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*
Friday, October 21, 2016
Rep. Reed: Extension needed for ITC, a major driver of distributed wind
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Rep. Reed: Extension needed for ITC, a major driver of distributed wind | E.ON wins 12-year PPA with J&J for Texas project | Gamesa wins 95-MW turbine order in China
The Investment Tax Credit for on-site residential and commercial wind systems must be extended if the nation wants to continue to reap the rewards it brings to the small and distributed sector of the wind industry, said Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y. "We care about ensuring America's energy security for the sake of the hardworking men and women from across our region and future generations," he said.
E.ON has secured a 12-year power purchase agreement with Johnson & Johnson for its 200-megawatt Colbeck's Corner wind farm in Texas, according to the company. In other news, it has also broken ground on a 278-MW wind farm in Illinois, Radford's Run, which is expected to feature 139 2-MW machines from Vestas.
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Van Oord has contracted SAL Heavy Lift to transport foundation components from Germany, Denmark and the UK to its Walney offshore wind farm off the coast of England, according to the companies. The project, which is being built in two phases, will feature 102 Siemens turbines for a total capacity of 367 megawatts.
The EU's Community Research and Development Information Service has been working to drive down the costs associated with offshore wind development through a turbine monitoring project dubbed TOWERPOWER, according to this piece. Observers say that opportunities for savings can be found by carefully monitoring a turbine's structural condition.
UK port operator Peel Ports has begun work on the project that will prepare a port in Great Yarmouth, England, for a flurry of offshore wind activity, according to the company. The port is expected to play a key role in the development of ScottishPower Renewables' 714-megawatt East Anglia 1 and Innogy SE's 336-MW Galloper offshore wind projects.
Countries in the EU could reduce the costs associated with renewable energy integration and increase their access to renewables by adopting more flexible electricity markets, according to research firm Market4RES. The report touted the benefits of cross-border energy sharing and transparent pricing for all energy forms.
The Senate may reject a recent pact signed by nearly every country to reduce hydrofluorocarbons if it goes before the chamber for review, according to this analysis. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said that her agency is unsure whether the deal will require Senate ratification.
AWEA Offshore Wind Conference: Offshore wind power has arrived
With the nation's first-ever offshore wind farm now installed off the coast of Rhode Island, it's never been a more exciting time to attend AWEA's Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition. Hear from all of the industry's movers and shakers this Oct. 25 to 26 in Warwick, R.I., to learn about where the U.S. offshore wind industry is headed and how high its potential reaches. Read more.
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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.