Norfolk Daily News
Wind power today is America’s top choice for new power installations and its top renewable energy provider, and Nebraska continues to be one of the fastest growing wind states in the country with some of the greatest potential for further growth. The Wind Powers America annual report for 2019, which was released Thursday, indicates the percentage of electricity share Nebraska receives from wind energy grew to nearly 20 percent, up from 14 percent in 2018. The state also registered the highest average wind energy capacity factors in the nation at 43 percent, and Nebraska ranks as the second fastest growing state for wind energy generation, according to the report. Continue reading here.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- DTE, General Motors expand renewable energy partnership, Crain’s Detroit Business
DTE Energy Co. and General Motors Co. are expanding their renewable energy partnership in Michigan with the automaker agreeing to purchase another 500,000 megawatt hours of solar power by 2023. The wind and solar purchases by GM are part of DTE’s MIGreenPower program, a voluntary renewable energy program for large corporate and industrial customers.
- Work Begins on GM/LG Chem GigaPower Battery Factory, CleanTechnica
- After months of delay, Ohio solar projects gain siting board’s approval, Energy News Network
- New Xcel Energy Upper Midwest Wind Projects to Power Nearly 200,000 Homes, Transmission & Distribution World
- Minnesota researcher studies how rural co-ops can build solar capacity, Energy News Network
- On Minnesota rooftops, ‘essential’ work continues for solar installers, Energy News Network
- Plans for huge solar energy farm in Northwest Indiana move forward, Fox 32 Chicago
- SUNDAY TALK: Grassley Celebrates Wind Energy Becoming Iowa’s Largest Source of Electricity, KIOW
- Wind blows by coal to become Iowa’s largest source of electricity, Des Moines Register
- IEA has finalized a $65 million wind energy award in Iowa, Reve
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. (IEA), an infrastructure construction company with specialized energy and heavy civil expertise, has finalized a $65 million wind energy award in the state of Iowa.
IN NEBRASKA – PREVIOUSLY POSTED IEA ANNOUNCEMENTS
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. Announces $98 Million Wind Construction Project in Nebraska, Globe Newswire. The award is for construction of the Milligan 1 Wind Farm in Saline County in southeast Nebraska. This is a 300-megawatt project that is expected to provide enough energy to power up to 115,000 homes. The power generated by the project’s planned 99 turbines will be delivered into the Southwest Power Pool electrical grid. Work on the Milligan 1 project [began[ in September with full operation by November 2020.
Aksamit Resource Management, located in Plano, Texas and Lincoln, Nebraska, is developing the project. Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. Announces Wind Construction Project Award in Nebraska
The award is for construction of the Thunderhead Wind Project in Antelope and Wheeler counties in Nebraska. The project will consist of 108 GE turbines with 300 megawatts of capacity. The power will be delivered into the Nebraska electrical grid. Work on the project began in November with completion scheduled for September 2020.
Thunderhead Wind Energy LLC in Lincoln, Nebraska is building the wind farm. Source: Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
CLEAN ENERGY JOBS
Repowering The US Economy With Clean Jobs, CleanTechnica
A call-to-action within a new report, “E2: Clean Jobs America,” shows why it’s imperative for lawmakers to focus on clean energy in economic stimulus packages and other policies aimed at restarting the US economy. Clean energy has been one of the US economy’s biggest and fastest-growing employment sectors over the past decade.
PLUG IN AMERICA’S UPDATED EV GUIDE
Plug In America’s popular Electric Vehicle Guide, which includes all major EVs available for consumers in the United States, has just been updated.
The world’s energy order is changing — and China is set to reap the strategic benefits, by business reporter Gareth Hutchens, ABC News/Australia
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, countries that have the ability to take advantage of new renewable energy technologies can expect to enhance their global influence and reach in the future. And it has singled out Australia as a potential new energy leader. “Australia’s economically-demonstrated solar and wind energy resources are estimated to be 75 per cent greater than its combined coal, gas, oil and uranium resources.” But it says one country in particular has positioned itself well to dominate strategically in the future. “No country has put itself in a better position to become the world’s renewable energy superpower than China,” it said. “In aggregate, it is now the world’s largest producer, exporter and installer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles, placing it at the forefront of the global energy transition.”
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