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*
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Al Gore: US transition to renewables isn't based on politics, ideology
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Al Gore: US transition to renewables isn't based on politics, ideology | Google to source 100% of its electricity from wind, solar in 2017 | Silicon Valley Power to acquire output from 49.5-MW wind farm
The US has begun shifting to a renewable energy economy and will continue to do so regardless of politics or ideology, writes former Vice President Al Gore. The costs associated with wind and solar continue to fall and both energy sources are becoming increasingly popular around the world, but the race is on to develop these technologies and put them into effect before climate change can truly take its toll, he argues.
Google is on track to source 100% of its total global electricity needs from renewables such as wind and solar beginning in 2017, the company said today. Director of Global Infrastructure and Energy Gary Demasi said Google's emphasis on sustainability would help it expand its cloud computing footprint, adding that renewables are a top priority for many firms interested in those services.
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SPower has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement with Silicon Valley Power for output from its 49.5-megawatt Sand Hill project in California, according to the companies. The project could feature up to 25 machines.
Avery Dennison has signed long-term power purchase agreement in which it will acquire 20 megawatts of output from Apex Clean Energy's 300-MW Perryton project in Texas, according to the companies. The wind farm is expected to feature 130 Siemens 2.307-MW machines.
Inox Wind has won a contract to supply SJVN, an independent energy firm in India, with 25 2-megawatt turbines for a 50-MW turnkey project in Gujarat. Inox said the chosen turbine series was designed for sites with low wind speeds.
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The global market for turbine blades could reach $7.7 billion annually by 2025, according to Navigant Research. The report said that technological advances would continue to yield major advances for the industry.
KILI Radio, a reservation radio station owned and operated by Native American tribes, sources 15% of its total electricity from a single turbine and has plans to increase its reliance on wind. "Unlike large wind farm projects that are costly and require a large infrastructure to maintain, small wind turbines represent a way for community members to see that they can generate their own energy without waiting for a big project to happen," said Bill Means, president of the KILI board of directors and member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe.
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President-elect Donald Trump is incorrect about many things about clean energy and should know that the fastest growing job in the US is wind turbine technician, writes Susan Kraemer. Contrary to Trump's claims, many wind turbine components are produced within the US, wind tech jobs are important to the nation's economy and exiting the Paris accord won't protect jobs, especially in the renewable energy sector, she argues.
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