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
Millennium purchases 10% stake in Indian wind firm
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AWEA objects to BLM permitting rule for renewables | Minn. clean energy transition is underway, experts say | Gamesa to provide 90-MW project in China with turbines
Wind turbines near Clarion, Iowa (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The American Wind Energy Association objected to the Bureau of Land Management's final rule updating the permitting process for renewables on federal land, which AWEA says could further deter wind development on public land. "The rule penalizes projects pursued outside of designated zones, yet there are no designated zones for wind energy and there may not be for years," AWEA said.
Minnesota has begun shifting to a clean energy economy -- a trend that experts say will continue at the state level, regardless of federal shifts in policy. "The action has always been at the states anyway, and the action at the states has always been bipartisan," said Fresh Energy Executive Director Michael Noble.
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Gamesa, based in Spain, has agreed to provide Sinohydro Renewable Energy with 18 G132 5-megawatt turbines for a 90-MW wind farm in China. "This contract marks an important strategic landmark for Gamesa: Not only is it the maiden order from the 5-MW platform in Asia, it is the first signed order for the G132-5.0 MW," said Alvaro Bilbao, CEO of Gamesa China.
Chinese firm CSIC HZ Windpower has agreed to use blades from LM Wind Power in its new H151 5-megawatt turbine series. "This deal strengthens LM Wind Power's growth in China and emphasizes the importance of highly reliable and efficient blades as a key factor for expanding the growing offshore sector," said LM Wind CEO Marc de Jong.
Millennium Energy, based in Nevada, has acquired a 10% stake in Indian developer Steelite Wind. "Millennium will shortly announce further investment and expansion plans in the wind, solar and renewable energy sector" in India, said the Indian government.
Dong Energy has begun operations at a new office in Taipei, Taiwan, according to the company. Dong said that the facility would further its goal of building four offshore wind farms in and around Changhua.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's clean energy standard, which was introduced Aug. 1., marks the state's first step toward decarbonization, said Jerry Kremer, chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance. During a forum on Monday, Kremer called on the audience to give the proposal a shot, adding that it could boost clean energy development across the state.
French President Francois Hollande and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have asked President-elect Donald Trump to take action on climate change, starting with upholding the Paris climate accord. "The United States, the largest economic power in the world, the second largest greenhouse gas emitter, must respect the commitments it has undertaken," said Hollande.
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. Read AWEA blog.
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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.