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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Fwd: Kiernan: Wind energy has much to celebrate
Kiernan: Wind energy has much to celebrate | Analysis: Wind PTC lowers cuts, eases clean energy transition | Alliant seeks Iowa Utilities Board approval for 500-MW wind expansion
The American Wind Energy Association is launching what it calls #AmericanWindWeek Aug. 6 to 12 to celebrate the recent successes of the US wind industry, writes AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan. Among the successes he noted were the 40% increase in wind farms under construction in the second quarter compared to the year before, job creation in states like Kansas, and dozens of companies buying electricity from wind farms.
Support mechanisms like the wind energy Production Tax Credit make sense because they effectively increase wind production, thereby driving a cost reduction and enabling a smooth, affordable transition to a clean energy economy, write Eric Williams and Eric Hittinger, assistant professors at Rochester Institute of Technology. They argue that as long as the wind PTC is doing its job of lowering wind costs, it should remain in place.
Alliant Energy has asked the Iowa Utilities Board for approval to add up to 500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the state, said the company, adding that it expects a decision early next year. "The customers and communities we serve will benefit from this cost-effective clean energy," said Senior Vice President of Operations Doug Kopp.
A total of 14 companies submitted bids for clean energy projects that are either located in Maine or pass through the state as part of Massachusetts' 2022 call for more clean energy -- an RFP that drew dozens of bids throughout New England, writes Darren Fishell. Eleven of the Maine-related proposals include building new wind farms.
Invenergy has secured a long-term power purchase agreement that will run until mid-2040 with WPPI Energy for its 132-megawatt Bishop Hill 3 project in Illinois, according to the companies. "This agreement provides WPPI Energy with a highly cost-effective resource that will more than double the amount of wind energy in our power supply portfolio," said WPPI President and CEO Mike Peters.
A consortium led by Siemens has beat eight other competitors and won the right to build a 1,000-megawatt wind project in Turkey, said Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources officials. The project is expected to increase Turkey's installed wind generating capacity by 17%.
Britain will kick off a second auction for renewable energy projects seeking government support on Aug. 14, said National Grid on Thursday. The UK government plans to allocate about $378 million worth of support annually.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, essentially restoring the agency's quorum after six months of absence. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hold confirmation hearings in September for two additional FERC nominees, Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre.
The Energy Department has spent the last 40 years focusing on driving down energy costs while increasing supply, which has led to major cost reductions and increased efficiency in wind, solar and other technologies, writes Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas. "The next 40 years can be where we as a nation turn toward smarter energy management to maintain those gains while reducing environmental impacts," he writes.
AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan: Help us celebrate #AmericanWindWeek Aug. 6 to 12
Next week, we're launching the first-ever #AmericanWindWeek. Wind power proponents from across the country will highlight the benefits wind brings to towns from coast to coast. Make sure to help us spread the word on social media by using #AmericanWindWeek. Read more.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
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.