Xcel Energy is proposing a new wind farm in Texas and another in New Mexico. "These new wind facilities will cost $1.6 billion to build but will allow us to produce wind energy at a cost lower than energy produced at our coal and natural gas-fueled plants," said Xcel's David Hudson.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have been posting positive remarks about wind and solar energy on social media, according to this analysis. On Saturday, Perry tweeted about new drone technology for inspecting turbines.
Investment company Castlelake has agreed to purchase the 56.9-megawatt Summit project in California from Salka after the company finishes repowering it, according to the companies. It will feature 27 2-MW turbines.
Dong Energy has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with Banks Renewables in which it will purchase output from three of Banks' land-based wind farms and resell it in the UK market, said the companies. "This is the first time Dong will manage the production of onshore wind farms and the biggest PPA, we've entered. ... We consider the order an important milestone," said a spokesman.
The Golden Valley Electric Association, an electric co-op in Fairbanks, Alaska, has rejected Delta Wind Farm's interconnection request for a proposed 13.5-megawatt wind farm, according to the companies. Delta Wind co-owner Mike Craft said the utility cost analysis, which showed the interconnection would raise costs, may be based on illegal tariffs.
Doris Renewables will initially focus on developing France's floating offshore wind industry, starting with helping EDF Energies Nouvelles build the 24-megawatt Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind project, said the company. It is also working on the 24-MW EolMed floating project.
The North Dakota House of Representatives advanced an amended bill 60-32 on Tuesday outlining new setback distances for turbines and creating an ombudsmen program. The state Senate will have the opportunity to pass the measure with the added amendments or try to reconcile it with its respective version in a conference committee.
The logic behind a proposed two-year moratorium on new wind projects in North Dakota is flawed, writes Lyle Best. He argues that the bill actually takes away landowners' rights instead of restoring them, because they should have the right to choose whether they want turbines on their property.
Broad coalition asks Congress to invest in America's electricity grid
A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America's electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Read more.
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