Wind power serves as epic energy force

By: D. Ann Shiffler

2020 was projected to be a banner year for the wind power industry. But with the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, it's hard to say if the upbeat outlook for the wind energy market will continue. Assuming work is not shut down, chances are high the wind market will be a bright spot for the crane, rigging and transport sector.

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Wind Energy Leads U.S. Power Generation Growth

By: Darrell Proctor

The trade group represent the U.S. wind energy industry says the sector emerged as the top provider of new utility-scale power generation in the nation in 2019 with 9.1 GW of large wind power projects coming online.

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Lakewood councilman crafts letter of support for Lake Erie wind turbine project

By: John Benson 

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- City Coucilman-at-Large Tom Bullock recently presented a letter he initiated to the Ohio Power Sitting Board (OPSB) in support of a Lake Erie wind project.

The correspondence shows regional support among elected officials in favor of the Icebreaker Wind Project, which, if approved, will lead to the construction of six wind turbines on Lake Erie.

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OX2 to develop third-largest wind farm in Finland

By: William Girling

Swedish renewable energy company OX2 has stated its intention to build the third largest wind farm in Vaala, North Ostrobothnia, Finland.

The 132 MW Metsälamminkangas site will be constructed following at agreement with Lundin Petroleum, which is currently seeking to covert its energy assets to renewable sources.

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Along with lower emissions, offshore U.S. wind industry could create 83,000 more jobs by 2030

By: Meteor Blades

The American Wind Energy Association, the nation's leading wind industry trade group, issued a report this week scrutinizing the health of the offshore wind industry and forecasting that the installed capacity of offshore turbine farms will grow as much as a thousandfold between now and 2030. At that level, the industry would generate $87 billion in investment over the decade, as much as $25 billion in annual economic output, and create as many as 83,000 well-paid construction and operating jobs. That's in addition to the 114,000 Americans working right now in all segments of the wind industry in the United States.

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Oil And Gas Companies See Opportunity In Offshore Wind Energy 

By: Ken Silverstein

Oil and gas markets are ensnared by oversupply and falling prices, not to mention an global pandemic. It illustrates the need to be more responsive to changes in the energy climate. And the good news is that the signs are point to more investment in renewables, specifically in offshore wind power.

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Warren Buffett's Secret For Super Cheap Energy

By: Irina Slav

In this year's edition of his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett had one more success story to share: the story of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which this year celebrates 20 years under Berkshire ownership. The clients of the utility also have reason to celebrate: they are paying a lot less for electricity than, say, people in California, and they have been promised frozen rates until 2028. The secret behind the rate freeze and the low prices? Wind power. 

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Wind has overtaken the top position for renewable generation in the U.S., EIA says

By: Renewable Energy World

In 2019, annual wind generation in the U.S. exceeded conventional hydroelectric generation for the first time, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Electric Power Monthly. This means wind is now the top renewable source of electricity generation in the country,

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How America's Wind Power Could Triple by 2030 Without Using More Land

By: Thor Benson

The U.S. currently gets a little under 7 percent of its electricity from wind energy, and the industry is growing. New research shows that number could roughly triple within a decade without taking up any additional land if the right investments are made. According to the IPCC, renewables need to produce 70 to 85 percent of our energy by 2050 to avoid the worst affects of climate change, so that would be a great start.

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Will Indiana Be 'Crossroads of Clean Energy?'

By: Wes Mills

INDIANAPOLIS - A wind energy advocacy group says Indiana has the potential to be a national leader in the renewable energy sector, especially as utility companies transition more power generation away from coal and towards wind and solar.

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SWEPCO, other Arkansas parties reach agreement on 810-megawatt wind project

By: Talk Business & Politics Staff

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a company of Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP), announced Friday (Jan. 24) an agreement with the Arkansas Public Service Commission general staff, the office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Walmart Inc. regarding SWEPCO's proposal to add 810 megawatts of wind energy.

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Wind to Lead 2020 Electric Generation Capacity: Stocks in Focus

By: Aparajita Dutta Zacks

Per U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest report, 42 gigawatts (GW) of new electric generation capacity is projected to start commercial operation in 2020. Of these capacity additions, wind power accounts for the largest share at 44%.

Notably, 18.5 (GW) of wind capacity is scheduled to come online by the end of this year...

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Wind Energy in Ohio

By: American Wind Energy Association

Ohio is a national leader in wind-related manufacturing. Ohio has more wind-related manufacturing facilities than any other state in the nation, with 61 manufacturing facilities producing components for the wind industry and providing high-quality jobs. In 2018, the wind industry supported 2,000 to 3,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state. Ohio has significant wind resource potential, both on- and offshore. By developing more of these resources, the state can create new economic development and allow the manufacturing sector to attract larger investments.

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Bullies in My Backyard

By: Nick Erf

We've been called every name in the book. We've had individuals threaten to harm our crops. Our families have been harassed. All of this has happened after publicly showing support for the development of wind energy in Ohio and our county and because we had the nerve to say so out loud.

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Two Midwest utility execs explain why they're betting on renewables

By: Peter Sinclair

Think of these words coming directly from the mouths of top energy resource companies in the Midwest: 

"The formula has changed ... the opportunity of a generation."

And this:

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Wind industry provides opportunities for veterans

By: Dan Lutat

As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I know it is important that veterans find a strong support network back home after leaving the service. Transitioning into civilian life can sometimes be difficult. Thankfully, for many veterans in Iowa, much of that support comes from an unexpected place - Iowa's wind energy industry.

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Increase in wind speed worldwide means boost for alternative energy, U. study finds

By: Rachel Sturley

To the surprise of climate scientists, our world is getting significantly windier. Average daily wind speeds have picked up in the last decade after over 30 years of gradual decline, according to research led by a team at the University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The study, published in "Nature Climate Change" on Nov. 18 could implicate a dramatic surge in the efficiency of wind power in the coming years.

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Limits on wind, solar are hurting Ohio Farmers

By: Tyler Duvelius

Ohio is an agriculture state. Family farms often span generations. In places like Paulding County, farmland sustatins soybeans, corn, hogs, cattle and wheat. In recent years, a new cash crop has taken root alongside this more traditional harvest: clean energy.

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Facebook, McDonald's reps sign wind turbine being installed in Coke County

By: Staff Reporter, San Angelo Standard-Times

Representatives from Facebook and McDonald's joined Aviator Wind and local dignitaries Thursday to mark construction of the largest single-phase wind project in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, according to a news release

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Commissioners support LEEDCo project

By: Jon Wysochanski

JEFFERSON - The Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners has shown support for a wind energy project off the shores of Cleveland that aims to put six wind turbines in Lake Erie.

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Ohio lawmakers love home rule only when it benefits their constiuents

By: Thomas Suddes

Ohio House Republicans can't seem to understand, let alone respect, city and village home rule, although the Ohio Constitution has guaranteed it to Ohio voters since 1912. 

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U.S. readies first wind-powered steel plant

By: Jeffrey Tomich

For decades, access to cheap coal-fired electricity fueled industrial expansion across the Midwest, from auto plants to steel mills. These days a cheaper and cleaner energy source - winds blowing across the central Plains - is enabling new manufacturing investments, key sources of jobs and taxes for states hungry to grow their economies.

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For Ohio farmers, wind turbine revenue helps take the sting out of a 'bad' year

By: Kathiann M. Kowalski

Wind energy advocates say this year's disappointing growing season in Ohio is a prime example why state lawmakers should be trying to make it easier, not harder, for farmers to put wind turbines on their properties.

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Great Lakes offshore wind - possibility or pipe dream?

By: Jeffrey Tomich

Like a spinning turbine barely visible on the horizon, the end of a regulatory odyssey to get approval for what would be the first U.S. freshwater offshore wind farm is now within sight for developers.

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Wind power opponents stand against local small farms

By: Ken Stockmeister Sr.

ATTICA, Ohio - When people in my community oppose the Republic Wind project, they are hurting small farmers. It is getting too hard to compete with big farming...


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Wind energy is now the leading power source in Kansas, Iowa

By: Andy Balaskovitz

WIND: Wind has surpassed coal as the largest source of electricity in Iowa and Kansas, according to a national wind energy trade group.

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Wind Power Continues Its March Into The Energy Mainstream

By: Mike Scott

Wind energy is becoming an increasingly important part of the energy mix around the world, as costs continue to fall and technology improves.

Global economic activity is on hold at the moment, but 2019 was a boom year for wind energy, with more than 60GW of capacity installed around the world.

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Global Wind Energy Capacity to Grow by 112% by 2029

By: Ayush Verma

Global wind energy capacity additions are expected to sit at an annual average of 77 GW from 2020 to 2029, according to Wood Mackenzie. This represents a growth of 112 percent in global installed capacity from the end of 2019 to 2029. As noted in the research agency's report, 'Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q1 2020', 62 GW of wind capacity was added globally in 2019, which was a 23 percent increase from 2018 and the second-highest annual total after 2015 (63 GW). 

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Wind-Power Industry Heads for Record Year

By: Will Mathis and Jeremy Hodges

What was meant to be a year that blew the wind energy industry well past its previous record for installations will more likely clear that mark by a more modest advance.

Developers are set to boost capacity by 9% this year to 66,422 megawatts, according to BloombergNEF. That's scaled back from the 24% expansion the London-based research arm of Bloomberg LP had anticipated.

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Wind-powered turbines could clean pollutants from our air

By: Donna Lu

As well as generating renewable energy, wind turbines might soon remove air pollution too.

Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his colleagues have developed a wind-powered device that can simultaneously absorb and break down air pollutants.

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Coronavirus crisis opens new paths for clean energy

By: Daniel Cohan

When Rahm Emanuel famously advised not to let another "crisis go to waste," he lamented that the oil crisis of the 1970s came and went without solving our energy woes. As the incoming chief of staff amid the 2008 financial crisis, Emanuel foresaw "an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before" in clean energy and beyond. That crisis too passed with too little accomplished.

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Longer Turbine Blades Have Slashed Wind Energy Costs

By: David Iaconangelo

Longer wind turbine blades over the last decade have allowed wind developers to produce more power without making turbines taller and could continue to drive future growth in the industry.

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Wind has become the 'most-used' source of renewable electricity generation in the US

By: Anmar Frangoul

Last year saw wind generation in the U.S. overtake hydroelectric generation for the first time, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Released Wednesday, the figures from the EIA's "Electric Power Monthly" report show that yearly wind generation hit a little over 300 million megawatt hours (MWh) in 2019. This was roughly 26 million MWh more than hydroelectric production.

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Wind energy gives American farmers a new crop to sell in tough times

By: Elizabeth Weise

CLOUD COUNTY, Kan. - Across this central northern county, wind turbine blades slowly slice the cold air over winter-brown fields. The 67 wind turbines of the Meridian Way Wind Farm straddle dozens of farms and ranches, following the contours of the land and the eddies of the wind above it. The turbines are tall enough that their size is hard to gauge from cars driving by.

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Economic growth blowin' in the wind

By: Glenn Schiffbauer

At the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce, we have a simple yet powerful mission: We work to build a sustainable community of local businesses that are environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. Given these guiding principles, it should be no surprise that we support harvesting New Mexico's abundant wind energy sources.

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Knox County landowners have better deal than peers in Henry County 

By: Tom Martin

KNOX COUNTY - One of the biggest local economic stories of 2020 will be the 15-megawatt wind farm planned for norther Knox County, according to Ken Springer, director of Knox County Area Partnership.

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Seneca Wind project suspended

By: Vicki Johnson

The Seneca Wind project that has been proposed in Seneca County has been suspended by sPower, its parent company, according to an sPower news release. The announcement was made Tuesday.

The release said sPower "will not refile an application with the Ohio Power Sitting Board at this time."

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How a Wind Turbine Works

By: Department of Energy

From massive wind farms generating power to small turbines powering a single home, wind turbines around the globe generate clean electricity for a variety of power needs. 

In the United States, wind turbines are becoming a common sight. Since the turn of the century...

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Denmark sources record 47% of power from wind in 2019

By: Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark sourced almost half its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology

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Ohio Voters Support Climate Action

By: Green Energy Ohio

More than 6 in 10 (63%) Ohio voters support government action to address climate change, including more than a third (36%) who strongly support such action. At least two-thirds of Ohio voters also want the federal government (69%), the Ohio state government (67%), and their member of Congress (67%) to do more on climate change.

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New Poll: Nearly All Americans Want Congress to Extend Clean Energy Tax Incentives

By: Global Strategy Group

WASHINGTON - A new survey released today shows that Americans overwhelmingly support extending tax incentives for clean energy and would change their vote based on the issue.

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Wind power supporters argue referendum could kill industry

By: Jim Provance

COLUMBUS - Business and environmental groups told state lawmakers Tuesday that subjecting proposed wind farms to votes of the people would likely kill the industry in Ohio.

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House clean energy package pledges new, expanded renewable energy tax incentives

By: Chris Galford

The House Ways and Means Committee released Tuesday a discussion draft of a sweeping clean energy tax package that pledges action on climate change through a five-year extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and a slew of new incentives linked to energy storage

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Bellevue's bedrock concerns wind farm opponents

By: Michael Harrington

BELLEVUE - Could the plans for a proposed wind farm in the Bellevue area be on shaky ground?

That's the concern many people have raised since some of the proposed wind turbines for the Emerson Creek Wind Project would be on top of porous bedrock known as karst.

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Renewables could be a health boon for Great Lakes, Upper Midwest regions

By: Brian Bienkowski

Installing more wind turbines in the Upper Midwest, and more solar panels in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, would bring the largest health gains and benefits from U.S. renewable energy according to a new Harvard University analysis.

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The Worlds Only $100 Billion Utility Owes Its Rise To Wind Power

By: Gerson Freitas Jr.

(Bloomberg) -- Two decades ago, when coal ruled U.S. power generation a Florida utility plowed some of its extra cash into a wind farm atop a desolate Oregon plateau.

It was the start of an unimaginably successful bet.

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Windy Beginnings: The first 100 GW and what it brought to America

By: John Hensley

U.S. wind power has just achieved a major milestone: 100 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity. American innovation, a pioneering spirit, and the hard work of the country's 114,000 wind workers made this progress possible. Let's take a moment to reflect on how we got here, and what this has meant for the country.

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Closing the door on renewable energy is bad news for rural Ohio

By: Kim Smith

I know a company considering investing hundreds of millions of dollars into rural Ohio, getting concrete trucks rolling, while providing money to Ohio landowners that gives them the financial security to keep their property as farmland, instead of selling it to someone who’d carve it into subdivisions or turn it into a massive warehouse of storage lockers. It’s my company, and if it happens, I’ll get my first project in my home state.

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Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energy wind turbines

By: James F. McCarty

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Boaters and birders have been upfront about their opposition to the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie, but a new, powerful voice of resistance has recently emerged: Big Coal.

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Wind opponents don’t get it

By: Mark Stockmeister

ATTICA, Ohio - When people in my community oppose the Republic Wind project, they are hurting truck drivers. It is getting more difficult to drive an 18-wheeler up and down dangerous and congested highways.

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