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Monday, November 21, 2016
Opinion: US wind industry requires transmission upgrades
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Opinion: US wind industry requires transmission upgrades | Analysis: Rural communities want more clean energy | Trump can't stop renewables, say clean energy advocates
The US must update its transmission infrastructure if it wants to continue to a renewable energy economy powered by wind, especially in rural areas, writes Lucas Nelsen, a policy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyon, Neb. "For the renewable energy industry to continue to grow, the transmission system must be updated to connect areas where projects are developed to the larger grid and to deliver renewable power to consumers," he writes.
Rural communities want new opportunities for revenue and low-cost energy, such as homegrown wind and solar, according to this analysis. Observers say these communities may benefit from President-elect Donald Trump's "all of the above," approach to energy, especially if his administration extends funding for the Energy Department's renewable-energy initiatives.
President-elect Donald Trump can't stop the nation's transition to a renewable-energy economy, especially states like Iowa, which sources more than one-third of its total electricity from wind, say clean energy advocates. Observers say Iowa should serve as a national role model for wind development, as its wind industry employs thousands of people and generates millions of dollars in land leases and tax revenue.
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Alliant Energy expects to break ground on an expansion at its Whispering Willow project in Iowa in 2018, according to the company. The company added that it hopes to begin operations at the $1 billion, 500-MW project in 2019.
Wind and solar energy are already creating jobs and saving consumers in northeastern Minnesota money, writes state Rep. Erik Simonson. "With so many stories about new technology that can dramatically change the way we live our lives, it's important to remember that low-cost energy options don't just exist in theory, they exist right in our own backyard," he writes.
Wind and solar energy will likely continue to grow in the US under the Trump administration, though progress may slower, according to E.ON Chairman and CEO Johannes Teyssen. He added that the nation may shift its focus back to fossil fuels, but that any upcoming changes will take place slowly.
Leaders in Wyoming's wind industry are hopeful that the Trump administration could ease some regulations burdening the industry, according to this analysis. "It depends a lot on what an administration proposes in terms of its executive authority, what kind of legislation can make it through Congress," said Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen.
The US and the other nations that signed the Paris climate accord must uphold the agreement and continue their transition to a low-carbon economy, writes Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. "The first step for Trump and Congress in January should be to call on the National Academy of Engineering to mobilize the great engineers across America to come up with a climate-smart energy strategy that makes sense for all regions of the nation," he argues.
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As strong and consistent breeze has descended down upon Texas and the Plains states, and these gusts helped wind power break energy generation records on Texas's main grid, ERCOT, and the grid across the Plains states, the Southwest Power Pool. 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.