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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Kiernan: US offshore wind industry has been a long time coming
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Kiernan: US offshore wind industry has been a long time coming | Push for renewables embraced by small towns | E.ON begins operations at 200-MW project in Texas
Bringing offshore wind energy to the US -- an accomplishment marked by the recent launch of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island -- "has taken a lot of perseverance," said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said that the Block Island project, specifically, is the result of seven years of work.
Small towns like Spearville, Kan., are embracing renewable energy, including wind energy, according to a short documentary. "Out here, anything under 20 miles per hour is a breeze," Spearville Mayor Kevin Heeke said of the wind turbines in his city.
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America has begun operations at its 200-megawatt Colbeck's Corner wind farm in Texas, according to the company. The project features 112 General Electric 1.79-MW 100 machines.
NRG Yield has secured an eagle take permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for its 137-megawatt Alta East project in California, according to the parties. NRG said it has also developed a conservation plan to protect bats and birds from wind development.
NextEra Canada plans to purchase a 291-megawatt, 97-turbine wind farm in Alberta, Canada, from Heritage Wind Farm Development pending regulatory approval, said the companies. The deal is expected to close on Nov. 30.
Mainstream Renewable Power's new investment arm, Mainstream Renewable Capital, was designed with the goal of driving wind and solar development around the world, according to the company. Mainstream CEO Eddie O'Connor said that it hopes to raise more than $840 million to add 700 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity in South Africa, Chile, Vietnam and other locations over the next 18 months.
GE Renewable Energy tapped John Lavelle as the next CEO of its offshore wind unit. GE said that Lavelle is focused on making the company "one of the top three players in the offshore wind industry globally."
Floating offshore wind turbine technology is promising because the turbines can be placed far out at sea, brought in as needed for repairs and provide coastal areas that may not be suited for land-based or fixed turbines with electricity, said Emera New Brunswick General Manager Christian Richard. Emera is participating in the Maine Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind pilot project off the coast of Maine.
Renewables like wind and solar are beginning to take off the Middle East, according to this analysis. Although clean energy sources only provide 5% of the region's total electricity, some cities, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, have begun setting renewable energy targets.
Renewables, which recently surpassed coal in terms of new global generating capacity, have been "growing strongly," but still require governmental support, said International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol. He said that stable policies in China and the US are crucial to the sector's continued growth.
In the home stretch of the election cycle, with political polls continuing to fluctuate, one thing has remained constant throughout the entire campaign: Americans agree they want more clean energy, and wind energy in particular. The Pew Research Center found 77% of Donald Trump's supporters and 88% of Hillary Clinton's supporters want more wind farms built in the US. 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.