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*
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Alterra to partner with Vestas, Blattner on Texas wind farm
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AWEA's Kiernan: Md. clean energy bill would drive economic growth | Opinion: Rejecting wind now would hurt the US later | Gamesa acquires 100% stake in Adwen JV
The American Wind Energy Association and other clean energy advocates met at the Maryland State House on Wednesday to seek a veto override for the Clean Energy Jobs Act. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said AWEA strongly supports the bill, which would create "new jobs in wind power and other industries while attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in new private investment to Maryland."
Rejecting wind and other renewables would have long-term consequences for the US, writes Art Cornell. "We badly need wind energy and other solar energies to slow down the changing climate and to decrease the use of natural gas that is currently used to heat our homes but will someday be gone," he writes.
Gamesa has officially become the sole owner of Adwen, an offshore wind joint venture that it previously shared with Areva. "This sale is part of the transformation plan undertaken by Areva to refocus its business on nuclear fuel cycle activities," said Areva.
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Alterra Power has contracted Vestas and Blattner Energy to provide it with turbines and construction services for its 200-megawatt Flat Top project under development in Texas, said the company. Alterra added that it has ordered 100 Vestas V110 2-MW turbines for the project.
Vattenfall has unveiled plans to expand its 300-megawatt Thanet offshore wind farm off the coast of England after nixing a similar proposal in 2010. A company spokesman said the expansion would include 34 additional turbines and have a total capacity up to 340 MW.
The nonprofit Climate Trust released a list of 10 carbon market trends to watch for during 2017. The organization predicts states and local governments will lead the US' clean energy transition and that private industries will continue to become more environmentally conscious.
Renewables accounted for 11.5% of the UK's total electricity generation in 2016, while only 9.2% came from coal, according to UK climate website Carbon Brief. The publication said 2016 also marked the first time coal generation fell below 10% of the nation's total energy mix since it became popular in the 1800s.
Costa Rica sourced 98.1% of its total electricity from renewables in 2016, according to the Electricity Institute. The report said that 2016 marks the second consecutive year that renewables provided the majority of the nation's electricity, down from 99% in 2015.
Ransomware Secrets: Small businesses keep attacks quietA recent survey by the Ponemon Institute revealed that many small to midsize businesses pay an average ransom of $2,500 and more than half neglect to report the attacks out of fear of poor publicity. Still, the battle against ransomware can be made even tougher when attacks aren't reported. The number reported by the FBI represents exclusively reported attacks. What's missing is the number of unreported attacks - as well as the number of undetected attacks. Read the full post
Yesterday was National Bird Day, offering a good chance to share the positive story about wind energy and birds. What do some of America's most respected conservation groups think about wind power? "Audubon strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source that helps reduce the threats posed to birds and people by climate change." 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.