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*
Power purchase agreements are on the rise, driving a global shift away from auction-style procurement and potentially changing how wind manufacturers design turbines, says Neil Douglas, a director at BVG Associates. "There aren't enough corporate PPAs to go around, but certainly mechanisms that give a route to market give some price stability without seeking subsidy through action or otherwise seem inevitable," he says.
Installed offshore wind capacity worldwide could hit 200 gigawatts by 2040, up from today's 20 GW, said International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol during the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, Germany. He noted that the industry's growth would require government support.
More wind farms are being built in coastal areas at a time when storms are increasing in intensity and frequency, says Rocky Mountain Institute Project Director Chris Burgess. "Major manufacturers are basically designing typhoon-rated wind turbines, for really, really heavy winds," he says.
Vattenfall has ordered 32 N117/3600 turbines with a combined capacity of 118 megawatts from Nordex for its 300-megawatt Wieringermeer project in the Netherlands. It previously ordered 50 Nordex units for the site.
Grupo Bimbo has set a goal to source 100% of its global electricity needs from renewables by 2025. "This initiative is part of our renewable energy strategy, which began in 2012 with the inauguration of the Piedra Larga wind farm and is consolidated with this important global commitment," says Global Operations Director Jorge Zarate.
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The world's installed offshore wind capacity increased 25% between 2016 and 2017, indicating an impressive potential for growth, says International Renewable Energy Agency Director-General Adnan Z. Amin during the G-7 summit. Amin urged G-7 nations to accelerate the industry's growth as a way to decarbonize and stimulate economic investment.
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.