The US is on track to add 10.9 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity in 2019, and more than half of those additions will be in Iowa, Illinois and Texas, writes Chris Ramirez, citing Energy Information Administration data. Texas' wind industry has 13,000 operational turbines generating 14.8% of the state's electricity, and still has great potential for growth, he writes.
Orsted US Offshore Wind and the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance are planning a task force where they'll work together to ensure commercial fishing and offshore wind development can coexist in the US. "Through this partnership, we will be able to share our concerns in a productive way and develop practical solutions as we all seek to coexist and thrive for a better tomorrow," Orsted North America President Thomas Brostrom said.
Accurate data on pricing and new mechanisms for arranging deals are making risk-migration tools a popular option for major companies looking to invest in wind, says REsurety CEO Lee Taylor. These tools help companies minimize financial and weather-related risk, and may help drive down the levelized cost of renewable energy.
The 200-megawatt, 81-turbine Upstream Wind Energy Center in Antelope County, Neb., began operations on Thursday. Invenergy owns a 20% interest in the project, with WEC Energy controlling the remaining 80%.
SPower's $297 million, up to 219.6-megawatt Prevailing Wind Park will have a greater capacity than a nearby hydroelectric dam in South Dakota, says Project Manager Roland Jurgens. "This is just a good perspective of how much energy a wind farm can make in South Dakota," he says.
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners' portfolio company, Scout Clean Energy, has finalized financing for the 120-turbine Ranchero Wind Farm slated for Crockett County, Texas. "Ranchero has the potential to be a significant new wind project for the Texas power market and enjoys a strong wind resource," says David Scaysbrook, co-founder and managing partner of Quinbrook.
GE Renewable Energy's 12-megawatt Haliade-X offshore wind turbine will undergo a trial at a land-based site in the Netherlands this summer. GE hopes to bring the machine to market by 2021.
Lawmakers in Wyoming are considering a bill that would increase the tax placed on wind production. Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy Director Robert Godby says the measure would likely result on project cancellations and more investments in states like Montana, New Mexico and Colorado.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and the state Public Utilities Commission are at odds over a bill from the state Senate that would give the PUC up to one year to decide on proposed wind farms. The regulatory body currently has a six-month period to reach a decision.
In November, Vail Resorts signed a virtual power purchase agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy's Plum Creek Wind Project that Sustainability Director Kate Wilson says will allow the company to move its 18 facilities to renewables. The wind farm is expected to begin operations in 2020.
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