Wind at least 10% of power in 11 states

Wind at least 10% of power in 11 states

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Bolstered by technology advancements, more efficient and larger turbines, improved access to transmission and federal production tax credits, there are now 11 states that get more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind power projects in the United States,...

Pakistan warming up to wind power

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Pakistan is adding substantial wind capacity to its infrastructure, with up to 35 wind power projects totaling 1,750 megawatts expected to be operational by 2018. According to the country’s Alternative Energy Development Board, 12 wind projects with a cumulative...
IEA raising renewable growth targets

IEA raising renewable growth targets

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After a decade of substantially underestimating the projected growth of renewables, the world’s most prominent energy forecaster has decided to “significantly” raise its outlook for wind and solar installations. The International Energy Agency will...
“Coal is experiencing its whale-oil moment and there’s no avoiding it. It is already being replaced by better, cleaner forms of energy.”

– Miami University (of Ohio) history professor Steven Conn in an op-ed comparing the decline of coal to the whale oil industry at the end of the 19th century.

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“It’s going to be reliable, it’s going to be cheaper than what we’re paying for brown power, and it just diversifies our energy sources for these bases.”

– Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, speaking at the opening ceremony for the 150-megawatt Mesquite 3 solar project in Arizona, the largest procurement ever of renewable energy by the federal government. Electricity from the plant will meet roughly one-third of the power needs of 14 naval bases in California.

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“In the 2011 drought, a lot of people around here would have filed for bankruptcy if not for the turbines. What [wind energy] has done is helped keep this land in the family.”

– Texas farmer Russ Petty, whose family leases their farmland in west Texas to several wind energy companies

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Europe wind ebbs a bit, but still seeing growth

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European nations are expected to install more than 140 gigawatts of new wind capacity over the next 10 years, according to projections from an energy consulting firm. In its Europe Power Outlook 2016 analysis, MAKE Consulting said that total could be even higher were...
“We are seeing a surge in wind and solar against no increase in demand for power. That puts the squeeze on both coal and gas.”

– Anthony Yuen, director and global energy strategist for Citi Research, speaking at a Columbia University symposium on climate change law and global energy policy

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“We believe our collective experience has proven that the CPP is reasonable and achievable, while allowing us to continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy for our customers.”

– National Grid President Dean Seavers, commenting on testimony by his company and eight other power providers in support of the Clean Power Plan. Combined, the nine utilities operate more than 100 gigawatts of capacity across 26 states, representing nearly 10 percent of the nation’s total.

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