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*
Monday, October 22, 2018
Report: Wind, solar may provide 20% of the world's energy needs by 2035
Report: Wind, solar may provide 20% of the world's energy needs by 2035 | Sony bumps up US timeline for 100% renewables by 10 years | Opinion: N.J. is emerging as a national offshore wind leader
The upward trajectory of wind and solar put the two energy sources on track to supply nearly 20% of the world's electricity needs by 2035, according to Wood Mackenzie. The report notes that the world's emphasis on sustainability "is almost akin to a gravitational force, pulling things in one direction and driving the 'great fuel switch,' leaving little possibility for a reversal."
New Jersey is pursuing a goal to add 3.5 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity by 2030 -- a goal that would create thousands of jobs, stimulate many downstream industries and deliver low-cost energy to the state, write Debra Coyle McFadden and John Shinn of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. "New Jersey is strategically positioned to be an economic leader in the region's adoption of offshore wind," they write.
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NextEra Energy Resources has arranged a 145-megawatt, 15-year power purchase agreement with enterprise solutions firm Iron Mountain for its Pretty Prairie project in Kansas. "The Pretty Prairie wind project will not only help advance Iron Mountain's renewable energy goals, it will help drive the local economy forward," NextEra Vice President of Development John Di Donato says.
EnBW will launch a new office in Jersey City, N.J., by the end of the year that will serve as its headquarters for the state and New York. Senior Vice President Dirk Gusewell, touting EnBW's experience building offshore wind farms without support mechanisms, says the company is trying to gain a foothold in the region.
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Liaoning Datang International New Energy is featuring Covestro turbine blades made from polyurethane-infused resin at a wind farm in China. "The successful installation of the pilot turbine in Northeast China is recognition of the strengths of our polyurethane infusion resin and demonstrates that it is ready for use in operational wind blades," says Covestro executive Julien Guiu.
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Google has set a new goal to offset 100% of its carbon emissions from noncarbon-emitting sources in perpetually in real-time -- a model scientists refer to as spatial and temporal specificity. While Google's exact blueprint has yet to be released, experts speculate that it could involve a combination of different clean energy sources in different areas and transmission network changes.
Industrial greenhouse gas emissions in the US declined 2.7% in 2017, due to the closure of coal-burning power plants and the rise of wind and other renewables, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Coal plants with a collective 14,000 megawatts of capacity are expected to close in 2018.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced a new $27.5 million fund that will help prepare workers for jobs in the state's emerging clean energy industry. "Clean energy jobs are the jobs of the future, and because Governor Cuomo has put the state on a path to lead the nation in clean energy growth, those jobs will be disproportionately created here in New York," New York State Energy Research and Development Authority President and CEO Alicia Barton says.
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.