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 26, 2017
Fwd: Opinion: Midwest renewables industry needs more transmission infrastructure
Opinion: Midwest renewables industry needs more transmission infrastructure | These red states are leading US clean energy transition | EDF Energies orders Nordex turbines for French duo
States in the Midwest have a huge potential for renewable energy production, but more transmission lines are needed to support the industry's development, writes Lu Nelsen, a policy program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs. "We must continue to seek new and better ways to develop our transmission infrastructure as well as use insight from landowners and communities to find the best path forward for a renewable energy future," he writes.
Idaho, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and Kansas -- five states considered Republican or red -- are national leaders in the US' transition to a clean energy economy, according to Energy Information Administration data. Kansas, in particular, sourced almost 30% of its total electricity from wind in 2016, compared to less than 1% in 2005.
EDF Energies Nouvelles has ordered 10 Nordex turbines for a pair of 18-megawatt and 17.7-megawatt projects in France, said the companies. Nordex added that the deal marks a broader partnership in which Nordex will help EDF Energies as it grows its international wind portfolio.
It's highly unlikely that a spending measure seeking to block the use of federal funds for offshore wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles out from Maryland's coast will ever be signed into law, according to Business Network for Offshore Wind Executive Director Liz Burdock. She argues in a recent editorial that the rider is in the very early stages of a difficult legislative process and lacks Democratic support.
Researchers in the University of Virginia's Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor program are trying to develop a 50-megawatt turbine that could feature blades 200 meters in length, according to the team. UVA professor Eric Loth said the SUMR team hopes to test a 20% scale version of the machine near Denver next summer.
The Trump administration's plan to cut funding for the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and other energy research programs is "short-sighted," according to a report from the Senate Appropriations Committee. "The Committee recognizes the importance of the development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, which are critical to expanding U.S. energy security and global leadership," the report said.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and three other House lawmakers have introduced the 100 by '50 Act, a companion measure to a bill under consideration in the Senate that would require the US to source 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2050. "To remain a global economic leader, we must invest in renewable energy technology and fully embrace a cleaner, carbon-free future," said Polis.
The Hughes County, S.D., Planning and Zoning Commission is moving forward with a proposal to tighten its standards for wind development, including turbine setback distances, after a public forum on Monday. Infinity Renewables is in the early stages of developing a wind farm in Hughes and Hyde counties.
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has paused a pair of commercial and residential rebate programs for wind and solar energy development due to high demand, said the agency. The state is expected to resume the programs in September.
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