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*
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Fwd: Report: 55% of new global generating capacity came from clean energy in 2016
Report: 55% of new global generating capacity came from clean energy in 2016 | Energy Dept. cuts could hinder US energy innovation, say experts | Editorial: Repealing CPP would hurt Texas' wind, natural gas industries
Clean energy sources such as wind and solar accounted for 55% of all new generating capacity added around the world in 2016, according to UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report added that the cost of clean energy continued to decline in 2016, and that the total invested in the sector fell 23% from 2015 levels to $241.6 billion because equipment got cheaper.
Funding cuts for the Energy Department and many of its programs could hinder US energy innovation, costing the US its status as a global leader in clean energy development, according to former officials, lawmakers and other experts in the industry. American Wind Energy Association Senior Director of Federal Legislative Affairs Aaron Severn said the Energy Department's wind program has been pivotal in the industry's ability to cut costs by 67% over the past seven years.
Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, should realize that rolling back the Clean Power Plan will harm Texas' established natural gas and wind industries, and should think outside party lines, writes the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle. "If Cornyn and Cruz cared about Texas-made energy, they'd be lamenting the [Environmental Protection Agency] rollback," the board writes.
Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power outlined its plans to add 800 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity to its portfolio by 2030. The utility said that the plan supports its goal to source at least 30% of its total electricity from wind and solar by 2030.
The cost of wind and solar continues to fall and wind is cost-competitive even accounting for government incentives, according to Xcel Energy Vice President of Strategic Revenue Initiatives Alice Jackson. She added that wind became Colorado's cheapest energy source in 2015.
The Trump administration's plans to rollback the Clean Power Plan and cut funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy show its true motives -- supporting fossil fuel development, writes the editorial board of The Denver Post. The board argues that if the government really wanted to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic growth, it would invest in renewable energy programs.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is bringing its Clean Energy Activity Day program to six Massachusetts schools to teach youths about clean energy, including wind. "It's important for students to know that the clean energy industry is a viable industry that can provide economic stability for themselves and their families," said MassCEC Director of Workforce Development Tamika Jacques, who also leads the Clean Energy Activity Day program.
The Tonawanda, N.Y., Planning Board is considering updating its regulations for wind development. The board said the changes could include banning wind towers and subjecting proposed projects to a public hearing and approval from the Town Board.
Wind will have an important role to play in Canada as the country works to diversify its economy and combat climate change, said Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. "It's clear that wind energy's time has come," he said.
Low natural gas prices, not wind, responsible for coal's troubles
Just as some nuclear power plant owners previously tried to blame wind energy for their market struggles, some in the coal industry are now attempting to say wind is responsible for their challenges. Just as the previous attacks were debunked and dismissed as a "distraction," the latest attacks on wind distract from the main market-driven challenges facing those industries. 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.