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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.


  • Weekend Video: The Most Unlikely Eco-Warriors Of All Time
  • Weekend Video: A New Energy Vision
  • Weekend Video: Solutions – Solar
  • Weekend Video: Solutions – Wind

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-This Is How To Beat Climate Change. Now Get To It.
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China To Build World’s Biggest Solar Panel Project
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Europe’s Ocean Wind Boom
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Australia’s Huge Ocean Energy Opportunity


  • TTTA Thursday-How Climate Change Is A Health Insurance Problem
  • TTTA Thursday-World Wind Can Be A Third Of Global Power By 2030
  • TTTA Thursday-First U.S. Solar Sidewalks Installed
  • TTTA Thursday-Looking Ahead At The EV Market

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: 'The future grid' and aggregated distributed energy resources
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Renewable Portfolio Standards offer billions in benefits
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Powered by PTC, wind energy expected to keep booming

  • TODAY’S STUDY: On The Way To 100% New Energy In Hawaii
  • QUICK NEWS, October 18: The Lack Of Climate Change In The Election; Trump And Clinton On Climate Change And New Energy; New Energy Keeps Booming

  • TODAY’S STUDY: New Energy For New Urbanists
  • QUICK NEWS, October 17: Chemical Mulitnationals Bet on Climate Solutions; World Wind Gets Bigger; SolarReserve Power Plant Possibilities Rising
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews


    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns


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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, October 24:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Future Of New England’s Power
  • QUICK NEWS, October 24: Small Wins In Climate Fight Point The Way To Victory; Seeing The Real Wind At Last; Al Gore Calls Florida Solar Amendment “Phoney Baloney”

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015


    How wind can become America's biggest single energy source by mid-century; Wind can also bring 600,000 jobs and billions to state and federal coffers, a new report says

    Herman K. Trabish, March 16, 2015 ((Utility Dive)

    U.S. wind energy can become the single biggest source of U.S. electricity by mid-century and cut the average consumer’s utility bill in the process, according to a rigorous new study.

    Wind’s growth from a 4.5% share of today’s U.S. electricity mix to 35% in 2050would generate 600,000 wind industry jobs. It would also transfer wealth now going to owners of coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants to farmers, ranchers, and taxpayers through $1 billion in annual land lease payments, $440 million in lease payments for offshore wind, and over $3 billion in annual property tax payments.

    “In the near and mid-term, 2020 and 2030,” Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Program Director Jose Zayas said, “there is a cost to the nation to make these scenarios — 10% and 20% — happen. It is just under a 1% increase in the electricity price nationally."

    "But in the longer term, by 2050," he continued, "the study’s modeling assumes innovations would make wind the most cost competitive option and saves 2% on the electricity price nationally.”

    DOE’s new report, "Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States," also found wind will be cost competitive against traditional generation without subsidies by 2030, Zayas added.

    The numbers come out of an ongoing collaboration that began during the Bush administration between DOE and over 250 experts on wind from industry, electric power system operators, environmental stewardship organizations, state and federal governmental agencies, research institutions and laboratories, and siting and permitting stakeholder groups.

    Though many state renewables mandates will increase by mid-century and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plant could drive new growth, those policies did not factor into the report’s conclusions. “The analytics and forecasting did not consider policies not in place,” Zayas explained.

    “The EPA Clean Power Plan was not considered in the Wind Vision because it is was not yet part of U.S. policy at the end of 2013,” Zayas said. “But wind is an incredibly powerful tool when you are looking at low carbon solutions and thinking about climate change variables like greenhouse gases and water savings.”

    How wind can grow

    The model predicts wind is likely to be the market’s least cost option by 2030, based on Energy Information Agency all-in economic projections for “energy demand, new energy sources needed to meet the requirements of the nation, fossil fuel costs, and many other economic factors,” Zayas said. “And it looks at not just the cost of wind, but the transmission needed for it.”

    The Wind Vision report concludes U.S. wind resources will not be bottle-necked by a lack of transmission if system builders continue to annually add the equivalent of 870 miles of single-circuit, 345-kilovolt, 900-MW carrying capacity line, as they have since 1991. An expenditure of less than 2% of total electric sector costs will produce a 2.7 times increase in transmission capacity (10 million MW-miles ) by 2030 and a 4.2 times capacity increase (29 million MW-miles ) by 2050.

    “Many utilities already have found ways make wind a key part of their portfolios with innovations such as forecasting and coordinating with transmission expansions,” Zayas said. “This report shows more can be integrated effectively and reliably. Wind should be central in utilities decision-making about resources.”

    Wind is expected to mostly displace fossil fuel-sourced electricity generation and especially natural gas, the study concludes. As wind and grid-scale storage technologies improve and there are more geographically dispersed wind resources available to grid operators, it reports, “the fossil fleet’s role to provide energy declines while its role to provide reserves increases.”

    As wind becomes the biggest single generation resource in the U.S. after 2030, it is likely to have an impact on nuclear power as well. Though it may displace other renewables, Zayas said, “Wind and solar are synergistic and complementary to one another.”

    But the exact mix of avoided generation “will ultimately depend on uncertain future market conditions, including fossil fuel prices and technology costs,” the Wind Vision reports.

    Not everybody has embraced the study. “Relying on windmills to produce that electricity when nuclear power is available is the energy equivalent of going to war in sailboats when nuclear ships are available,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

    “After 22 years of billions of dollars in subsidies, wind still produces only 4 percent of our electricity and the windmills work only about 30 percent of the time. Nuclear power produces 20 percent of our electricity,” Alexander added.

    For renewable energy supporters, Sen. Alexander’s condescending use of the term “windmills” to describe modern wind turbines — some individually capable of generating electricity for 1,200 average homes — represents a misinformed bias. His home state of Tennessee has long been heavily involved in the nuclear power industry, and while EIA data shows that wind's share of the U.S. electric market is more than 4.5% and growing, nuclear power is declining from its current 19.5% share, according to the EIA. What's more, wind's capacity factor is nearly 40% and increasing, according to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researchers.

    The Roadmap

    Though not prescriptive, the Wind Vision Roadmap charts a detailed course through nine technical, economic, and institutional “action areas” to grow American wind energy. It offers no policy preferences, but is intended as “the beginning of an evolving, collaborative, and necessarily dynamic process,” the study explains. There should be “continual updates at least every two years, informed by its analysis.” The action areas are:

    Wind Power Resources and Site Characterization

    Wind Plant Technology Advancement

    Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Logistics

    Wind Power Performance, Reliability, and Safety

    Wind Electricity Delivery and Integration

    Wind Siting and Permitting 

    Collaboration, Education, and Outreach 

    Workforce Development

    Policy Analysis

    Stakeholders in each area can improve the market competitiveness of wind, the Roadmap explains, through interwoven actions to reduce the levelized cost of wind, expand the lands on which it can be developed, and increase its economic value.

    Manufacturers can work on capital costs and project managers can work on expenses.

    Taken together that would optimize output and reduce curtailment, as would better grid integration. Lowering regulatory barriers by streamlining permitting and environmental approvals would reduce the costs of development.

    More and better transmission would open up new territory to development. Improved technology such as taller turbines, longer blades, and more efficient mechanics would make low wind speed locations developable. Opening up offshore wind along both coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes is vital. Better management of wildlife, aviation, telecommunication, and environmental issues would allow more development in now-protected areas.

    Policy and decision makers will be able to better see wind’s economic value if costs and benefits, especially externalized benefits, are quantified. Other economic benefits that need to be detailed include the values of wind’s domestic supply chain and local workforce and its contribution to a diverse energy portfolio as a flexible source of energy and capacity and as a hedge against fossil fuel price volatility.

    The risk of not acting

    There is, the roadmap concludes, a real risk in not taking action to grow U.S. wind. As the nation’s electricity demand growth continues to flatten, the structural economics of wind development is being compromised.

    “If domestic markets for new installations deteriorate,” the study warns, “manufacturing may move to other active regions of the world.” That could cost the U.S. much of wind’s significant overall cumulative benefits in jobs, health, carbon reductions, environmental, and other social benefits.


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