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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Analysis: Wind is booming in US due to PTC extension, falling costs
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Kiernan: Offshore wind industry will create jobs, drive energy independence | Analysis: Wind is booming in US due to PTC extension, falling costs | 6 undisclosed firms begin bidding on N.Y. offshore wind space
The commercial operation of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island "is a triumph for the American worker and US energy independence, and it's just the beginning," said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "Offshore wind presents a unique opportunity for additional US ocean energy development," he said.
The wind energy Production Tax Credit extension and new cost-lowering technology continue to spur wind development in the US, making it an attractive place for wind-related investments, according to this analysis. Observers attribute these trends, in part, to new investment decisions from NextEra Energy, Xcel Energy and Southern Co.
Six unnamed bidders are participating in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's offshore wind leasing round in New York today, sources say. More than 12 firms have been pre-qualified to participate in the round, including the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
A2Sea has finished installing 32 V164 8-megawatt turbines from MHI Vestas at Dong Energy's Burbo Bank 2 extension project off the coast of England, according to the companies. The offshore wind farm has a total capacity of 258 MW.
Eversource Energy has purchased a 50% stake in Dong Energy's Bay State Wind offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, according to the company. The project will likely be built 15 to 25 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.
Gamesa has manufactured a record-breaking 1,880 turbines with a combined capacity of 3,880 megawatts so far in 2016, beating its 2008 record of 3,787 MW, according to the company. It said 36% of the total turbines it produced this year were assembled in India, while 28% came from Europe.
The Obama administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that updates the process for awarding eagle take permits to wind farms, including a new maximum permit period of 30 years, up from five. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said AWEA is still reviewing the rule, but that its member companies "strongly support its core purpose -- eagle conservation."
The future of wind development in Vermont may be hindered by the results the local, state and national voting that took place on Election Day, writes Guy Page, communications director of the Vermont Energy Partnership. Governor-elect Phil Scott, for example, has pledged to pass a moratorium on ridgeline wind development in the state, he writes.
Americans, including three-quarters of Trump voters, want more wind power
After nine months of new data all pointing to the same conclusion, it's now simply a fact: no matter where they live or who they voted for, most Americans want more of their electricity to come from wind power. The latest proof of wind energy's bipartisan support came when Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies released new survey results. 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.