Invenergy's decision to acquire the Grain Belt Express transmission project may increase the likelihood it will be completed, American Wind Energy Association Director of Electricity and Transmission Policy Betsy Beck says. "It is encouraging to see the sale of Grain Belt Express to a proven developer like Invenergy because it underscores the promise and potential of the project."
The wind energy Production Tax Credit will begin phasing down next year, and it has done exactly what it was intended to do -- make the industry more competitive, say Vestas North America President Chris Brown and other observers. Under the PTC, wind has flourished in the US, maturing into a $250 billion industry that supports 100,000 jobs and continues to drive technological advancements and cost reductions.
Major companies like Facebook and Smucker's are investing in Nebraska because it has ample wind resources and a promising future for the industry, writes Eric Davis of Kearney, Neb. "As a state, we should embrace the opportunity that lies right in front of us," Davis argues.
Transmission providers still have to comply with Order 845 and notify the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that they've met the interconnection requirements for large generating projects, as it considers rehearing requests, said the FERC on Tuesday. The FERC rejected an American Wind Energy Association filing arguing that extending the deadline for compliance stays the rule.
The US has a huge potential for offshore wind -- 2,000 gigawatts to be exact, according to the Energy Department -- and states like New York and New Jersey are right to be at the forefront of the industry, funneling funds into research and development, Ken Silverstein writes. Silverstein explores several challenges and opportunities for offshore wind in the US.
Prices for renewables such as wind and solar continue to decline, putting Minnesota in a favorable position economically to meet its 70% by 2050 target for the industry, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. "We can achieve Minnesota's goal of 10% solar by 2030 with very competitive generation costs," Center for Energy and Environment Senior Research Engineer Josh Quinnell adds.
The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition and four landowners in Paulding County, Ohio, have filed a lawsuit against the Ohio General Assembly, arguing that it violated the state's constitution when adopting new setback distances for wind turbines in 2014. The movement, they argue, was added last minute to a 2014 budget bill without public input or proper review.
The Iowa Supreme Court has denied Mason Wind, Dante Wind 6, Venus Wind 4 and Galileo Wind 1's request to reconsider a case calling for the removal of three turbines in Fairbank by Dec. 9. The companies are in the process of complying with the ruling, but will still pursue legal action to re-erect the machines.
The US electrical grid is severely outdated and it's time for the federal government to take action, wrote the Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week. The governors argue that regional grids could help the nation's electrical system become "more resilient, efficient, reliable, competitive, and less vulnerable to cyber-attack."
Clean Line Energy Partners has agreed to sell its 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission project to Invenergy. The project will carry up to 4 gigawatts of wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
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