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February 15, 2018
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Opinion: Clean energy is a powerful US job creatorIndustries comprising the clean energy sector employ 3 million workers nationwide, making clean energy a powerful force in the US economy, write Charles Hernick, director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, and Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, citing a BCSE report. "A growing economy does not have to be at odds with lowering greenhouse gas emissions," they write.The Hill (2/14)WATT's Gramlich: Grid tools kept lights on during bomb cycloneDynamic Line Ratings, power flow control and other grid operations technologies proved effective during a bomb cyclone weather event that swept the Northeast US this year, writes Rob Gramlich, executive director of the WATT Coalition. "Grid operators and state and federal economic and reliability regulators should take note of the reliability, resilience and efficiency benefits of modern grid utilization technologies based on recent experiences and a large and growing body of experience in the U.S. and abroad," he writes.Utility Dive (2/14)AWEA: R.I. offshore wind farm acts as artificial reef
(Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)The wind turbines comprising the Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island have formed an artificial reef, supporting a thriving marine ecosystem filled with mussels and fish, according to footage shared by the American Wind Energy Association. Deepwater Wind Vice President of Permitting and Environmental Affairs Aileen Kenney said the company worked closely with fishermen to ensure the project wouldn't hinder the industry.Rhode Island Public Radio (2/15)
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MidAmerican picks Mortenson to build Iowa projectMidAmerican Energy has contracted Mortenson to build the second phase of its Beaver Creek wind farm in Iowa, said the firms. The project will have a capacity of 170 megawatts and features 85 V110 2-MW machines from Vestas.North American Windpower online (2/14)Orsted taps Siemens Gamesa machines for Hornsea 2Orsted will use 8-megawatt turbines from Siemens Gamesa for its 1.4-gigawatt Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm slated for the coast of England, according to the companies. Hornsea Project One is also under construction in the region and will have a total capacity of 1.2 GW.CNBC (2/14)
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Cut US offshore wind costs with collective approach, says analystOffshore wind in the US will initially cost 45% more than it does in Europe due to imports and the lack of a domestic supply chain, but states can look to combat that by taking a collective approach to the industry, said Bloomberg New Energy Finance Wind Analyst Tom Harries. BNEF said that until domestic manufacturing takes off and the US market begins to mature, new projects will be particularly dependent on long-term power purchase agreements.Bloomberg (free registration) (2/14)Global installed wind capacity hit 539.581 GW in 2017, says GWECThe global wind industry added 52.6 gigawatts of new installed generating capacity in 2017, bringing the world's total to 539.581 GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. "The numbers show a maturing industry, in transition to a market-based system, competing successfully with heavily subsidized incumbent technologies," said Secretary-General Steve Sawyer.S&P Global Platts (2/14)Report: Most people living near turbines support windThe majority of Americans living within 5 miles of a wind turbine have a positive attitude regarding the industry and only 16% reported ever hearing sounds, according to a three-year random survey recently released by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report added that there is an opportunity for developers to mitigate future concerns by working more closely with communities during the planning process.CleanTechnica (2/14)Colo. county pledges 100% renewables by 2035The Board of County Commissioners in Summit County, Colo., adopted a new 100% renewables by 2035 goal for the county in a unanimous vote Tuesday. "It's exciting to see the first countywide commitment to a clean, renewable energy future in Colorado," said Colorado Sierra Club Director Jim Alexee.North American Windpower online (2/14)
NRDC, EEI team up to advocate clean energy shiftThe Natural Resources Defense Council and Edison Electric Institute teamed up to share a list of policy recommendations on Wednesday that indicate support for a shift toward clean energy technologies, including the increased use a wind and solar. "Our perspectives and constituencies are very different, but we find much common ground," they said. "A clean energy transition is underway and accelerating."Bloomberg (free registration) (2/14)
Did you know the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics are powered by wind energy?The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games are entirely powered by wind energy. Recently, an aerial shot of the Bokwang Snowpark flashed on the screen. From the top of the half pipe, a line of wind turbines dotted a nearby mountain ridge. Athletes could see the machines spinning in the distance as they prepared for their runs. Read more.
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