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 26, 2017
N.C. county commissioners rally behind Amazon East wind farm
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Opinion: Trump can grow renewables, US economy simultaneously | Mass. lawmakers propose 100% renewables by 2035 target | Analysis: States, corporations will propel US renewables
President Donald Trump can grow the US economy and renewables by supporting policies that encourage innovation and provide a stable environment for investments, writes Charles Donovan, director of the Center for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School in London. "US businesses will doubtless suffer if their competitiveness in the global clean energy race is set back by policies that put them on the sidelines," he writes.
Three state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require Massachusetts to source 100% of its total electricity needs from renewables by 2035. "It signals to the country our commitment to long-term solutions in meeting the very real challenges of climate change," said bill co-sponsor and state Rep. Sean Garballey.
State-level clean energy goals and support from corporate America will continue to drive renewable energy development in the US during the tenure of President Donald Trump, according to this analysis. Impax Asset Management Global Head of Marketing David Richardson said that none of the 29 states with renewable fuel standards in place have backed away from their targets.
The Grand Island, Neb., City Council unanimously approved a power purchase agreement with Prairie Hills Wind for 50 megawatts of output from a project under development near Callaway, according to the council. City Administrator Marlan Ferguson said the city has been seeking deals with wind farms for several years.
Fred Olsen Ocean and Teekay Offshore have formed a new joint venture to develop a new vessel for the offshore wind industry. "We are very excited to work with Teekay, and we see great potential in developing a vessel that fills the gap between crew transfer vessels and service operations vessels in the offshore wind space," said Fred Olsen Windcarrier Vice President of Business Development John Andersen.
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation in Knoxville, Tenn., has teamed up with Arkema and other groups on a new thermoplastic composite research initiative for turbine blades. IACMI said blade manufacturers may be able to cut production costs and increase recyclability by using thermoplastic materials.
As the wind sector evolves, companies need to develop new offerings and use data to better partner with customers. In this post we talk with Peter Wells, Vice President of Vestas' service operations where wind services is heading. Read more
Danish Minister of Energy, Power and Thermal Lars Christian Lilleholt is preparing to travel to the US with the goal of promoting wind development among state legislatures. "My experience is that there are several US states with strong policies when it comes to wanting to go green," said Lilleholt, adding that he expects states to be able to act independently of President Donald Trump.
Northern Ireland added a record-breaking 165 megawatts of installed wind capacity in 2016, pumping about $70.6 million into its economy, according to the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group. The report said that Northern Ireland is home to total installed renewable energy capacity of roughly 1 gigawatt.
Commissioners from North Carolina's Pasquotank and Perquimans counties spoke with state House Speaker Tim Moore on Tuesday, asking him to allow the Amazon Wind Farm US East wind farm to begin operations. The commissioners said that the project isn't a threat to national security and would, instead, benefit the state's economy.
Every so often, amidst partisan rancor, a glimmer of hope emerges where both sides want the same thing. In these rare instances, it's an opportunity for all of those legislators who came to Washington to get things done to really get to work. This just happened with infrastructure, and electricity transmission in particular. Read more.
Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner.
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.