A report by GateHouse Media citing negative health effects for people living near wind turbine installations "flies in the face of science," writes blogger Brendan DeMelle. DeMelle writes that the report was based entirely on anecdotal evidence and that the American Wind Energy Association cites 25 scientific reviews to refute the GateHouse report.
Senate and House of Representatives negotiators have agreed on a final rewrite of the US tax code that maintains the wind energy Production Tax Credit phaseout and prevents the Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax from destroying the tax equity finance market for renewables, say congressional Republicans. A final vote is expected next week.
Renewables and natural gas are poised to fill the capacity gaps left by retiring coal-burning power plants over the next 10 years, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Observers say the report's findings cast doubt on the need for Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rulemaking favoring nuclear and coal.
EDF Renewable Energy has connected its 154-megawatt Rock Falls project in Oklahoma to the grid and will sell 120 MW of its output to Kimberly-Clark per an existing power purchase agreement, according to the companies. "We applaud America's corporate sector and companies like Kimberly-Clark, who through the purchase of wind energy, demonstrate leadership in the drive for a low-carbon economy," said Executive Vice President Ryan Pfaff.
German turbine maintenance firm Deutsche Windtechnik has opened an office in Houston and will begin offering operations and maintenance services in North America next month. The company said the location will allow it "to react quickly and flexibly to challenges in this new market."
States, municipalities and companies across the US are embracing clean energy sources such as wind and solar and the many benefits the industry brings, including job creation, low-cost electricity and better air quality, writes Jodie Van Horn, director of the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign. "Community by community, local leaders are demonstrating that a transition away from dirty fuels like coal and fracked gas and toward 100 percent clean energy is already happening," she writes.
A coalition of 50 major firms including Amazon, Facebook and Google have petitioned the EU to set a 35% renewable energy target and lift all barriers against power purchase agreements with wind and solar projects. "A strong investment signal is key to further positioning industries with large investment potential in supporting Europe's clean energy goals," they said.
The Trump administration is working on a replacement rule for the Clean Power Plan and plans to release a final version in October. The EPA would look at individual stationary sites rather than across sites, as the Obama-era Clean Power Plan does.
Norway is planning on opening at least one, if not two, new areas suited for floating offshore wind development, according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. "The government wishes to accommodate offshore wind power, in particular with demonstrations of floating wind turbines in mind," it said Wednesday.
Context matters. And that's exactly what is lacking in a recent report by GateHouse Media that amplifies the complaints of a small number of the millions of Americans living near wind farms, while downplaying the vast majority who welcome the benefits of a new cash crop for rural America. And it perpetuates baseless claims, in most cases without offering any evidence, which is as bad or worse of a journalistic practice than selectivity.
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.