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*
Friday, October 26, 2018
Dominion Energy launches RFI to learn about Va. renewables
Analysis: Economics are driving renewables in conservative states | Editorial: Renewables are an innovative way to break from fossil fuels | Aker CEO confident RCEA Consortium will win Calif. floating wind lease
Wind farms and other renewables are taking off in conservative states such as Iowa and Texas due to market forces, instead of climate-oriented policies, writes Sarah Mills, a project manager at the University of Michigan's National Surveys on Energy and Environment. Mills argues that while climate policies will continue to shape the industry, other types of policies may emerge that also encourage renewables without the focus on climate.
Several significant renewable energy projects are underway in Rhode Island, providing the state with an innovative way to switch from fossil fuels to natural energy sources, such as wind, writes the editorial board of the Cranston Herald in Rhode Island. "Through hydroelectric power, solar power and wind turbines, we harness the energy given to us by the planet, naturally, that occurs all the time at no charge," it writes.
A consortium featuring Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions and other partners will likely win the right to develop a floating offshore wind farm off the coast of California, says Aker CEO Luis Araujo. "We've applied and we believe that it (lease) would be awarded to us. ... There are only two companies which have proven floating wind technology," Araujo adds.
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Vestas has received an order from Enel Green Power to provide two wind farms in South Africa's Western Cape with 70 turbines. The projects will use Vestas' V136 4.2-megawatt model in power-optimized mode.
Industrial measurement company Vaisala has purchased Leosphere, adding the latter's Windcube and Wind Iris LiDAR systems to its portfolio of wind-related services. "Adoption of these more versatile measurement technologies to augment conventional met towers is a key factor in enabling the wind industry to increase the scale of project development, not only through larger, more advanced turbines, but also in new, remote markets worldwide," says Executive Vice President for Weather and Environment Jarkko Sairanen.
More than 50 employees have joined LM Wind Power's blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France, and the company says it plans to increase that figure to 100 by the end of 2018. "The new employees discovered what the manufacturing process was about and realized that they'll have to work as a team to make these blades come to life," says Site Training Coordinator Sylvain Viau.
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Dominion Energy has launched a request for information to gather input from nonresidential electrical buyers in Virginia about renewables and their interest in the sector. The resulting data will guide the utility's plans to add 3,000 megawatts of new installed wind and solar capacity in the state.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler's performance, noting he may tap Wheeler to remain in the position formally. The nomination process would require another Senate confirmation.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has given NextEra Energy Resources additional time to negotiate a mitigation plan with the Defense Department for a wind farm proposed within military airspace. The deadline has been moved to Monday.
Last week, AWEA hosted its largest Offshore WINDPOWER Conference ever. With over 1,000 industry professionals in attendance and representatives from the Federal and state governments, Offshore WINDPOWER offered something for everyone. Even someone like me, who joined the wind industry only earlier this summer. While many were hustling around the conference looking for new vendors, negotiating business agreements, and learning about industry trends and priorities, I was taking it all in -- the optimism, the impressive exchange of information, and a sense of commitment from an industry that wants to do things right.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.
Robert Quillen, journalist and humorist
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.