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An introduction to the state of wind power in the U.S.

By Philip Warburg, Yale Climate Connections

As a non-carbon-emitting technology, wind power has a big environmental advantage over its leading fossil fuel competitors. Onshore and offshore wind has a life cycle carbon footprint of 20 grams or less of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour. The “cleanest” natural gas power plants – those that use combined cycle technology – produce more than 400 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour. Supercritical coal plants – the least polluting in the industry – generate close to 800 grams of CO2 equivalent per kilowatt-hour.

While attractive to many who see climate change as a real and immediate threat, wind power has developed much of its momentum in relatively conservative rural states [see Table 1]. In 2018, 13 states in the nation’s interior region accounted for more than 80% of new wind capacity additions. Read more here.

Philip Warburg, an environmental lawyer, is former president of the Conservation Law Foundation.

ADDITIONAL WIND ENERGY RESOURCES

Nebraska Data

American Wind Energy Association Fact Sheets

State Fact Sheets
Learn the top wind energy facts about each state by using the interactive map or downloading a state-specific PDF. Updated July 2019

Corporate Purchaser Fact Sheet
Major brands are choosing wind power as a cost-competitive source. Read quotes from the top companies buying wind.

Radar and Airspace Fact Sheet
Wind farms can and do co-exist with military facilities, while promoting our energy independence, national security and military operations.

Wind Energy and Sound Fact Sheet
Wind turbine noise may be one of the most easily misunderstood issues related to wind energy projects.

Transmission Fact Sheet
Power lines move electrons from where they are generated to where they are used. Our grid needs attention to keep reliably delivering electricity.

Wildlife Fact Sheet
Researchers routinely find that wind energy has one of the lowest impacts on wildlife and their habitats of any utility-scale power source.

Wind Energy & Tariffs
Recent tariffs levied by the Trump administration will have a harmful effect on the U.S. wind industry.

Wind Energy Tariffs & Job Impacts
Learn more about how potential tariffs from the administration could impact American jobs.

Offshore Wind Energy
U.S. offshore wind is taking shape in waters off the coast across the country. Learn more about the abundant potential of this new ocean energy resource.

Federal Tax Policy
Tax policy can be an important driver that prompts private investment, benefits the U.S. economy and creates new jobs.

UPCOMING EVENT

The Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders from Nebraska and across the country to share the latest information and innovations in wind and solar. Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, the renewable energy industry, and academia – the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference aims to present accurate and objective information pertaining to all aspects of wind and solar development.

Links to More Information

New Announcements: Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference & SolSmart

2018 Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference Schedule Announced

October 16-17, 2018 | Marriott Cornhusker Hotel | Lincoln, NE

Visit the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference website to view the 2018 schedule featuring Rob Chapman of the Electric Power Research Institute, an update from Nebraska state senators, and much more.

SolSmart Announcing the Third Annual City & County
Challenge for Solar Energy

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) have launched two Challenge Campaigns for local governments to showcase their support for solar energy. This year’s prizes include a “techno-economic analysis” for solar installations on up to five sites, which can help communities better understand the costs and benefits of proposed solar projects.

The Challenges run until Friday, September 14, 2018. Only communities that have not yet submitted a SolSmart Application are eligible for the Challenges. Existing SolSmart designees may not participate. But even if your community is not eligible, we encourage you to spread the word to your neighbors. Visit the NACo and NLC blog posts for more information and entry requirements.

SolSmart Case Study

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a coalition of Chicago-area communities, advised 15 municipalities and counties and successfully led them to earning SolSmart Bronze, Silver, and Gold designations. MMC took a collaborative approach, setting up bi-weekly conference calls with all 15 communities, which generated unique ideas and easily facilitated the exchange of resources and information. Thanks to SolSmart, MMC and the communities that participated were able to develop effective strategies to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar, tailor-made to each community.

Read More about Metropolitan Mayors Caucus experience.

New Facebook wind farm to cost $430M

 By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

WAKEFIELD, Neb. — A new Facebook supported wind farm being built in Dixon County should give local residents a few million reasons to like it. The upcoming Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments over the first 20 years of its existence, according to officials at Enel Green Power North America Inc.

Read more here. 

Image: A rending of the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. The $430 million wind farm is being built in rural Dixon County, Nebraska. Upon completion, it will be the second largest wind farm in Nebraska. The 400MW Grande Prairie Wind Farm near O’Neill in Holt County is currently the largest wind energy development in the state.

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UTILITY DIVE FEATURE
Does Customer Choice Aggregation spell the end of the regulated electric utility in California?
One of the biggest ideas challenging today’s utility business model is the customer choice aggregation (CCA) movement in California. By the end of 2017, a third or more of California’s investor-owned utility (IOU) customers will get electricity from alternative sources and/or providers and there will be 915,000 CCA customers. But that is just the beginning, according to a recent white paper from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The counties of San Diego (3.3 million) and Los Angles (10.2 million) are about to launch CCAs.