Offshore wind to generate at least 5 GW in Mass., R.I, N.J. | Nearly half Xcel supply to Texas, N.M. could be from renewables by 2022 | Road improvements underway near Ill. wind farm
May 25, 2018
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Offshore wind to generate at least 5 GW in Mass., R.I, N.J.
Offshore wind to generate at least 5 GW in Mass., R.I, N.J.
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Three offshore wind project and policy announcements in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey will add at least 5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy in the next decade. "With today's landmark decisions, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are ready to pioneer large-scale offshore wind development that will light the way for our industry and nation," said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.
CleanTechnica (5/24) 
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Nearly half Xcel supply to Texas, N.M. could be from renewables by 2022
Almost half of Xcel Energy's electricity in Texas and New Mexico could come from renewable resources by 2022, according to a plan by Xcel Energy. About 24% of the company's energy resources are renewable, and the company plans to install another 1,240 megawatts of wind generation.
KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas) (5/24) 
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Project Focus
Road improvements underway near Ill. wind farm
The second phase of road improvements near Radford's Run Wind Farm, located in Macon County, Ill., are underway and should take about eight weeks to finish, according to E.ON officials. The project includes 80 miles of road improvements at a cost of $20 million to E.ON.
North American Windpower online (5/24) 
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Norwegian wind farm complete
The 112.2 megawatt Egersund onshore wind farm in Rogaland, Norway, is complete, and a ribbon cutting was held to mark the occasion. The project includes 33 Senvion 3.4M 114 turbines and is the German company's first project in Norway.
ReNews (UK) (5/25) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Maley joins Acciona Energy's marketing team
Matt Maley has joined Acciona Energy USA Global's marketing team and will help commercial and industrial companies meet sustainability goals. Maley has more than 25 years of experience in the energy and utility space.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (5/23) 
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Arroyo Energy Investors buying Pattern Energy's Chile operations
Arroyo Energy Investors will purchase the Chile operations of Pattern Energy Group for $67 million. Pattern owned an 81 MW interest in the the 115 MW El Arrayan Wind project.
North American Windpower online (5/24) 
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Policy Watch
Comment period for New York Bight wind area extended
The comment period for offshore wind energy development in the New York Bight region was extended from May 29 to July 30 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The bureau is also asking for information and nominations for wind power commercial leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf in the New York Bight.
Offshore Wind Journal (U.K.) (5/25) 
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China's new energy rule addresses waste
New guidelines from China's National Energy Administration addresses the 12% of wind power and 6% of solar energy wasted last year. The guidelines ask companies to put priority on cross-regional wind power bases that deliver electricity to different regional grids.
Reuters (5/25) 
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A guide to buying wind power for Fortune 500 companies
Fortune 500 companies and others are setting ambitious targets for renewable energy procurement, and they choose wind power more than any other source. And now AWEA has a guide to help new corporate buyers power their operations with wind. Read more.
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Moody's report: Wind power boosts local tax revenue across rural America
By now it should come as no surprise that American wind power spurs important economic growth in all 50 states, especially in the rural interior of the country. But there's a lesser told story that's just as important, and a new report sheds light on this neglected subset of wind benefits. New analysis from Moody's highlights the "windfalls to local governments across [the] U.S." that growth in wind energy supplies, mainly by substantially boosting local taxes bases and revenue in rural areas. Read more.
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