Wind has broad support in Niagara County, N.Y., and specifically in the towns of Somerset and Yates where Apex Clean Energy has proposed building its Lighthouse Wind project, writes Lauren D'Avolio. Development Manager Taylor Quarles said the company has had success educating residents on the benefits of wind and with community outreach programs.
JPMorgan Chase's recent announcement that it plans to run global operations on 100% clean energy by 2020 is significant. When a large player makes renewables and energy efficiency mainstream as a "smart business" move, others listen, writes Brian Keane, president of SmartPower.
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Enel Green Power has sold 100% of its "B" shares in its 300-megawatt Red Dirt project in Oklahoma to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial and Allianz for $340 million, according to the companies. Enel will continue to oversee the project, which is expected to begin operations this year.
EDF Energy Renewables has finished installing five gravity-base foundations at its 41.5-megawatt Blyth offshore wind pilot off the coast of England, said the company. It added that Jan de Nul is on track to begin installing the project's five 8-megawatt MHI Vestas turbines next month.
Vestas has set a goal to more than double its turbine service and maintenance operations in three years, said the company, adding that it already services an installed wind capacity of 71 gigawatts worldwide. "The new target is to grow its service business by more than 50% organically towards 2020 versus 2016 revenue, while at the same time deliver best-in-class margins," said the company.
Pittsburgh is moving toward its 100% by 2035 renewables goal using SmartPGH, a multipart plan based on renewables-based microgrids and energy-efficiency measures. "Cities can help lead the transition away from dirty fuels to renewable energy, but it will require boldness and ambition to get it done," said Mayor Bill Peduto.
Platte River Power Authority and Fort Collins Utilities in Colorado are listening to the demands of the customers and exploring options to add more renewables to their grid, write Platte River General Manager and CEO Manager Jason Frisbie and board member and Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell. "Through a request for proposals, we are exploring new wind sources that could expand non-carbon energy supply by another 5-10 percent," they write.
The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold a hearing Nov. 8 to gather public input on the Icebreaker Wind offshore wind pilot proposed for Lake Erie. If approved, the 20.7-megawatt project will feature six 3.45-MW turbines from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
AWEA intern Ian Stout discovered a fact that surprised him this summer -- the US power sector withdraws more water than any other sector in the US. As a native Californian who watched his state struggle through drought in recent years, he decided to examine wind in the Golden State, and how it has helped it saved billions of gallons of water. Read more.
There is no waste of any kind in the world that equals the waste from needless, ill-directed and ineffective motions.
Frank Bunker Gilbreth, engineer
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.