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*
Saturday, February 18, 2017
ConEdison pursues PPAs for 3 wind farms with Northwestern Energy
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Opinion: Wind can help Trump meet economic goals | Analysis: Wind is slowly gaining in Southeast | Tax credits, low interest and 3 other reasons to invest in renewables
The US wind industry has the potential to fulfill all of President Donald Trump goals, including job creation and stimulating economic growth, writes Helmut Herold, CEO of Senvion North America. "The tremendously successful American wind energy sector is a strategic national asset," he writes.
Wind has become a mainstream energy source in the US but has only recently begun to gain footing in North Carolina and other southeastern states, according to this analysis. American Wind Energy Association Senior Director of Research Michael Goggin said the region has plenty of strong wind, but that it's located at high elevations, and the industry has had to wait for turbines large enough to reach it.
Now is the time for corporate America to invest in off-site renewables because tax credits, like the wind energy Production Tax Credit, are still available and interest rates are low, write Patrick Molloy and Scott Macmurdo. Other reasons include access to low-cost electricity, the availability of transmission line access and the fact that many companies' 2020 clean energy goals are just around the corner.
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Consolidated Edison Development is taking over a complaint started by Juhl Energy Services claiming that Northwestern Energy is legally required to sign power purchase agreements with a trio of wind farms that qualify for the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act, according to the company. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission will review the rate agreement and hear the case in April.
BP Wind Energy is considering upgrading as many as 200 of its turbines located within the US -- a move that the company says could add up to 400 megawatts of installed capacity across its pipeline. CEO Laura Folse said the project would also enable the company to take advantage of the wind energy Production Tax Credit, cut costs and better compete with natural gas.
Siemens Wind Power has won its first-ever deal to supply a project with turbines and foundations, according to the company. Siemens said that it has agreed to supply EnBW with 71 SWT-154 7-MW machines and foundations for its 497-MW Hohe See offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
Sempra Energy has begun importing 100% of the output from the 47-turbine, 1.2-gigawatt Energia Sierra Juarez wind farm in Mexico through a 1.7-mile, cross-border transmission line. Mexican energy expert and Greenberg Traurig partner Robert Downing said that Mexico's renewable energy industry has been booming for the past two years and that he expects the trend to continue.
Enbridge has purchased a 50% interest in EnBW's Hohe See offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany, according to the company. The project is expected to have a total installed capacity of nearly 500 MW.
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Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have reintroduced a bill that, if approved, would extend the Investment Tax Credit for small-scale wind and other clean energy projects. Distributed Wind Energy Association Executive Director Jennifer Jenkins praised the legislation, adding that "support for distributed wind power grows America's small businesses and supports the growth of US manufacturing jobs."
Hundreds of Americans from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C. to show their support for wind energy this week. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned an op-ed in The Hill looking at why they decided to make the trek. Here are a few highlights.
The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles Du Bos, writer and critic
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.