Wind energy shows strong growth in the first quarter of 2017

Wind Energy Strong Growth - Wind Turbine

Report shows that more wind capacity was added during the first quarter of the year Wind energy has already seen strong growth this year in the United States. A new wind turbine was installed every two and a half hours during the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association. The organization notes that more megawatts worth of wind capacity came online during the first quarter of this year than the first three quarters of 2016 combined. This marks one of the fastest…

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Wind energy market in Kansas is showing signs of healthy growth

Wind Energy in Kansas - Wind Turbines

Energy officials predict that the wind energy market will continue to thrive Wind energy developers in Kansas have high hopes for the state’s clean power market. Several energy companies predict that the wind market will continue to see growth well into the future, even as large developers begin to slow the creation of new projects. One of the reasons the wind market is expected to continue expanding is because of the increasingly efficient nature of turbine technology. Utilities are showing more interest in wind power due to costs In Kansas,…

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North Carolina seeks to shut down wind farm due to national security concerns

North Carolina - Wind Farms

Lawmakers are looking to halt development on a large-scale wind energy project Lawmakers in North Carolina are looking to put an end to a wind farm that is nearing completion, citing national security risks. The wind farm costs approximately $400 million to develop and is located relatively close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation. Legislators have come together to send the incoming Trump administration a letter requesting that action be taken on the issue. The future of the wind farm is currently uncertain. Project’s wind turbines could interfere with nearby…

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German developer to build a new wind energy system in Texas

E.ON is bringing a new project to Texas to further wind energy goals E.ON, a leading energy developer based in Germany, has announced that it will be coming to Texas to build a new wind farm. The company has seen major success with its efforts in Germany, where wind energy has been growing at a very rapid pace. Texas, however, represents one of the fastest growing wind markets in the world and is home to the largest, and most successful, wind markets in the United States. E.ON sees significant promise…

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Deepwater Wind announces new offshore wind energy project in Maryland

Developer to bring a new offshore wind energy system to Maryland Deepwater Wind, developer of the first offshore wind energy system in the United States, has announced that it plans to build another wind farm off the coast of Maryland. The company’s Block Island Wind Farm is expected to begin producing electrical power and feeding it into the energy grid within the next few days. Deepwater Wind expects that the wind farm will show off the potential of offshore wind energy and intends to get a head start on developing…

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Renewable energy may help Minnesota’s economy

Report highlights the potential of renewable energy projects in the state Renewable energy projects could have a major economic impact in Minnesota. The state has seen many changes to its energy landscape over the past 10 years. Coal was once the dominant form of power in Minnesota, but has given way to cleaner solutions, such as solar and wind power. The state’s energy policies have also begun to shift, showing more favor for renewable energy over fossil-fuels. A new report from the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab suggests that…

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BP eyes further investments in the wind energy market

Company begins to consider expanding investments in clean power BP, formerly British Petroleum, has begun considering its first significant investment in renewable energy in five years. The company is currently considering expanding its business in the United States’ wind energy sector, which has been showing strong growth in recent years. The availability of the Production Tax Credit, which provides financial assistance for wind energy projects, continues to help secure growth for the wind sector. This federal initiative has created many new opportunities for companies like BP that have shown strong…

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Many developers use Production Tax Credit to renovate their wind energy systems

Production Tax Credit is helping upgrade existing wind farms Many wind developers in the United States are rushing to tax advantage of an extension granted to the federal Production Tax Credit. The federal tax initiative is meant to incentivize the development of new wind energy projects. Since its extension at the beginning of this year, many developers have used the Production Tax Credit to create new wind projects, which have been taking form in many promising states throughout the country. Now, however, some of these developers are using the Production…

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MidAmerican Energy to focus more heavily on wind energy market

Utility plans to build new 1,000 turbine wind farm Wind energy continues to see strong growth in Iowa. The state is among the leaders in wind power generation. Approximately 31% of the state’s energy comes from its wind farms. This is set to grow, as MidAmerican Energy, one of Iowa’s largest utilities, seeks to embrace renewable energy more aggressively. The utility has plans of generating all of its energy capacity through renewable resources in the near future. Wind energy will play a major role in the company’s ambitious plans, as…

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Massive wind energy project wins approval in Iowa

State grants final approval for MidAmerican Energy project The Iowa Utilities Board has provided MidAmerican Energy with the approval it needs to build a large-scale wind energy system. The utility recently announced plans to build a $3.6 billion wind energy system, which is expected to become the state’s largest wind farm. MidAmerican Energy has been seeking approval to build this wind farm and has now passed the final hurdle, allowing the utility to begin construction of its Wind XI farm. Project will add 2,000 MW of capacity to Iowa MidAmerican…

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Offshore wind energy is making progress in New England

Region begins moving away from fossil-fuels in favor of clean power The New England region of the United States, which is comprised of six states, is leading the way in renewable energy adoption. The region has been moving away from fossil-fuels quite aggressively.  In 2014, two states in the region, Rhode Island and Vermont, used very little coal to generate electricity. Now, Rhode Island is set to play host to one of the country’s first offshore wind energy systems, called the Block Island Wind Farm. Block Island Wind Farm could…

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Alliant Energy aims to move into Wisconsin wind energy market

Energy company is considering investing in the Wisconsin wind energy market Alliant Energy is currently considering investing in Wisconsin’s wind energy space. The company recently invested $1 billion into Iowa’s wind energy market and its intentions to invest in other markets are showing no signs of slowing down. Wisconsin could have significant wind energy potential, which is why Alliant is showing interest in the state. The company has plans to increase wind energy purchases and investments in the state, which is believes will bring economic benefits to Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s wind…

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Minnesota utility seeks to expand its solar and wind energy capacity

Minnesota Power is calling for proposals to increase its clean energy capacity Minnesota Power has released a series of requests for proposals for large-scale solar and wind energy projects. The requests for proposals is part of the utility’s EnergyForward strategy. The strategy aims to diversify Minnesota’s power supply, which will allow the utility to better serve consumers. One of the priorities of the EnergyForward initiative is to provide consumers with reliable and cost effective access to electrical power. State continues to invest in renewable energy Minnesota Power will be evaluating…

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New political group formed by the wind energy industry

American Wind Action aims to promote wind power among voters A new political group has formed within the wind energy industry. The American Wind Action group was launched this week with a focus raising awareness about the benefits of wind power and the politicians that support or oppose this form of clean energy. The group will be very active during the current presidential race and hopes to influence politicians to show more support for wind power. Most notably, the group hopes that those that support wind power will be elected…

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Wind energy reaches a new milestone in the United States

Organization shows that the wind sector has broken energy generation records The wind sector reached a new milestone in the United States last year, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The organization has released information that shows that the wind sector produced 4.7% of the country’s electricity in 2015. By comparison, coal produced 33% of the country’s electrical power, with natural gas falling only slightly behind. The wind sector has been growing quickly, benefiting from federal initiatives that have supported the development of various wind projects throughout the country.…

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Cost of offshore wind energy projects set to fall over the next 10 years

Study shows that wind energy is becoming more affordable The University of Delaware has released a new study that highlights the cost of developing offshore wind energy projects. The study suggests that the cost of this projects will drop substantially over the next decade, making it easier for such projects to take form. Offshore wind projects are becoming more popular in the United States because of their potential to produce large quantities of electrical power. These projects take advantage of the strong wind currents that can be found at sea,…

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