The cost of wind will continue to decline as new technology emerges moving toward 2030 and in the years that follow, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report said land-based wind costs could fall 35% by 2050 and that offshore wind costs could decline between 38% and 41% over the same period.
Renewables encourage manufacturing job creation and can continue to do so under the Trump administration, writes Denise Bode, a partner at Michael Best Strategies and a former CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. She writes that the US is already home to more than 500 wind-related manufacturing plants, many of which are located in areas where jobs are needed due the decline of other industries.
Bluestem has broken ground on a 6.9-megawatt expansion at its Creston Ridge Wind Farm in Nebraska, according to the company. The project, which is expected to begin operations in July, will feature three 2.3-MW turbines.
Americans should urge legislators to support renewables because wind, solar and other clean energy sources have the potential to create jobs while also protecting the environment, writes Tom Hirsch. "We will all benefit as we address the dangers of climate change, enjoy better air quality, promote public health through less pollution, and leave our children and grandchildren a safer, cleaner world," he writes.
Massachusetts Sen. Jamie Eldridge and state Reps. Sean Garballey and Marjorie Decker have proposed a bill that, if approved, would require the state to source 100% of its total electricity needs from renewables by 2050. So far, the measure has 55 co-sponsors.
Competitive auctions for power contracts are driving down the cost of wind around the world, according to Navigant Research. "Nine countries have seen positive, substantial progress implementing power contract auctions, two countries are likely to enact new power contract auction schemes, and three countries have stumbled in their implementation of these auction programs -- leading to a higher risk environment," said Senior Research Analyst Jesse Broehl.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget makes significant cuts to the Energy Department's budget, which would cripple the development of new clean energy technology and eliminate around 22,000 research jobs in labs funded by the department, writes Lindsay Iversen, associate director of Climate and Resources at the Council on Foreign Relations. To meet his goal of revitalizing the US manufacturing industry, the president should reconsider his cuts to the Energy Department, Iversen writes.
Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are divided over the future of the Amazon Wind Farm US East project, which began operations this month, according to this analysis. Observers say that some Republican lawmakers object to wind development because of the wind energy Production Tax Credit and potential military concerns, while others support it for the economic benefits it brings rural communities.
Covanta is adding four years to its partnership with the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority to continue operating its waste-to-energy facility in Preston, Conn. The facility transforms 689 tons of waste into energy daily and helps companies such as Subaru and American Airlines maintain a zero-waste-to-landfill program.
Iowa's Mason City Public Library has seen reduced energy costs since installing its solar energy plant in July 2016. The 207 solar panels provides one-third of the library's daily power, and coupled with LED lighting and new window that open, so far are saving the library $27,000 annually on energy costs.
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