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*
The Green New Deal could result in policies that prepare workers for jobs in clean energy, create pathways for fossil fuel workers and create a system for modernizing the nation's infrastructure, say Wood Mackenzie analysts. The deal, they speculate, could even lead to a national Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Eighty-six percent and 90% of respondents think Michigan should use more wind and solar, respectively, in place of fossil fuels, according to Michigan State University's State of the State survey. "As one interviewee put it, 'The war on coal is over, and coal has lost,' " write the authors.
A bill under consideration in the New York State Assembly Energy Committee would, if approved, require utilities to acquire renewable energy credits from projects built prior to 2015, lending support to operational renewables in the state. "Support for currently operating renewable energy projects has been a missing piece in New York's ambitious Clean Energy Standard," says Alliance for Clean Energy New York Executive Director Anne Reynolds.
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Germany added 2,402 megawatts of installed land-based wind capacity in 2018, marking a 55% decline from 2017 levels, according to Fraunhofer Institute data. The report attributed the slower growth to regulatory burdens and disputes at the local level.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order Tuesday calling on the state to bring its greenhouse gas emissions 45% below 2005 levels by 2030. Grisham says she's also committed to requiring utilities to source more electricity from renewables.
Low-cost wind is a smart choice for Montana and one that should be supported by utility Northwestern Energy, writes Rebecca Mathisen of Missoula. "After initial infrastructure costs, the 'fuel' for wind is free and thus, over the course of its lifetime, wind energy is now significantly cheaper than coal," Mathisen writes.
No one can help us tell this story better than the men and women working in American wind power every day. We need your help explaining how affordable and reliable wind is; how wind energy creates jobs and is a powerful rural economic development tool; and how wind makes the air cleaner, building a better tomorrow for future generations. On March 5-6, AWEA will hold Wind Power on Capitol Hill, the year's biggest opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and meet your representatives in the House and Senate. Learn more.
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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.