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Friday, October 07, 2016
Paris accord is best option for curbing climate change, says Obama
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Report: 83% of Americans want more wind farms | Vt. town OKs wind, hydro transmission project | US Wind considers GE turbines for offshore wind farm in Md.
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Eighty-three percent of Americans want more wind farms and 89% want more solar projects, according to the Pew Center. Lead author Cary Funk said that the report confirms clean energy has broad bipartisan support in the US.
US Wind is considering using 41 or 42 General Electric 6-megawatt Haliade 150 machines at an offshore wind farm in Maryland that will have a total capacity of 250 MW, according to Project Development Director Paul Rich. The project is expected to begin operations in 2020.
General Electric has agreed to provide the New York Power Authority with software that will help it to better monitor the overall health and efficiency of its power plant network, according to the company. The NYPA said the deal is part of an ongoing project to ready the grid for more generation from wind and other renewables.
Futuren has begun operations at the 18-megawatt Chemin Perre project in France, bringing its total installed capacity to 732 MW, said the company. The company added that it is hoping to launch another 13-MW project in the same region in January.
The output from Scotland's wind farms increased 36% in September compared to the same period the year before, according to the National Grid. "That Scotland has made such great strides in generating renewable power and addressing climate change is the result of many years of political and public support," said WWF Scotland Director Lang Banks.
The Irish wind industry is on track to add 1,100 jobs by 2020 as it works to add 1.6 gigawatts of installed wind capacity, say observers. The addition would bring the total number of people employed by the nation's wind industry to 5,500.
President Barack Obama applauded the ratification the UN Paris climate accord on Wednesday, adding that the deal is the world's best option for curbing climate change. "If we follow through on the commitments that this Paris agreement embodies, history may well judge it as a turning point for our planet," he said.
The Board of Zoning Appeals in McLean County, Ill., is considering a case that if won would repeal new zoning requirements for wind development in the area. EDP Renewables and Invenergy have expressed support for the policy, with EDP adding that if it were not repealed and tighter regulations were passed, it would deter wind-related investment in the area.
AWEA Finance and Investment Conference: Wind is mainstream
Investors are usually looking for two things: strong returns and low risk. From the tone during the first day of AWEA's Finance and Investment Conference, wind energy checks both boxes. Indeed, if there was a common refrain heard during panel after panel, it's that the Wall Street world considers wind power "mainstream." Read more.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
Helen Keller, writer and political activist
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.