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*
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Iron & Earth seeks to prepare oil sands workers for renewable energy jobs
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AWEA's Kiernan: Wind works for America by creating jobs in every state | Dairyland Power secures PPA with Iowa wind farm | RES installs final machine at 17-turbine project in UK
Americans from across the US are flocking to Washington, D.C., this week to show their elected officials how America benefits from wind, an industry that employs more than 100,000 Americans and represents the fastest-growing position: wind technician, writes American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "Wind works for any state where it creates new jobs -- which happens to be all of them," he writes.
The Dairyland Power Cooperative has secured a power purchase agreement with Avangrid Renewables for 80 megawatts of output from its 160-MW Barton project in Iowa, according to the duo. Dairyland Vice President of Strategic Planning John Carr said it was able to reach the deal through its participation in the National Renewable Cooperative Organization.
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RES has erected the 17th and final Vestas V100 wind turbine at its 30.6-megawatt Garreg Lwyd Hill project in Powys, Wales, UK, according to the company. The project is expected to begin operations by the end of March.
Former oil sands worker Lliam Hildebrand founded Iron & Earth to help retrain oil sands workers for job opportunities in renewables. "This work will help the wind industry by putting a face to the workers benefiting from the industry and building broader support for renewable energy development," he said.
California's demand for wind power is growing but unstable policies and other issues have stalled its wind industry and pushed projects to neighboring states, according to this analysis. Observers argue these concerns in the state have given way to a series of new transmission projects that would carry power from wind farms into the state.
Ramboll Environ has won a contract from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to participate in a study into Massachusetts' potential for offshore wind development, according to the company. "The study will yield a series of property assessments to guide offshore wind developers, manufacturers and private investors in their selection of sites to fabricate, manufacture, stage, deploy and service offshore wind components in Massachusetts and along the East Coast," said Ramboll.
Siemens has decided to close a turbine blade factory in Engesvang, Denmark, eliminating 430 jobs, according to the company. Siemens attributed its decision to being unable to expand the factory to produce larger turbine blades.
Nevada Assemblyman Chris Brooks has proposed a bill seeking to increase the state's renewable energy mandate from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2025. The state's law currently applies to renewable energy sourced from wind, solar, water, geothermal and biomass.
Ohio state Rep. Louis Blessing is seeking co-sponsors for a draft bill that would reduce the state's clean energy and energy efficiency requirements for utilities. In December, Gov. John Kasich vetoed a bill that would have made the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard optional for the next two years.
A region stretching from Montana to Texas set a new record this week, hitting a mark many considered impossible just a few years ago: wind supplied the Southwest Power Pool with 52% of its electricity on Sunday. The SPP is a grid operator for parts of 14 states and manages over 60,000 miles of transmission lines. Sunday's high-water mark bests the previous record of 49.2%, achieved last spring. 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.