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August 18, 2016

DOE study finds more jobs and lower costs, but trouble ahead

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:37:10

The United States ranks second in the world for total wind power capacity but lags behind other countries like Turkey and Poland in terms of the national percentage of electricity generated from wind, according to a new federal report examining the U.S. industry’s cost, performance, employment and generation trends. The annual “wind technologies market report” from the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that the U.S. wind industry installed almost 8.6 gigawatts of capacity in 2015, the largest of any electricity source. Nationally, 41 percent of new-electricity capacity last year came from wind. Globally, the United States ranked only behind China in terms of annual capacity additions. [ read more … ]

Obama admin moves forward with first Calif. offshore project

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:38:33

The Obama administration yesterday took a significant step toward the first wind development off the coast of California. Billing the move as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management sought to gauge public interest in a lease request for a 765-megawatt offshore facility. Trident Winds LLC in January submitted its request to lease the approximately 68,000-acre area about 33 miles northwest of Morro Bay near San Luis Obispo. [ read more … ]

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is Nearly Ready

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:39:12

Deepwater Wind LLC is on the verge of completing the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters, a milestone for an industry that has struggled for a more than decade to build in North America. Workers have installed blades on four of the five 589-foot turbines at the site off the coast of Rhode Island and construction may be complete as early as this week, according to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Grybowski. The 30-megawatt, $300 million project is expected to begin commercial operation in early November. “We will finish in advance of our original schedule,” Grybowski said in an interview at a dock on Block Island. “And we are in-line with our budget.” [ read more … ]

Colo. utility enters historic settlement on solar power, grid fees

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:40:23

Colorado’s biggest power company this week signed onto an unprecedented settlement agreement on renewable power and customer billing that environmental advocates say could be a turning point in ushering cleaner energy onto the grid. Xcel Energy Inc., which provides power to two-thirds of the state’s residential customers, will no longer pursue a proposal to add a fixed grid-use charge to customers’ bills, which solar advocates feared would slow renewable power development. Instead, it will look into two other types of billing based on power use.
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Washington governor announces Clean Energy Fund grid modernization grants

By Office of Governor Jay Inslee  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:40:45

Gov. Jay Inslee announced earlier this week $12.6 million in Clean Energy Fund grants to five utilities in Washington. The governor made the announcement in Seattle at the Northwest Regional Clean Energy Innovation Partnership Workshop hosted by the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Lab. At the event, the governor joined U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell to discuss the Pacific Northwest’s role as an international leader in developing the technologies to power a growing 21st century clean energy economy. [ read more … ]

A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:37:50

A project to install hundreds of wind turbines in the Fosen peninsula area of Norway at one point was shelved as unfeasible. The strong breezes that whip off the sea can shift and swing unpredictably, while the soaring cliffs and steep drop-offs create turbulence that wears out expensive equipment. The venture was rescued with a lot of help from the mathematical calculations of Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish wind power company. Vestas used data to figure out how to use more powerful turbines for the project, and precisely where to place them. That meant the utility developing the facility could buy fewer turbines, helping cut costs and balancing the economics of the $1.2 billion project. [ read more … ]

Britain Backs Expansion of World’s Largest Wind Farm

By Susanna Twiddle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-08-18 06:36:10

Britain on Tuesday approved plans to expand an offshore wind farm project that could ultimately have more than 600 turbines spread across an area of the North Sea more than twice the size of London. The Hornsea Two windfarm project, to be built by DONG Energy, is part of Britain’s push to invest in new electricity generation capacity needed to overcome a squeeze on power supplies in the next decade. [ read more … ]

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