By Greg Alvarez, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
We’re three quarters of the way through an eventful 2020 (quite the understatement), but the good news is U.S. wind power just posted the best third quarter on record. That means more affordable, reliable, clean power for millions of American families and businesses. This finding and more are contained in AWEA’s Wind Powers America Third Quarter Market Report. Here’s a roundup of four notable highlights to keep an eye on: Continue reading here.
Photo by Mike Zakrzewski, Nebraska farmer in O’Neill: The Grande Prairie Wind Farm
AWEA FACT SHEETS
Wind Energy In Nebraska
Installed Wind Capacity: 2,364 MW
State Ranking for Installed Capacity: 12th
Installed Wind Capacity: 10,664 MW
State Ranking for Installed Capacity: 2nd
Installed Wind Capacity: 6,524 MW
State Ranking for Installed Capacity: 4th
Installed Wind Capacity: 5,659 MW
State Ranking for Installed Capacity: 6th
MICROGRIDS & VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS
Tesla Expanding Into Solar Microgrids And Virtual Power Plants, CleanTechnica
The renewable energy revolution is in full swing. It will involve decentralized power generation as well as enhanced long distance transmission lines. Nothing is off the table. Tesla is creating an enormous virtual power plant in Australia that will incorporate rooftop solar and battery storage at 50,000 homes. Green Mountain Power is conducting a similar program in Vermont. Just as one day soon electric vehicle sales will surpass sales of conventional vehicles, our grandkids will likely grow up in homes that have residential storage batteries in the garage or in the basement next to the electrical panel.
It’s Time For Elon Musk To Admit The Significance Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Forbes
Contributed article by Alex Ivanenko, “co-founder and CEO of HyPoint, the company developing zero-carbon emission hydrogen fuel cell systems for aviation and urban air mobility.”
The technology for zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells for use in transportation and other industries isn’t a pipe dream — it already exists. Though you might not know it, hydrogen-powered trains, trucks, cars, airplanes and ships are already out in the wild. CNBC noted that “there are dozens of fuel cell buses in use or planned in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts, as well as California” and that “more than 23,000 fuel cell-powered forklifts in operation at warehouses and distribution centers across the U.S. in more than 40 states, including at Amazon and Walmart facilities.” That’s just the beginning.
MORE CLEAN TECHNICA ARTICLES
- Electrify America Goes Commercial
Electrify America doesn’t have as many fast charging stations nationwide as EVgo or ChargePoint, but it has more chargers per station than any network other than Tesla’s, which mean that it has the second most EV fast chargers in the country. We’ll see how this new Electrify Commercial initiative rolls into the picture.
- Forecast: 2021 US EV Sales To Increase 70% Year Over Year
- Kids Get Parents To Buy Electric Cars
- Sharing the sun: A Greene County woman’s quest to get solar power to the people, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The model is already common elsewhere. There are community solar projects in 40 states, and 20 states have laws that specifically authorize them.
- Community Solar Projects In Nebraska
FEATURED DOE INITIATIVE: EQUITY IN ENERGY
News Release by DOE’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
On August 20th 2020, the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) launched its trademark Equity in Energy Initiative at the 43rd Annual National Conference of the American Association of Blacks in Energy’s (AABE). Equity in Energy, under the direction of the Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette [leads] the charge in fostering an inclusive energy economy at the DOE and the energy sector.
UCS RECYCLING SERIES
About the Writer
James Gignac, is lead Midwest energy analyst for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Prior to joining UCS, Mr. Gignac served as environmental and energy counsel and as assistant attorney general to the Illinois Attorney General. Mr. Gignac earned a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA in history and political science from Albion College.
Included in the series:
- Solar Panel Recycling: Let’s Make It Happen
- Wind Turbine Blades Don’t Have To End Up In Landfills
- Cracking the Code on Recycling Energy Storage Batteries
FEATURED NEBRASKA SOLAR INSTALLATION
Lomneth Farm’s 12-kilowatt solar system in North Omaha. Installed by GC ReVOLT, which is owned by Graham Christensen. View more GC ReVOLT projects here.
See Solar Examples for more photos and descriptions of solar-powered farms in Nebraska.