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Tuesday, November 01, 2016
AWEA's Gramlich: US needs infrastructure package under next president
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AWEA's Gramlich: US needs infrastructure package under next president | Xcel develops 5-year plan focused on wind, transmission development | Amazon, EverPower to build new 189-MW wind farm in Ohio
The next president needs to develop a comprehensive infrastructure package that considers the entire scope of the US' energy mix and allows for transmission expansion, said American Wind Energy Association Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Rob Gramlich. "We are going to need a lot more [transmission] ... and that's especially true if and when the Clean Power Plan stay is lifted," he said.
Xcel Energy has developed a five-year plan in which it will increasingly focus on expanding its installed wind capacity and building new transmission projects throughout its service area, said Chairman, President and CEO Benjamin Fowke. "Because of the strong wind resources in our backyard, we have the unique opportunity to invest in renewable generation in which the capital costs are offset by fuel savings," he said.
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Amazon Web Services and EverPower Wind have agreed to build a new wind farm in Hardin County, Ohio, with a total capacity of 189 megawatts. AWS added that it has set a new goal to source at least 50% of the electricity it uses at its data centers from renewables by the end of next year.
The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared a proposed project from Apex Clean Energy that would sit at the top of North Mountain in Botetourt County, Va. The FAA said the Rocky Forge Wind project "would have no substantial adverse effect on the safe and efficient utilization of the navigable airspace by aircraft or the operation of air navigation facilities."
Seven of the eight Siemens 3-megawatt 101 direct-drive turbines at Sempra US Gas & Power's Auwahi wind farm in Hawaii are back up and running after a temporary shutdown, according to a company spokeswoman. She said Sempra would continue to investigate why one machine failed.
ScottishPower Renewables has chosen A2Sea to install 102 7-megawatt Siemens machines at its 714-MW East Anglia 1 offshore wind project off the coast of England. "I am confident that by providing our competent and experienced crew both onshore and offshore will ensure a project delivered both on time, on budget and most importantly in a safe manner," said A2Sea CEO Jens Frederik Hansen.
Candidates running for office could gain more support from the general public by embracing renewables, writes EDF Renewable Services' Trevor Clifton. "Bipartisan support for stable energy tax policy is paying off: Not only is the United States leading the world in wind power, we in Colorado rank 10th in the nation for wind energy facilities," he writes.
The global cost of offshore wind per megawatt-hour has declined 22% since the first half of 2016 and 28% from the second half of last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "This study shows that the economics of offshore wind are now improving fast, with the best sites getting closer to striking distance of more mature technologies," said BNEF Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa Seb Henbest.
Roughly 88% of the people who support Hillary Clinton and 77% of those that back Donald Trump want more wind farms, according to the Pew Research Center. The report said supporters of the two presidential nominees vary drastically on fossil fuels, with 22% of Clinton supporters and 69% of Trump backers expressing support for more coal mining.
New partnership helps bring clean power to millions of Americans
Clean Line Energy and GE Energy Connections have announced a new partnership, agreeing to work together on the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. The project will carry wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to millions of customers throughout the southeast, and will be the first overhead high voltage direct current project built in the US in over two decades. Read more.
Learn how to advocate for renewable energy on social media
These days, social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are no longer just for connecting with friends -- they are critical tools for communicating good news about your business to the public, decision makers, influencers and potential customers. That's why the Wind Energy Foundation's A Renewable America campaign is hosting a webinar next Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 3:30 Eastern time on advanced social media techniques. Read more.
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.