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 11, 2016
Report: Global installed wind capacity could hit 500 GW by year's end
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Iron Mountain signs PPA with Amazon Texas project | GE plans $1.65B LM Wind buyout | Report: Wind, solar could account for 39% of global generation by 2060
Enterprise information management services firm Iron Mountain has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for 10% of the output from the 253-megawatt Amazon project in Texas, according to the company. The firm said the deal would provide enough wind energy to power all 75 of its properties in Texas and a few in other states.
General Electric has agreed to purchase LM Wind Power in a $1.65 billion deal, according to the companies. "We'll be more local, have more flexibility and knowledge in turbine design and supply, and more ability to innovate and reduce product costs, while improving turbine performance," said GE Renewable President and CEO Jerome Pecresse.
The world's installed wind and solar capacity is expected to grow at an unprecedented rate for the foreseeable future and could supply 39% of the world's total electricity needs by 2060, according to the World Energy Council.
General Electric has agreed to build two new turbine service facilities in Brazil that will support wind farms operated by Casa dos Ventos and other companies in the region. The projects "will enable the companies to strengthen their relationships and provide local response much faster for both scheduled and unscheduled service needs," said GE.
October is Safety Awareness Month The AWEA Driving and Vehicle Safety Awareness Campaign is here. As part of this year's Drive Safely, Arrive Alive campaign, AWEA is focusing on initiatives designed to generate awareness about the risks involved in being on the road and what to do to mitigate them. The campaign includes three webinars, Part II of the series, A Deadly Distraction, will be held on October 11 and is exclusive to AWEA members. Register now.
The world's total installed wind capacity could surpass 500 gigawatts by the end of 2016, according to the World Wind Energy Association. WWEA said that the global installed wind capacity hit 456.5 GW at the end of June, providing about 4.7% of the world's total electricity needs.
Northeast Community College in Nebraska has been filling the wind industry's growing need for skilled workers since the program's launch in 2011. "The wind energy program at Northeast is helping to support that growth by providing students with the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to readily fill those maintenance and operational positions," said Shanelle Grudzinski, associate dean of applied technology.
Complying with the Paris climate accord will require a collective effort from everyone, including individuals, families, governments and businesses, writes Deanna Spatz. "I urge all to recognize ways we can lower our own energy use, and to contact lawmakers in support of creating energy standards and jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency," she writes.
About 100 people representing nonprofit group 350 Montana rallied in front of NorthWestern Energy on Monday asking the utility to embrace wind and solar projects. Montana Environmental Information Center Clean Energy Program Director Brian Fadie said that the utility should spend $1.3 billion it would allocate to 13 new natural gas plants on renewables instead.
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Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power are seeking approval to build two segments of the 1,000-mile Gateway West transmission line in southwestern Idaho, say observers. The companies have secured an environmental impact statement from the Bureau of Land Management for the project, which observers say could ultimately carry wind energy between Wyoming and Idaho.
Fact check: Texas wind power sets a successful example
Recent commentary in the MIT Technology Review shares several captivating stories about the ways wind power benefits communities across Texas. However, the final product also gets some things wrong about wind power's technology. This fact check clears up those misunderstandings.
Sometimes, the shortest path between two points is serpentine.
Christopher Benfey, literary critic
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