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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Minn. co-op signs PPA with 300-MW project in N.D.
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Clean energy trend is irreversible, says Obama | Longroad orders Vestas turbines for US projects to qualify for PTC | Report: Nearly 20 major Internet companies have renewable energy pledges
The move toward clean energy is "irreversible," and cutting carbon emissions need not hinder economic growth and can even make a positive contribution to it, President Barack Obama writes in the academic journal Science. "Businesses are coming to the conclusion that reducing emissions is not just good for the environment -- it can also boost bottom lines, cut costs for consumers, and deliver returns for shareholders," he writes.
Longroad Energy has ordered Vestas turbines for 600 megawatts of wind energy Production Tax Credit-qualifying projects it has under development in the US, according to the company. "Given the increasingly competitive position of wind power in certain markets, this is an important step in creating growth opportunities for Longroad," said CEO Paul Gaynor.
Almost 20 of the world's largest Internet-based companies, including Apple and Google, have pledged to source 100% of the electricity needed at their data centers from renewables, according to Greenpeace. "We see a lot of renewable energy deals, showing those companies are following through on their commitments -- and that's great," said lead author Gary Cook.
Southern Power has purchased Invenergy Services' 276-megawatt, 120-turbine Bethel wind farm in Castro County, Texas, said the company. The project, which is being built by Blattner Energy, will feature General Electric 2.3-MW 116 machines.
Minnesota electrical co-op Great River Energy has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources' 300-megawatt Emmons-Logan project in North Dakota, said the companies. The project, which will feature 133 turbines, is expected to begin operations in 2019.
Prevailing Winds has filed a proposal with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking approval to build 13 small-scale wind farms in South Dakota's Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties. "The projects range in size from 6.8 megawatts to 20 megawatts," said South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Chairwoman Kristie Fiegen.
Hawaiian Electric has issued a call to developers for land-based wind projects on Hawaii's Oahu island that are expected to qualify for the Investment Tax Credit. The utility said it hopes to deliver low-cost electricity to its customers while also working toward its 100% renewable energy goal.
The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could save money and create jobs by replacing three failing nuclear power plants with wind and solar projects instead of paying to bail them out, writes Mark Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University. "Wind and solar power are now far better than nuclear in terms of cost, emission reductions and jobs," he writes.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said on Monday that he plans to keep the state's goal to source 90% of its total electricity from renewables by 2050. He added that while he supports renewable energy development, he believes that residents should have a say in the projects built within their communities.
Study: State renewable policies create benefits we all want
Stronger state renewable portfolio standards were a common trend in 2016. There's a good reason why so of them are choosing these policies: they create large net consumer, employment, health, and environmental benefits, according to a new study this week from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. 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.