Public Power Daily, American Public Power Association Blog
APS says reducing summer peak demand can help reduce demand for renewable and non-renewable generation and delay the need for future infrastructure for the benefit of all customers. Read more.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
By Michelle Froese, Windpower Engineering
Through its subsidiary Building Energy Wind Iowa, multi-national renewables IPP, Building Energy, inaugurated its first wind farm in Iowa, which adds up to 30 MW of wind-distribution generation capacity. The project, located north of Des Moines, in Story, Boone, Hardin and Poweshiek counties, will generate approximately 110 GWh per year. Continue reading.
Building Energy Press Release
Photo: Building Energy’s new Iowa wind farm will avoid 70,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- More big companies opting for green energy, Star Tribune
- Power Forward 3.0 Report: How the largest U.S. companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change, Ceres
- More than dust in the wind: Kansas a first quarter leader, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog. Nearly 500 MW of new in-state capacity came online, and the state will soon top 5,000 MW.
- Five Things You Should Know About Wind, U.S. Department of Energy
- Solar projects have advantages over other development, Ithaca Journal Opinion
- Minnesota sees an 80 percent jump in solar energy capacity this year, Star Tribune. The state has 447 megawatts online.
- Indiana Power Agency Cuts Ribbon on 5 MW Solar Park, Solar Industry Magazine
- Clarke Solar Farm unveiled, Osceola Sentinel Tribune
- New Solar PV Additions To Exceed 1,000 Gigawatts Between 2017 & 2026, Predicts Navigant, CleanTechnica
- The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming, Bloomberg News
By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News
Madison, Wisconsin committed to getting 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources in a resolution passed unanimously by the City Council on Tuesday. It became the 24th city to make such a promise, according to a tally by the Sierra Club, which has a “Ready for 100” nationwide campaign. Madison’s resolution sets a high bar in a state that gets most of its electricity from coal and where, as in most places, natural gas is almost exclusively used for heating during harsh winters. Continue reading here.
Photo by Jordan Richmond / Creative Commons
MORE MIDWEST NEWS
- To Iowa: Let’s go forward with solar power, not backward, Commentary by Tim Dwight, President of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association. Des Moines Register
- Illinois launches ‘NextGrid’ utility of the future study, Utility Dive
- Solar power shines its way into Carver County, Chaska Herald
- Blueprint – Whirlpool creates jobs, wind energy, scholarships, Marion Star
- Moody’s: Falling wind energy costs threaten Midwestern coal plants, Utility Dive
- Commentary: As Trump threatens historic climate protections, Midwest Republican governors embrace clean energy economy, Midwest Energy News
By Patrick Murphy, Norfolk Daily News
Work started in mid-February and turbine delivery is tentatively scheduled for end of May. The farm will go operational in July. The expansion will consist of three 2.3Mw (megawatt) machines. Bluestem also is currently working on developments across Nebraska and the Midwest.
Read more here.
Photo: Norfolk Daily News / Patrick Murphy. With the wind turbines from Creston Ridge Wind Farm Phase I in the background, construction is underway on Phase II. Developer: Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions.
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal
The proposed project would save Marathon residents $2 million over 20 years in electric costs and produce 2 million kilowatt hours per year, according to research from Trusted Energy, the Spencer, Iowa-based renewable energy company that has been working with the town since October to develop the project. Read more here.
Photo: Trusted Energy of Spencer, Iowa, has built several solar projects in Northwest Iowa, including this one shown above near Merrill. The renewable energy company is currently working with the city of Marathon, Iowa, to install a 1,400-panel solar farm in the Buena Vista County town of about 237 residents.
MORE MIDWEST NEWS
- Community-Scale Solar Costs: 3 Reasons to Take Heart, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Blog, RMI Outlet
- Clean Energy Trends 2017: Emboldened Corporate RE Commitments, Subnational Leadership, and Clean Energy Jobs, The Huffington Post
- 2017 Renewable Energy Handbook Wind: The technical resource for wind profitability, Windpower Engineering Development. As of the third quarter, more than 18,200 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity were under construction or in final development stages across 23 states.
- Third time’s the charm? Inside Hawaiian Electric’s new, new plan to get to 100% renewables, Utility Dive
21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since April, Renewable Energy World
By Stephen Vagus, Hydrogen Fuel News
Missouri is experiencing the economic and environmental benefits of its growing solar energy market . . . Last year, Missouri installed enough solar power to provide approximately 15,000 homes with electricity. Approximately $50 million was invested in the state’s solar energy market last year as well. Many homeowners in the state are currently acquiring solar electricity through power purchase agreements, which has become the most popular form of third-party solar in the state. Read more here.
MORE MIDWEST NEWS
By Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch
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Amazon said late Monday afternoon that it will build a 189-megawatt wind farm in Hardin County in northwestern Ohio that is expected to begin generating electricity in December 2017. Amazon already is building a wind farm in Paulding County . . . When the newest wind farm is complete, Amazon Web Services’ five renewable-energy projects are expected to generate 2.2 million megawatt-hours of energy annually, which would be enough to power 200,000 homes, according to Amazon. Click to continue reading.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables
By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A public-power supplier based in Sun Prairie is seeking proposals to add renewable energy for its local utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa. WPPI said Monday it is seeking about 100 megawatts of wind power or possibly other renewable energy resources. Read more here.
About Thomas Content
Thomas Content covers energy, clean technology and sustainable business. A series he co-wrote on energy and climate change won top honors in 2008 from the National Press Foundation.
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