Officials from the energy storage industry yesterday gave a sunny outlook for their sector despite financial trouble among some players, citing new projects, growing markets and advances in storage technology.
Wind power posted the greatest gain in domestic energy consumption in 2011 as overall energy use dropped, according to an analysis by the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Energy consumption from wind power rose 27 percent in 2011 to 1.17 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units), up from 0.92 in 2010, LLNL said, citing U.S. Energy Information Administration data.
The Obama administration today said it has reached an agreement to issue an offshore wind lease about a dozen miles from the Delaware coast, the second in the United States and the first under the Interior Department’s “smart from the start” program in the mid-Atlantic. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said the noncompetitive lease gives NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC the exclusive right to set up meteorological towers and buoys and develop a construction and operating plan for a commercial wind farm.
U.S. wind power developers are installing record-high numbers of turbines in 2012 but that growth could weaken if a production tax credit expires at the end of this year, an industry group says. The U.S. wind industry in August for the first time surpassed 50,000MW of generation capacity – enough to power 13 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says in a report.
Gov. Dave Heineman gave conditional support to extending the federal tax credit for wind power Monday after speaking at the Nebraska Wind Conference. The credit, set to expire at the end of the year, has become a contested issue in the presidential race, with Democratic President Barack Obama saying he would extend it while Republican challenger Mitt Romney wants to let it end.
Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday. A group of lawmakers and environmental advocates unveiled the report as they argued that Nebraska is well-positioned to tap wind as a renewable energy resource.
Dave Vavra has been waiting five years to get those big trucks — hauling giant blades and long tubes for a wind farm — to roll into Saline County. Vavra is president of the Saline County Wind Association, a grass-roots group made up of 260 members representing 60,000 acres that may be suitable for wind energy development. The group has tried to attract a developer without success. A company that showed interest has since left the wind industry, and discussions with several others have gone nowhere.
A report today from the wind industry’s main trade association highlights the link between stable tax policies and growth in turbine installations. Thousands of megawatts have come online this year, with even more expected to do so by the end of the year, but new project starts have slowed to a trickle. More than 4,700 megawatts of wind turbines have been installed so far this year, including more than 1,800 MW in the third quarter, and an additional 8,430 MW are still under construction, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s third-quarter report.
Whichever way the wind blows, it’s probably passing through this town of 3,300 in north-central Montana. At least that’s the picture Shelby Mayor Larry Bonderud paints as he rattles off facts and figures about wind energy development here, seemingly without pausing for breath during a recent interview in the office of his optometry practice.
Wind industry representatives will gather today to discuss the long-term economic implications of their key tax break, including how and whether it could be reduced or phased out and what policy mechanisms could replace it, according to sources familiar with the meeting. The two-day, closed-door meeting being convened by the American Wind Energy Association, the industry’s primary trade association, is separate from the industry’s long-standing push for an immediate extension of the production tax credit, which expires at the end of this year for wind.