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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Home Depot to ink PPA with EDP Renewables in Texas
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Md. House votes to override veto on renewables standard | Avangrid prepares to connect Amazon wind farm in N.C. | Home Depot to ink PPA with EDP Renewables in Texas
The Maryland House of Delegates has voted in favor of overriding Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a bill that would increase the state's renewable energy portfolio standard to 25% by 2020. "This is one of the first state legislative votes nationwide to show that states will fight back when leaders like Hogan and the climate deniers in Washington attempt to thwart progress on clean energy jobs and global warming pollution," Chesapeake Climate Action Network Director Mike Tidwell.
Avangrid Renewables is in the final stages of connecting its Amazon Wind Farm US East project to the grid in North Carolina. "The fact that we are the first utility-scale wind project in the Southeast is sort of a point of community pride," said Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County Economic Development Director Wayne Harris.
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The Home Depot has agreed to a 20-year power purchase agreement for one-fifth of the output from the 250-megawatt Los Mirasoles wind farm in Texas. The company added that the EDP Renewables-owned project would supply it with enough electricity to power 100 of its locations.
Wind consultancies LOC Group and WavEC Offshore Renewables will work together to assess the life cycle offshore wind-related projects, according to the companies. "This collaboration is an important step in the development of offshore wind," said LOC Director of Renewables Advisory and Energy Technology R.V. Ahilan.
Nordex said it will purchase SSP Technology, which manufactures molds for turbine rotor blades. "I am convinced that we will be able to significantly strengthen our innovation ability by integrating the blade experts at SSP," said Nordex Chief Operating Officer Jose Luis Blanco.
France will hold a series of tenders to support 3 gigawatts' worth of new land-based wind farms over the next three years, according to the government. The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy said it is seeking projects with six turbines or more and that it will offer support for a 20-year period.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nominations of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of energy and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., as secretary of the interior. The appointments now move to the full Senate.
Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio and other states showed support for clean energy during the final days of 2016 and will likely continue to do so throughout 2017, according to Alli Gold Roberts, a state policy manager at Ceres. She argues that falling renewable energy costs and growing demand from major corporations create positive momentum that state lawmakers could use to advocate pro-clean-energy policies.
Lawmakers in New Mexico are considering a pair of bills from state Sen. Mimi Stewart and state Rep. Nathan Small that would require the state's utilities to source 80% of their total electricity from renewables by 2040. The state's current goal for its utilities is 20% by 2020.
New US Fish and Wildlife Service data: wind's golden eagle impacts remain low
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released new data that should ease the minds of those concerned about wind energy's potential impacts on golden eagles -- it confirms impacts remain small. 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.