By Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network
Illinois and Indiana both saw significant increases in wind power in 2019, according to the recently released annual report of the American Wind Energy Association. The gains in both states show the potential for increasing wind power, whether a state has robust renewables incentives, like Illinois, or not, like Indiana.
In both states the progress came despite pockets of vocal opposition to wind energy. And in both states rural landowners, elected officials and other residents say they are increasingly seeing the benefits of wind, with payments to cash-strapped farmers, infrastructure improvements and tax revenue for schools. Continue reading here.
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FEATURED JOB PORTALS
- Careers in Wind, American Wind Energy Association
- Solar Job Board, Solar Energy Industries Association
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES/REGIONS
- PacifiCorp Readies Huge Solicitation for Renewables, Energy Storage, Greentech Media
Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Last year PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs. Now the utility, part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is preparing a solicitation for projects to meet that plan’s needs through 2024, taking a concrete step toward its vision.
- Renewable energy projects forge ahead in Wyoming despite pandemic, Casper Star-Tribune. The development of the massive 3,000-megawatt Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project is still chugging along this year. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm will eventually funnel power into a new transmission line, called the TransWest Express Transmission Project.
- U.S. Approves Giant Solar Project in Nevada, Wall Street Journal
The Interior Department has given final approval for what it says will be the largest solar-power project in the U.S., a $1 billion installation in Nevada that could power about 260,000 households—enough to cover the residential population of Las Vegas.
- In Minnesota, an innovative virtual approach to home energy inspections, by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network. The Home Energy Squad is using surveys, photos and live video to help homeowners identify efficiency improvements.
- Moving towards 100% renewable power (with a little help from sheep), UN News
- Renewable Roundup: Coal plant closures in the coronavirus era, Red, Green and Blue
- Long Duration Breakthrough? Form Energy’s First Project Tries Pushing Storage to 150 Hours, Greentech Media. Minnesota utility Great River Energy will use new storage technology from the Bill Gates-backed startup to replace coal power with dispatchable wind.
- Commentary: Energy storage is a game-changer for Texas, Energy News Network
Contributors: Matt Welch is the state director of Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation, a statewide organization that promotes free enterprise, increased competition and less government regulation in our energy economy. Suzanne Bertin is managing director of Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, an organization of local and national advanced energy companies making Texas’s energy system more secure, clean, reliable, and affordable.
TAX CREDIT DEADLINES
US Treasury to Tweak Tax Credit Deadlines for Renewables Projects, Greentech Media
A letter issued by the Treasury Department suggests relief may be on the way for an anxious renewables market, particularly wind developers.
Solar canopies can put PV panels in some new and interesting places, PV Magazine
With the cost of solar panels falling through the floor (2020 solar module pricing is now below $0.25/watt) and projected to continue falling steadily, where are we going to put all those beautiful panels?
Shell’s Latest Offshore Wind Bid Would Power a Huge Green Hydrogen Cluster, Greentech Media
Shell and Eneco join forces to compete with Ørsted in a Dutch offshore wind tender; both bids are linked to green hydrogen production.
5 tips for electrical safety in your home, by Laura King-Homan, The Wire
May is National Electrical Safety Month. These five tips will ensure your family stays safe around electricity in the home.