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Bigger than ever, wind is coming to Wyoming

By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune Online

Over the next five to seven years, Jonathan Naughton, director of the Wind Energy Research Center at the University of Wyoming, expects as much as 5,000 megawatts of new wind power could take form in Wyoming. That’s three times the amount of power potential in Wyoming’s current fleet of wind projects . . . With the expiration date of the federal tax credits looming, what would have happened anyway in Wyoming is speeding up, Naughton said. “Utilities want wind these days,” he said. “Not because of environmental policy. They want it because it’s cheap.” Read more here.

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ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST

  • Nebraska State Profile and Energy Estimates, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Nearly all of the coal consumed in Nebraska arrives by rail from the nearby low-sulfur coal fields in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
  • TP&L Claims Largest Wind Component Distribution Center In North America, North American Windpower. With the recent expansion of its location in Garden City, Kan., and additional distribution centers in North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Nebraska, the company serves multiple industries, including wind power, with rail, port and trucking logistics support and management.

American Wind Energy Association Infographic

New report: Wind power development pipeline up 40%

By Celeste Wanner, Into the Wind, American Public Power Association Blog

The U.S. wind industry reported 5,523 megawatts (MW) of new project activity in the first quarter, with 1,366 MW starting construction and 4,158 MW entering the advanced development phase. There are now over 33,000 MW of wind power either under construction or in advanced development, a 40% increase over this time last year and the highest level since AWEA began tracking both categories in 2016. This pipeline will keep wind workers busy and add tens of billions of private investment dollars to the American economy. Read more here.

Photo Credit: NextEra Energy Partners

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

AWEA Interactive Infographics: Wind Energy in the United States

Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet, American Wind Energy Association
Nebraska is a national leader in wind resource potential. Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to NREL. Nebraska now has 1,415 MW of installed wind power and was the 18th state to join the “Gigawatt Club.” Nebraska’s wind potential, combined with manufacturing expertise, could make the state a powerhouse for the wind industry while providing savings for electricity customers.

Updated: Nebraska Wind Projects

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 778
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 22 (Projects above 10 MW: 15)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 732 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

Download Fact Sheet (PDF)

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PRO: Using our renewable fuels key to a comfortable future

Opinion written by Michael E. Kraft, The Frederick News-Post

As noted energy expert Hal Harvey, the CEO of San Francisco’s Energy Innovation said in 2016, “a clean future now costs less than a dirty one.” Indeed, in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and certain parts of Texas, wind turbines can generate electricity at a lower cost, even without subsidies, than any other technology . . . The benefits in improved air quality, public health and reduced greenhouse gas emissions are substantial, and recent studies tell us they will grow over time while also increasing employment and strengthening the economy. Read more here.

Michael Kraft is professor emeritus of political science and public and environmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Readers may write him at UWGB, 2420 Nicolet Dr., MAC B310, Green Bay, WI 54311 or email him at kraftm@uwgb.edu.

Photo by NextEra Energy Resources showing wind turbines that are part of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center in Jefferson and Gage Counties in Nebraska

WIND AND SOLAR RESEARCH REPORTS

Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet, American Wind Energy Association
Wind project data current to 4th quarter 2017.
Nebraska is a national leader in wind resource potential. Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to NREL. Nebraska now has 1,426 MW of installed wind power and was the 18th state to join the “Gigawatt Club.” Nebraska’s wind potential, combined with manufacturing expertise, could make the state a powerhouse for the wind industry while providing savings for electricity customers. The state lies in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), where wind power saved electricity customers $1.2 billion in 2013.

Nebraska Wind Projects

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,426 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 785
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 23 (Projects above 10 MW: 16)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 702 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW
    Download Fact Sheet (PDF)

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Large Corporations Are Leading America’s Surge in Solar Deployment: SEIA Releases Solar Means Business 2017 Report, Highlighting America’s Leading Corporate Solar Installers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year’s report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

For photos, rankings and the report’s underlying data, go to SEIA’s multimedia landing page www.seia.org/solarmeansbiz.

AWEA releases video of fish feeding at America’s 1st offshore wind farm

Click image to watch video: Offshore wind and fishing thrive together. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans can now preview what’s in store for coastal communities, and the fish many depend on, as offshore wind development builds steam in the U.S. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW), based at the University of Delaware, released a new video today that features never-before-seen underwater footage of fish feeding at America’s first offshore wind farm, as well as testimonials from local recreational fishermen and charter captains.

Offshore wind is scaling up in the U.S., with the federal government and states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut all taking significant actions recently to boost demand for this new ocean energy resource. America’s first offshore project, the Block Island Wind Farm, was completed just over a year ago, in late 2016. Since then the sector has only grown hotter. Read the entire news release.

Wind power closes 2017 strong, lifting the American economy

New wind farms drove $11 billion in private investment, with more
on the way, 
American Wind Energy Association Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. wind power industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity representing $11 billion in new private investment, according to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Report. Twenty-nine new wind farms totaling 4,125 MW came online across 16 states in the fourth quarter.

The wind industry’s powerful growth is poised to continue in 2018 and beyond, delivering jobs and private investment to rural areas and factory towns. The pipeline of wind farms under construction or in advanced development totals 28,668 MW, a 34 percent increase compared to the end of 2016. Read the entire press release here

Image: Rendering of 320-megawatt Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm under construction in Dixon County, Nebraska by Enel Green Power North America.

Public version of the report.

Nebraska Wind Facts (PDF)

Wind Projects

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,426 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 785
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 23 (Projects above 10 MW: 16)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 702 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

Wind Generation
During 2016, wind energy provided 10.09% of all in-state electricity production.

  • State rank for share of electricity: 14th
  • Number of homes powered by wind in 2016: 351,000

New study: 92 percent of wind project neighbors positive or neutral toward turbines

Written by Anna Luke, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog

Over 1.3 million U.S. homes are located within five miles of a large wind turbine. But there hadn’t been a nationwide survey to learn how those people felt about their local wind
project – until now. A study led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that more than 9 in 10 people who live close to wind turbines view them positively or neutrally.

This is helpful information for those living in areas contemplating welcoming a wind farm. Since there is currently a large pipeline of wind projects in development, more communities will be faced with this choice in the coming years. Knowing that other communities with existing projects feel good about their choices can give reassurance to prospective wind farm hosts. Read the entire blog post here.

Photo by NextEra Energy Resources showing wind turbines that are part of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center in Jefferson and Gage Counties in Nebraska.

Download Summary of Survey Results (PDF) here.

Webinar Series
A Berkeley Lab 4-part webinar series, Understanding Wind Project Neighbors Through a National Survey of Attitudes, will be held every other Tuesday, 12 pm Central Time. Listen to a recording of the January 30th webinar and register for the other three by clicking the links below.

More information can be found here.

Fortune 500’s, traditional utilities: Everyone is buying wind power

 By Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
Huffington Post Contributor

Our research team ran the numbers, and the wind industry’s third quarter results paint a clear picture: wind power is in high demand across all sectors of the electricity market. Look no further than American Electric Power’s (AEP) Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma, announced during the third quarter. It will be one of the world’s largest wind farms once completed. “There’s a rebalancing of the generation resources, not only in our company but in this country, that’s going on,” said Nick Akins, the chief executive of AEP. “This project is consistent with our strategy of investing in the energy resources of the future, and it will save our customers money while providing economic benefits to communities.”

Read more here.

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WIND ENERGY RESOURCES

AWEA’s Q3 Report Released Today: US wind business booming with full construction and advanced development pipeline

Broadening group of utility and non-utility customers
value wind for its low cost, reliability.

NEW YORK — The roster of U.S. wind projects under construction and in advanced development as of the end of the third quarter of 2017 has reached 29,634 megawatts (MW), the highest level since this statistic was first measured at the beginning of 2016, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) out today. The U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2017 Market Report shows wind power is competing for and winning the business of a growing set of major utilities and Fortune 500 brands.

AWEA released the Third Quarter Market Report from the annual Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference in New York. Interest was evident from the U.S. wind power capital market, with a large number of investors, including tax equity, private equity, institutional, sovereign wealth funds, and banks, looking to provide financing to wind projects.

American Wind Energy Association is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, representing 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy and serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Chicago, Illinois, May 7-10, 2018. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website.

U.S. WIND ENERGY JOBS – AMERICAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION INFOGRAPHIC

500 cities have committed to going big on clean energy this year – now what?

By Alexander Laska, Into the Wind
American Wind Energy Association Blog

A handful of cities like Georgetown, Texas, and Greensburg, Kansas, have gone 100 percent clean energy, getting all of their electricity from sources like wind, solar or hydropower. Now, over 500 cities are following in their footsteps, committing to go big on clean energy–saving their constituents money and cutting pollution along the way.

To help the effort, AWEA has released a new brochure, Wind Works for America’s Cities, which provides information on how cities can purchase clean, affordable wind energy and offers many examples of cities that have already done so.

Click here to read the entire blog post.

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AWEA releases map of every wind farm and factory in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Using a new map tool released today, anyone can now easily view the location of every utility-scale wind project and wind-related manufacturing facility in the United States. With the very first American Wind Week in full swing, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released the map to help people visualize the growth of America’s largest source of renewable energy capacity.

Click image to use the new interactive map.