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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Analysis: Silicon Valley tech firms race to 100% renewables
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Analysis: Silicon Valley tech firms race to 100% renewables | Deepwater is driving down US offshore wind costs, says CEO | EDF Renewable to use Siemens, Vestas machines in Minn.
Google, Apple, Facebook and other Silicon Valley tech giants are racing to source 100% of their total electricity from renewables, according to this piece. Apple said it hit 93% last year, and Google said that it hopes to achieve its 100% renewables goal sometime next year, of which 95% will come from wind energy.
Deepwater Wind is "bringing down the cost of American offshore wind energy in a big way," said CEO Jeffrey Grybowski, whose company recently unveiled plans to build a second offshore wind farm in the US, this time off the coast of Maryland. "Ratepayers in Maryland will benefit from energy that is both clean and affordable," he added.
EDF Renewable Energy proposed using 42 Siemens 108 2.3-megawatt and 50 Vestas V100 2-MW turbines machines at its 200-MW Red Pine wind farm in Minnesota, according to the company. EDF said it initially planned to use 100% Vestas turbines, but it can cut down on the project's total number of turbines by eight units under its new plan.
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Wind Quarry has received a permit allowing it to move forward with its plans to build a 103-megawatt wind farm in South Dakota dubbed Willow Creek. "Contractors are on site and breaking ground this week," said CEO Patrick O'Meara.
EDP Renewables has withdrawn its plans to build a 250-megawatt wind farm in Maine. The company said transmission-related delays resulted in the project losing its 20-year power purchase agreement with two utilities in Connecticut.
Titan Wind Energy has ordered 40 V110 2-megawatt turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a 79-MW wind farm in China, according to the companies. "For our first project in low- and medium-wind resource area in eastern China, we believe that Vestas' rich experience in tall tower technology and its high-quality turbines will help us capture more wind energy, thus achieving competitive cost of energy," Titan CEO Yan Junxu said.
Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind project off the coast of Rhode Island hit a temporary delay recently when one of the turbine generators was damaged. The company said such delays are to be expected, and that it still plans to begin commercial operations at the site in the near future.
The Columbia Water and Light Department has asked the Columbia, Mo., City Council to approve a second wind energy power purchase agreement with Crystal Lake Wind III. If approved, the city would secure an additional 27 megawatts of output from Crystal Lake's Iowa wind farm.
The US added 2,972 megawatts to its total installed wind capacity from January to October, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The report said that during the same period, the solar industry added 4,960 MW to its total generating capacity.
Google made a truly remarkable announcement this week: renewable energy will power 100% of its global operations in 2017. But what's most impressive about this announcement? Nearly all of the renewable energy will come from wind power. Read more.
The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.
Charles de Lint, writer
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.