Wind blown: MidAmerican zeroes in on 100% renewable energy

Source: By Kevin Hardy, and Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

When it is done, the Des Moines utility’s share of its energy that comes from renewable sources will catapult from 55 percent to nearly 90 percent. But already, the utility craves more — looking to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind. It would take about $2 billion and 550 turbines more to bring MidAmerican close to 100 percent, said CEO Bill Fehrman, who has led the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary’s march into renewable energy.

Developer kills Obama-era project hobbled by greens’ lawsuit

Source: Scott Streater, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

A renewable energy developer is pulling the plug on a Nevada wind project championed by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada that would have been the Silver State’s largest wind farm. Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy is walking away from the 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project after environmental groups and some neighbors of the wind farm site filed a lawsuit challenging the venture that was approved in March 2013 by then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

China to Boost Non-Fossil Fuel Use to 20 Percent by 2030: State Planner

Source: By Josephine Mason, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050, its state planner said on Tuesday, as Beijing continues its years-long shift away from coal power. In a policy document, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will peak by 2030 and total energy demand will be capped at 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, up from 4.4 billion tons targeted for this ye

Trump to set new executive orders on environment, energy this week

Source: By David Shephardson and Valerie Volcovici;, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment, which would make it easier for the United States to develop energy on and offshore, a White House official said on Sunday. “This builds on previous executive actions that have cleared the way for job-creating pipelines, innovations in energy production, and reduced unnecessary burden on energy producers,” the official said on condition of anonymity

Lifeline for Nuclear Plants Is Threatening Wind and Solar Power

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The push to save U.S. nuclear plants for the sake of fighting climate change is threatening support for the bread and butter of clean power: wind and solar. New York and Illinois have already approved as much as $10 billion in subsidies to keep struggling reactors open for the next decade as part of a plan to limit fossil fuel consumption. Lawmakers in Ohio, Connecticut and New Jersey are debating whether to do the same.

Danes unite for US offshore

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

Danish offshore wind companies have joined forces to offer the design and production of substations and wind turbine foundations for the emerging US market. The alliance includes Bladt, ISC Consulting Engineers, LICengineering and Semco Maritime, as well as the Trade Council of Denmark’s wind energy advisory division.

Minnesota wind power expands

Source: By Don Davis, Inforum • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

Minnesotans who like neat hair may not like it, but the state blessed with strong winds is saving money by using it to create more electricity every year. The American Wind Energy Association announced Wednesday, April 19 that more than 15 percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind power. That figure is predicted to double by 2021. Minnesota’s largest electric utility, Xcel Energy, produces 19 percent of its power by wind, expected to increase to 34 percent in five years.

Xcel Energy recognized for wind energy leadership

Source: By Michelle Froese, Wind Power • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

The American Wind Energy Association on Wednesday released its annual market report and recognized Xcel Energy for its sustained commitment and contribution to the wind industry. AWEA named Xcel Energy the nation’s top utility wind energy provider, a position it has held for more than a decade. “We recognized years ago the benefits of operating in a wind-rich area of the country where we’re able to harness the resource to meet customers’ expectations for clean, renewable energy,” said Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy chairman, president and CEO. “Wind energy plays a significant role in our future plans as an emissions free resource that brings fuel savings and low cost energy to customers.“

US Wind Power Added Jobs More Than 9 Times Faster Than Overall US Economy

Source: By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

New figures published by the American Wind Energy Association show that the US wind energy industry added jobs at more than 9 times faster than the overall US economy in 2016, reaching 102,500 jobs in all, helping to install over 8 gigawatts of new wind power and helping investment reach more than $14 billion. These are the primary findings from the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, released Wednesday at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Changes to Energy Dept. websites downplay renewables as a replacement for fossil fuels

Source: By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

The Energy Department is changing its website to cut down on Obama-era language touting renewable energy sources as a climate-friendly replacement for fossil fuels, according to reports from an environmental watchdog group. Whereas the site formerly touted technologies such as wind, solar and geothermal energy as a replacement for sources such as coal, oil and natural gas, the department’s website now focuses on renewable energy’s potential to create jobs, according to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a network of academics and nonprofit groups that has been monitoring federal websites