By Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International
Enel Green Power North America started operations of the Thunder Ranch wind farm, which has a capacity of around 298 MW, and of the Red Dirt wind facility, which has a capacity of around 300 MW, both located in Oklahoma . . . The investment in the construction of Thunder Ranch totaled around $435 million, while the investment in the construction of Red Dirt was about $420 million. Click here to read more.
ENEL’S SPRING PROJECT IN NEBRASKA
Enel plans to start construction of Nebraska’s second-largest wind farm, Rattlesnake Creek, this spring. According to company officials, when completed, the 320-megawatt project “will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments over the first 20 years of its existence.” Source: Facebook wind farm to cost $430M, Sioux City Journal
NEWS & OPINION FROM OTHER STATES AND THE U.S. COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO
- Another West Texas wind power success story, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- Minnesota’s solar capacity on track to keep growing in 2018, Minnesota Public Radio
- Chippewa County in Minnesota is solar industry’s latest frontier, Duluth News Tribune
The latest frontier in the solar power industry’s growth in Minnesota is found in Chippewa County, where workers are completing the third of three solar garden projects undertaken in the past year. Berkshire Hathaway Energy, working with Geronimo Energy, is developing the solar gardens as part of Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community Program. Legislation approved in 2013 requires Xcel Energy to provide community solar gardens in its service territory.
- Bring the climate change narrative home to Iowa, Iowa View Contributor, Des Moines Register
- Michigan reports big solar growth in 2017, PV Magazine
- Michigan State University joins solar revolution with 11 MW project, PV Magazine
- Fayetteville, Arkansas and Ann Arbor commit to 100% renewable energy, PV Magazine
- Xcel reports record low prices for solar plus storage,PV Magazine
Documents from Xcel’s Colorado subsidiary show a medium price for PV with battery storage of $36/MWh, the lowest known price to date.
- California is closing in on its 2020 renewable energy mandate, PV Magazine
- Cuomo Pledges Big Gains for Renewable Energy, Public News Service
- New York unveils bold solar, energy storage plans, PV Magazine
- North Carolina hopes to lure ‘EV tourists’ with rural charging stations, Southeast Energy News
- Solar Industry and Advocates Support Florida Legislation Establishing Grid Resilience Pilot Program for Natural Disasters, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Press Release
- Florida lawmaker proposes to study solar+storage for grid recovery. Utility Dive
- Hurricanes blew away Puerto Rico’s power grid. Now solar power is rising to fill the void, USA Today
Missouri River power generation up in ’17, The Brookings Register
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river, said energy production from the dams in the Dakotas, Montana and Nebraska totaled 9.6 billion kilowatts of electricity last year, up from 7.6 billion kilowatts. A billion kilowatt-hours of power is enough to supply about 86,000 homes for a year, said Mike Swenson, a corps engineer in Omaha, Nebraska.
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