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2018 highlights: Six trends shaping the future of wind power

Written by Greg Alvarez, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Here’s a remarkable fact: There has never been more wind power under construction in the U.S. than right now, which means America’s 105,000 wind workers and 500 wind-related factories are as busy as ever. Just under 38,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind projects are under construction or advanced development. That means in just the next few years, the U.S. is poised to add as much new wind as all the wind currently installed in Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa combined, the country’s top three wind states. Much of this activity is centered in a diverse group of seven states on track to double the amount of wind within their borders: Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts.
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Photo Credit: NextEra Energy Resources

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PRO: Using our renewable fuels key to a comfortable future

Opinion written by Michael E. Kraft, The Frederick News-Post

As noted energy expert Hal Harvey, the CEO of San Francisco’s Energy Innovation said in 2016, “a clean future now costs less than a dirty one.” Indeed, in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and certain parts of Texas, wind turbines can generate electricity at a lower cost, even without subsidies, than any other technology . . . The benefits in improved air quality, public health and reduced greenhouse gas emissions are substantial, and recent studies tell us they will grow over time while also increasing employment and strengthening the economy. Read more here.

Michael Kraft is professor emeritus of political science and public and environmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Readers may write him at UWGB, 2420 Nicolet Dr., MAC B310, Green Bay, WI 54311 or email him at kraftm@uwgb.edu.

Photo by NextEra Energy Resources showing wind turbines that are part of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center in Jefferson and Gage Counties in Nebraska

WIND AND SOLAR RESEARCH REPORTS

Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet, American Wind Energy Association
Wind project data current to 4th quarter 2017.
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 1,426 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. The state lies in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), where wind power saved electricity customers $1.2 billion in 2013.

Nebraska Wind Projects

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,426 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 785
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 23 (Projects above 10 MW: 16)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 702 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW
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Large Corporations Are Leading America’s Surge in Solar Deployment: SEIA Releases Solar Means Business 2017 Report, Highlighting America’s Leading Corporate Solar Installers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s brand new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This year’s report contains data from over 4,000 companies, totaling more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar capacity across approximately 7,400 solar projects.

For photos, rankings and the report’s underlying data, go to SEIA’s multimedia landing page www.seia.org/solarmeansbiz.

Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board: State must capitalize on wind energy

Now that Nebraska has crossed the gigawatt threshold — 1 billion watts — of wind energy production, it’s time for the state to shoot even higher. The Cornhusker State became the 18th state to reach that milestone this year when turbines at a 400-plus-megawatt wind farm in Holt County began spinning. But Nebraska should continue its aggressive surge to be far more than just above average when it comes to wind energy . . . Nebraska has a bright future in terms of capitalizing upon one of its chief exports, winds whipping across the prairie. State officials and business leaders must continue tapping into that potential to realize a benefit that stretches from border to border. Read more.

Image: Jenna VonHofe, Journal Star file photo: A turbine outside of Odell.

Area wind farm heading into construction phase

Published by The Hastings Tribune

The project is set to include three different wind farms that will take up parts of Saline, Fillmore and Thayer counties and will cost around $1 billion. The project will occupy 45,000 acres in Saline County and will stretch 11 miles from one end of the Saline County project to the edge of the Thayer County project. The three wind farms — one of which is located in Saline and Fillmore counties, another in Saline County exclusively and a third in Thayer County — are expected to generate nearly 450 megawatts of energy. Click here to read more.

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