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*
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Analysis: Rick Perry could help renewables grow nationally
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Global turbine market could hit $81.14B by 2019, report says | Opinion: Wind helps Vt. farmers, rural communities | Vattenfall nears finish line at UK wind farm
The worldwide market for turbines is poised to reach $81.14 billion in 2019, up from $76.54 billion in 2015, driven by stable government policies, falling costs and an increased concern for the environment, according to GlobalData. However, the market will likely fall off in 2020 due, in part, to the expiration of the wind energy Production Tax Credit, the report found.
Vermont needs more wind development because the industry can provide rural farmers with a stable income while also creating jobs and providing schools with much-needed funding, writes retired dairy farmer Phil Letourneau. "There is free wind blowing across Vermont's farm fields and hills and we should be putting it to good use," he writes.
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Tata Power has begun generating power a 36-megawatt phase of a 100-MW wind farm that it is building in Andhra Pradesh, India, according to the company. "Our strategic approach is in line with Tata Power's aim to expand its clean energy portfolio up to 35-40% by 2025," said Tata Power Renewable Energy Executive Director and CEO Rahul Shah.
Trianel Erneuerbare Energien has begun operations at the five-turbine, 17.25-megawatt Buchenau project in Germany, said the company. Trianel said the wind farm was developed by ABO Wind and uses Vestas' V126 3.45-MW turbine series.
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Siemens has received DNV GL certification for its new 8-megawatt offshore wind turbine, the SWT 8-MW 154. Siemens Wind Power said it plans to install a prototype of the machine at a test site in Osterild, Denmark.
One Energy Enterprises has received $80 million in funding from Prudential Capital for its Wind for Industry program, the company said. The program seeks to provide behind-the-meter wind energy to major commercial and industrial groups.
Statoil has agreed to sell renewable energy firm Masdar a 25% stake in Hywind Scotland, a floating offshore wind farm that it currently has under development off the coast of Scotland, said the companies. "Hywind Scotland represents the next stage in the evolution of the offshore wind industry," said Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.
President-elect Donald's Trump pick for energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, could help drive renewable energy development at a national level -- just like he did for Texas, according to this analysis. Wind Coalition Executive Director Jeff Clark said, "My great hope is that he will be a voice and will bring the success we've had to Washington, and help educate some of those folks who have never had an up-close look at how wind energy works."
Which states make buying wind power easy for big brands?
We know that big brands are setting ambitious targets for renewable energy procurement. More than a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Wal-Mart, Google and General Motors, have committed to 100% renewable energy targets. We also know wind energy is the top choice to power their brands. Read more.
The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul.
Emma Goldman, activist and writer
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.