Snacks Powered By Wind Energy

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Wind Power - MarsThe makers of Mars and Snickers bars are getting their green on with a new 200MW wind farm that will generate all of the electricity needs of Mars’ U.S. operations.
 
With an annual output of over 800,000 megawatt-hours, Mesquite Creek Wind will provide 24% of Mars’ total global factory and office electricity requirements; which is equivalent to the power needs of 61,000 U.S. households. 
  
According to the company, the investment represents the largest long-term commitment to renewable energy use by any food manufacturing company in the USA.
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U.S. Wind Power Blows New Records. Again. And Again.

Published by Bloomberg. View original article.

A wind turbine in Arlington, Oregon.

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A wind turbine in Arlington, Oregon.

Wind was responsible for 4.8 percent of America’s electricity used in January. That’s the highest January total ever, breaking the record from last January, which broke the record for the January before that, and so on. The chart below shows the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Association. Continue reading “U.S. Wind Power Blows New Records. Again. And Again.”

U.S. Solar Capacity Grew 418 Percent In The Last Four Years

Published by ClimateProgress. View original article.

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Solar energy is booming across the U.S., with capacity up an astounding 418 percent in the last four years alone, according to data released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Residential and commercial rooftop solar, along with other forms of photovoltaic (PV), have grown steadily over the past four years, specifically those that are net-metered. When customers install their own solar panels in states with a net metering policy, they are compensated for the excess electricity they send back to the grid. According to the EIA, these net metered applications have increased every year by approximately 1,100 MW since 2010. California currently has the largest net metered solar capacity with 38 percent of the nation’s total. Not far behind are New Jersey and Massachusetts, which together represent 21 percent of the total capacity in the U.S. Continue reading “U.S. Solar Capacity Grew 418 Percent In The Last Four Years”

Grantham: Wind, solar to replace fossil fuels within decades

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Legendary hedge fund investor Jeremy Grantham says there is no doubt that solar and wind energy will “completely replace” coal and gas across the globe, it is just a matter of when.

The founder of $100 billion funds manager GMO Capital is known as a contrarian. But he suggests that the pace of change in the fuel supply will surprise everyone, and have huge implications for fossil fuel investments. Continue reading “Grantham: Wind, solar to replace fossil fuels within decades”

Wind Power Is Reducing Electricity Rates; Pays Back Tax Credit 17 Times Over

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Higher performance turbines, lower manufacturing costs and lower prices for consumers drove new U.S. wind energy construction to record heights in early 2014 — despite the U.S. Congress still debating whether or not to renew the federal renewable energy production tax credit (PTC), which expired Dec. 31. In many parts of the U.S., wind energy is now the cheapest form of electricity generation – cheaper than natural gas and even coal, NextEra chief financial office Moray P. Dewhurst recently stated on an earnings call. Continue reading “Wind Power Is Reducing Electricity Rates; Pays Back Tax Credit 17 Times Over”

Ohio’s Clean Energy Programs Save Customers $2 For Every $1 They Spend

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An $11 million solar panel canopy covers the parking lot across from the entrance to The Cincinnati Zoo.

An $11 million solar panel canopy covers the parking lot across from the entrance to The Cincinnati Zoo.

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Energy efficiency standards in Ohio that have been facing attacks from state lawmakers provide significant consumer savings relative to their costs, according to an Ohio-based clean energy organization.

From 2009 through 2013, the standards saved Ohio residents $1.03 billion and cost $456 million, according to reports from the Public Utility Commission of Ohio analyzed by the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy. Continue reading “Ohio’s Clean Energy Programs Save Customers $2 For Every $1 They Spend”

Schneider study finds boosting renewables will cut energy costs

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Analysts at French based energy components company Schneider Electric have concluded that extending or expanding Australia’s renewable energy target would lead to lower electricity prices, lower carbon emissions and increased competition.1.4.5.2_3

Reducing, or removing the renewable energy target – as many incumbent generators, industry lobby groups, state governments and some of its own members are urging the Abbott conservative government to do – will have the opposite impact, pushing prices higher and creating a greater reliance on expensive gas-fired generation. Continue reading “Schneider study finds boosting renewables will cut energy costs”

Policy Watch: NSW govt imposes ‘red tape’ on wind farms

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NSW Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard

NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard has directed that nine wind farm projects now be considered as State Significant Developments instead of being dealt with under the Part 3A transitional provisions that are a legacy from Labor’s time in office. This decision effectively places them back in the planning system.

The wind farms affected by the NSW government’s reactionary decision are:

  1. Yass
  2. Crookwell
  3. Liverpool Range
  4. Rugby
  5. Bango
  6. Uungula
  7. Crudine Ridge
  8. Paling Yards
  9. and Rye Park

It seems that NSW has joined the Victorian government in privileging a minority of vocal anti-wind campaigners over the majority of the community, who continue to support renewable energy. The previous planning system struck a sensible balance in decision making.

“The NSW government has sown the seeds of community division by reopening the planning process for these wind farms,” Yes 2 Renewables told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“A noisy minority refuse to accept wind energy and make unsubstantiated claims the technology has health impacts. This decision looks like a capitulation to those elements.” Continue reading “Policy Watch: NSW govt imposes ‘red tape’ on wind farms”

RET Watch: Renewable Energy Target opposition is all egg and salami…

Alan Moran of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has recently echoed the Coalition’s highly dubious claim that the exodus in the manufacturing sector can be largely attributed to the carbon price and Renewable Energy Target.

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Wind energy cut electricity prices by 40% in heatwaves

The Renewable Energy Target has driven a wind energy boom in Australia. And all that additional renewable energy has resulted in increased competition in the wholesale electricity market. What does that mean for the average Australian? In theory, more competition among generators means lower prices. New modelling by Sinclair Knight Merz puts a figure to the benefit. Case study analysis of the January heatwave shows that renewable energy (primarily from wind farms) cut electricity prices by 40 per cent.

Here’s RenewEconomy‘s Giles Parkinson with a deeper look at the SMK study. View the original article.

ret-graph3-624x312Attempts by the fossil fuel lobby to downplay the impact of wind generation during the recent heatwaves in southern Australia has been contradicted by a new study, and by recognition from one of the biggest gas producers that low prices in the recent heat wave had caused it to write down the value of some of its assets.

There was a large campaign after the recent heatwaves in Victoria and South Australia condemning the role of renewables in meeting demand. Several studies, here and here, show that solar had a big impact on reducing the level of demand, and prices, and a new study by Sinclair Knight Merz suggests that wind energy did the same. Continue reading “Wind energy cut electricity prices by 40% in heatwaves”