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*
Monday, January 09, 2017
Analysis: GE turbine teaches Neb. students, supplies energy
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AWEA's Gohn: Ohio policies mean wind will continue to lag | Report: US could be net energy exporter by 2026 | Swift Current acquires $400M Ill. wind farm
Strong setback requirements mean that wind development will continue to lag in Ohio despite Gov. John Kasich's decision to veto a bill that would have made the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard optional for the next two years, according to American Wind Energy Association Eastern Region Policy Director Andrew Gohn. "There are tremendous opportunities either way but to maximize the opportunity Ohio needs to address setback reform," he said.
The US could achieve net exporter status by 2026 thanks to nationwide increases in natural gas and renewable energy production, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration outlining seven scenarios for the nation's energy future. The report said that renewable energy generation could surpass that of coal by 2030.
Swift Current Energy, a new wind company from Maine, has purchased Relight's $400 million Meridian Wind Farm Project in Logan County, Ill., according to the companies. "As the new owners, we are bound by all of the previous agreements and conditions in the previous contracts from the Relight," said Swift Principal Matt Birchby.
A2Sea has erected the first of 67 6-megawatt offshore wind turbines from Siemens at 402-MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the coast of England, according to the company. The Statoil-owned project is expected to begin operations this year.
Nobelwind has reached first power at a 165-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Belgium, according to one of its investors, Parkwind. The Belwind 2 project features 51 Vestas V112 3.3-MW turbines.
Lighthouse Wind, a project under development in New York by Apex Clean Energy, won't have a negative impact on a near US Air Force base, writes John Szalasny. He argues that a bill proposed by Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., to stop wind farms from being built within 40 miles of US military facilities is unnecessary, especially since the Air Force, like other US military branches, has a goal to source 25% of its total electricity from renewables by 2025.
A single $4 million, 1.7-megawatt General Electric turbine erected near Central Community College-Hastings in Nebraska has an important resource for the school, supplying both electricity and an opportunity for learning, according to this piece. Campus President Bill Hitesman said the school is working to expand its wind energy curriculum.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed an agreement facilitating cross-border electricity sharing between the US and Mexico. "Mexico has excellent renewable resources, and on the southern (US) border, those states all have ambitious renewable targets," said Moniz.
Congress should grant the Energy Department greater authority in handling security threats to the nation's electrical grid, said the Energy Department in the second part of its Quadrennial Energy Review. In the report, the Energy Department also offers input on handling the challenges associated with adding small-scale wind and rooftop solar to the grid.
Energy Dept. Annual Energy Outlook projects doubling of wind energy
There's good news from the Department of Energy today. The department's annual report projecting the future of energy in America shows wind power capacity will double from 76 gigawatts today to 152 GW by the year 2023. 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.