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 04, 2017
EIA touts the rise of offshore wind in year-end report
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Southern Power, RES to add 3-GW installed wind capacity | Analysis: Challenges loom for Ohio's clean energy industry | Opinion: TVA should support wind energy, transmission project
Southern Power will partner with Renewable Energy Systems to build 10 US wind farms with a combined capacity of 3 gigawatts, according to the companies. The projects are expected to begin operations between 2018 and 2020.
Challenges remain for Ohio's clean energy industry even though the freeze on its Renewable Portfolio Standard has been lifted, according to this analysis. Gov. John Kasich recently vetoed a bill that would have made the state's RPS optional for the next two years, but observers say that setback distances for turbines and other issues may continue to be a problem.
The Tennessee Valley Authority should support the Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project because it would carry low-cost wind energy throughout its service area, writes Ed Wansing, owner and chief operating officer of The Compost Co. "The Clean Line project would connect high-quality Oklahoma wind energy resources to the Tennessee Valley and beyond in what would become the largest clean energy infrastructure project in the country," he writes.
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The Energy Department has decided to pull the funding for an offshore wind farm off the coast of New Jersey under development by Fishermen's Energy. The agency said Fishermen's failed to secure a power purchase agreement for the project by the Dec. 31 deadline.
Nordex has agreed to supply two wind farms in Argentina with a combined capacity of 148 megawatts, according to the company. Nordex said it would supply utility Central Puerto with 47 of its AW 125/3000 machines for its La Castellana and Archiras wind farms.
Allete Clean Energy has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Montana-Dakota Utilities for output from its 42.5-megawatt Thunder Spirit 2 project in North Dakota, said the company. The project is expected to feature 13 to 16 turbines.
The Energy Information Agency emphasized the growing importance of offshore wind to the US energy landscape in its year-end summary, according to this piece. The summary also touted the significance of Deepwater Wind's Block Island wind farm off of Rhode Island -- the first of its kind in the US.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has released a list of his proposed environmental initiatives for 2017, which includes investing about $41 million in renewable energy. "This marks a significant investment in workforce training and green jobs," he said.
Gov. Kasich ensures wind power has a future in Ohio
During the holidays, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took an important step you might have missed: he vetoed a bill that would have made the state's renewable portfolio standard voluntary for the next two years. That would have essentially frozen further renewable energy development in Ohio. 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.