May 27, 2016
Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016
January 6, 2016
Last May, MIT researchers were the latest to raise alarm about the perceived limitations of solar PV’s continued growth. In short, these analysts propose that variable renewables will depress wholesale prices when they run, thereby limiting their own economic success.
This is the second in a series of reports conducted jointly by Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This report explores the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS), both retrospectively and prospectively. This report focuses on the benefits and impacts of all state RPS programs, in aggregate, for the year 2013 (the most-recent year for which the requisite data were available).
August 10, 2015
Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged under 2.5¢/kWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2014, spurring demand for wind energy.
September 19, 2014
“California, USA — The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.” Read More
July 15, 2014
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) today announced the company has secured a 96 percent stake in the 175 megawatt (MW) Pilot Hill Wind Project (formerly known as K4) from Orion Energy Group LLC (Orion) and Vision Energy LLC. The project benefits from a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Microsoft. Read More
March 12, 2014
“Vestas ramps up hiring to handle 2013 orders” – McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – Sharon Dunn Greeley Tribune, Colo
Vestas is only about halfway through its hiring in Colorado amid big plans to start building some of its latest technology.
Pushed by orders of almost 900 turbines in 2013, Vestas already has filled 400 positions at its factories in Windsor, Brighton and Pueblo, with expectations of 450 more to be hired through the year to build additional models of turbines that are expected to help drive down the cost of wind energy. Read More
August 29, 2012
“100-acre solar farm planned near Pa. Turnpike” – ROXBURY – A seasoned wind farmer is planning to build one of the largest solar farms on the East Coast in northern Franklin County. Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC, based in Oakland, Calif., plans to lease parts of three hay and crop farms just south of the Blue Mountain Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) and reap the sun’s rays. Read More
March 20, 2012
“Solar 15% Returns Lure Investments From Google to Buffett ” – U.S. solar developers are luring cash at record rates from investors ranging from Warren Buffett to Google Inc. (GOOG) and KKR & Co. by offering returns on projects four times those available for Treasury securities.
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) together with the biggest Internet search company, the private equity company and insurers MetLife Inc. (MET) and John Hancock Life Insurance Co. poured more than $500 million into renewable energy in the last year. That’s the most ever for companies outside the club of banks and specialist lenders that traditionally back solar energy, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance data.Read More
May 30, 2011
“Money Blows in to a Patch of Oregon Known for Its Unrelenting Winds” Read More
Press Release May 9, 2011
“Potential of Renewable Energy Outlined in Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)” – Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies, a new report shows. Read More
Press Release February 8, 2011
“Solar PV Becoming Cheaper than Gas in California?” – The latest round of proposed contracts from a California utility for 250 MW of solar PV projects comes in below the projected price of natural gas. Read More
Press Release February 4, 2011
“Wind Energy Helps Save Day as Fossil Fuel Plants Falter and Electricity Demand Surges Across Plains Due to Winter Storm” – Across the Great Plains this week, wind energy played a major role in helping keep the lights on as the region dealt with a record winter storm. Read More
September 18, 2010
“One Rancher’s View Of Turbines On The Range” – by Shaun Sims, Wyoming Rancher
I, along with my family, operate a cattle and sheep ranch in southwest Wyoming. Read More
Press Release July 21, 2010
“New Climate and Energy Policies Could Create 2.5 Million Jobs, Hold Down Energy Costs” – New greenhouse gas emissions and energy policies at the federal level could generate as many as 2.5 million new jobs and $134 billion in economic activity in the U.S. while keeping energy costs down, according to a new report from the Center for Climate Strategies, published with Johns Hopkins University. Read More
Press Release July 8, 2010
To remain competitive, U.S. utilities will need to provide cleaner, low-carbon electricity while enabling customers to better manage and reduce their energy use, according to Ceres’ new report, “The 21st Century Electric Utility: Positioning for a Low-Carbon Future,” authored by Navigant Consulting. The report examines major trends reshaping the electric power sector, which is responsible for 40% of all U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report also examines the implications for investors and utilities’ business strategies going forward. Read More
Press Release June 15, 2010
“U.S. Solar Industry on Track to Install 10 Gigawatts of Solar Annually by 2015” – SEIA President Resch announces industry goal to power 2 million homes and spur enormous job growth in the U.S. in next 5 Years – Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after announcing an industry-wide goal of installing 10 gigawatts of solar capacity annually by 2015. Read More
Press Release May 20, 2010
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released an initial study assessing the operational impacts and economics of increased contributions from wind and solar energy producers on the power grid. The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study examines the benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind and solar energy capacity into the grid to produce 35 percent of its electricity by 2017.Read More
Press Release – April 8, 2010
“AWEA Releases U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report” – The U.S. wind energy industry is expanding as established industry leaders maintain their top position and manufacturing continues to grow albeit at a slower rate than in 2008, according to the annual wind industry market report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Read More
Press Release October 22, 2009
A new report suggests that tackling climate change will be a major net job creator for the U.S. economy. According to the report, aggressive deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency can net up to 4.5 million new U.S. jobs by 2030 and provide the greenhouse gas emission reductions necessary to tackle climate change. Read More
Press Release October 19, 2009
“Report Examines Hidden Health and Environmental Costs of Energy Production and Consumption in U.S.” – A new report from the National Research Council examines and, when possible, estimates “hidden” costs of energy production and use — such as the damage air pollution imposes on human health — that are not reflected in market prices of coal, oil, other energy sources, or the electricity and gasoline produced from them. The report estimates dollar values for several major components of these costs. The damages the committee was able to quantify were an estimated $120 billion in the U.S. in 2005, a number that reflects primarily health damages from air pollution associated with electricity generation and motor vehicle transportation. The figure does not include damages from climate change, harm to ecosystems, effects of some air pollutants such as mercury, and risks to national security, which the report examines but does not monetize.Read More
PGE’s Largest Renewable Energy Project Complete
Portland, Oregon – Sep 08 – Business Wire
Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) today announced the final phase of its Biglow Canyon Wind Farm is complete, and all 217 turbines of the project are available to generate power for PGE customers. Biglow Canyon represents PGE’s largest renewable project, with a total installed capacity of 450 megawatts. Given the variability of wind power, the plant is expected to produce an average of around 150 MW — enough to power the homes of about 125,000 average PGE residential customers.
“Biglow Canyon Wind Farm is an important component of PGE’s diverse portfolio of energy resources,” said Jim Piro, PGE president and CEO. “We are pleased to have completed construction of this significant project that not only reflects the values of our customers, but also helps PGE meet Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires us to supply 15 percent of the electricity our customers use from renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.”
In 2008, approximately 2 percent of the company’s total retail load requirement was provided by wind resources, which included the first phase of Biglow Canyon and the power PGE purchased on contract from the Klondike II and Vansycle Ridge wind farms, both in Oregon. The utility’s current Integrated Resource Plan calls for renewable resources to make up approximately 9 percent of the company’s total retail load by the end of 2010 with the completion of Biglow Canyon in its entirety and the existing wind power purchase agreements.
“PGE is proud to have completed one of the largest wind projects in the Pacific Northwest — constructed on time and under budget,” Piro said.
The $1 billion project located on 25,000 acres near Wasco in Sherman County, Ore., was built in three phases. Phase 1, completed in December 2007, is comprised of 76 Vestas wind turbines and has an installed capacity of 125 MW. Phase 2, comprised of 65 Siemens wind turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 150 MW, was completed and placed in-service in August 2009. The final phase of the project, completed in August 2010, added an additional 76 Siemens wind turbines and installed capacity of 175 MW to the project.
In addition to providing carbon-free and emissions-free generation of electric power, the wind farm has created jobs, is providing income for local businesses, generating tax revenues for local government, and providing easement payments to landowners.
The Biglow Canyon project was developed by Orion Energy LLC and built, owned and operated by PGE.