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*
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Fwd: Grid reliability study is biased, Senate Democrats write to Perry
Grid reliability study is biased, Senate Democrats write to Perry | Mass. unveils plans for 800-MW RFP for offshore wind | Analysis: Denmark, Germany, Spain began global shift to renewables
Some Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry criticizing his call for a study into the nation's electrical grid, arguing that it's biased. "The study, as you have framed it, appears to be intended to blame wind and solar power for the financial difficulties facing coal and nuclear electric generators and to suggest that renewable energy resources threaten the reliability of the grid," they wrote.
Massachusetts has confirmed that it plans to hold a request for proposals for companies to add between 400 megawatts and 800 MW of installed offshore wind capacity off its coast. The RFP is the result of a draft plan from National Grid, Eversource and Unitil utilities, seeking 15- to 20-year power purchase agreements with offshore wind farms.
Denmark, Germany and Spain spearheaded the world's transition toward a renewable energy economy through policies that supported wind and solar, such as financial support mechanisms and renewable energy targets, write energy analysts Markus Hagemann and Andrzej Ancygier. They argue that these countries catalyzed the global renewable energy revolution, which has resulted in a 600% increase in global installed wind capacity between 2006 and 2015, and has made it possible for renewables to reach grid parity with fossil fuels in many places.
MidAmerican Wind Tax Equity Holdings and Citi have offered Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology tax equity financing for its 160-megawatt, 64-turbine Rattlesnake project in Texas, according to the companies. Goldwind added that once operational, Rattlesnake will be its largest wind farm in the US.
Texas has excellent wind and solar resources, but is struggling to meet the growing demand for renewables due to a lack of infrastructure, writes John Licata, founder and chief energy strategist at Blue Phoenix. He argues that local microgrids "could help it more appropriately balance grid power and become more sustainable."
Corporations across the US, but especially those in Silicon Valley, are propelling the nation's shift toward renewables, writes Travis Hoium. He argues that companies such as Apple, Salesforce, Amazon, Facebook and Google have set aggressive renewable energy or clean energy targets and are investing in renewables to meet those goals.
House and Senate negotiators have introduced a $1.1 trillion spending deal that, if signed into law, would fund the federal governed for the remainder of fiscal 2017. The package, which includes no or minimal cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and clean energy programs, "reflects the reality there is a lot of support for clean energy," said American Council On Renewable Energy President and CEO Gregory Wetstone.
American Wind Action released an ad campaign on Monday countering a campaign from the Windfall Coalition calling on Oklahoma lawmakers to completely eliminate the zero emissions tax credit for the wind industry in place of the freeze scheduled to start on July 1. "The truth is, wind power in Oklahoma creates jobs, lowers energy prices and builds a better economy," said Sam Enfield and Jeff Clark, members of AWA's board of directors.
Voters in Huron County, Mich., will vote on a proposal that, if approved, would allow developers to add 100 new turbines in the county, on top of the 475 machines that are already operational. The town is divided on the issue, but some residents, like local business owner Dean Avola, see wind development as the way of the future and important to the local economy.
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Neil Armstrong, astronaut
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.