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*
The Energy Department is falling behind the Interior Department and other federal agencies in examining and creating opportunities to expand the nation's energy resources on federal land, especially in terms of renewables, according to the National Academies of Sciences. The Energy Department "should perform a sensitivity study that illustrates the potential for wind development on [department]-managed lands that addresses federal incentives such as investment tax credits, production tax credits, and renewable energy credits," it said.
PacifiCorp has issued a request for proposals to add up to 1,270 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its portfolio by 2020, said the utility. "These new wind resources are a key part of the company's plan to both meet customer energy needs and continue our cost-conscious transition to less carbon-intensive energy," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of PacifiCorp's Pacific Power unit.
The Commerce Department is set to conduct reviews of 11 marine sanctuaries and issue recommendations next month on whether to reduce or eliminate them as part of the administration's efforts to expand offshore energy development. "The American Wind Energy Association is not advocating for revisiting any [marine sanctuary] designations. In general, the designations have not been a barrier to offshore wind development," said American Wind Energy Association spokesman Evan Vaughan.
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Vestas has won a contract to supply MidAmerican Energy with 174 megawatts worth of V110 2-megawatt turbines for its 2-GW Wind XI project in Iowa, according to the company. "The historic Wind XI project will harness low-cost wind energy for MidAmerican Energy's customers, all while enhancing the reliability and resiliency of the grid," said Vestas Americas President Chris Brown.
John Laing has agreed to purchase Akuo Energy's majority equity stake in the 149-megawatt Rocksprings project in Texas, according to the companies. "It has been an active year so far for investments, and we are pleased to have already delivered our guidance of [$268 million] of investment commitments in 2017," said John Laing CEO Olivier Brousse.
Duke Energy Renewables has seen a huge reduction in costs by moving to an in-house operations and maintenance model that utilizes the latest digital technology, said the company. "By integrating this technology platform and data with our systems, we can continue to cut costs, provide our wind technicians with the right data to be more efficient and produce more reliable wind energy," added Vice President of Renewable Operations Jeff Wehner.
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New York utility Consolidated Edison has pledged to invest $1.25 billion on renewable energy development over the next three years. "These projects are quickly growing in scale," said Chief Financial Officer Robert Hoglund, adding that the firm has already spent $3 billion on major wind and solar projects.
Indiana's transition to a diversified energy economy is already underway, contrary to a Sept. 22 editorial in The Indianapolis Star, writes state Sen. Jim Merritt. He argues that while the state's dependence on coal has declined in recent years, the share of its electricity generated from wind and other renewables has grown from 0.5% to 6%.
Global turbine blade material manufacturers are expected to produce and sell in excess of $37 billion worth of products between 2017 and 2026, according to Navigant Research. "The wind blade materials market is one of the most competitive, dynamic and strategically important parts of the wind turbine supply chain," senior research analyst Jesse Broehl said.
Voters in Savoy, Mass., have rejected a change to a bylaw that would have allowed partners Minuteman Wind and Palmer Capital to erect turbines with a maximum blade height of 453 feet at their West Hill project. A representative said that the proposed increase would have increased the five turbines' output by about 15%.
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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.