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*
House PTC phaseout repeal unlikely to survive conference, says analyst | House tax bill is a job eliminator for wind, industry group exec says | Report: Global offshore wind market could hit $57.2B by 2022
The wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout repeal proposed in the House of Representatives' tax plan probably won't make it through conference with the Senate, according to Hugh Wynne, an analyst with research firm SSR. He noted, however, that if provisions in the tax bills result in the loss of the tax equity market for wind producers, firms may be forced to increase prices by up to 80%.
The House of Representatives' proposed tax bill isn't a job creator, it's a job eliminator for 22,000-some individuals employed by the wind industry in Texas, according to Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse Executive Director Greg Wortham. "The Great Plains ... a lot of West Texas, and communities that supported Trump were fundamental rebuilt by this industry," he added.
The global market for offshore wind could climb from $20.3 billion last year to $57.2 billion in 2022, according to Indian firm Zion Market Research. The report added that the industry could expand by a compound annual growth rate of 16.2% from now through 2022.
Data center solution provider Digital Realty said it has signed two long-term power purchase agreements through which it will acquire about 96 megawatts of installed wind and solar capacity for two data centers in Illinois and Virginia. The wind energy for its Chicago location will come from Leeward Renewable Energy.
Nordex has won a contract to update Acciona Energia's 30-megawatt El Cabrito project in Spain, said the companies. The project currently features 90 turbines, which will be replaced with 12 Nordex machines totaling the same capacity.
Washington state-based communications firm Kymeta has partnered with global connectivity specialist FMC GlobalSat to expand its satellite and internet connectivity offerings for renewable energy sites, including wind farms, according to the companies. Kymeta said its KyWay terminals connect sites to satellite-based networks at a fraction of the cost of traditional options, such as fiber-optic cables.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control held a meeting Tuesday night to gather public input on potential offshore wind development. University of Delaware senior researcher Bonnie Ram said the industry would benefit the state economically, especially as costs continue to fall.
Ohio state Sen. Matt Dolan has reintroduced a bill that would reduce the setback distances for turbines -- an issue he says is hindering wind growth in Ohio. "We need to send a clear signal that Ohio is open to expanding our energy portfolio, and if you want clean energy generation, we have the ability to do it," he said.
More than 50 US mayors met in Chicago on Tuesday to sign the Chicago Climate Charter, an agreement upholding the goals of the 2025 Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said each mayor would develop a customized, measurable plan to cut their city's greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28%.
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.