American Wind Power Blows Beyond 70 GW

Joanna Schroeder

American wind power has blown beyond the 70 gigawatt (GW) mark. There is now enough power generated from wind to supply more than 19 million average American homes. This milestone was achieved in November leading into a historic climate agreement by global leaders to reduce carbon emission. This, along with the Clean Power Plan will continue to drive demand for …

Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Electricity, Wind

New Report, Some Hits…Some Misses for Renewables

Joanna Schroeder

A new report, “Some Hits, Some Misses…All-in-All…To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt,” looks at the accuracy of the forecasts for renewable electricity made by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its monthly “Short-Term Energy Outlook” (STEO) reports. Published by the SUN DAY Campaign, the report finds 2015 forecasts have generally followed the actual pattern of ups-and-downs in …

biomass, Electricity, Geothermal, Hydro, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Wind Industry Applauds PTC, ITC Extension

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Congress has voted to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). On Friday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the 2016 spending package and that afternoon, the U.S. Senate followed suit.  As a result, the PTC and alternative ITC, that also includes solar and geothermal energy, will now be extended …

Clean Energy, Electricity, politics, Wind

Report: Renewables Fastest Growing US Power Source

Joanna Schroeder

According to GlobalData, non-hydro renewable energy will be the fastest growing power source in the U.S. through 2025. Installed capacity is expected to increase from 121.9 gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to 216 GW in 2025. “US Power Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2015 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape,” finds the strong rate of growth suggests that the current …

biomass, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

Congress Votes to Extend ITC for Wind, Solar

Joanna Schroeder

The renewable electricity industry got an early holiday present this week as Congress included a five-year extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable energy projects that provides a 30 percent federal tax credit for commercial installations of solar PV systems and new wind energy projects in the tax extenders package. The ITC was set to expire at the …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Legislation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Tax Extenders Package Includes Renewables

Cindy Zimmerman

The broad spending and tax legislation compromise unveiled by House Republicans Tuesday night includes federal tax incentive extensions for renewable energy, including biodiesel, wind and solar. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) commended congressional leaders for reinstating the expired biodiesel tax incentive in the tax and spending proposal released late Tuesday but continued pressing to reform the incentive as a domestic …

BIO, Biodiesel, Energy, Government, NBB, Solar, Wind

General Motors Texas Plant to be Wind Powered

Joanna Schroeder

Wind will be soon be powering General Motors’ (GM) Arlington Assembly plant (Texas). Enough renewable energy will be produced to build nearly 125,000 trucks a year. The 115 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy will be enough to manufacture more than half of the plant’s annual vehicle output – the plant produces more than 1,200 vehicles per day. The wind …

automotive, Clean Energy, Electricity, Wind

EDF EN Commissions Mont-Rothery Wind Project

Joanna Schroeder

The Mont-Rothery wind project has been commissioned. The 74 MW wind farm is sited on public lands in the MRC of Haute-Gaspésie and MRC of Côte-de-Gaspé. Construction of the project, owned by EDF EN Canada Inc., began in 2014 and features 37 turbines of 2 MW each supplied by Senvion. The electricity will be delivered to Hydro-Quebec Distribution under a …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Wind

Poll: Illinois Voters Support Clean Energy Credits

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new poll, three out of four (74 percent) Illinois voters support continuing to provide tax incentives for renewable energy. The poll comes out as Congress considers renewing a number of energy tax credits including the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Both of these federal incentives are designed to spur renewable power development for …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Legislation, Solar, Wind