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*
Thursday, January 12, 2017
MidAmerican launches 301-MW, 250-MW projects in Iowa
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Report: Renewable energy programs help states attract economic investment | Global clean energy spending fell 18% to $287.5B in 2016, says report | Apex to begin feasibility study in Neb.
States with renewable energy programs and strong clean energy industries are becoming hotspots for new economic investments, especially from retail and technology companies with clean energy agendas, according to the US Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Information Technology Industry Council. The report said demand for clean energy from US corporations would likely grow to 60 gigawatts by 2025.
Global spending on clean energy declined 18% to $287.5 billion in 2016 due to declines in renewable energy technology prices and a reduction in major projects in large markets, such as Japan and China, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "After years of record-breaking investment driven by some of the world's most generous feed-in tariffs, China and Japan are cutting back on building new large-scale projects and shifting towards digesting the capacity they have already put in place," said BNEF's Justin Wu.
Officials in Saline County, Neb., have granted Apex Clean Energy the right to install a meteorological tower and begin a feasibility study for its proposed 300-megawatt Cornhusker Harvest project. Apex said it hopes to begin commercial operations at the site in 2019.
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MidAmerican Energy has begun operations at its 301-megawatt Ida Grove and 250-MW O'Brien wind farms -- both part of its Wind X scheme -- in Iowa, according to the company. "Wind is a key element of our balanced approach to energy generation because it's a renewable and clean source of energy," said Michael Fehr, vice president of resource development.
EDP Renewables North America has begun operations at its 77.7-megawatt Jericho Rise wind farm in New York, it said. The company added that the project, which features 37 Gamesa G114 2.1-MW machines, will feed into the state's electrical grid through the Franklin County substation.
Hawaiian Electric is on track to meet its 100% renewable energy by 2050 goal five years ahead of schedule, said the utility. Under its new Power Supply Improvement Plan, HECO said it expects to source 48% of its total electricity needs from renewables sources by 2020.
Brookfield Asset Management has offered to purchase 100% of SunEdison yieldco TerraForm Power -- a venture that it owns a 12.12% stake in, according to the firm. TerraForm's portfolio includes about 3 gigawatts of installed wind capacity, including 2,364 MW in the US.
Six lawmakers in Wyoming have proposed a bill that would penalize state utilities for failing to only use six pre-approved energy sources, which do not include wind and solar. Powder River Basin Resource Council Attorney Shannon Anderson called the bill unsound, adding that "it goes against long-standing precedent to choose least-cost resources, and it ignores the reality of a multistate grid."
Government officials from five of Brazil's northeastern states and Minister of Mines and Energy Fernando Coelho Filho met Tuesday to discuss hosting a series of renewable energy auctions in 2017. Officials from Pernambuco, Brazil, said they hope to develop a new auction plan by March.
Wind across rural and Rust Belt America powers big brands
More and more Fortune 500 companies are emerging as major customers of American clean energy and, according to a new report released from the American Wind Energy Association, we now know what, where and how they are buying. Read more.
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