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*
Monday, March 13, 2017
Fwd: Analysis: Cutting clean energy rules would hurt economy
Analysis: Cutting clean energy rules would hurt economy | PNE, Statoil seek offshore wind leases in N.Y., Mass. | Colo. wind industry could employ 22,900 by end of 2020
Rolling policies that support clean energy development would harm the environment as well as job and economic growth, according to this analysis of a Natural Resources Defense Council report. "The US is perfectly positioned to lead a global transition to clean energy," said NRDC Senior Policy Analyst Starla Yeh.
PNE Wind and Statoil have individually filed unsolicited lease requests with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Statoil seeks to build a 400 megawatt to 600 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, while PNE would build three separate projects, two off the coast of Massachusetts and one in New York.
Colorado's business sector is expected to grow 54.7% over the next four years, increasing the number of wind-related jobs from 14,800 to about 22,900, according to the American Wind Energy Association and Navigant. "The factors that have already contributed to Colorado's wind industry success so far are probably going to be the key ones moving forward as well," said AWEA Manager of Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley.
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Gaelectric will partner with French firm Ideol to develop floating offshore wind farms in Ireland, according to the company. They said that they are reviewing several possible sites and would like to start with a 30-megawatt project.
General Electric has developed new software for wind management that uses artificial intelligence to increase efficiency and reduce intermittency, according to the company. GE said that it plans to use the technology in Japan, where it believes wind could become a more mainstream energy source if reliability were less of an issue.
Danish tech firm PolyTech has opened a warehouse in Denver that will hold wind turbine components. The company said that the facility would allow it to deliver parts within 72 hours of an order being placed.
The EU has approved Siemens' proposal to purchase a 59% stake in Gamesa. The EU Executive Commission said that the purchase "raises no competition concerns, because a number of credible competitors would remain in the market."
The Maryland Public Service Commission will kick off two weeks of hearings today to consider proposals from US Wind and Deepwater Wind to build offshore wind projects in the state. "Offshore wind is potentially the biggest untapped source of homegrown renewable energy," said James McGarry, a policy director for Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and BMW CEO Harald Krueger will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week when she meets with President Donald Trump in Washington. The meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed until Friday because of an expected snowstorm in the eastern US.
Let's learn from each other: Ask any wind farm developer, and they'll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. But how can we help ensure that happens? What are the best ways to mobilize the vast majority of people who support wind power while addressing the concerns that are natural for any major project? The next installment of AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series tackles exactly these questions. Join us on Wednesday, March 22 in Austin, Texas for a post-conference event titled "Community Engagement Seminar III: Mobilizing Supporters, Defusing Opposition." http://www.aweablog.org/aweas-community-engagement-seminar-series-lets-learn/
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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.