Extending the full wind-energy production tax credit through 2050 would result in a near-term drop-off in new additions but would ultimately bring 40% more new installed wind capacity online by 2050 compared to if the credits are ended, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report said that without the PTC, the nation's total installed wind capacity would likely increase to 55% above 2017 levels by 2050.
The wind energy industry would invest billions of dollars in Ohio's wind industry if state legislators make zoning rules more favorable for wind farms, said AWEA Eastern Region Policy Director Andrew Gohn. He praised the Ohio Senate's effort to update the legislation and expressed optimism that the lawmakers would complete the task.
The phaseout of the wind energy Production Tax Credit is accelerating wind development in Wyoming, says Wind Energy Research Center Director Jonathan Naughton. He expects the state to add up to 5,000 megawatts of new installed wind capacity in the next five to seven years.
Senvion said it will install a 3.6-megawatt turbine at its RiaBlaes turbine blade manufacturing site in Portugal, providing enough energy to meet 100% of the plant's electricity needs. "If we want the world to go green, we have to be part of the solution in more ways than one, we have to be an example," notes Senior Vice President for Global Blades Paulo Silva.
Canadian manufacturer Sigma Industries has opened a new 70,000-square-foot factory in Tennessee that will produce composites for the US wind industry, said the company. "It is the first step in our strategy to grow our operations in the US market," Sigma President Denis Bertrand said.
DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, two Michigan-based utilities, have partnered with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan to set a new 50% by 2030 goal for clean energy, according to the groups. "Michigan wants clean energy, and we saw support across the state from the moment we started this campaign," said Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan campaign manager John Freeman.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management launched a public comment period to gather more input on advancing offshore wind development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf on April 6. It has extended the deadline for submitting comments from May 21 to July 5.
Lincoln, Neb., has given a zero-waste award to Lincoln Running Co. for recycling 90% or more of its waste. The retailer donates used shoe boxes to the Capital Humane Society and public school camps, while returned shoes are donated to schools and a recreation center's Feet First program.
Researchers predict that 80% of city buses around the world will be electric by 2040, according to a report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. City buses are ideal candidates for a switch to electric power because they travel predictable routes and can be charged at central locations, writes Katie Fehrenbacher.
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