Plummeting curtailment, more low-cost wind: CREZ transmission policy already reaping big returns
While wind energy curtailment has received a great deal of attention of late thanks in part to a controversial New York Times article, the real story is that nationwide wind energy curtailment is rapidly on the decline. Texas's CREZ policy is a prime example of effective transmission policy. The state is now getting the payoff, and other states are following suit.
Supply Chain Connections
E.ON taps Upwind Solutions for O&M, and a case study from transportation software company Transoft Solutions on how to tackle the treacherous roads of Brazil.
Financed and under construction: Pattern Energy project to be among first to tap Texas CREZ line
Pattern Energy Group LP (PEG LP) closed the financing and started construction on its Panhandle Wind facility, a 218-MW wind power project located in the Texas Panhandle.
Vestas, Siemens, made in USA: Two big turbine orders placed this week
Punctuating a summer that has seen the wind industry steadily ramp up again on a number of fronts, both Siemens Energy and Vestas announced two turbine orders this week, with major components and nacelle assembly both set to be produced at their respective U.S. plants.
Massive expansion, no net ratepayer cost: Iowa regulators approve, details given for 1 GW MidAmerican wind plan
With an approval from the Iowa Utilities Board in hand, MidAmerican Energy Co. this week shared more details on its plan to add 1,050 more megawatts of wind generation in the Hawkeye State by the end of 2015—a massive expansion that the company notes will stabilize rates and even save customers money.
Spotlight on Small Wind: A staple of solar, leasing comes to distributed wind
Two of the challenges of distributed wind deployment are the initial capital costs as well as the associated risk the owner incurs when purchasing and installing a turbine. Certainly, the payback might be well worth the investment down the road, but installing a distributed wind turbine can be capital intensive from the perspective of an individual or small entity. United Wind believes it's solved the issue.
Utah project set to be first under the belt of new developer started by former Western Wind exec
The man who sold developer Western Wind just a few months ago is on the cusp of starting construction on a new wind energy project via yet another development venture he’s put together.
Va. lease sale announcement adds to busy summer for offshore
The road to U.S. offshore wind energy becoming a reality is a journey of many steps, but meaningful news keeps coming, and this summer has been indicative of that trend.
Western Elec. Coordinating Council report: wind, gas gain on hydro
Hydroelectric generation continues to dominate the Western Interconnection's power supply portfolio, but natural gas-fired and wind energy resources have made substantial gains over the past decade, according to a new report from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC).
4,000 MW and counting: Xcel Energy punctuates busy first half of 2013 for RFPs, contracts
The first half of the year has proven to be busy for wind energy RFPs, power contracts, and newly planned megawatts—and in many cases it’s wind’s winning low prices driving the trend.