After seven years of planning and construction, planners of the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm expect it to be completed later this month. The 200-megawatt wind farm project based in Hayfield will consist of 100 wind turbines — 88 in Mower County and 12 in Dodge County — and is expected to provide an estimated $950,000 in annual local tax revenue, split pro-rata between the two counties and townships.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of jobs for wind-techs, as they are known, to increase by 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, well above the average growth rate for all jobs of over 11 percent. Still, it’s starting from a small base. In 2012, there were 3,200 wind tech jobs; by 2022, it is expected to jump to around 4,000.
C. Boyden Gray helped Jeb Bush’s father make regulations vanish in the early 1980s. Now he says it could be done to President Obama’s climate rules if the younger Bush wins the White House. Reversing the Clean Power Plan could begin in as little as 15 months, if Bush is elected, and the exercise would be “fairly straightforward,” Gray said in an interview this week. Bush said on Tuesday that he would stop the rule in its tracks.
Just how many business voices and successful companies will it take before Congress decides to act and pass stable policy to help grow renewable energy in the U.S.? Over 580 companies helping to grow clean energies in the U.S. signed onto a letterthis morning urging Congress to pass clean energy tax extenders. These companies represent a broad cross section of renewable energy technology in the U.S.: wind energy, solar, biogas, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, waste-to-energy, fuel cells, renewable fuels, alternative fueled vehicles, combined heat and power, waste heat to power, and energy efficiency technologies.
California is cruising toward its 2020 goal for increasing renewable energy and is setting far more ambitious targets for the future. Its large-scale solar arrays produced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states combined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the state, and thousands more are added each week. With its progressive politics, high-tech bent and abundant sunshine, California is fast ramping up its production of clean electricity, setting an example its leaders hope the rest of the country, and other nations, will follow as they seek to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide.
Backers of the U.S. offshore wind industry are hoping to build on recent momentum to crack the major financial and regulatory roadblocks that still remain before they can catch up with their thriving European counterparts. The image of a steel foundation being lowered into the ocean off the coast of Rhode Island this summer has become a sign of hope for the industry. Due next year, the small offshore wind farm developed by Deepwater Wind will generate 30 megawatts — peanuts compared with the more than 10 gigawatts already installed in Europe. The Block Island Wind Farm will be the first in the United States.
After what one market participant described as a “tortuously” slow start, there are now more than 15,500 MW of offshore wind projects in various stages of development in the U.S., and federal regulators have leased enough ocean acreage to support the construction of projects totaling more than 5,500 MW, the U.S. Department of Energy said Sept. 29.
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. borrowed $275 million for a 300-megawatt wind farm in Texas that’s supplying power to Austin Energy, according to two people familiar with the deal. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. led the 10-year financing for the Jumbo Road wind farm, said the two people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to discuss the deal publicly. CoBank Financial Corp., Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. also participated. Pricing started at 162.5 basis points over the London interbank offered rate.
Construction on MidAmerican Energy Company’s massive wind turbine farm in northwest Iowa is expected to finish by year’s end. MidAmerican Energy project manager Adam Jablonski told the Sioux City Journal that the Highland project will be one of the 10 largest wind farms in the country when it is completed.
Anxiety over a shutdown was delayed this week after the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution keeping agencies working through Dec. 11, sidestepping demands from conservatives to delay funding the government until Democrats and Obama agreed to block federal funds for Planned Parenthood. The Senate passed the legislation 78-20, and hours later, the House approved it 277-151, with opposition coming mainly from Republicans unimpressed with a symbolic vote in the House against Planned Parenthood.