Invenergy will develop a pair of wind farms in Iowa, each capable of generating 200 MW, with construction slated to begin next year, according to Iowa Radio. The new projects by the Chicago-based developer in the northwest corner of the state are expected to be online by early 2020 and include more than 80 wind turbines at each location. Iowa generates more of its power from wind resources than any other state in the U.S. and more projects are coming. Continue readinghere.
According to the latest Clean Jobs Midwest report, clean energy employment across the
12-state region totaled 714,255 at the end of 2017. Nebraska employs 18,436 in clean energy jobs, the majority in energy efficiency.
By Celeste Wanner, Into the Wind, American Public Power Association Blog
The U.S. wind industry reported 5,523 megawatts (MW) of new project activity in the first quarter, with 1,366 MW starting construction and 4,158 MW entering the advanced development phase. There are now over 33,000 MW of wind power either under construction or in advanced development, a 40% increase over this time last year and the highest level since AWEA began tracking both categories in 2016. This pipeline will keep wind workers busy and add tens of billions of private investment dollars to the American economy. Read morehere.
Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet, American Wind Energy Association Nebraska is a national leader in wind resource potential. Nebraska is one of the top states in the country for potential wind energy generation, with a technical potential of approximately 880,000 megawatts (MW) according to NREL. Nebraska now has 1,415 MW of installed wind power and was the 18th state to join the “Gigawatt Club.” Nebraska’s wind potential, combined with manufacturing expertise, could make the state a powerhouse for the wind industry while providing savings for electricity customers.
Updated: Nebraska Wind Projects
Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
Number of wind turbines: 778
State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
In Omaha, critics say the public utility’s community solar offering doesn’t share enough benefits with participants.
Last month, Omaha’s public utility unveiled details for a program that will help customers buy solar power without having to install their own panels. Omaha Public Power District’s community solar program follows a year of stakeholder meetings, but some critics say it’s a stretch to call it “community solar” because participants won’t share enough of the financial benefits. “It’s not really community solar,” said Don Preister, a customer who recently put solar panels on his home. Click here to read more.
ABOUT KAREN UHLENHUTH Karen spent most of her career reporting for The Kansas City Star, focusing at various times on local and regional news, and features. More recently, she was employed as a researcher and writer for a bioethics center at a children’s hospital in Kansas City.
Engie North America said it intends to retain Infinity’s entire workforce and work alongside the developer to build, own and operate its pipeline of 24 projects in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. Read more here.
Public Domain Photo of a Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
NEBRASKA WIND PROJECTS IN ENGIE NORTH AMERICA’S PORTFOLIO
In the pipeline: Little Blue. Projected Size: 250 MW
In operation: Cottonwood, 115 MW and Steele Flats, 74 MW
Photo Illustrating Holdrege Solar Center by The Lincoln Journal Star
By Algis Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star
Excerpt Construction of the Holdrege Solar Center near Northwest 75th and Holdrege streets is set to begin in February, and the 5-megawatt solar farm should be completed in June 2016 . . . Completion of the three [wind} projects should bring LES very close to meeting its goal of having 48 percent of the energy used by customers come from renewable energy sources.