Solar, Wind and Hydro Projects Added to the North American Grid in February 2016

Recent data released from Generation Hub shows that four renewable energy projects went into operation in February 2016. The 29-MW Cannelton Hydropower plant in Kentucky and the 22-MW Willow Island Hydropower plant in West Virginia both owned by American Municipal Power – Ohio (AMP) each went online in February. In addition, the 100-MW Grand Bend Wind Project in Ontario owned by Northland Power and the PSE&G-owned 10-MW solar power plant, L&D Landfill Solar, in New Jersey rounded out the newly operating projects.

In addition to the projects that went online in February, more than 350 MW of renewable energy capacity are currently in the testing phase of development, indicating they are close to being ready to operate.  Of those 350 MW, about 80 MW are hydropower capacity increases that will be part of the two AMP projects named above. The remaining 270 MW are four solar projects ranging from 4 to 62 MW, two waste-to-energy projects (one 3 MW and one 5 MW), one 150-MW wind project and the 10-MW / 5.2MWh Green Mountain Energy Storage System owned by NextEra.  That project uses lithium-ion batteries and provides frequency regulation and renewable energy time-shift for the PJM territory.  

In related news, yesterday the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced that it has tallied up data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and discovered that the U.S. leads the world in wind energy production. Further AWEA reported that Iowa became the first state in the U.S. to get more than 30 percent of its annual electricity production from wind power.

“The U.S. is blessed with world-class wind resources,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA in a release. “We’re tapping into this homegrown resource more than ever thanks to American innovation and U.S. workers building some of the most productive wind turbines in the world. Now more than ever, low-cost, stably-priced, zero-emission wind energy is keeping our air clean and cutting costs for consumers. American wind power is well on its way to supplying 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.”

Generation Hub data indicates that 434 MW of renewable energy capacity is more than half-way to completion; about 200 MW is wind power.

Lead image: Solar, Wind and Hydro. Credit: Shutterstock.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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