Wind and other renewables are driving America's all-of-the-above energy mix because they are increasingly the lowest-cost electricity source. But their rapid growth rates are bringing change not only to the energy industry as a whole, but also within each renewable sector. It is a maturation process that is accelerating growth opportunities – for wind industry companies with the ability to seize them.
Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb will decide Tuesday whether to let city officials try to negotiate for cheaper and cleaner electricity on their behalf.
The Gentleman coal plant was once the linchpin of Nebraska’s electricity grid, its twin smokestacks visible for miles across the prairie. Now, the state’s biggest power source is routinely pushed aside to make room for more wind and solar energy.
A new roadmap for the future of Ohio’s electric grid can benefit all types of interest groups, but the next few years will be critical for the plan to achieve its goals.
The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court.
Michigan is moving ahead of other Midwest states as its two largest utilities propose a combined $20.5 million investment in electric vehicle infrastructure.
American Electric Power Co.’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project was done in by shaky economics, and may become a teaching moment for other developers planning big clean-energy projects.
On January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unanimously rejected a plan to subsidize aging power plants in the name of grid resilience and energy security. The proposal, one commissioner observed, "had little, if anything, to do with resilience, and was instead aimed at subsidizing certain uncompetitive electric generation technologies."
A couple years ago at our annual WINDPOWER conference, I said wind energy had to build a bridge across the "Valley of Death" some worried would come with the planned ramp-down of renewable energy tax credits for wind and solar power in 2020.
In energy forecasting, many analysts consistently underestimate prospects for clean power in long-range models. The marketplace, fortunately, does better.