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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.

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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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.

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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.

#AmericanWindWeek: Nebraska Milestones To Date – Plus Many More Projects To Come!

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan penned a new post on Medium, looking at exciting news from 2017’s second quarter and announcing an important new celebration: #AmericanWindWeek.

The American Wind Energy Association has launched the first-ever #AmericanWindWeek. Wind power proponents from across the country will highlight the benefits wind brings to towns from coast to coast. To help spread the word on social media, use: #AmericanWindWeek.

All week long, AWEA will highlight this American success story at wind farm open houses, charity events and on social media, culminating at the Fowler Wind Fair in Fowler, Indiana. Fowler is a perfect example of how wind brings new opportunity to rural America. Learn more here. 

 Nebraska Has a Lot to Celebrate! 

Stats from AWEA’s Updated Nebraska Fact Sheet:

  • 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 the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • Nebraska now has 1,335 MW of installed wind power.
  • State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 741
  • Wind projects online: 21 (Projects over 10 MW: 14)
  • Direct and indirect jobs supported: 3,001 to 4,000
  • Total capital investment: $1.7 billion
  • Annual land lease payments: $1-5 million
    Download Nebraska’s Fact Sheet.

More Nebraska wind projects are under construction or proposed.
Below: Project names, locations and maximum capacity

Projects Under Construction

  • Creston Ridge Farm (Phase II): 6.9 megawatts
  • Verdigre Wind Farm: 81.5 megawatts, enough to power 25,000 homes
  • One wind turbine on the west side of Seward: 1.7 megawatts

Proposed Projects

  • One wind turbine northeast of Beatrice: 2 megawatts. Two more turbines are possible.
  • Niobrara Wind Farm near O’Neill in Holt County: 150 megawatts
  • Milligan I Project in Saline and Fillmore Counties: 300 megawatts,
  • Monument Road Project northeast of Hebron in Thayer County: 76 megawatts
  • Milligan 3 Project northeast of Milligan in Saline County: 73 megawatts
  • Upstream Wind Energy Center Project on the north and east side of Neligh: 350 megawatts
  • The Winnebago Wind Farm: 10 to 20 megawatts
  • Burt County Wind Farm between Oakland and Tekamah: 12 megawatts
  • Hallam Wind Farm in southern Lancaster and northern Gage counties near Hallam and Cortland: 124 megawatts
  • Burr Ridge Wind Farm in Otoe County: 80 megawatts
  • Magnet Wind Farm in Cedar County: approximately 50 turbines
  • North Fork Wind Farm in southeast Knox County and southwest Cedar County: 200 megawatts
  • Wildcat Ridge Wind Farm in Banner County: 1,500 to 2,000 megawatts
  • Cherry County Wind Farm in southeast Cherry County near Thedford: 147 turbines
  • Cottonwood I Wind Project south of the city of Blue Hill in Webster County: 89.5 megawatts
  • Cottonwood II Wind Project in north-central Webster County: 150 megawatts

Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, The Nebraska Energy Office.
In addition to the above information, this site also includes, in many instances,, the developers, planned completion dates, as well as links to more information about the projects.

Even though we are “Nebraskans for Solar,” we support all types of green and sustainable energy, including energy efficiency and conservation, wind, geothermal, and hydro, as well as farming practices that sequester significantly greater amounts of CO2. Happy first ever American Wind Week!

AWEA’s Second Quarter 2017 Report: Top 5 story lines

By Hannah Hunt, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog

Among the story lines:

  1. The U.S. wind industry reported 25,819 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity under construction or in advanced development during the second quarter, a 41 percent increase over this time last year. That includes a combined 3,841 MW in new announcements. And nearly 80 percent of that activity is found in the Midwest, Texas and the Mountain West.
  2. Kansas just became the fifth state to surpass 5,000 MW of installed capacity, with enough wind power to supply 1.5 million average homes. Kansas wind supports nearly 6,000 in-state jobs and makes lease payments up to $15 million a year to its farmers and ranchers for hosting turbines.

Read more about the report’s top 5 story lines here.

Referenced in Hannah Hunt’s article:
Gov. Brownback: Wind power could supply 50 percent of Kansas electricity
Kansas has proven it can quickly develop its wind power potential. In 2011, wind created only eight percent of the state’s electricity, only a third of what it does today. This growth has been good for the state’s families and businesses, helping them keep more money in their pockets while supporting up to 6,000 well-paying jobs. Through 2050, wind could save consumers over $1.6 billion on their electric bills, on top of nearly $4 billion in savings resulting from protection against conventional fuel price fluctuations.

Also referenced in the article: Winds of Change video from Westar Energy that shows how wind energy is benefiting Kansas families and businesses. Click image to watch it.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Wind Power: Propelling America into the 21st century, Into the Wind

Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

By Michael Goggin, Into the Wind
The American Public Power Association Blog

One Solution: Focus on reliability services, not “baseload”

The term “baseload” has driven some confusion in discussions of grid reliability. As a wide range of experts have explained, “baseload” is a mostly obsolete term that has no relationship to the reliability services the grid needs. Instead, as a wide range of experts have explainedwe should focus on creating markets for the actual grid reliability services that are needed.

“As some of the coal and nuclear power plants face retirement decisions, focusing on their status as baseload generation is not a useful perspective for ensuring the cost-effective and reliable supply of electricity,” the Brattle Group concluded last month.

Click here to read about more market-based solutions that support grid reliability.

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