News about Wind Energy

This page lists external links to news items of note, particularly for the Midwestern United States.

General Motors Making Massive Wind Purchase to Power 7 Plants

General Motors is making a big investment in wind power.

The automaker  announced that it is purchasing 200 megawatts of wind energy from wind farms in Ohio and Illinois, and that once the turbines are online next year, 20%  of the company's global electricity usage will be powered by renewables. The electricity generated will supply seven plants, including those that make the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups, according to a news release.

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Minnesota Firm Set to Refurbish Storm Lake Wind Turbines in $80M Project

A Duluth, Minnesota-based energy firm announced Wednesday an $80 million wind turbine project that would refurbish turbines at its two Storm Lake, Iowa wind farms and one in Minnesota. 

Allete Clean Energy said the project would replace select blades, gearboxes, and generators at the Storm Lake 1 and 2 wind sites in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties. The project would also repair turbines at the company's wind site in Lake Benton, Minnesota.

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UW Professor Embarks on 1,200 Mile Bike Ride for Wind Energy

Imagine going on a 1,200 mile road trip... On your bike.  That's exactly what a UW professor will be doing to highlight wind energy.

James Tinjum leaves Saturday, July 15 for Bike the Wind, a biking tour of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota that will take him past 17 wind energy sites.  Tinjum plans to bike about 75 miles a day, and the journey will take him three weeks.  

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How No. 1 Plans To Stay The Leader

April 2017
By Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds

When you imagine a future for wind energy nationwide, look no further than my home state of Iowa as a shining example of what could be.

Iowa has a goal – and a plan to achieve it – to be the first state in the nation to meet 40% of our electricity needs from wind power by 2020. And we are well on our way.

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NREL Seeks Proposals to Advance Distributed Wind Turbine Technology

Originally published here by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on April 11, 2017.

On April 11, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a fifth round of Requests for Proposals under DOE’s Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP), an annual competitive solicitation through NREL geared to small and mid-sized wind turbines.

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Xcel Unveils New Phase of Wind Power Construction, with Huge Plant in South Dakota

Xcel Energy Inc. will build its largest Upper Midwest wind project ever in eastern South Dakota, the latest phase of a huge new wind power investment in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

The Minneapolis-based utility unveiled details of the wind plan Thursday, which include three new projects, one each in Minnesota, South Dakota and western North Dakota.

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New Website Highlights Solar Advancements Made by Rural Co-ops

Electric cooperatives that have taken the plunge into solar energy are the stars of a new website aimed at persuading more co-ops to add solar energy to their mix.

RuralSolarStories.org, produced by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC),  features the tales of three rural electric cooperatives across the Midwest that have responded to customer interest by investing in solar generation. More stories are on the way.

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Wind Ordinance Model Language

With the 2040 Comprehensive Plan process underway in cities across the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota, a large focus has been on the importance of increasing wind and solar energy in our communities. For these resources to grow, cities around the area must have policies in place to support them. Support comes from many different areas but the backbone of that support must be the adoption of ordinance language that does not prohibit people from investing in these resources.

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Special Notice: Distributed Wind – Competitiveness Improvement Project

Originally posted here on January 17, 2017; modified March 15, 2017

The U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) intends to release requests for proposals (RFPs) during the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2017 (by April 30, 2017).

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As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it

March 7, 2017

Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation.

That’s one of the findings in the annual 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in partnership with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

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