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*
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Va. governor debuts 10-year plan to bolster renewables
AWEA's Kiernan: US-China tariffs could raise wind costs by 10% | AWEA debuts "Stop the Shock" safety campaign | E2: L.A. is the top US city for clean energy jobs
US tariffs on Chinese products could raise the cost of wind in the US by up to 10%, American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said Tuesday at the Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference in New York. AWEA Senior Director for Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley says companies may be able to offset cost increases related to steel and other tariffs by seeking new suppliers.
The American Wind Energy Association has launched a safety initiative dubbed "Stop the Shock: Stay Current and Avoid the Current" to raise awareness about electrical safety at wind sites. AWEA says employment in the wind industry is at an all-time high, making worker safety more important than ever.
Los Angeles, with a total of 162,688 positions, is the top city in the nation for clean energy jobs, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs. With clean energy jobs totaling 136,997 and 95,287, New York and Chicago round out the top three.
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NextEra Energy has proposed building a wind farm that would straddle Nebraska's Gage and Lancaster counties and feature up to 50 turbines. The Blue Prairie Wind Project, it says, could become operational by 2020.
EDP Renewables hopes to achieve first power at its Copenhagen Wind Farm in New York within two weeks, having erected 36 of the project's 40 turbines. The project will have a total capacity of 80 megawatts.
The Wind Energy Foundation has rebranded as the Wind Solar Alliance. "Accelerating the deployment of wind and solar technologies is one of the fastest ways to mitigate climate change while strengthening the US economy," says Executive Director John Kostyack, noting the sectors should work together to advance their mutual goals.
People who think wind is a relative newcomer to the global energy scene are mistaken -- windmills have actually been harvesting the resource for various purposes for more than 3,000 years, Jake Richardson writes, citing National Geographic and Live Science research. "[I]t has been assisting humans for thousands of years in various forms, long before the use of fossil fuels," he writes.
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam published his 2018 Virginia Energy Plan on Tuesday, outlining a 10-year trajectory for the state to increase its use of renewables and electric vehicles while updating the electrical grid. "The clean energy sector has the power to create new business opportunities, expand customer access to renewable energy and spark the high-demand jobs of the 21st century," he said.
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.