By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC News
Danish wind energy business Vestas says it has become the first company to install 100
gigawatts (GW) of wind turbines. In an announcement Wednesday, the firm said it reached the milestone in late 2018, when it installed a V110-2.0 MW turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project in Iowa. The Wind XI facility is set to have a capacity of 2,000 MW and will be made up of “multiple sites in Iowa.” Read more here.
- World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries, Bloomberg
- Markets matter: US wind belt expands as more utilities do the math, Utility Dive Opinion written by Chris Brown, President of Vestas Americas
MORE GOOD NEWS FROM CITIES & STATES
- Iowa’s first large-scale PV-plus-storage project installed at university, uses flow battery, Energy Storage News. Photo Credit: Ideal Energy
- Milwaukee Energy Company Acquires 80% Stake In Avangrid Wind Farm, North American Windpower. Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group has acquired an 80% ownership interest in the Coyote Ridge Wind Farm, which is under construction in Brookings County, S.D.
- Wind energy increasingly economic for customers, by David de Leon, President of Alliant Energy, The Cap Times. [Last month] we received state approval to build a wind farm for our Wisconsin customers that will be located in Iowa, where the winds are stronger. We are aggressively pursuing strategies to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent and eliminate all existing coal from our energy mix by 2050.
- Hawaiian Electric Announces ‘Mind-Blowing’ Solar-Plus-Storage Contracts, Greentech Media
“It’s hard to overstate the scale of this announcement,” said Dan Finn-Foley, a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
- Texas’s wind and sunlight complement each other exceptionally well. That’s huge for its grid, Vox News. The astounding growth in wind and solar power coupled with their plummeting prices means that we are now radically rethinking how we produce, transmit, and sell power. Customers want 100 percent renewable energy, states want to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, and utilities are scrambling to come up with new business models and infrastructure to accommodate them.
- Boulder: HOMER Grid Design Software Ready for the Surge in Solar+Storage Systems
RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES
Guzman Energy Group, which helped New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Association begin to reach its renewable goals in 2016, is also working with the Delta-Montrose Electric Association to break away from wholesaler Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which DMEA feels isn’t moving away from fossil fuels quickly enough.
Holy Cross, meanwhile, has been held up by Xcel Energy as an example of a progressive rural coop whose members want a quicker shift to renewables and away from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Minnesota-based Xcel, Colorado’s largest supplier of electricity, recently announced its goal of being totally carbon-free by 2050.
The (Western) money is all going downstream, by Christian Roselund, PV Magazine USA
The numbers given by Mercom support what we at pv magazine USA have been reporting: that solar projects are becoming accepted even by more conservative investors such as pension funds and insurance companies as a good buy, and that the money chasing these projects exceeds the available projects for sale. In fact 2018 was a record year for solar projects changing hands, with 82 projects totaling 29 GW being bought and sold.
In the words of Greta Thunberg, the 15-year-old Swede who addressed UN leaders at the December climate conference in Poland, “Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.”