National Farmers Union (NFU) expressed support for Sen. Chuck Grassley’s, R-Iowa amendments, that would make permanent the wind production tax credit (PTC), and urged the committee to support Grassley’s efforts.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced yesterday that in 2008 alone over 8,000 MW of wind energy was installed. This increased the nation's wind energy capacity by 50% and created an investment of $17 billion into the economy.
The United States now has a total installed capacity of 25,170 MW of wind energy. Minnesota is ranked 4th nationally with 1,752 MW installed and Iowa has exceeded California and is now 2nd with 2,790 MW.
The South Dakota Wind Energy Association (SDWEA) elected a Board of Directors, named an Executive Director and set goals for 2009 at its first official meeting on January 13.
The CapX2020 utilities filed a permit on December 29, 2008 for the Brookings County-Hampton 345kV transmission line project at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
As required by law the application contains two route options for the approximately 240-mile transmission line and associated substations. The MN Public Utilities Commission will decide on a route and issue a permit after a public process that includes public input through meetings and hearings.
The permit application is available to view online as well as at one of the following local libraries:
The CERTS 2009 conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota on February 10-11 will bring together over 500 Minnesotans who are blazing the paths to a clean energy future by working on energy efficiency and clean energy projects in their communities.
State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Rosario Marin today announced the release of California's "grid neutral" guidebook; a step-by-step guide to help California schools and community colleges cut energy costs through on-site electricity generation.
Nominations for Wind Cooperative of the Year for 2008 are now being accepted. All electric cooperatives that are members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association are eligible, and there is no cost to nominate.
The Wind Cooperative of the Year Award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program.
The 2008 winner will be recognized at the NRECA TechAdvantage Conference in New Orleans, La., Feb. 11-14, 2009. All nominations are due by close of business on Jan. 5th, 2009.
Learn about commercial scale wind energy, wind rights & development options, land leases & agreements, Rural Energy Development Initiative and more at this seminar for landowners and community leaders who want to know more about navigating the commercial scale wind energy arena!
Meeting will be held Saturday, December 6th, 2008 from 1-5 pm at the American Legion Club, Main Street, Hayfield, MN
Please RSVP to Beth Lecy at 507-545-0112
Featured in this issue:
- Community Wind in Canada
- Wind Energy Agreements in the News
- Community Wind on Contaminated Lands
- Collaborative Wind Organization in Iowa
- On the Wind Energy Trail
Featured in this issue:
- The Wind Energy Center at the 2008 Minnesota State Fair a success!
- Announcement of RE-Fest in Austin MN, on Sept. 20, 2008
- Windustry's Lisa Daniels featured in a podcast
- Windustry staff tour Grand Meadows Wind Farm