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Ariz. utility proposes ‘more strategic’ approach to deploying Demand-Side Management

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.


Building Energy inaugurates its first wind farm in Iowa

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.


Wisconsin’s capital city sets a high bar with ambitious renewable energy goal

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


Wind farm expansion work begins

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.


Tiny Iowa town considering building 1.42-megawatt solar project on former baseball field

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.



21 MW of Solar PV for Emerging Market Community Mini-grids Announced Since AprilRenewable Energy World

Missouri’s solar energy market continues to see strong growth

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.


Amazon to build second wind farm in Ohio

By Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch
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amazonwindfarmAmazon 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.

Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables

Wisconsin electric cooperative seeks to add 100 megawatts of renewable power

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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