Avista signs 20-year PPA with Wash. wind farm | Wind helps Xcel divest from carbon generation | Wind is transforming Texas, its rural communities
March 22, 2019
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Avista signs 20-year PPA with Wash. wind farm
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.
Daily Energy Insider (3/21) 
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Wind helps Xcel divest from carbon generation
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.
The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (3/21) 
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Wind is transforming Texas, its rural communities
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.
San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Project Focus
E.ON breaks ground on 151-MW Texas wind farm
E.ON is building the 151-megawatt Peyton Creek Wind Farm in Matagorda County, Texas, with plans to launch it by 2019's end. It will feature 48 3.15-MW Nordex machines.
North American Windpower online (3/21) 
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Navy recommendation on Calif. floating offshore wind coming soon
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.
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (3/21) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Siemens reportedly eyeing joint venture with Mitsubishi
Sources say that Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may be in talks to form a joint venture, reports a German publication. Siemens' Power and Gas unit has been struggling with weakened demand.
Reuters (3/21) 
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Policy Watch
Washburn Wind seeks extended construction wind for project
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.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (3/22) 
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Trump's comments on wind lack evidence, says professor
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.
Newsweek (3/21) 
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