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*
American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan praised the passage of clean energy legislation in New Jersey that will add 3,500 megawatts of new installed offshore wind capacity. Gov. Phil Murphy "sent an unambiguous signal that New Jersey is ready for clean energy investment that will lead to good jobs and a more prosperous economy," said Kiernan.
The positions of wind turbine technician and solar installer will likely be the fastest growing jobs through 2026 and Congress should take advantage of that momentum by investing in job-training initiatives for the industries, writes Clean Energy Leadership Institute fellow Becky Cairns, citing Labor Department data. "Injecting federal dollars presents the best opportunity to produce the workers we need to develop our offshore wind resources and send more carbon-free electricity to the grid," she writes.
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NextEra Energy Resources is seeking approval from the Federal Aviation Administration before installing light-mitigating technology at its Oliver III project, says Communications Manager Bryan Garner. The North Dakota Public Service Commission requires the project to install the technology by the end of the year, but Garner says NextEra needs federal approval before it can move forward.
Avangrid Renewables has reached full operations at its 142-turbine, 298-megawatt El Cabo Wind Farm near Encino, N.M., which is creating opportunities for the surrounding community. "These are good-paying jobs. If it wasn't for opportunities like this, I'd have to leave the state," said Shane Ferreira, who works at El Cabo.
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UK firm Texo Drone Survey and Inspection and other industry partners have launched an initiative that hopes to use smart technology to gather data about the offshore wind industry. That will cut operations and maintenance costs and improve safety, according to the partners. Texo DSI will conduct drone surveys for the project.
Organizations that optimize hybrid cloud or edge computing gain advantages, including faster resolution of issues and downtime, improved performance and enhanced security. The ability to analyze data in near real-time can be particularly advantageous for industries where milliseconds matter. In this blog post, we talk with Hervé Tardy, Distributed Power Quality Vice President and General Manager at Eaton, about how edge computing is changing the industry and how to manage these types of environments. Read more.
Many IT professionals are looking for ways to improve power management, particularly as the amount of technology they manage increases. One of the easiest ways to improve power management is moving to lithium-ion batteries. Here we talk with Eaton's Graciano Beyhaut, Senior Product Line Manager, about the benefits of lithium-ion battery powered uninterruptible power systems and how they can help IT managers become more efficient. Read the blog.
Ameren Missouri recently unveiled plans to build a 400-megawatt wind farm in Missouri, signaling it's ready to embrace renewables and the many benefits the industry has to offer, writes the editorial board of The Missourian. "Wind energy is helping drive the American economy's resurgence," the board writes.
Corporate demand for renewable energy is surging and will continue to do so as prices fall further and sustainability concerns remain relevant, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "Renewable energy sourcing has become a mainstream pillar of business strategy in recent years," says Director-General Adnan Amin.
Missouri utility Great Plains Energy and Kansas utility Westar Energy have secured regulatory approval to merge into a single entity known as Evergy. The deal is expected to close in June, and the resulting parent company will source nearly one-third of its total electricity from renewables and will work to create more renewable energy buying options for its customers, said the companies.
PJM auction results offer latest evidence there is no grid reliability emergency
Over the past year, there's been no shortage of debate about grid reliability, particularly across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. A growing list of experts have declared the grid reliable, and new PJM auction results confirm these findings. Read more.
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