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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Renewables aren't threatening grid reliability, say AWEA, others
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Renewables aren't threatening grid reliability, say AWEA, others | Rocky Mountain Power will continue to embrace renewables, says exec | R.I. offshore wind firm to begin powering Block Island
Energy Secretary Rick Perry's recent call for an investigation into the US electrical grid and its reliability is welcome, but renewables aren't a threat, wrote the American Wind Energy Association, the Advanced Energy Economy and the Solar Energy Industries Association in a letter to Perry today. "These energy resources [renewables] have already been integrated smoothly into the electric power system in large and increasing amounts, as demonstrated in countless studies and, more importantly, in real-world experience across the United States," they wrote.
Rocky Mountain Power will continue to meet its customers' demands for low-cost and reliable electricity by embracing renewables and working with regulators on cost-savings initiatives, writes Gary Hoogeveen, senior vice president and chief commercial officer. He writes that the utility also recognizes that customers want more renewable energy options, which is why Rocky Mountain is planning to invest $3.5 billion in wind upgrades and other projects.
A connection switch between the Block Island offshore wind farm and Block Island was turned on today at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, providing the island with offshore wind generation for the first time. Moving forward, Block Island will source its electricity from the wind farm and use a 20-mile cable to the mainland for backup power when wind isn't available.
Dong Energy has kicked off operations at its new North American headquarters in Boston, according to the company. Dong has a 50/50 agreement to develop the 1 gigawatt Bay State offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts with Eversource Energy.
Vestas has signed a multiyear deal with TPI Composites in which TPI will provide it with V136 turbine blades for wind farms under development in Central and South America. "We are excited that Vestas has chosen to partner with TPI on blade production again and in a third geography to serve the growing Latin American wind market," said TPI President and CEO Steve Lockard.
Offshore wind development has faced a series of challenges in the US, but has gained traction in first Rhode Island, then North Carolina and now in California as the result of collaboration between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and various stakeholders, writes Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Long Marine Laboratory at University of California at Santa Cruz. He writes that a lease agreement with Trident Winds or another company could help California meet its 50% by 2030 renewables goal.
Wind energy, developed properly, could become an important economic driver in Wyoming, said University of Wyoming Wind Energy Research Center Director Jonathan Naughton during a lecture on Thursday. He argued that Wyoming's neighboring states will continue to embrace the industry, regardless of Wyoming's own policies, and that Wyoming should seek opportunities to benefit from wind development.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday calling for a review of the nation's offshore energy resources, including offshore wind. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said many East Coast leaders are interested in developing the industry and that he's "optimistic" about it.
A case on the legality of the Clean Power Plan has been paused, pending Trump administration review, by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court asked the administration to submit updates every 30 days.
New report: Companies have big plans to make more products using renewable
We've seen the good news that Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, Facebook, The Home Depot and now Apple are making smart investments to procure wind energy, realizing long-term price stability and cutting pollution at the same time. But how many more companies are in line to invest? Read more.
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.