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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 1, 2016

Trump said the U.S. doesn’t make windmills. It’s just not true

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-01 06:42:37

Trump also made the verifiably false claim that “we don’t make windmills in the United States,” as well as more nuanced arguments that “the windmills need massive subsidies,” adding that “for the most part they don’t work” and “they won’t work at all without subsidy.” While debates have raged for years over the costs and benefits of providing federal subsidies to various forms of energy — including both renewables and fossil energy — Trump’s comments about the origins of U.S. windmills, which today number nearly 50,000 turbines in 40 states, were particularly misinformed, according to industry experts. [ read more … ]

Vestas gaining in U.S. wind turbine capacity

By Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2016-12-01 06:43:46

Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine maker with a big manufacturing presence in Colorado, accounted for 34 percent of the 8.2 gigawatts of wind power capacity installed in the country last year, according to a report Monday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That was second only to General Electric, which accounted for 42 percent of installations and ahead of Siemens at 16 percent. It represents the largest share Vestas has claimed in the U.S. in records going back to 2005 and reflects a big turn around from 2013, when the company had almost no installations. [ read more … ]

Turbines will get cheaper as they get bigger — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-01 06:43:06

A shift toward taller, larger and higher-capacity wind turbines will continue to drive down costs for wind power in the United States and sharpen the renewable energy resource’s competitive edge, according to new research published in the journal Nature Energy. The findings, based on a survey of 163 global wind energy experts, found that the upward scaling of both land- and ocean-based turbines will continue for the foreseeable future, and that the deployment of larger wind turbines will help make wind energy economically competitive with fossil fuels in some regions. [ read more … ]

Sun setting on Japan’s solar energy boom

By Anne Beade, Phys.Org  •    •  Posted 2016-12-01 06:44:08

Renewable energy in Japan faces increasingly stiff competition from nuclear and fossil fuel-generated power The sun is setting on Japan’s clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. [ read more … ]

How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-12-01 06:44:33

Decades from now, if renewable energy like wind and solar keeps up its rapid growth, it could make electricity more appealing than gas as a means to curb carbon emissions and boost the electrification of all kinds of appliances. It could make the economic case for renewable energy stronger, while also boosting technologies and techniques that lower emissions, like energy storage and efficiency. And it could prompt a fundamental rethinking of the United States’ energy math, in ways that could have the country legitimately claim a big rise in energy productivity and an even more dramatic drop in energy use. [ read more … ]

Shell Studies Green Energy Deals to Prepare for Future After Oil

By Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-01 06:45:05

Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder demands for a strategy beyond fossil fuels. Shell, which has a market value of $200 billion, produces two percent of the world’s oil and gas but rapid technological change coupled with policies to protect the climate have kick-started a shift in energy markets that has put enormous pressure on oil companies to plan for a time after fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

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