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*
Strong demand from utilities and corporate buyers drove a US record of nearly 19,000 MW of wind turbine production under construction as of the end of June, boosted by 5,322 MW of projects commencing in Q2, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Including projects in advanced development, 37,794 MW of projects were in the works at the end of June, a 13% increase from the previous quarter. Read the AWEA news release for more information.
Wind turbine technology is advancing to make larger, higher capacity wind turbines such as an 8.8 megawatt turbine by Vestas Wind Systems. Turbines of 15 MW could be on the horizon, but making the system lighter remains a challenge.
Aeolus Energy Partners is investing in a fleet that will comply with the Jones Act, a law that requires vessels be US-built or rebuilt and US-flagged when transporting merchandise within 3 nautical miles of the US coast. The Jones Act has been an obstacle for offshore wind farms in US waters.
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The Texas Public Utility Commission has rejected American Electric Power's proposed $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project, citing a lack of benefits for ratepayers. The rejection could keep the project from getting off the ground.
Lorry Wagner, president of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., dispels misconceptions about the Icebreaker Wind project in this op-ed. "It can be a long-term game changer for a clean energy industry in Northern Ohio that could create thousands of additional jobs, pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy and help clean our air and water," he writes.
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The dated IT infrastructure supporting energy grids is an obstacle to incorporating wind and solar sources. "It's the IT of the 1980s and '90s writ large in the energy sector today," said Phil Kernick, chief technology officer at CQR Consulting.
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Massachusetts and neighboring states are supporting offshore wind farm projects that will generate 5 gigawatts. In addition, Massachusetts has set a goal of adding more than 3 gigawatts of solar power to its energy mix.
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.