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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Wind is booming in Midwest, says AWEA's Hunt
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AWEA's Kiernan: Iowa governor has made wind a national success story | Analysis: US energy market shifting toward renewables, gas | Wind is booming in Midwest, AWEA's Hunt says
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's stable policies and support for wind have buoyed the industry nationwide, allowing it to grow into a mainstream energy source that employs about 100,000 Americans, writes American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "Led by Branstad's determination and forward-looking policy, Iowa consistently shows the rest of the country what's possible with homegrown wind energy," he writes.
Recent reports from the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy show that companies are increasingly interested in cleaner energy, according to this analysis. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan adds that wind has become prevalent in traditionally conservative states -- a trend federal lawmakers should take into account.
Falling costs and growing demand have triggered a boom in wind production across the US, especially in Midwestern states such as North Dakota, according to this piece. "We do expect to see this success story continue," said American Wind Energy Association Senior Analyst Hannah Hunt, adding that 89% of wind installations in 2016 were in the Midwest.
Vestas is preparing to begin delivering five V117 3.3-megawatt turbines to the 16.5-MW Tera Kora extension project on the Caribbean island of Curacao, according to the company. The project has a total capacity of 15 MW.
Statoil began generating power with the first of 67 6-megawatt turbines at its Dudgeon offshore wind farm off the coast of England, according to the company. "This is a significant milestone for one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe," said Statoil Executive Vice President for Technology Margareth Ovrum.
Greek firm PPC Renewables has launched a pair of tenders designed to add 12 wind farms with a combined capacity of 31.8 megawatts in Greece, according to the company. The company said the wind farms would have capacities ranging from 0.9 MW to 5.4 MW.
Siemens and ORE Catapult have kicked off a project designed to increase the productivity of offshore wind technicians, the companies said. They said that they ultimately hope to widen the window in which technicians can operate in inclement weather.
China added 23.3 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in 2016 -- almost three times more than the US, which added a total of 8.2 GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. "Chinese electricity demand growth is slackening, and the grid is unable to handle the volume of new wind capacity additions; although we expect the market to pick up again in 2017," said GWEC Secretary General Steve Sawyer.
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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.