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August 22, 2016

Offshore wind farm a green-energy milestone

By Bill Loveless, USA Today  •    •  Posted 2016-08-22 04:30:15

The first offshore wind energy farm in the USA is up and nearly ready to go, marking a new chapter in the nation’s changing electricity grid. Thursday, workers finished installing the last of five turbines off Rhode Island’s coast, a little more than a year after the Providence-based developer Deepwater Wind first put steel in the water. “A lot’s happened over the last year,” said Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind. “I feel like the industry has really turned the corner.” [ read more … ]

Trade Association, Greens Praise Completion of First Offshore Wind Farm

By Asha Glover, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2016-08-22 04:30:45

The National Ocean Industries Association on Friday praised the completion of the United States’ first offshore wind farm. The Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island’s coast completed construction Thursday, according to a tweet posted by Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski. [ read more … ]

Will Offshore Wind Energy Become A Success In The U.S.?

By Gregory Brew, Oilprice.com  •    •  Posted 2016-08-22 04:31:10

The United Kingdom has just approved the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the Hornsea Two project. In contrast to the delays and suspicions raised over Britain’s nuclear facility at Hinkley Point C, the country has signed off on a £6 billion plan ($7.8 million) to construct 300 wind turbines 50 miles off the coast of Yorkshire. The farm’s combined output will equal 1.8 GW, enough to power 1.6 million homes. If it proceeds on schedule, Hornsea Two (H2) will be completed in the mid-2020s.
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MidAmerican Energy Company proposes largest wind energy project in Iowa’s history

By Jessica Lizard, Daily Energy Insider  •    •  Posted 2016-08-22 04:31:51

“We have a bold vision for our energy future,” MidAmerican Energy President and CEO Bill Fehrman said. “We don’t know of another U.S. energy provider that has staked out this 100 percent position. Our customers want more renewable energy, and we couldn’t agree more. Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable vision.”
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Rooftop solar shifts $36M a year to nonsolar ratepayers in Nevada, study say

By Sean Whaley, Las Vegas Review-Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-08-22 04:32:11

Rooftop solar may shift costs of about $36 million a year to non-solar ratepayers, according to a new study based on about 30,000 consumers signed up for net metering in Nevada. The study, published by Energy and Environmental Economics Inc., says that “overall, for the state of Nevada, [net energy metering] generation is a costlier approach for encouraging renewable generation than utility-scale renewables.” [ read more … ]

US Wind Energy Prices At “Rock-Bottom Levels,” Says Berkeley Lab

By Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2016-08-22 04:32:42

Wind energy prices in the United States “are at rock-bottom levels” and continue to remain attractive to utility and commercial purchasers, according to a new US-centric wind energy report. Prepared by the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) for the US Department of Energy, the Wind Technologies Market Report confirmed several existing conclusions made in recent months about the US wind industry in 2015, and revealed several more. Prime among these conclusions is confirmation that wind prices are at an all time low, with newly built wind projects in the US averaging around 2¢/kWh thanks to technology advancements and cost reductions across the wind industry. [ read more … ]

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