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*
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Goldwind introduces smart turbine series
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Analysis: Trump unlikely to hinder wind, solar in the short run | Microsoft inks PPA with projects in Wyo., Kan. | Ohio county considers 10-year PPA with offshore project
Renewable-energy tax credits and falling costs will continue to make wind and solar competitive in the near future regardless of the Trump administration, according to this analysis. Experts also say it is possible that President-elect Donald Trump's plan to invest $500 billion in infrastructure upgrades could bode well for the renewable industry.
Microsoft has signed a power purchase agreement with two Black Hills wind farms in Wyoming and a third wind farm in Kansas, which is owned by Allianz Risk Transfer. Microsoft said that it would use the 237 megawatts of output from the projects to power a data center located in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Ohio's Cuyahoga County Council is considering entering into a 10-year power purchase agreement with Cleveland Public Power. If approved, the county would use generation from Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s proposed six-turbine Icebreaker offshore wind farm in Lake Erie to provide up to 23% of the total electricity needed at 17 buildings.
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Lekela Power, a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Energy and Actis, has installed 30 of 61 Siemens turbines at its wind farm in South Africa, according to the company. The Loeriesfontein project will have a total capacity of 140 megawatts.
John Laing has purchased a 29.7-megawatt wind farm in Germany, according to the company. The Horath project, which will feature nine Vestas V112 3.3-MW turbines, is expected to begin operations later this year.
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology has introduced a new smart turbine series designed for areas with low and very low wind speeds, according to the company. Goldwind said that its new GW3S platform will have capacities up to 3.4 megawatts.
St. Olaf College in Minnesota has switched to 100% wind generation using Xcel Energy's Windsource program. "We're proud to partner with a school educating students about the benefits of renewables as we expand wind and solar energy options for customers," said Chris Clark, president of Xcel Energy for Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas sourced 17% of its total electricity from wind in October, up from 11% in September, according to the grid operator. Meanwhile, the report said that natural gas usage declined 26% month-over-month in October.
President Barack Obama urged President-elect Donald Trump to uphold the Paris climate accord. When it comes to international deals, "the tradition has been you carry them forward across the administrations, particularly if once you actually examine them, they're doing good for us and binding other countries into behavior that will help us," said Obama at a press conference on Monday.
We often talk about how wind energy is a drought-proof cash crop for farmers and ranchers, providing steady income they can count on when the rains don't fall or the fields don't produce as expected. But what does this mean for their day-to-day operations? Dr. Sarah Mills of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy recently took a deeper look at this question in a paper entitled, "Farming the wind: The impacts of wind energy on farming." Read AWEA blog.
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.