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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
AWEA: Texas wind farms generated record power on Nov. 17
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AWEA: Texas wind farms generated record power on Nov. 17 | US shift to renewables is unstoppable, says McCarthy | NYSERDA submits draft plan to survey Long Island's offshore wind
Wind farms in Texas and the Plains states generated a record-breaking amount of power on Nov. 17, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said at one point that day, wind generation reached 14.122 gigawatts.
The transition to a renewable energy economy has gained too much momentum to be stopped now, regardless of the Clean Power Plan, said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday. "The train to a global clean energy future has already left the station," she said.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority issued a draft plan to study Long Island's potential for offshore wind development in terms of wind speed and ocean waves. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is expected to hold an offshore wind lease sale for the area on Dec. 15.
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The Maryland Public Service Commission has begun reviewing a pair of proposals from US Wind and an unnamed company to build an offshore wind farm off the coast of the state. "This is the last step for Maryland to move forward with an offshore wind project," said Karla Raettig, Maryland League of Conservation Voters executive director.
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology has agreed to supply Pacific Hydro with 32 2.5-megawatt turbines for an 82-MW project in Chile. The company said that it expects to begin delivering the machines next year.
Siemens has begun work on a series of upgrades to its turbine hub and nacelle factory in Hutchinson, Kan., according to the company. "This project will add critical storage space and help ensure finished goods are properly maintained before shipping," said Plant Manager Danilo Bezerra.
Political will and the necessity of avoiding the harsh vagaries of global energy prices were the keys driving Burlington, Vt., to achieving full independence and considerable cost savings in energy. The city now thrives on sustainable energy generated by wood chips, wind turbines, solar panels and hydropower, and additional ambitious projects are in store.
President-elect Donald Trump recently advised British politician Nigel Farage to reject offshore wind farms that could block the views from one of his golf courses in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Former Obama administration ethics adviser Norman Eisen called the move "an extraordinary transgression of the core idea of public service."
Dr. Sarah Mills of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy recently took a deeper look at what land lease payments mean for farmers in a paper entitled, "Farming the wind: The impacts of wind energy on farming." She sent a survey to 14 farmland townships throughout Michigan and received responses from over 1,200 landowners. Here are a few key findings.
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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.