NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 22: Six Trends In Wind (Part 1); Six Trends In Wind (Part 2)


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    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    QUICK NEWS, January 22: Six Trends In Wind (Part 1); Six Trends In Wind (Part 2)

    Six Trends In Wind (Part 1) 2018 highlights: Six trends shaping the future of wind power

    Greg Alvarez, January 10, 2019 (Into The Wind)

    “…[2018 was another year of incredible progress for American wind power…Wind energy made huge strides across the U.S., from the shores of Massachusetts all the way out to California and dozens of places in between…There has never been more wind power under construction in the U.S. than right now, which means America’s 105,000 wind workers and 500 wind-related factories are as busy as ever…Just under 38,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind projects are under construction or advanced development…[Much of this activity is centered in] Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maryland and Massachusetts…

    Since 2009, the cost of wind has fallen by 69 percent, largely due to technological advances and improved domestic manufacturing…[I]n many parts of the country wind is now the cheapest source of new electric generating capacity… Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia all passed legislation increasing their Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). On election day, Nevada voters also passed a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to include a 50 percent RPS, which now must be approved by the legislature…” click here for more

    Six Trends In Wind (Part 2) 2018 highlights: Six trends shaping the future of wind power

    Greg Alvarez, January 10, 2019 (Into The Wind)

    “…[U.S. wind energy’s 2018 progress] means access to more affordable, reliable, clean electricity is on the way…[It] was a record year for corporate and other non-utility customers buying wind power. In just the first nine months of 2018, non-utility wind customers signed contracts for more wind power capacity than any other year, for a total of 2,904 MW…Over the last several years, non-utility customers including major consumer brands, cities and universities have become a major source of demand for wind power…[C]orporate and other non-utility customers have contracted for more than 10,000 MW of wind capacity through power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date…[Innovations like Volume Firming Agreements, more companies teaming up to procure renewables, and expansion of green tariffs from electric utilities made] it easier for more companies and other non-utility buyers to enter the wind energy market…

    …[Bids in the December U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auction of three wind energy areas off the coast of Massachusetts] reached $135 million—shattering the previous high of $42 million…This is yet more proof that companies see enormous business potential in developing offshore wind projects…[which means] new jobs, a new domestic supply chain, and port revitalization…[And wind power is an increasingly integral part of the U.S. power grid…[ERCOT, the primary grid for Texas and the largest wind energy market, set records for total electricity from wind and] the highest instantaneous output from wind…SPP set records for both real-time wind output and instantaneous wind penetration…CAISO, MISO, PJM, and ISO-NE all also set records for real-time wind output…Already this year MISO and PJM have experienced record wind output…” click here for more


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