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, July 05, 2017
Fwd: Consumers Energy breaks ground on Mich. project
Editorial: N.C. wind moratorium would hinder clean energy progress | Wind helps Vt. curb emissions, cut electricity costs, says observer | Greenbacker unit buys 10.5-MW project in Idaho
Renewables and energy efficiency investments have pumped $9 billion into North Carolina's economy and created almost 47,000 jobs over the past 10 years -- the progress of which could be lost if the state moves forward with its proposed moratorium on wind development, writes the editorial board of the Capitol Broadcasting Co. "[Gov. Roy Cooper] should demand the legislature strip out the wind provision and send him a bill that he can sign, like the legislation as it was passed by the state House," it writes.
Even though wind only accounts for 15% of Vermont's generating capacity, it's already helping the state to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce electricity costs and move toward a clean energy economy, writes Christian Harned. "Vermonters deserve the cleanest and most affordable energy possible. Wind helps achieve those goals," writes Harned.
A unit of Greenbacker Renewable Energy has purchased the 10.5-megawatt Fossil Gulch project in Hagerman, Idaho, according to the company. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Idaho Power.
Consumers Energy has broken ground on its 19-turbine Cross Winds Energy Park II in Tuscola County, Mich., three years ahead of schedule, according to the company. It added that it plans to wrap up construction by the end of 2017 and launch it in January 2018.
Australian electricity company Tilt Renewables has confirmed that it plans to build a 54-megawatt project in Victoria, Australia, featuring 15 Vestas V126 3.6-MW turbines. Construction on the Salt Creek wind farm will take about 12 months, said Tilt.
President Donald Trump's claims against wind turbines in Iowa are misguided, writes Jane Yoder-Short, a resident of Kalona, Iowa. She argues that Iowans make informed decisions about their energy sources, and that cats, windows, insecticides and coal are much more harmful to birds than wind.
The Brazilian government canceled its auction for new wind and solar licenses in 2016 and doesn't plan to offer any new licenses in 2017, despite industry requests, according to Deputy Energy Minister Paulo Pedrosa. He attributed the decision to a stagnant economy and weakened demand for electricity.
The German government has updated its Wind Energy at Sea Act, banning negative bids from competing in next year's 1.6-gigawatt offshore wind leasing round. Observers say that Germany's April auction was won by zero-support bids and the decision will prevent a downward spiral into negativing pricing.
Mass. kicks off new ocean energy development process
Massachusetts electric distribution companies and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources just issued a joint request for proposals for 400 megawatts of offshore wind energy -- the first request of its kind and a huge milestone of American offshore wind. Read more.
Grace Hopper, computer scientist and naval officer
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.