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*
Building new US wind farms attracted $11 billion of private investment in 2017, and the US added 7,017 megawatts of new installed wind capacity bringing the national total to 89,077 MW, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "Building new wind farms keeps American factory and construction workers busy while breathing new life into farming and ranching communities," said CEO Tom Kiernan.
A total of 29 new wind farms with a combined capacity of 4,125 megawatts came online in the fourth quarter of 2017, and Texas led the pack with 1,179 MW worth of new projects, the American Wind Energy Association said in a report. Oklahoma is now second to Texas in terms of total installed wind capacity, with 7,495 MW, AWEA said.
The next five years will be critical in the long-term emergence of the US offshore wind industry as state efforts and projects from firms such as Statoil and Orsted begin to take shape, writes Bobby Magill. "The Outer Continental Shelf's offshore wind potential is a tremendous asset and, now more than ever, we must use every tool at our disposal to ensure an energy-secure future -- one that promotes jobs and is affordable, competitive and safe," said Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift.
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Bosnian utility ERS launched a tender on Tuesday to find consultants to help with the environmental and social scoping aspects of developing a 48-megawatt wind farm in the country, according to the company. The project is expected to feature 16 3-MW turbines.
The Carbon Trust's competition to find novel technology for inspecting offshore wind turbines as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator has ended, and the winners have been unveiled. OWA Foundations Working Area Project Manager Michael Stephenson said the competition highlighted a high degree of innovation in the industry and how much potential there is for technology from other sectors to be put into play for offshore wind.
Science-based emission-reduction targets are gaining traction among corporations, and many of the 40 firms that made such commitments in 2017 are expected to define exact goals in 2018 using the guidelines of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, according to a report from GreenBiz and Trucost. Cassandra Sweet writes that aggressive renewable energy expansion goals go hand-in-hand with science-based targets and that wind and solar are an effective and affordable way to curb emissions.
EU is on track to source 50% of its total electricity needs from renewables by 2030, according to research firms Sandbag and Agora Energiewende. The report said the EU now sources 30% of its electricity from renewables, up from 12% in 2000.
The Environmental Protection Agency won't pursue environmental protections at the expense of curbing oil, gas and other industries, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during a Senate hearing Tuesday. "I believe we have been blessed as a country with tremendous natural resources that we can use to feed the world and power the world," said Pruitt.
The Somerset, N.Y., Town Board unanimously approved zoning regulations that limit how tall wind turbines can be and where they can be located within the town. "The laws proposed tonight and more generally this month go well beyond what is reasonable or justified, and carry a very clear intent to wholly restrict any wind project from ever being built in Somerset," said Apex Clean Energy spokesman Taylor Quarles, whose company was planning a project in the area of up to 70 turbines.
Wind power closes 2017 strong, lifting the American economy
The US wind power industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts of new wind power capacity representing $11 billion in new private investment, according to the US Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report, released today. Twenty-nine new wind farms totaling 4,125 MW came online across 16 states in the fourth quarter. Read more.
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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.