Evolution of Wind Resource

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GreenByte recently released their “Evolution of Wind” infographic that illustrates the changes in global wind capacity from 1981 t0 2016.  According to the time-lapse visualization, global wind power capacity has risen 11%, from 432.4 GW in 2015 to 486.7 GW in 2016.  United States wind capacity increased 10% from 73,991 MW in 2015 to 82,184 MW in 2016. 

 

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The Blue Winds of Southeastern Utah

The winds of the Blue (Abajo) Mountains have their ups and downs, but actually are almost always blowing. The town of Monticello, located off the northeast flanks has a telling road sign: “Cool Winds, Warm Welcome.”

These winds create the perfect place for a wind farm. In March 2016, the Latigo Wind Park became fully operational, sending 60 MW of power into the Rocky Mountain Power grid, enough to power 10,000-20,000 homes per year.

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Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity

The U.S. Energy Department released a new report on Jan 9th, 2017 which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs of expanding wind energy to supply 35% of U.S. electricity by 2050. The report, titled Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmission Expansion in a Wind Vision Future and authored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), affirms the findings of the Energy Department’s 2015 Wind Visionwhich showed that a future in which wind provides 20% of U.S. electricity in 2030 and 35% in 2050 is achievable and would provide significant economic, energy security, and health benefits to the nation.

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Black Hills' $100M Wind Farm In South Colorado Starts Operating

A massive wind farm in southern Colorado began operations on Monday. The addition will help Colorado’s second-largest utility, Black Hills Energy, satisfy statewide renewable energy standards.

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Arizona's top utility regulator: State should double renewable energy requirements

Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Doug Little announced a proposal to double the state's Renewable Energy Standard to 30% by 2030, a significant increase from the existing 15% by 2025 requirement.

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Public Service Commission of Wyoming denies Rocky Mountain Power request to reduce QF PPA contract term from 20 to 3 years

In 2015 Rocky Mountain Power filed an application with the Wyoming Public Service Commission to reduce the contract term for PURPA power purchase agreements with qualifying facilities from 20 to 3 years.

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CAISO report finds that EIM total benefits for 2016 Q1 of $18.90 million are consistent with pre-launch projections

CAISO's "Benefits for Participating in EIM, 2016 Q1 Report", published April 30, 2016, finds that each participating balancing authority area (ISO, NV Energy, and PacifiCorp) experienced estimated gross benefits for the quarter totaling $18.90 million. These benefits are consistent with pre-launch projections.

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Xcel Energy submits plan to build $1 billion wind farm in Colorado

On Friday, Xcel Energy Inc. filed their $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project plans with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Under the plan, Xcel would build, own, and operate the 600MW wind farm and 90-mile 345kv transmission line.

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New Mexico joins the wind-energy gigawatt club

"New Mexico became the seventeenth state in the U.S. in December to surpass the 1,000-megawatt mark for installed wind energy capacity, following the startup of a 250-megawatt wind farm in Roosevelt County."

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USFWS Director clarifies that proposed rule does not permit killing thousands of eagles

Last week, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post to address false reports that the agency’s proposed rule changes would allow energy companies to legally kill thousands of bald eagles. “The notion that we intend to permit the killing of more than 4,000 bald eagles is wrong. Period.”

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