Utility operator Alliant Energy has unveiled a $1 billion plan to add up to 500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in Iowa over the next five years. The company is seeking approval to expand its Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County and said that it may have other projects in the works.
Record low prices afforded by the wind energy Production Tax Credit extension make this the best time in history to invest in US wind energy, according to American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "The industry is thriving thanks to policy stability, and we appreciate support from champions in Congress for a multiyear extension of the PTC," he said.
Smaller companies will likely account for a growing share of corporate power purchase agreements with wind farms moving forward as large corporations like Microsoft and Procter & Gamble meet their renewable energy goals, according to EDF Renewable Energy Vice President and Head of Origination Jacob Susman. American Wind Energy Association Senior Research Analyst Hannah Hunt said that companies may accomplish this by dividing a project's output among several buyers.
Embracing renewables like biofuels and repealing the five-year phaseout of the wind energy Production Tax Credit should be among Hillary Clinton's top priorities, said Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. "We need to make sure those industries can stand on their own," he said.
Minnesota Power has issued a request for proposals to add 300 megawatts each of wind and solar capacity to operations. The company, which has asked for all interested parties to submit proposals by Sept. 7, controls an installed wind capacity of 625 MW.
Oklahoma has an installed wind capacity of 5,453 megawatts and another 1,100 MW under construction, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "This growth is made possible, in large part, as a result of a strategic policy framework that has helped position Oklahoma as an attractive place to invest," said Enel Green Power North America Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs Jack Thirolf.
IKEA, ranked sixth out of the Environmental Protection Agency's top 30 green power users, has joined the agency's Green Power Partnership, according to the company. IKEA said it sources 72% of the electricity used at its US locations from green sources, like wind and solar.
Regulators in New York are considering several projects that could help the state meet its 50% by 2030 renewable energy goal, according to this analysis. The National Resources Defense Council touted the role of offshore wind in the state's clean energy future, including a 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm under consideration by the Long Island Power Authority.
A team in New England tasked with evaluating the region's clean energy request for proposals said that it will require more time to complete the process due to the number and complexity of bids it has received. The review process was scheduled to end on Tuesday.
Almost a quarter of armed conflicts in ethnically diverse countries have coincided with climate-related disasters, suggesting that climate change could spark an uptick in such conflicts in coming years, researchers say.
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