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.
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.
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.“
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.
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
The Trump administration has removed language on the Department of Energy website that emphasized wind as an emissions-free replacement for fossil fuels. The website changes come as DOE conducts a study of whether policies favoring wind and solar power are accelerating coal and nuclear plant closures. The administration is also proposing budget cuts to DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which could hit wind programs.
“The shovel ready moniker that they put on projects, it’s just rarely applicable,” said Bill Miller, president and chief executive of two companies that overlap the two lists. The Power Company of Wyoming LLC is building the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, and TransWest Express LLC is developing the TransWest Express Transmission Project, crossing Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project, which is being built in part on federal land, took eight years and “tens of millions of dollars” before it could recently start construction. The TransWest Express transmission project is still waiting for several state-level permits, Miller said.
Trump may be resolutely committed to fossil fuels, but the economic reality is renewables are now among the cheapest sources of electricity. Wind and solar were the biggest sources of power added to U.S. grids three years running, becoming key sources of jobs in rural America. That’s created clean-energy constituencies in North Carolina, Texas and other parts of the country that supported Trump in November.
Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that officials and climate change activists celebrated as a watershed moment. The accomplishment became official just before 11 p.m., when the 24-hour period ended. Coal powered Britain into the industrial age and into the 21st century, contributing greatly to the “pea souper” fogs that were thought for decades to be a natural phenomenon of the British climate.
On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe city council approved a measure establishing a goal of transitioning the community entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2032. In concert with the city council’s vote, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Austin Sass has also signed on to the I AM PRO SNOW program’s 100% Committed campaign, part of The Climate Reality Project.