With certain government and private-sector actions, wind power could provide 35 percent of the United States’s electricity needs by 2050, a new federal report found.The Wind Vision report released Thursday by the White House and the Energy Department is an update to its 2008 report and maps out the current state of wind energy and its potential over the coming decades.
Building on this progress, today the Department of Energy released Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. wind energy industry. The report shows that the nation can deploy wind power to economically provide 35% of our nation’s electricity and supply renewable power in all 50 states by 2050.
Today is an exciting day for wind power. The White House has announced the release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highly anticipated Wind Vision Report. I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for the critical role you played in making this effort a reality. The Wind Vision Report would certainly not have been possible without your involvement and thoughtful participation.
The conglomerate owned by conservative activists Charles and David Koch said it won’t cooperate with Senate Democrats’ investigation into its potential funding of skeptical climate research. The company’s top lawyer released a letter late Tuesday that he sent last week to Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), invoking the First Amendment to fight the probe. He further accused the senators of trying to infringe upon Koch’s free speech and free association rights.
The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to an assortment of fossil-fuel companies and organizations seeking information on whether they have backed research into global warming and other environmental topics.
The shakeup comes one month after the board disappointed MidAmerican Energy by ordering it to return $2 million to customers as part of a $280 million wind project that had been publicly praised by Branstad. It also comes as the board considers whether to approve two controversial projects: a transmission line that would send wind energy from northwest Iowa to Illinois and a pipeline to transport crude oil across the state.
The United States commanded a 15 percent share of the $1.3 trillion global market for advanced energy systems in 2014, with revenue in this sector growing at five times the rate as the economy as a whole, according to a report, released yesterday. Commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy, a business consortium, the report found that the market for companies developing low-carbon generation, renewable power, energy efficiency and electricity analytics is growing worldwide, spurred by economic recovery, maturing technology and policy.
Wind and solar energy support about 30,000 jobs at about a thousand companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, according to a series of reports released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center over the past two weeks. The reports show the jobs created not only by the manufacture of wind turbine components, the building of wind farms and the installation of solar panels, but also in related businesses from banking to making cables and glass.
More than 100 companies from across the state of Iowa are working in the wind and solar energy supply chain. That’s according to a report recently released by the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Howard Learner, Executive Director, says Iowa is helping to power the world through renewable energy businesses that build wind machines and solar panel equipment.
Public meetings are underway in Oklahoma and Arkansas to get input on a high-voltage transmission line. The U.S. hasn’t added a line like this since the 1970s, but not everyone is happy about it. “We’ve maxed out the available grid, so if you want to continue to grow the export of Oklahoma wind to other states, you need new infrastructure to do that with,” says Michael Skelly of Cleanline Energy.