Friday, July 13, 2018

Opinion: MIT report clears the way for wind growth in N.C.

Opinion: MIT report clears the way for wind growth in N.C. | Westar Energy to roll out business wind energy program | Mo. PSC unanimously approves utility's proposed 600-MW wind farm
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Opinion: MIT report clears the way for wind growth in N.C.
A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology confirming that the 104-turbine Amazon Wind Farm in North Carolina doesn't impede nearby military radar is a win for the industry and clears the way for future development, writes Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. "With this report, we can turn the page and look forward to continued wind energy development in the state, knowing that any project built here has the full backing of the Defense Department behind it," she asserts.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (7/12) 
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Westar Energy to roll out business wind energy program
Westar Energy has secured approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission to move forward with a new wind energy-buying program for businesses. The electricity will come from a 300-megawatt NextEra Energy Resources project the utility has a 20-year power purchase agreement with.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Wichita, Kan. (7/11) 
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Mo. PSC unanimously approves utility's proposed 600-MW wind farm
The Missouri Public Service Commission unanimously granted Empire District Electric, a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities, the rights to build a 600-megawatt wind farm Wednesday that will supply ratepayers in Southwest Missouri with access to clean energy. "With this support, we can begin to move in a direction that will save money for our customers while providing a sustainable source of safe, reliable, and clean energy," utility Central Regional President David Swain says.
KOAM-TV (Pittsburg, Kan.) (7/11) 
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Project Focus
Orion Renewable secures conditional use permits for Ill. project
Orion Renewable Energy has secured conditional use permits to build a pair of meteorological towers in Knox County, Ill., to study the area's feasibility for wind development, says the firm. "We'd like to have a minimum of around two years of data," notes Project Development Manager Michael Cressner.
The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.) (7/11) 
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Tradewind expects 2020 start date for Ill. wind farm, exec says
Tradewind Energy is in the early stages of developing its proposed Alta Farms II project in DeWitt County, Ill., but expects it will reach full operations in 2020, says Development Director Tom Swierczewski. The firm is preparing to submit its final application for the project.
Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.) (7/11) 
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Nordex wins 595-MW turbine supply deal in Brazil
Enel Green Power has ordered 191 AW125 turbines from Nordex for its 595-megawatt Lagoa dos Ventos project underway in Brazil, say the companies. Nordex adds it will likely begin installing the units in October 2019.
North American Windpower online (7/11) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Total, Petrobras consider Brazilian wind, solar synergy
Total and Petrobras entered into a nonbinding agreement Tuesday to potentially develop land-based wind and solar projects in Brazil. Petrobras noted that the partnership may position the firms to realize a cost-savings.
Reuters (7/10) 
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Policy Watch
N.Y. county planning board mulls RES proposal for taller turbines
The Chautauqua County Planning Board in New York is considering a Renewable Energy Systems request that would allow the developer to use 599-foot turbines at its proposed Ball Hill Wind Energy Project. The planning board has temporarily delayed the case, giving RES additional time to submit data on the proposal.
The Observer (Dunkirk, N.Y.) (7/11) 
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