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The Midwest Wind Boom (Iowa, Kansas, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma)

Midwest Energy News: Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years as the industry continues to grow, according to a report released today. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report notes that two states in the […]

April 20, 2017 Read More →

Dakota Access Campaign Seen as a Model for Pipeline Resistance Nationally

Associated Press: The tactics used in North Dakota – resistance camps, prominent use of social media, online fundraising – are now being used against several projects. They include the Sabal Trail pipeline that will move natural gas from Alabama to Florida; the Trans-Pecos natural gas pipeline in Texas; the Diamond pipeline that will carry oil […]

April 3, 2017 Read More →

Lawsuit in Oklahoma Challenges Town’s ‘Emergency’ Ban on Wind Projects

Paul Monies for the Oklahoma City Oklahoman: Two wind farm companies have sued the town of Hinton, claiming a recently passed ordinance targeting wind turbines outside the town limits was illegally enacted. Minco Wind IV LLC and Minco Wind V LLC, affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, said the town’s Jan. 17 ordinance calling their […]

February 21, 2017 Read More →

A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

Scott DiSavino for Reuters: Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and […]

February 16, 2017 Read More →

New Pipeline Standoff Brewing, This Time in Oklahoma

Dale Denwalt for the (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman: Native American and environmental activists have vowed to block a planned crude oil pipeline, hinting at a standoff in Oklahoma reminiscent to the months long Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Once built, the $900 million Diamond Pipeline will carry sweet crude oil from a national transport hub in Cushing […]

January 31, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

From Deep in the Heart of Texas to North Dakota, a Historic Shift in U.S. Electricity Production

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced […]

December 21, 2016 Read More →

Oklahoma, Where the Wind Comes Racing Down the Plains

Casey Smith for the Tulsa World: The state’s prominence in the industry can be seen in an array of statistics. Oklahoma currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in terms of installed wind power capacity, with potentially enough projects coming online by the end of the year to take the No. 3 spot from California, […]

September 20, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Data Bite: Renewables, in U.S. Government’s Latest Snapshot, Are Closing In on Coal

IEEFA Data Bite: Renewables, in U.S. Government’s Latest Snapshot, Are Closing In on Coal

Data From Texas, the Largest Market in the Country, Shows a Deepening Shift

Renewable energy is rapidly gaining electricity market share in the U.S, surging ahead of coal-fired power even in some traditionally coal-heavy states, according to the latest monthly figures from the Energy Information Administration. The amount of electricity generated by hydro, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal sources together reached 19.2 percent of all power generation in […]

U.S. Wind Industry Reports Most Installations in Three Years

Ashleigh Cotting for SNL: Wind installations in the United States totaled 4,420 MW during fourth quarter 2015, making it the best quarter for the industry since fourth quarter 2012. Fourth-quarter installations accounted for 53% of all new wind capacity brought online in 2015. Texas and Oklahoma combined for nearly half of the installed capacity, totaling […]

February 18, 2016 Read More →