U.S. to auction leasing rights offshore NY for wind energy development

Source: By Within Prasad, Reuters • Posted: Friday, October 28th, 2016

The U.S. government on Thursday announced a Dec. 15 auction for the leasing rights to develop wind energy off the coast of New York as part of the Obama administration’s push to create jobs through renewable energy.

Next U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Set to Emerge From Lake Erie

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, October 28th, 2016

The next U.S. offshore wind farm in the U.S. will probably be almost 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the nearest ocean.

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. expects to finalize a deal by year end with Fred. Olsen Renewables AS to build a 20.7 megawatt wind project in Lake Erie, off the Ohio coast, the president of the Cleveland-based non-profit group said in an interview.

Renewables forecasts revised up, but fossil makes gains, too

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The International Energy Agency yesterday revised its renewable energy growth projections upward by 13 percent compared to last year’s forecast for the period between 2015 and 2021. The revision comes despite a September IEA report that showed that total global energy investment was down 8 percent in 2015 from the prior year.

Ulrich says American Wind Action trying to buy his OPPD board seat after group spends $50,000 touting challenger

Source: By Cole Epley, Omah World-Herald • Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

American Wind Action launched in June and has supported down-ballot wind proponents in states including Colorado and Iowa. The group in July announced it would support U.S. Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, who represents southwest Iowa’s 3rd District, with $200,000 worth of radio and digital ads.

Groups warn lawmakers against green tax breaks in lame duck

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

A coalition of conservative groups is pressuring House and Senate leaders to skip the end-of-year renewable tax extender ritual in the upcoming lame-duck session. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), more than 45 groups reiterated their opposition to extending key renewable energy breaks in the closing weeks of the 114th Congress.

EIA report: states generating 10 percent of their electricity from wind

Source: By U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly • Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

At the national level, wind’s share of total U.S. electricity generation has risen every year since 2001. Wind facilities produced 190,927 gigawatthours (GWh) of electricity in 2015, accounting for 4.7% of net U.S. electric power generation. Based on monthly data through July of this year, wind has provided 5.6% of U.S. generation in 2016.

AWEA Brings Industry Stakeholders Together To Talk Offshore Wind

Source: By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power • Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

“We’re competitive here in Rhode Island, and we take a great deal of pride in knowing that we beat every other state to be the first with steel in the water and blades over the ocean,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., who was recently named chair of the Governors Wind and Solar Energy Coalition.

Engineers say floating offshore is closer than it may seem

Source: Saqib Rahim, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016

“This advent of new floating turbines does open up some possibilities,” David Hochschild, a member of the California Energy Commission, said at a conference here yesterday. “Thirty miles offshore, your projects are not visible. The avian impact issue goes way down. And I really think that if we can get the cost down, the future is very bright.”

On the Ballot: Two Clashing Visions of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

Source: By Valerie Volcovici and Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

If the American voter had to choose between Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton based on their energy policies alone, the presidential election would still be a remarkable drama, amounting to the biggest referendum on global climate change since the term was coined.

New wind rules could dash energy hopes in South Dakota

Source: By John Hult, Argus Leader • Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The most significant change would require wind developers to leave a space five times the height of each tower between turbines and neighboring homes. Five times the tower height would amount to more than 2,000 feet for 2.5-megawatt towers.