Red states among renewable energy leaders

Source: Kavya Balaraman, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Wyoming might be in coal country, but it’s also leading the country in renewable energy capacity, a new report finds. Wyoming’s expanding wind sector has placed it at the top of a ranking of states’ clean energy development by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report found that renewable sources account for all of the new power plant capacity added to the state between 2016 and 2019. Wyoming also leads in terms of renewable energy development per capita.

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

Source: by Jess Shankleman , Brian Parkin , and Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Offshore wind turbines are about to become higher than the Eiffel Tower, allowing the industry to supply subsidy-free clean power to the grid on a massive scale for the first time. Manufacturers led by Siemens AG are working to almost double the capacity of the current range of turbines, which already have wing spans that surpass those of the largest jumbo jets. The expectation those machines will be on the market by 2025 was at the heart of contracts won by German and Danish developers last week to supply electricity from offshore wind farms at market prices by 2025.

Op-Ed: U.S. Needs to Stay Engaged in Global Climate Agreement

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

We cannot emphasize enough that dealing with climate change is a bottom-line business. Opportunities presented by the agreement, now and in the future, are being recognized by corporations like Ikea, Nike and Wal-Mart, who have joined universities, venture capital funds and other major investor groups in touting the agreement’s ability to set up financing mechanisms that can channel investments toward low- and no-carbon energy technologies.

Rick Perry asked for a boring, wonky study of the grid. Even that was controversial.

Source: By Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

This seemingly dull inquiry has stirred controversy in a Trump administration in which nearly all moves that touch on energy and the environment are matters of contention. While framed as an inquiry into policies that will ensure the resilience of the electricity grid, Perry’s focus on so-called “baseload” generation — power plants that produce a steady, controlled stream of electricity — appears to create an opposition with fast-growing wind and solar. These sources by definition are variable or “intermittent,” providing energy only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.

Industry report: Midwest and Great Plains lead wind energy expansion

Source: By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years as the industry continues to grow, according to a report released today. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report notes that two states in the region generate more than 30 percent of their electricity needs from wind – Iowa (35 percent) and South Dakota (30 percent). North Dakota, Oklahoma and Kansas produce more than 20 percent of their electricity demand from wind.

Wind industry touts jobs, investments in pitch to GOP

Source: Hannah Northey and Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporters • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The wind industry is staking a claim on “Trump country.” “Eighty-six percent of all wind farms are in Republican districts,” said Tom Kiernan, head of the American Wind Energy Association. “The vast majority of the investment each year is in Republican districts.”

The U.S. wind industry now employs more than 100,000 people

Source: By Brady Dennis, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

In 2016, for the first time, more than 100,000 people in the United States were employed in some manner by the wind industry, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the American Wind Energy Association. The industry grew by double digits once again. The first offshore wind farm became a reality off Rhode Island. And wind was the primary source of new energy installations in much of the Midwest, the Plains states and in Texas, which has nearly 12,000 wind turbines and generates more than a quarter of the nation’s wind energy.

Wind power advocates alarmed by bill to move Maine test site

Source: By Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News • Posted: Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Maine’s floating wind power advocates are sounding the alarm over legislation that would push a two-turbine test site farther away from Monhegan Island, saying that the shift would sink the decade-long push to draw power from the untapped Gulf of Maine winds. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dana Dow, R-Lincoln, would bar wind turbines within 10 miles of Monhegan Island.

China renewable power waste worsens in 2016 – Greenpeace

Source: By Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

The amount of electricity wasted by China’s solar and wind power sectors rose significantly last year, environment group Greenpeace said in a research report published on Wednesday, despite government pledges to rectify the problem. China promised last year to improve what it called the “rhythm” of construction of power transmission lines and renewable generation to avoid “curtailment,” which occurs when there is insufficient transmission to absorb the power generated by the renewable projects.

Texas can remain a leader in clean energy

Source: By Christi Craddick, Express-News • Posted: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Texas is a national leader in the development of clean energy. We have more wind power capacity than any other state and all but five countries. The solar power market in Texas is also taking off as the manufactured cost of panels have been reduced. Clean energy involves more than a commitment to the development of renewables. It includes investments in new technologies that can make conventional generation cleaner, too.