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*
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Wind must be part of nation's energy mix, says Sen. Ernst
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AWEA's Kiernan: PTC extension provides stability, drives investment | Pattern acquires 90-MW stake in 179-MW project in Canada | Senvion wins 33-turbine supply deal in Norway
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The wind energy Production Tax Credit has given the wind industry the stability needed to encourage investment and drive rapid growth, American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said at the Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference in New York. Kiernan touted the importance of maintaining that momentum as the PTC phases out, especially when it comes to Clean Power Plan compliance.
Pattern Energy has acquired a 90-megawatt stake in a 179-MW project in Ontario, Canada, according to the company. "The acquisition of Armow Wind is immediately accretive, providing us with increased cash flow and growing the portfolio to 2.6 gigawatts of owned capacity," said Pattern Energy President and CEO Mike Garland.
Senvion has won a contract to supply the 112.2-megawatt Egersund project in Norway with 33 3.4-MW 114 turbines, according to the company. The project, which marks Senvion's first deal in the country, is expected to begin operations in 2017.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown has approved a request from Community Windpower to build a 75.5-megawatt wind farm in Scotland's Lammermuir Hills, according to both parties.
Esteyco, a Spanish research project financed by the EU, has introduced a new system for installing offshore wind turbines that could result in a cost reduction of 30% to 40%, according to the team. The plan, dubbed Elisa, calls for turbines to pre-assembled and pre-commissioned onshore before being towed out to their final destination, eliminating the needed for heavy-lift vessels.
China will need help from General Electric and other industry leaders to meet its aggressive goals for wind and renewable energy development, writes GE Power Conversion Service Director for China Haiming Li. "To reduce China's reliance on traditional power sources, more engineers, more skills and more sophisticated approaches to service are needed," he writes.
Wind energy has a crucial role to play in a US energy mix that provides consumers with low-cost and reliable power, says Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. On a recent visit, she applauded educators and students at the Sustainable Energy Resources and Technologies Center for their efforts to advance the industry.
The UK's decision to exit the EU hasn't had a negative effect on wind development in England's Humber region or the port town of Grimsby, according to this analysis. "I don't think Brexit changes anything because we've got projects in the pipeline and we've got our funds committed up to 2020," said Dong Energy Country Chairman in the UK and Dong Energy Wind Power Managing Director Brent Cheshire.
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. Read more.
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Nelson Mandela, activist and political leader
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.