The International Energy Agency yesterday revised its renewable energy growth projections upward by 13 percent compared to last year’s forecast for the period between 2015 and 2021. The revision comes despite a September IEA report that showed that total global energy investment was down 8 percent in 2015 from the prior year.
Ulrich says American Wind Action trying to buy his OPPD board seat after group spends $50,000 touting challenger
American Wind Action launched in June and has supported down-ballot wind proponents in states including Colorado and Iowa. The group in July announced it would support U.S. Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, who represents southwest Iowa’s 3rd District, with $200,000 worth of radio and digital ads.
A coalition of conservative groups is pressuring House and Senate leaders to skip the end-of-year renewable tax extender ritual in the upcoming lame-duck session. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), more than 45 groups reiterated their opposition to extending key renewable energy breaks in the closing weeks of the 114th Congress.
At the national level, wind’s share of total U.S. electricity generation has risen every year since 2001. Wind facilities produced 190,927 gigawatthours (GWh) of electricity in 2015, accounting for 4.7% of net U.S. electric power generation. Based on monthly data through July of this year, wind has provided 5.6% of U.S. generation in 2016.
“We’re competitive here in Rhode Island, and we take a great deal of pride in knowing that we beat every other state to be the first with steel in the water and blades over the ocean,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., who was recently named chair of the Governors Wind and Solar Energy Coalition.
“This advent of new floating turbines does open up some possibilities,” David Hochschild, a member of the California Energy Commission, said at a conference here yesterday. “Thirty miles offshore, your projects are not visible. The avian impact issue goes way down. And I really think that if we can get the cost down, the future is very bright.”
If the American voter had to choose between Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton based on their energy policies alone, the presidential election would still be a remarkable drama, amounting to the biggest referendum on global climate change since the term was coined.
The most significant change would require wind developers to leave a space five times the height of each tower between turbines and neighboring homes. Five times the tower height would amount to more than 2,000 feet for 2.5-megawatt towers.
Use of solar power is soaring, but Europe’s biggest solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, took the surprise step last month of cutting 500 jobs from its workforce of 3,000. The reason? Global sales are on track for a record year but prices are plunging due to a glut of supply. That is encouraging the spread of clean energy but squeezing manufacturers, leading to politically sensitive job losses.
Congratulations to Gov. Raimondo and Gov. Brownback, and a word of thanks for Gov. Terry Branstad’s steadfast leadership while chairing the group this year.