Wind production is dropping across the west coast, but it's not for a lack of trying by the industry. Wind speeds have been slowing down in the region, leading to the reduced generation.
Wind energy is the lowest cost solution to helping states affordably and reliably comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) to cut carbon pollution from power plants. That is the conclusion of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), who says there are independent studies which confirm this.
Wind energy performance is expected to remain below normal in most regions into the final quarter of 2015, according to Vaisala, after record low wind anomalies that challenged many project operators in the United States in the beginning of the year.
Although recent government efforts have supported the expansion and upgrade of the grid, future annual wind installations will not grow as much as before and will range between 20 GW and 22 GW each year during the next decade.
Three New England utilities will be sharing the energy produced by a new wind farm, which is expected to bring 185 megawatts (MW) to various areas around the region. The utilities involved have entered into agreements with SunEdison, who said they have finally received full financing for the Bingham Wind project.
A new bill has U.S. companies up in arms over the possible elimination of Production Tax Credits (PTC) across the United States. Eighty-five companies sent a letter to the 21 lawmakers sponsoring HR 1901, or the PTC Elimination Act, explaining the bill would "take away an effective, business tax incentive that creates jobs, drives rural economic development and reduces energy costs for Americans across the country."
Two research facilities have partnered to test wind energy research. The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University teamed up through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). Their goal is to improve the performance of wind turbine drivetrains and to better understand how the turbines can integrate more effectively with the electrical grid.
Amazon.com company Amazon Web Services (AWS) is teaming up with Community Energy to build an 80 MW solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia. Called Amazon Solar Farm US East, it will be the largest solar farm in the state-- and one of the largest east of the Mississippi.
The Energy Information Association (EIA) has analyzed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), and found that the plan will help renewables become an important part of the future of energy-- including when relating to market conditions and policy assumptions.
Developing countries are prioritizing solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources in order to reduce energy poverty, power economic progress, enhance national security by reducing imports, and protect the environment.