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*
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Nordex CEO: US wind policies to remain stable through 2020
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Nordex CEO: US wind policies to remain stable through 2020 | Trump deserves a chance, says Siemens CEO | 3M teams up with Altitec to add vortex generators to blades
US policies on wind energy aren't likely to change before the end of the decade, Nordex CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard said. "Wind power is big business in the United States," he said, adding that the nation's industry employs roughly 100,000 individuals.
Siemens and other wind developers -- especially those that don't rely on US support mechanisms -- may thrive under the leadership of President-elect Donald Trump, said CEO Joe Kaeser today. "Give him a chance; let's see what we can do together and take the positive out of it," he said.
3M has partnered with Altitec, a firm that specializes in repairing turbine blades, to add 3M wind vortex generators to its blades, according to the companies. Altitec said that the upgrade, which aims to improve the aerodynamics of blades, could increase a turbine's output between 2% and 3% annually.
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The Warren County, Ind., Board of Zoning Appeals failed to reach a decision on Orion Renewable Energy's proposed Jordan Creek project during a meeting on Wednesday. The board will meet again Nov. 28 to discuss the proposed wind farm, which could feature up to 150 turbines.
The Renewables Infrastructure Group, an investment firm based in the UK, has officially purchased Renewable Energy Systems' 22.55-megawatt Freasdail wind farm in Scotland. It will feature 11 Senvion 2.05-MW MM82 turbines.
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President-elect Donald Trump won't have the power to dismantle the nation's renewable energy policies overnight, and any change that does occur won't happen quickly, said Karl Rabago, executive director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center in New York. He added that renewables would continue to be a top priority for the rest of the world even if Trump ends the Clean Power Plan and other renewable energy initiatives at home.
President-elect Donald Trump's global trade policies could increase the costs associated with renewables by placing higher tariffs on the importation of renewable energy equipment, according to this piece. Some are concerned that the Trump administration may also roll back support mechanisms for renewables.
AWEA ready to work with President-elect Trump to strengthen US economy
The American Wind Energy Association is ready to work with President-elect Donald Trump and his administration to assure that wind power continues to be a vibrant part of the U.S. economy. An unstoppable shift to a cleaner energy economy is underway, and the fundamentals of wind energy in America are strong. 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.