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Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy Announce America’s Largest Wind Farm

Invenergy, North America’s largest independent, privately-held renewable energy company, along with GE Renewable Energy, today announced a 2,000-megawatt wind farm that will be the largest in the U.S. and second-largest in the world, once operational. The Wind Catcher facility is currently under construction in the Oklahoma panhandle and will generate wind electricity from 800 state-of-the-art … Continue reading Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy Announce America’s Largest Wind Farm

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Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

Jon Powers is an Iraq veteran and former Chief Sustainability Officer for the U.S. government. He’s also a founder of Operation Free, a coalition of former service members who “advocate for securing America with clean energy.” This month, he penned a pair of op-eds explaining why the armed forces look to renewable energy to strengthen … Continue reading Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

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Flat Top Wind I, LLC places Vestas order for 200 MW project in the U.S.

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the U.S. from Flat Top Wind I, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of Alterra Power Corp., for the 200 MW Flat Top wind project located in central Texas. The order is their first order with Vestas in the U.S. and includes supply and commissioning of the turbines … Continue reading Flat Top Wind I, LLC places Vestas order for 200 MW project in the U.S.

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Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

AWEA supports creating markets for grid reliability services as the most cost-effective way to ensure electric reliability. Renewable resources are already able to provide many of these grid reliability services as well as or better than conventional power plants. As shown in the following table, wind plants already exceed the reliability services contributed by conventional … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

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Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

New, comprehensive analysis of electricity market price data confirms that renewable energy policies are not directly factored into electricity market prices. Three years ago, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) rebutted arguments that occurrences of negative prices at nuclear plants in Illinois were frequently caused by wind energy. That “compelling” data led FERC Commissioner John … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Putting the negative-price myth to bed

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How to build and maintain wind farms

We’re right at summer’s midpoint, and news this time of year can be a little slow. But these warm weather months don’t mean a slow down for the men and women building and maintaining wind farms. The long days and clear skies have them forging ahead with new construction and routine upkeep. Here’s a trio … Continue reading How to build and maintain wind farms

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Dominion, DONG Seal Deal on Two Offshore Wind Turbines

Dominion Energy Virginia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DONG Energy, the world’s largest offshore wind-power company, to build two 6-megawatt turbines off the Virginia Beach coast — a critical step toward opening up 2,000 megawatts of off-shore wind to development. Dominion will own the $300 million project, while Dong has committed to … Continue reading Dominion, DONG Seal Deal on Two Offshore Wind Turbines

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Iowa has been a leader in wind energy for decades and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future

Iowa has been a leader in wind energy for decades and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. Last year, Iowa generated 36.6 percent of its electricity from wind, the most ever for any state. That figure is expected to keep growing, with the state’s two largest utilities having already started $4 billion … Continue reading Iowa has been a leader in wind energy for decades and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future

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When wind turbines move to town

It wasn’t always the case, but nowadays rural places are often among those in greatest need of new economic development. Sadly, the farm belt and Rust Belt have been losing jobs and investment for decades. It will take significant change to raise up rural communities, including welcoming new opportunities like wind. Rural areas already are … Continue reading When wind turbines move to town

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Nuclear power has taken a back seat to renewable sources of electricity for the first time

Electricity production from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation in March and April. That’s the first time renewable sources have outpaced nuclear since 1984. The growth in renewables has been fueled by scores of new wind turbines and solar farms. Recent increases in hydroelectric power as a result of heavy snow and rain in Western … Continue reading Nuclear power has taken a back seat to renewable sources of electricity for the first time

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North Carolina legislature fixes a wind farm problem that doesn’t exist

Acting against the interest of North Carolina job-seekers and businesses, last week state legislators placed a moratorium on new wind farm permits through 2018. The last-minute amendment to H 589, a wide ranging energy bill, will stop North Carolina from harvesting more homegrown wind power. The bill now awaits a final decision from North Carolina … Continue reading North Carolina legislature fixes a wind farm problem that doesn’t exist

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Massachusetts kicks off new ocean energy development process

Massachusetts electric distribution companies and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) just issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) for 400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy – the first request of its kind and a huge milestone of American offshore wind. The highly anticipated request follows a Massachusetts law passed last year calling … Continue reading Massachusetts kicks off new ocean energy development process

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Vestas receives 200 MW order in the United States

The order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a multi-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM4000) service agreement, Vestas’ full-scope service package maximizing uptime and energy production. “Each turbine manufactured in this order will support 30 full-time jobs over its lifetime, all while delivering clean, low cost energy and millions in … Continue reading Vestas receives 200 MW order in the United States

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Floating Wind Plan Could Finally Crack California’s Offshore Market

James Temple for MIT Technology Review:  Three tapered smokestacks tower above Morro Bay’s otherwise idyllic harbor, offering what some residents see as a “three-fingered salute” to this pretty seaside town along California’s Central Coast. The six-decade-old Dynegy natural-gas plant, which shut down in early 2014, continues to loom over the city because it would cost … Continue reading Floating Wind Plan Could Finally Crack California’s Offshore Market

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MidAmerican Energy places 302 MW order for its 2,000 MW Wind XI project in Iowa

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order from MidAmerican Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, for 170 V110-2.0 MW turbines for the Wind XI project. The order includes previously purchased PTC-qualifying components.   The turbines will be manufactured at Vestas’ Colorado factories and will be delivered in the second quarter 2018. The … Continue reading MidAmerican Energy places 302 MW order for its 2,000 MW Wind XI project in Iowa

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Nebraska’s wind energy increases

Nebraska generated 1,000 megawatts of electricity from wind last year, joining what is known as the “Gigawatt Club,” Director David Bracht of the Nebraska Energy Office said Friday. Nebraska achieved a one-year growth rate of 49%, adding 438 megawatts of generating capacity in 2016, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Report. One thousand megawatts … Continue reading Nebraska’s wind energy increases

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An exclusive event is headed to the Northwest

The northwestern region of the United States is thriving. Utility resource planning and replacement power (from retiring power plants) is setting the region up for significant wind energy growth, on top of growing renewable portfolio standard demand from Oregon and Washington. To seize these growth opportunities the industry must lead important discussions and make critical … Continue reading An exclusive event is headed to the Northwest

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AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on President Trump’s Energy Week remarks: “We support President Trump’s strategic vision to seek American energy dominance. The wind industry — America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity — stands ready to do our part implementing the President’s vision … Continue reading AWEA statement on White House Energy Week

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Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind energy setback rule in budget

The Ohio House of Representatives has insisted upon removing an important fix to wind turbine setback policy from the state’s proposed biennial budget, after Senate lawmakers advanced a compromise measure last week. Adopted in 2014 with no public debate, Ohio’s current wind turbine setbacks are among the country’s most restrictive and have essentially functioned as … Continue reading Ohio lawmakers fail to fix wind energy setback rule in budget

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