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, January 31, 2017
Analysis: The cost of renewables is declining globally
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PCW confident Chokecherry wind farm can advance under Trump | Analysis: Economics drive wind development in Texas | Opinion: Wind development, eagle conservation are compatible
The Power Co. of Wyoming is pleased that the Trump administration has purportedly named the planned 1,000-megawatt Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project and the 728-mile TransWest Express Transmission on a list of 50 infrastructure projects to prioritize, according to spokeswoman Kara Choquette. "We are very confident that these projects can advance under this administration, which recognizes the value of large infrastructure development," she said.
Economics are the No. 1 driving force behind Texas' emphasis on wind development, according to this analysis. Observers say the falling cost of wind and renewables combined with fluctuations in oil pricing have made clean energy attractive in the largely conservative state.
Wind projects, such as the Power Co. of Wyoming's Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, can be developed in a way that protects eagle populations while helping the US gain energy independence, writes Noreen Walsh, regional director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie region. "Wind energy is a part of America's strategy to achieve energy independence, and the wind energy industry is continuing to expand, particularly in the American West," she writes.
Offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy Cathie Associates has opened a new arm that will focus on the US up-and-coming offshore wind industry, according to the company. "We feel the time is right to demonstrate our future commitment to US offshore wind, and to recognize the importance of local content and American jobs," said CEO and founder David Cathie.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a system from Laufer Wind designed to help turbines detect low-flying aircraft. Laufer said the system works "by deploying a radar-based system around a farm, turning lights on only when low-flying aircraft are detected nearby."
Vattenfall has issued a call for companies to provide quality assurance services for turbine foundations, towers, blades, nacelle and hub components and for the entire installation process, said the company. Interested companies should submit an application by Feb. 24.
The cost of renewable energy is falling around the world and reaching grid parity with coal-fired thermal power in places such as Europe and the Middle East, according to this piece. Observers attribute the declines to new technology and the rise of the competitive bidding system used in Europe and other places.
Indiana state Rep. Tom Saunders has filed a bill that, if approved, would establish a minimum setback distances for turbines and give residents a "stronger voice" in the placement and development of wind projects. The bill would also set disclosure requirements for wind firms interested in building in the area.
Fact check: Military says wind farms strengthen, not hinder, national security
Recently, several media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.com, have erroneously reported on wind farms impacting military bases. The reality couldn't be further from the truth -- wind bolsters our national security be creating more of our energy right here at home. Here are the facts.
If you don't like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less.
Eric Shinseki, military leader
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.