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 07, 2016
Westar Energy to source 33% of its electricity from wind by 2017
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Opinion: Clean energy transition strengthens manufacturing sector | Calpine sets sights on 125-MW project in N.Y. | NextEra conducts feasibility study at Kan. site
America's transition to a clean energy economy has been a boon for the nation's manufacturing sector and holds many opportunities for future growth, write Hugo Bague, group executive for organizational resources at Rio Tinto, and Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers Union. "The conversion to cleaner sources of energy, fuel efficient transportation, and increased industrial and building efficiency presents a unique and timely opportunity for a new generation of U.S. manufacturers," they write.
Energy firm Calpine is seeking approval to build a 125-megawatt wind farm in New York state that could feature up to 40 turbines, according to the company. If approved, Calpine said the Bluestone wind farm would feature a transmission line, collection substation and an interconnect substation.
NextEra Energy has erected a pair of meteorological towers near Canton, Kan., and is considering the feasibility of a wind farm in the area, said the company. "That's one of the first and most important parts when you're looking at a project like this," said spokesperson Rebecca Rivera.
Statoil Wind US is considering building a floating offshore wind farm off the coast of Hawaii's Oahu island, according to the company. Statoil has expressed an interest in a 485,000-acre tract that could be part of an upcoming Bureau of Ocean Energy Management offshore wind leasing auction.
ScottishPower Renewables has signed a contract in which it will use the UK Met Office's VisualEyes turbine monitoring software for a two-year period, according to the company. "With 30 sites across the country to monitor, it's vital to have a system that's accurate and that we can trust," said ScottishPower Control Center Manager Mark Gailey.
Westar Energy is on track to source 33% and 17% of its total electricity from wind and nuclear energy, respectively, by 2017, according to the company. Great Plains Energy, which received approval to acquire Westar last week, will have one of the largest wind portfolios in the country after the deal closes, said Great Plains Chairman, President and CEO Terry Bassham.
The top five pillars for wind-related research and innovation are operation and maintenance, grid infrastructure, curbing offshore wind costs, developing new technology in the industry and boosting production, according to WindEurope. "Industrialization will take the sector to the next level, thereby optimizing the whole value chain," said Vestas Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President Anders Vedel.
Cape Wind has dropped an appeal in which it would have argued that the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board should restore its right build a transmission line between land and a proposed 130-megawatt offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
In classrooms, playgrounds, and lunchrooms around the country, kids are sharing some pretty insightful perspectives on the future of our planet. To help support these important discussions and encourage future engineers to explore the potential of wind energy, we are very happy to hear that our friends at Avangrid Renewables have brought back the #PowerOfWindContest for another year. Learn more.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Maria Robinson, writer
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.