United Wind http://www.unitedwind.com Be Your Own Power Company Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:06:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Can the Clean Energy Industry Protect Puerto Rico From Maria-Scale Damage? http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/10/12/can-the-clean-energy-industry-protect-puerto-rico-from-maria-scale-damage/ http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/10/12/can-the-clean-energy-industry-protect-puerto-rico-from-maria-scale-damage/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:06:20 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2625 Greentech Media

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No More Nuclear: Japan’s Biggest Utility Turns to Blockchain in Power Pivot http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/10/11/no-more-nuclear-japans-biggest-utility-turns-to-blockchain-in-power-pivot/ http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/10/11/no-more-nuclear-japans-biggest-utility-turns-to-blockchain-in-power-pivot/#respond Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:37:11 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2623 CoinDesk

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Wind-Powered Microgrids Tagged for Puerto Rico in Relief Effort http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/10/05/wind-powered-microgrids-tagged-for-puerto-rico-in-relief-effort/ http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/10/05/wind-powered-microgrids-tagged-for-puerto-rico-in-relief-effort/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:29:51 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2620 Microgrid Knowledge

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All Eyes on Kansas to Reinvigorate America’s Heartland http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/09/20/all-eyes-on-kansas-to-reinvigorate-americas-heartland/ Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:51:24 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2602 AltEnergyMag.com

Total Steps Up Renewables Drive With EREN, GreenFlex Deals http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/09/19/total-steps-up-renewables-drive-with-eren-greenflex-deals/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:19 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2600 The New York Times

Agriculture Energy Coalition Members Applauds Senators’ Support of Farm Bill Energy Programs http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/09/08/agriculture-energy-coalition-members-applauds-senators-support-of-farm-bill-energy-programs/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:17:39 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2586 Agriculture Energy Coalition Members Applauds Senators’ Support of Farm Bill Energy Programs

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Agriculture Energy Coalition today issued the following statement thanking Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for introducing the Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017, which will reauthorize programs in Title IX of the Farm Bill and provide robust funding through 2023.

“We commend Sen. Franken for introducing this important bill to reauthorize and enhance Farm Bill energy programs,” said Lloyd Ritter, executive director of the Agriculture Energy Coalition. “If adopted, the legislation would improve already valuable programs. For instance, it would make renewable chemicals facilities fully eligible to participate in the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. It would also expand the BioPreferred program, improve the already popular REAP program by expanding support to a variety of sustainable, commercial clean energy technologies, and add new mandatory funding to create economic and energy opportunities for rural America. We are grateful for the Senator’s efforts.”

“Crop prices and farm incomes have been declining, so farmers are counting on the Farm Bill to help them develop new markets and new economic opportunities,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “The energy programs this bill supports will help revitalize the agriculture and manufacturing sectors in America and promote innovation in the biobased economy, and we thank Sen. Franken for his leadership.”

“Farm Bill energy programs help farmers improve efficiency, reduce farm energy costs, and access new revenue streams,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. “NFU is thankful for Senator Franken’s leadership on these programs, and is especially supportive of the increase in funding for the Rural Energy for America Program. Congress should continue to support programs that incentivize smart, clean energy use and production on the farm and in rural areas.”

“This season’s raging forest fires out West illustrate the importance of funding for the removal of hazardous fuel from federal lands through programs like Biomass Crop Assistance Program,” said Carrie Annand, executive director of Biomass Power Association. “Taking high risk fiber out of the forest promotes forest health; taking it to a biomass facility ensures that we are getting value out of that material by making it into fuel for electricity. We commend Senator Franken for including BCAP in his draft Farm Bill Energy Title, and we look forward to working with him to ensure that it is included in the final bill.”

“The rural and agricultural communities of our country are the backbone of our economy, and providing these farmers the tools to leverage on-site technology, like distributed wind, will reap benefits for all,” said Jason Kaplan, United Wind, and Distributed Wind Energy Association member.

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Lloyd Ritter, 202-215-5512

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2016 Distributed Wind Market Report http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/08/08/2016-distributed-wind-market-report/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:45:21 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2575 US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Distributed wind power keeps spinning, growing http://www.unitedwind.com/2017/08/08/distributed-wind-power-keeps-spinning-growing/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:37:08 +0000 http://www.unitedwind.com/?p=2569 Distributed wind power keeps spinning, growing Annual report tallies US advances in wind power made close to home

RICHLAND, Wash. – Both businesses and homeowners are increasingly using distributed wind power thanks to innovative business models and other trends, according to a new report released today.

The 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report offers the fifth annual analysis of distributed wind power, which largely involves generating wind power near where it will be used instead of purchasing it from large, centralized wind farms. Distributed wind can range from a small, solitary turbine at a remote cabin to several large turbines powering an entire neighborhood.

Third-party financing and leasing options are enabling companies and individuals to generate wind power on their properties. These options provide flexibility that eases the financial and logistical burdens of installing and operating wind turbines.

Two examples are New York-based United Wind, which offers leases to farmers and others to install wind turbines on their land with little to no upfront costs, and Ohio’s One Energy Enterprises LLC, which offers power purchase agreements so industrial companies can install large turbines at their facilities. Both secured significant financing in 2016, the report notes.

“New financing options helped rooftop solar become widespread,” said the report’s lead author, Alice Orrell, an energy analyst at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “Now they could also help make distributed wind more commonplace and expand its role in the national energy mix.”

The report’s other key findings include:

The average levelized cost of energy produced by distributed wind projects installed in 2016 ranged from 5 to 24 cents per kilowatt-hour, with power produced by larger turbines costing the least.
In comparison, the average residential power rates in the U.S. range from 9.3 to 20 cents per kilowatt-hour while average commercial power rates range 7.5 to 15 cents per kilowatt-hour.
The nation’s cumulative distributed wind power capacity is about 1 percent of all U.S. wind power capacity, or enough to power roughly 265,000 typical U.S. homes annually.
27 states are home to companies that manufacture various components for small wind turbines, which generate 100 kilowatts or less.
Six U.S. manufacturers exported 10.3 megawatts in small wind turbines with an estimated value of $62 million.
45.4 megawatts of distributed wind power was added in 25 U.S. states and the U.S. territory of Guam in 2016.
The nation has added a total 992 megawatts of distributed wind in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands between 2003 and 2016.
Rhode Island led the nation by installing 15 megawatts of new distributed wind power capacity in 2016.
Institutional customers – such as utilities, churches and schools – accounted for 29 megawatts of the new distributed wind power installed in 2016.
2.4 megawatts of small wind power was added in at least 22 states in 2016.
The U.S. has added a total of 146 megawatts of small wind power between 2003 and 2016.
New York led the nation by installing a quarter, or 627 kilowatts, of new small wind power capacity in 2016.


For more information about the distributed wind report, as well as its companion reports on traditional utility-scale and offshore wind power, see today’s announcement from DOE: https://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-reports-wind-energy-continues-rapid-growth-2016. And, for more information about PNNL’s wind power research, go to http://wind.pnnl.gov/.

This report was supported by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.