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, February 09, 2017
Trump should tap renewables to drive job growth, Jimmy Carter says
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Trump should tap renewables to drive job growth, Jimmy Carter says | Report: US energy costs fell to record low in 2016 from clean energy, gas | Editorial: Texas lawmakers should recognize benefits of wind, natural gas
President Donald Trump could create millions of US jobs by supporting the development of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, according to former President Jimmy Carter. "If they just remember the tremendous potential of creating millions of jobs in America just from renewable energy sources, that would be a very good counter-argument to those who oppose the concept of global warming being caused by human activity," he said.
The cost of electricity in the US fell to record lows last year due to the rise of renewables and other forms of clean energy technology and natural gas, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "Energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy are benefiting American consumers, American businesses and American manufacturers. And that adds up to one conclusion: Clean energy wins for America," said BCSE President Lisa Jacobson.
Texas lawmakers should rally behind wind and natural gas, the two major energy sources in the state, writes the editorial board of The Houston Chronicle. "The Lone Star State should celebrate as our electrical grid is powered by indigenous gas and wind," argues the board, adding that it's time for lawmakers to think beyond party lines.
A federal court is expected to issue a verdict on a preliminary injunction filed against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management over its offshore wind development area off the coast of New York in the near future. The injunction, filed by the Fisheries Survival Fund and other groups, argues that BOEM failed to properly consider how offshore wind development in the area would affect wildlife and the fishing sector.
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Gamesa has agreed to supply Indonesian renewables firm Sidrap Bayu Energi with 30 G114 2.5-megawatt turbines for a 75-MW wind farm on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, according to the company. The project is expected to begin operations in early 2018.
Vattenfall has set a goal to increase its total installed wind capacity to 3 gigawatts by the end of the year, according to the company. "We are fully on course with the strategy that we described in 2015, of a doubling of our capacity up to 2020, reaching 3 GW this year," said Vice President of Business Area Wind Gunnar Groebler.
Wind accounted for more new installed generating capacity in Europe than any other energy source in 2016, according to WindEurope. The report found Europe's installed wind capacity increase 8% last year to 153.7 gigawatts.
A surge in wind installations in Norway and Sweden last year has placed downward pressure on a $100 million renewables-certificate program, according to this analysis. Observers say the increased capacity cut certificate prices by 45%, which makes the scheme less attractive for potential investors.
The Trump administration published its America First Energy Plan on Tuesday, outlining its plan to gain "energy independence" through clean coal technology, increased fossil fuel production and other approaches. Critics say the proposal neglects the importance of the renewable energy sector, especially in terms of jobs creation.
Wind power surges into first place as America's largest renewable resource
American wind power just passed a historic milestone -- it's now the country's largest renewable resource by installed generating capacity. US wind capacity now stands at over 82,000 megawatts, surpassing the 80,000 MW at the nation's hydropower dams. Read more.
Near-record growth propels wind into 1st as America's largest renewable resource
American wind power just achieved its second strongest quarter ever for newly installed energy generating capacity according to a new report released today. Business leaders from General Motors and the US wind energy industry met Thursday morning to mark this historic milestone and release AWEA's Fourth Quarter 2016 US Wind Industry Market Report at General Motor's Arlington Assembly Plant, which will soon be 100% wind-powered. Learn more.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes.
Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman
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.