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 25, 2016
Offshore Design to help LEEDCo with Ohio offshore demo
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Offshore Design to help LEEDCo with Ohio offshore demo | IEA: Renewables accounted for over 50% of new installations in 2015 | Duke Energy Carolinas issues call for wind, renewables
Lake Erie Energy Development has secured engineering services from Offshore Design Engineering for its 20.7-megawatt Icebreaker offshore wind project off the coast of Cleveland in Lake Erie, according to the companies. "We regard the Icebreaker project as a critical component in the development of the US offshore wind industry," said ODE Managing Director Peter Godfrey.
Renewables accounted for more than 50% of the world's new generating capacity last year -- surpassing fossil fuels for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency. "We are witnessing a transformation of global power markets led by renewables and, as is the case with other fields, the center of gravity for renewable growth is moving to emerging markets," said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.
Duke Energy Carolinas has issued a call for wind, solar and other clean energy projects that would add 750,000 megawatt-hours of electricity to its service area. Observers say that the added capacity would help the company comply with a 2007 North Carolina mandate requiring that 12.5% of the company's total retail sales come from clean energy sources by 2021.
Dong Energy recently installed and commissioned its 1,000th offshore wind turbine during the construction of its 252-megawatt Gode Wind 2 project off the coast of Germany, according to the company. The project features 42 6-MW machines from Siemens.
Vestas has won a contract to supply CGN Wind Energy's Nan'an Xiangyun project in Fujian, China, with a total capacity of 48 megawatts. "This is CGN's first order with Vestas since the partnership reached the important 1 gigawatt of cumulative orders milestone in late September," said Vestas Group Senior Vice President and Asia Pacific and China President Chris Beaufait.
Siemens has agreed to supply a total of five projects in Germany with 23 of its direct-drive turbines, according to the company. Siemens said the projects would have a combined capacity of 70 megawatts.
The Cherokee Nation should embrace wind and clean energy development because it benefits the environment and Oklahoma's economy and forms a basis for the ongoing stewardship of the land, writes Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "Wind energy is pollution free, doesn't require fuel or water, and the land beneath the wind farm will still be used for agricultural purposes," he writes.
Spain's wind farms have the potential to provide 100% of the nation's total electricity during peak operating hours and given the right wind conditions, said Acciona Renewable Energy Control Center Director Miguel Ezpeleta. The EU has set a goal for Spain to acquire 20% of its total electricity needs from renewables by 2020.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will serve as the Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition's chairman and vice chairman, respectively, in 2017, according to the organization. "I look forward to working with Gov. Brownback and our coalition colleagues to help the wind and solar industries diversify our nation's energy portfolio, enhance environmental quality and support economic development in our states," Raimondo said.
New leadership for Governors' Wind and Solar Energy Coalition
The Governors' Wind and Solar Energy Coalition has announced new leadership for 2017: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will take over as chairwoman, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will take over as vice chairman. Both governors head states at the forefront of wind power's growth. 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.