EIA data forecasts that U.S. wind capacity added this year should total 12.7 GW, by far the best since 2012’s record of 13.3 GW. That was the year the production tax credit (PTC) was originally supposed to phase out, although it was extended.
Short-term, some new rulemaking announced by President Trump may help the region deal with a lack of natural gas pipeline access. Long term, the independent system operator may develop some new market incentives.
To understand how to approach the power gen dilemma, it is illustrative to look at the city of Lebanon, Ohio. Lebanon’s municipal utility illustrates both the opportunities and the challenges presented by today’s power markets.
The report by recently rebranded Wind-Solar Alliance points out that more than 100 U.S. corporate buyers —members of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance — have set a goal of purchasing 60 GW of new U.S. renewable energy capacity by 2025. So far, since 2013, the companies have procured just over 13 gigawatts of renewable power.
Twenty-eight western utilities have already signed letters of intent expressing interest in SPP’s RC services.
Xcel is part of a utility group that originally planned to create a new regional transmission organization.
One of the most high-profile J-Series installations in 2017 was at the Grand River Dam Authority plant in Oklahoma.
The Northern Prairie region of the U.S. has an abundance of wind and wide-open spaces that could be used to develop large, wind-powered generation resources. While the Southern Prairie has developed such resources and continues to expand them in massive scale, the Northern Prairie has not.