www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c73+61?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZCustomer seeking to freeze Clipper Windpower assets, including Cedar Rapids factory.364382012-11-03T00:15:09Z2012-11-03T00:15:09ZWind project developer and owner First Wind Energy LLC said Clipper accepted $59.5 million in advance payments for wind turbines it no longer produces in the lawsuit filed last month in Linn District Court in Cedar Rapids. ...First Wind is seeking a writ of attachment on Clipper's Iowa assets because it is worried Clipper will dispose of them, making it impossible for First Wind to collect any award it receives in arbitration.Latham talked with Romney about wind production tax credit.357342012-08-08T14:38:42Z2012-08-08T14:38:42ZCongressman Tom Latham says he has talked privately with fellow Republican Mitt Romney about a key tax break for the wind industry, but Latham says Romney is standing by his opposition to extending the wind production tax credit.Romney favors end to tax credit for wind.355012012-07-16T13:43:14Z2012-07-16T13:43:14ZDespite Iowa's stake in wind and Romney's apparent emphasis on winning the swing state, the GOP candidate has shown little love for the industry.
Literature from the Romney campaign calls wind energy "sharply uncompetitive" and said the industry "seems to be operating more on faith than on fact-based economic calculation."
Rehearing requested on wind transmission ruling.328542011-08-22T19:34:55Z2011-08-22T19:34:55ZOpponents of proposals to build a multistate line from Iowa east of the Mississippi River to bring wind-generated electricity to large urban markets have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reconsider its decision last month to allow the cost of such lines - estimated to be as high as $20 billion, to be spread to end users rather than borne entirely by the builders of the line.
Acciona to introduce concrete towers for wind turbines.328022011-08-18T23:19:53Z2011-08-18T23:19:53ZIindustry publication Recharge in May reported on the height advantage of the 120-meter all-concrete towers Acciona plans to offer. It said the higher tower height and an enormous 116-meter rotor would extend the reach of Acciona's new turbine.Iowa wind energy storage project scrapped.325992011-07-29T14:39:24Z2011-07-29T14:39:24ZIowa Stored Energy Park Agency director Bob Schulte said that geology tests found the storage reservoir wasn't suitable for the scale of project officials envisioned. Essentially, the quality of the storage rock, which would have been sandstone, wasn't as good as officials were looking for.
Wind energy producers face wall in moving power east .297142010-10-31T11:09:32Z2010-10-31T11:09:32Z"Resistance from some Eastern states, Massachusetts in particular, has become stronger and stronger," said Stanley, part of a working group of 39 state energy and utility regulators.
Easterners have made it clear that Iowa and the Midwest can build all the transmission it wants, so long as it pays all the costs. Midwesterners beg to differ.
Wind Energy stalls in U.S., Iowa.296962010-10-30T12:12:18Z2010-10-30T12:12:18ZBut figures from the American Wind Energy Association released Friday show a dramatic drop in new projects during 2010. In 2009 about 10,000 megwatts of new capacity came on line nationally and another 4,000 megawatts were finished in the first quarter of 2010.
But since then just 500 new megwatts of wind energy have been completed in the U.S.Report encourages six corridors for wind power transmission.293512010-10-01T23:59:04Z2010-10-01T23:59:04ZThe transmission corridors would be built over a number of years, the report said and would provide a way to move 15,000 megawatts of new power from wind farms to the markets where the power would be consumed. It would serve as a backbone for future wind energy developments.Wind industry awaits stiffer breezes .292682010-09-27T10:47:50Z2010-09-27T10:47:50ZLast week, several senators proposed a new version of the renewable-power mandate, hoping Congress might pass it in a lame-duck session after the election. But one analyst, Kevin Book of ClearView Energy Partners, gives the measure "near-zero odds" of passing. "I would be reluctant to invest in more wind generation right now unless I knew I was required to do it or the market price of power was higher." Natural gas takes breeze from wind energy's sails .275422010-05-27T11:53:50Z2010-05-27T11:53:50ZMichael O'Sullivan of NextEra Energy, Iowa's second-largest producer of wind power, told the American Wind Energy Association meeting in Dallas this week: "Our product is too expensive relative to other options. Our competitive advantage has largely evaporated."
The sudden rise of natural gas is credited with throwing wind energy into another of its periodic slowdowns. Iowa, with 2,300 megawatts of wind electricity generation, trails only Texas among the 50 states in wind capacity.
Offshore wind decision crucial for Iowa.269862010-04-27T16:52:16Z2010-04-27T16:52:16ZIf you're interested in wind energy and its implications for Iowa and the Midwest, best to keep an eye this week on a decision by the federal government about a wind project off the Atlantic coast opposite Massachusetts and Rhode Island.Minnesota, Iowa fail to add wind-farm capacity in 3rd quarter.237162009-10-20T22:48:02Z2009-10-20T22:48:02ZWind energy production nationwide increased by 1,649 megawatts during the third quarter, but you'd never know it by looking at wind installation in Iowa and Minnesota, the largest wind energy states in the Midwest.
Both states recorded no gain in installed wind energy, although they have a total of seven wind projects under construction as the fourth quarter began.
Iowa's green energy policy struggle .197892009-01-30T15:42:35Z2009-01-30T15:42:35ZThe presence of prairie winds and rich soil makes Iowa literally fertile ground for developing alternative energy sources from wind turbines and biofuels.
But the landscape is also a reminder that achieving energy independence is a formidable challenge and making an agricultural economy green is not easy. ...Phil Wyse, a state representative for 22 years, believes Iowa and America need nuclear power.
"We need sources of power that are constant and don't rely on things like whether the wind's blowing or the sun's shining," he says.
Braley pushes bill to promote wind energy.194292009-01-08T01:46:28Z2009-01-08T01:46:28ZU.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, said today that he is introduced a bill to extend the wind energy production tax credit until 2017.
The current credit, which was extended last year, is set to expire at the end of 2009.
Braley told reporters Thursday a long-term extension will create some certainty in the market and spur greater development.
Transmission poses obstacle to wind power.191542008-12-13T15:56:25Z2008-12-13T15:56:25ZThe political winds are right for making wind power in Iowa. The problem is getting that power to the big cities that can use it. ...Proposals to give FERC more say over power transmission lines have foundered in Congress before, and the commission itself isn't united behind Kelliher's idea.
Under current law, the commission can promote investment in new transmission lines for wind farms by awarding developers a higher rate of return. That allows utilities to charge more for the power. But it's still up to the states to decide whether to allow the lines to be built.
Prospective, current attorneys become versed in wind law.156752008-05-06T11:15:42Z2008-05-06T11:15:42ZHere's another sign that wind energy is coming of age: Wind law is now piling up in court precedents and is being taught at law school. ...Hamilton's wind law course covers the gamut of the legal nitty-gritty about wind energy, including easements and leases, property issues, land-use regulations, utility regulation, metering and financing, and state and federal tax, energy and environmental policies.
Hamilton's class is one of three in the United States. The University of Texas at Austin has a wind law class and so does the University of Oregon in Eugene.
"With turbine farms going up all over Iowa, it's the next logical step,"
Rapid growth in wind industry puts critical tax subsidy at risk.155192008-04-26T10:41:38Z2008-04-26T10:41:38ZTimes have never been better for wind power. The industry's growth rate doubled last year, and additional turbines are going up across the country.
But the industry is heavily dependent on a federal tax subsidy that's set to expire at the end of this year. And the industry's growth is steadily increasing the cost of the subsidy and making it tougher for lawmakers to keep it going. ...Last year, the industry added 5,244 megawatts of capacity, more than twice the 2,454 megawatts added in 2006. That brought the nationwide capacity to 16,818 megawatts.
But that growth also means that continuing the subsidy for one more year, through 2009, would cost taxpayers $3 billion.
"The problem with a long-term extension is that it's cost-prohibitive as long as the industry continues to expand. Budget-wise, it's hard to do it for an extended period of time," said Frank Maisano, an energy industry lobbyist.
Wind energy industry picks up speed in Iowa.133732007-12-30T15:36:06Z2007-12-30T15:36:06ZWind energy is booming in Iowa, and backers say it's only the beginning. ...But the jobs could blow away, economists warn, just as other manufacturing jobs have disappeared because of competition and technological change. Other states want to attract manufacturers, too. Wind power depends on subsidies, and changes in government policies could dampen the enthusiasm for wind. ...John Solow, a University of Iowa economics professor, is cautiously optimistic about the future for wind generation and turbine manufacturing.
Future policy decisions and technological innovations could change that, he said. A breakthrough in clean-burning coal, for example, could reduce interest in wind energy and biofuels, he said.
Catching The Wind In A Bottle.120312007-10-03T16:04:41Z2007-10-03T16:04:41Z... a coalition of local utilities is grappling with one of the thorniest challenges in the field of renewable power: how to store the excess energy windmills create when demand is low so it can be used later, when the need is greater.
The group is building a system that will steer surplus electricity generated by a nearby wind farm to a big air compressor. Connected to a deep well, the compressor pumps air into layers of sandstone. Some 3,000 feet down and sealed from above by dense shale, the porous sandstone acts like a giant balloon. Later, when demand for power rises, this flow is reversed.