's better to have the lease and the power purchase agreement together, like in Europe," he said.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a recent interview vastly overstated the impact wind turbines have on bird populations, wind energy supporters say. Studies have found that wind farms kill thousands of birds per year, which is minimal compared to the millions killed by cell towers and buildings annually.
The New England Clean Energy RFP, a consortium of state agencies and officials in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island seeking projects to drive clean energy growth in the region, neglected to choose any projects from Maine during its recent request for proposals. Ten of the 24 projects under consideration were in Maine, including several from Avangrid Renewables or its subsidiaries, Pattern Development and EDP Renewables.
Fact check: Top 5 reasons to question campaign rhetoric about wind power
Donald Trump spoke to former candidate Herman Cain about wind power this on Cain's radio show. The result was a series of campaign trail statements that "cited bad information that's out-of-date, discredited, misleading, and just plain wrong," as we said the last time this came up. Read more.
The International Energy Agency expects renewables to be the largest source of new power capacity additions globally through 2020, thanks to continued reductions in costs for wind and solar energy. IEA's Renewable Energy Medium-Term Market Report forecasts the global addition of approximately 825,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2020, a 42% increase from 2013 levels. Read more.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman
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.