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, May 16, 2018
Opinion: Offshore wind poised to become a major US energy source
Pa. city adopts 100% by 2035 municipal renewables goal | Opinion: Offshore wind poised to become a major US energy source | Orsted seeks planning permission for UK offshore wind farm
Kennett Township, Pa., has set a goal to source 100% of its municipal electricity needs from clean energy by 2035 and for heat and transportation by 2050. "Moving to sustainable energy sources will reduce global heating and open doors to a good future for our children," said resident Owen Owens.
Market forces and states like Massachusetts are propelling offshore wind development forward, paving the way for the industry to become a leading US energy source, write Matthew Lackner and Erin Baker of University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Energy Department expects the nation's installed offshore wind capacity to reach 86 gigawatts by 2050, but they argue that falling costs in Europe and federal efforts to combat climate change could make that figure even larger.
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Orsted is seeking regulatory approval in the UK to advance its Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm, which will feature up to 300 turbines for a capacity up to 2.4 gigawatts, according to the company. The Planning Inspectorate is expected to reach a decision by June 11.
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Engineering firm LiftWerx and Siemens Gamesa have introduced the RotorHook, a new up-tower lifting system that would eliminate the need for traditional cranes when connecting a fully assembled turbine rotor to the main shaft. "The RotorHook will drive down O&M costs, improve turbine uptime, increase safety and reduce the reliance on larger, more expensive traditional cranes," LiftWerx said.
Vestas has extended an existing multiyear supply contract with TPI Composites to add two new turbine blade manufacturing lines in Mexico, according to the companies. The company will manufacture blades for Vestas' 4-megawatt turbine series.
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Indianapolis Power & Light recently launched a new natural gas plant that President and CEO Craig Jackson says signals the firm's intent to accelerate its clean energy transition and move to a more balanced energy mix. The utility said it expects to source 8% of its total electricity from wind this year.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Brandy Wreath, director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Public Utility Division, are still opposed to a preapproval case regarding Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's Wind Catcher Connection project, according to a regulatory filing. In the filing, they offer a list of stipulations needed to advance the request.
Minnesota state Rep. Chris Swedzinski has introduced a bill that would require all wind turbines to feature radar-activated lighting systems. EDF Renewables Project Development Manager Shanelle Montana touted EDF's technologies regarding turbine lighting and praised Swedzinski's interest in the industry.
What, after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them.
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.