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
NextEra CEO: PTC phaseout won't hinder wind
Clean energy front and center for Democratic politicians | NextEra CEO: PTC phaseout won't hinder wind | Analysis: Market forces are bringing wind benefits to rural Texas
Many Democratic leaders running for gubernatorial roles or potential contenders for the 2020 presidential race -- Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren included -- are making 100% clean energy goals an important part of their platforms. "When lots of candidates in widely different political environments are all running on a platform of 100% renewable energy, it means that voters are telling them they want leaders who will help solve the climate crisis," says former Vice President Al Gore.
Wind costs continue to fall and in 10 years, the energy source will likely cost the same as it does today with the wind energy Production Tax Credit in place, says NextEra Energy Resources President and CEO Armando Pimentel. He adds that the outlook for wind remains positive, despite the PTC phaseout.
Sweetwater, Texas, and other rural communities in the state are receiving serious cash infusions from the wind industry amid manufacturing declines and other challenges, Patrick Sisson writes. Sisson argues that economics, not climate change, are spurring the industry's growth, and the state's deregulated, market-based system for infrastructure is allowing that change to take place.
The number of turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass could fall from 2,000 to 600 or 700 as developers pursue various repowering projects under the wind energy Production Tax Credit, Wintec Energy founder and President Fred Noble says. The area leading into Palm Springs, Calif., is one of the birthplaces of US wind, with many turbines dating back to the 1980s.
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It's feasible for New Jersey to source all of its electricity from renewables, and doing so would cost less than a future rooted in natural gas, writes New Jersey Conservation Foundation Executive Director Michele Byers, citing the research of colleague Barb Blumenthal. Blumenthal, Byers writes, suggests New Jersey look to Hawaii, Minnesota and California to see how other states are making the switch.
People fighting against climate change might make more headway by instead focusing on topics that are easily visible, such as the economic and health benefits of wind and other renewables, writes Kathryn Morin, a high-school student from Maine. "These are problems that people are directly impacted by and can clearly see," she writes.
Many local, city, state and congressional political candidates are making climate change -- and in many cases renewables -- a part of their ad campaigns, despite the subject's notoriously divisive roots, writes Lisa Friedman. New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo are among the candidates touting the economic and environmental benefits of wind energy.
A dispute between an Iowa landowner and the Black Hawk County Board of Adjustment is creating challenges for a project proposed by RPM Access' Washburn Wind Energy. District Court Judge George Stigler is reviewing the lawsuit, which claims the board didn't have the right to grant Washburn a special use permit for 35 turbines.
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.