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, April 11, 2018
Enel Green Power breaks ground on 185-MW site in Ill.
MAKE: Global installed wind capacity poised to double by 2027 | Wind industry criticizes Okla. bill to overhaul tax credits | Apple powers 100% of its global operations using clean energy
The world's installed wind capacity is expected to double by 2027 as an average of 65 gigawatts worth of new projects come online annually from 2018 until then, according to MAKE Consulting. "Incentive expirations and markets adjusting to new auction mechanisms influence a run-up to 2020, with a more than 30% increase in annual capacity additions from 2017 to 2020," it said.
Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a change to the state's wind energy tax credits that would end incentive payments for the industry, redirecting $70 million to education instead of wind companies. The Wind Coalition has criticized the proposal, which Oklahoma Director Mark Yates argues is a "bait-and-switch" and an attack on outside investments.
Apple has secured enough power from wind and other clean energy sources to offset 100% of the electricity used by its global operations, including retail stores, distribution centers and office space, according to the company. Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson adds that Apple is invested in developing clean energy markets and will often choose to build in areas that rely on fossil fuels to encourage a switch.
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Enel Green Power North America has begun building the $325 million, 185-megawatt Hilltopper project in Illinois and expects to launch the wind farm later this year, according to the company. "The start of construction of Hilltopper is a new milestone for our growth in the US renewable market and the PPAs with Bloomberg and General Motors are testament to the appeal of our customized renewable energy solutions to large corporate customers," said Enel Head of Global Renewable Energies and Enel Green Power CEO Antonio Cammisecra.
Jordanian energy firm Mass Energy has ordered 3.6-megawatt 137 turbines from GE Renewable Energy for its 100-megawatt Mass wind farm under development in Jordan, according to the companies. "Through our cooperation with Mass Global for its first project in Jordan, we are proud to provide our advanced wind technology that is ideally suited for Jordan and the region's needs," said Manar Al Moneef, president and CEO for GE Renewable Energy in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.
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K2 Management has named Lars Andersen to succeed Carsten Jensen as president and managing director for North America. "With the transition to renewable energy well underway, I am confident we can support the North American market in developing even better projects for our clients, and continuing to play a role in lowering the cost of energy," said Andersen.
One of the biggest challenges facing the US offshore wind industry is the fact that most US ports are too small to assemble the necessary components, according to Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. He added that Deepwater had to use four different ports to build its five-turbine Block Island project off the coast of Rhode Island.
Offshore wind presents a great opportunity for Virginia, and the state should take steps to encourage it, writes Thomas Brostrom, president of Orsted North America. Virginia's ports, workforce and business climate can make it attractive for offshore wind energy, but those advantages "must be coupled with strong public policy signals from state and local leaders that this industry is valued," he writes.
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.