Clearway Energy has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with utility Avista for 50 megawatts of output from its 144-MW Rattlesnake Flat Wind project underway in Washington state. "Recent market changes, including reductions in the cost of wind power facilities and tax incentives that remain in effect, have combined to make this an excellent time to acquire long-term output from a cost-effective wind resource," says Avista Senior Vice President of Energy Resources Jason Thackston.
New Xcel Energy wind farms are underway in North Dakota, bringing in millions worth of lease payments for landowners and divesting from carbon generation while maintaining grid reliability, writes Mark Nisbet, principal manager of Xcel Energy North Dakota. "At Xcel Energy, we're working hard to ensure that all North Dakotans benefit from wind energy: good jobs and economic advantages, plus decades of affordable electricity thanks to free, clean fuel," he writes.
Texas is a wind energy powerhouse, writes Krier Consulting Principal Joe Krier, praising the industry for its ability to attract investments, create jobs and infuse revenue into schools, rural communities and small towns. "Today, our wind energy industry is a model for other states, an example of how to make the most of a resource in a way that respects the land and creates broad economic benefit," he writes.
The Navy is expected to release site-specific recommendations for floating offshore wind development off the Californian coast soon. The report is expected to recommend against projects off of San Luis Obispo County's coastline, but local leaders say they remain hopeful they'll be able to negotiate a compromise for the Morro Bay area.
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Washburn Wind Energy has filed a request with the Black Hawk County Board of Adjustment to push back the start and finish dates for a 35-turbine project planned for Eagle Township, Iowa. Litigation between the board and a landowner has hindered Washburn's ability to secure power purchase agreements for the project, it adds.
President Donald Trump's recent remarks that wind farms are linked to lower property values lacks evidence, says Pennsylvania State University professor Michael Mann. Floods, fires and other environmental effects of climate change are bigger risks for property values, he says.
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.