American wind power gained tremendous momentum in the third quarter of 2016 as states, utilities and ratepayers from coast to coast increased their investment in the energy source America agrees on. That success story is clear in Iowa. Wind power supplied over 35 percent of the state’s electricity generation on a 12-month rolling average from the end of August 2015 through the end of August 2016, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration.
U.S. wind energy installations fell 44 percent in the third quarter, though projects under construction are approaching record levels thanks to its low cost and the recent five-year extension of a key tax credit, according to an industry group.
The U.S. government on Thursday announced a Dec. 15 auction for the leasing rights to develop wind energy off the coast of New York as part of the Obama administration’s push to create jobs through renewable energy.
The next U.S. offshore wind farm in the U.S. will probably be almost 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the nearest ocean.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. expects to finalize a deal by year end with Fred. Olsen Renewables AS to build a 20.7 megawatt wind project in Lake Erie, off the Ohio coast, the president of the Cleveland-based non-profit group said in an interview.
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.”