North Dakota has seen an increase in wind and transmission projects under the wind energy Production Tax Credit and more wind-related investments will likely take place before the credit expires in 2020, said state Rep. Mike Brandenburg. NextEra Energy is seeking approval for its Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center in the state, which could feature up to 133 turbines and has a power purchase agreement with an electrical cooperative in Minnesota.
The US Conference of Mayors passed resolutions aimed at improving the climate during a three-day summit that ended yesterday. The bipartisan group approved a pledge to support the transitions of cities to 100% renewable energy by 2035, and many pledged to live by the spirit of the Paris climate agreement despite the federal government's retreat from it.
Several reports, from the US Environmental Agency to the International Energy Agency to industry analysts, expect the electric vehicle market to substantially grow, albeit slowly over time. However, to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector must make and sell more EVs in a faster time frame, writes Ken Silverstein.
The US Conference of Mayors, which represents 1,400 mayors nationwide, has advanced a resolution encouraging cities to aim for 100% renewables by 2035. Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin said the resolution is "a message to the entire world that America is still at the table and we support a vision at 100% clean and renewable energy."
Pattern Development has acquired Wind Quarry's 103-megawatt Willow Creek project in South Dakota, according to the companies. "We are thrilled to acquire our first wind project in South Dakota and look forward to working with Wind Quarry and the local community to develop the Willow Creek Project, creating jobs, economic spending and a new source of energy in Butte County," said Pattern Energy President and CEO Mike Garland.
Dong Energy has inaugurated its 582-megawatt Gode Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind project off the coast of Germany in the German North Sea, according to Dong. The complex features 97 Siemens 6-MW offshore wind turbines.
WEB Aruba, a provider of water and electricity on the Caribbean island of Aruba, will use a microgrid from Swiss grid firm ABB to integrate more wind and solar capacity, according to the company. "This innovative microgrid solution will support the island of WEB Aruba to integrate more renewables and maintain reliability and efficiency of power supplies to meet increasing demand for electricity," said ABB Managing Director of Grid Automation Massimo Danieli.
Researchers from the Energy Department and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently wrapped up a wind forecasting project in the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge between Washington and Oregon. Energy Department Meteorologist Joel Cline said that the team hopes to use the data to develop a computer model capable of accurately forecasting daily wind speeds anywhere in the country.
The offshore wind industry's need for government support mechanisms will dwindle as turbines increase in size, getting both taller and more efficient, said Dong Energy, EnBW and Vattenfall in an interview with Reuters. Executives from all three firms said they're working on taller, higher capacity megaturbine prototypes, including one from Dong that could fall in the range of 13 to 15 megawatts.
Mining firms in Canada and across North America are generating new revenue by repurposing old sites for wind and solar generation, said Ernst & Young Western Canada Market Leader Meghan Harris-Ngae. "There's a huge opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also offset greenhouse gas emissions both for business, but also within a province," she said.
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