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*
Friday, December 02, 2016
Ohio governor: Optional RPS could send wrong signal on clean energy
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Report: Clean energy enjoys broad bipartisan support in US | IEA: World must update power market to facilitate wind development | Ore. OKs 399-MW Saddle Butte project
Sixty-percent of self-identifying "very conservative" voters -- and 95% of "total liberals" -- want the federal government to expand clean energy development, according to the Conservative Energy Network. Senior Director Mark Pischea said the industry has a lot of bipartisan support and should be able to get Congress to keep the wind energy Production Tax Credit and other tax credits.
Countries around the world must update their power market rules and structures to make the addition of more wind generation more feasible for the companies and utilities involved, according to the International Energy Agency. The agency said that renewables could account for 60% of all generation by 2040.
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The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council has granted Saddle Butte Wind, a subsidiary of Caithness Energy, the right to build its proposed Saddle Butte project. The wind farm could have a total capacity up to 399 megawatts.
Xcel Energy has begun operations of a 200-megawatt wind farm in North Dakota featuring 100 Vestas V100 2-MW turbines, according to the company. The Courtenay wind farm was previously owned by Geronimo Energy.
Siemens' new factory in Hull, England, is expected to ship out its first batch of offshore turbines today, according to the company. "In the coming years, the new offshore wind projects that this factory will supply could generate enough clean electricity to power over 3 million homes and businesses," said Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark.
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TNEI, a UK-based energy consultant, and tech firm Visualwind have partnered to create a turbine sound monitoring system. The duo said the system would reduce the number of visits to various turbine sites, especially during the planning stage of a project.
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Royal Dutch Shell is on the lookout for opportunities in the green energy field, according to CEO Ben van Beurden. "I am convinced that in this space we will play an active role, a leading role and we will plan acquisitions in it," he said.
The Ohio House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss a bill next week that would make the state's renewable energy standards optional for the next three years. Gov. John Kasich said that the bill, if passed, may signal that Ohio has a backward view on clean energy growth.
What's the state of American wind power manufacturing?
Manufacturing may be a struggling part of the American economy, but not for the factories, workers and companies that build wind turbines. Over 500 factories build wind-related parts and materials in 43 states, making everything from major wind turbine components such as nacelles, blades, towers and gearboxes, to internal components like bearings, slip rings, fasteners and power converters. Read more.
A remarkable wind power milestone for the Lone Star State
It didn't take long for the Lone Star State to set a new wind energy high water mark. Less than two weeks ago, we reported on new wind power records in Texas and the Midwest, and on Monday records were shattered again. 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.