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, April 03, 2017
Fwd: Enel finishes 400-MW project in Kan.
Analysis: Demand for wind in Kan. continues to climb | Gov. Branstad has made Iowa a leader in wind, says IWEA vice president | EIA: US energy production declined 4% in 2016 YOY
Utilities and companies in Kansas continue to demand more wind energy, and NextEra Energy Resources, Enel Green Power North America and Infinity Renewables are responding with new projects. Infinity Renewables Vice President Matt Langley attributes the industry's success to several factors, including the wind energy Production Tax Credit and technology driving down the cost of wind.
Leaders like Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have made Iowa a national leader in wind production, writes John Boorman, vice president at the Iowa Wind Energy Association. "We lead the nation by generating over 35 percent of our electricity using wind power, and that has meant jobs for our citizens, income for towns across the state and the largest private investments in Iowa's history," he writes.
US energy production declined 4% in 2016 compared to 2015, marking the sector's first decline since 2009, although renewable energy generation increased 7%, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report attributed the change to declining fossil fuel production.
Enel Green Power North America has wrapped up construction at its $610 million, 400-megawatt Cimarron Bend project in Kansas that it co-developed with Tradewind Energy, said the company. The project has two 200-MW power purchase agreements, one with Google and another with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.
Element Power has reintroduced its proposed Windy Rig project in Galloway Hills, Scotland, this time with 12 turbines instead of 16, according to the company. The proposal will undergo a 28-day consultation period.
Market-based approaches can be an effective way to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the US, but "the fact is that without a policy to address the social costs of carbon emissions, power plants will emit too much greenhouse gases," writes Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. Market forces have helped cut the cost of wind and solar by two-thirds and 85% since 2009, respectively, but a strong federal policy is still necessary, he argues.
Gamesa and Siemens have registered their combined company in the Mercantile Registry of Biscay in Spain, effectively finalizing their merger unveiled in June, according to the companies. The new company will control an installed wind capacity of 75 gigawatts in more than 90 countries.
Scotland's wind industry generated a record-breaking 1.2 million megawatt-hours of electricity in March -- an 81% increase from the same period the year before, according to WeatherEnergy and WWF Scotland. The report said that on average, the industry generated enough power last month to meet the electricity needs of 136% of Scottish households.
Maine lawmakers should advance a floating offshore wind pilot proposed by a University of Maine-led consortium because it's a perfect fit for Monhegan Island, has a power purchase agreement and plenty of public support, writes James Balano. He urges lawmakers to reject a bill proposing to stop the project based on its visual effects.
The Environmental Protection Agency has taken its first action on President Donald Trump's executive order targeting the Clean Power Plan. The agency is withdrawing proposed rules on a reward system for states that cut carbon dioxide emissions ahead of schedule and guidance to help states implement the CPP.
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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.