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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Analysis: Trump won't stop US clean energy transition
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Analysis: Trump won't stop US clean energy transition | How will wind fare under Trump? | Vestas projects slower growth in US wind industry next year
The US will continue its transition to a clean energy economy regardless of President-elect Donald Trump or the fate of the Clean Power Plan, according to this analysis. Observers say that low-cost renewables are an increasingly attractive energy source, especially as coal-fired power plants across the country continue to retire.
The wind energy industry faces an uncertain future under President-elect Donald Trump, according to this analysis. Among other things, Trump has expressed favor for fossil fuels, promising to "unleash America's $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves."
The US market for wind turbines is expected to slow down in 2017 after several years of strong growth, according to Vestas. The industry likely will continue to grow in the US, though at a slower rate, as companies end their rush on projects expected to qualify for the wind energy Production Tax Credit, thanks to its extension.
Greenbacker Renewable Energy has purchased Greenfield Wind's 25-megawatt Greenfield wind farm in Montana for about $34.5 million, according to the company. The project features 13 General Electric 2.3-MW 107 machines.
The Danish government has awarded Vattenfall the right to develop a 600-megawatt offshore wind farm dubbed Kriegers Flak. The project, which will have an interconnection with Germany, is expected to begin operations by the end of 2021.
Voters in Grafton and Windham, Vt., voted against a proposed wind farm from Iberdrola Renewables, which is changing its name to Avangrid Renewables, on Tuesday. The company said previously it would not move forward with the project if it wasn't supported by the public.
The UK government is preparing to hold a second Contract for Difference, an auction in which firms compete for support to build a variety of renewable energy projects, including offshore wind farms. "We're sending a clear signal that Britain is one of the best places in the world to invest in clean, flexible energy as we continue to upgrade our energy infrastructure," said UK Energy Minister Greg Clark.
AWEA ready to work with President-elect Trump to strengthen US economy
The American Wind Energy Association is ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump and his administration to assure that wind power continues to be a vibrant part of the U.S. economy. An unstoppable shift to a cleaner energy economy is underway, and the fundamentals of wind energy in America are strong. Read more.
Rural America keeps farming the wind
We recently reported on the ways wind power has become an economic powerhouse for rural America, leading some observers to call wind "the new corn." Outlets across the US have picked up on this story, with the latest installment coming from the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska. 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.