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Orsted continues onshore expansion in U.S with 367MW Western Trail wind project in Texas Orsted has taken a final investment decision on the 367MW Western Trail wind project in Texas. The project, located near Orsted’s Lockett wind project, is slated to reach commercial operation in 2021. The wind farm will supply power in the ERCOT wholesale power market in Texas. Orsted has also completed the 103MW Willow Creek […]

October 2, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA update: Another pipeline tripped up by failure to obtain a Clean Water Act approval

State action thwarts another U.S. federal effort to expand fossil fuel-burning as financial realities and alternative solutions embolden a North Carolina agency

While the debate rages over the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a large proposed extension has just hit a brick wall.   The main Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would run 303 miles from West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia, is not yet fully built. Construction was speeding along until a U.S. appeals court ruled that it had […]

August 13, 2020 Read More →

IEEFA update: Doubling down on utility-scale renewables

Solar and wind continue to attract investors as fossil fuel assets fall

Amid the global economic crisis, utility-scale wind and solar continue to be seen not just as a long-term investment but one for the near term as well.  Writing from Australia this week, my colleague Bruce Robertson notes that two big energy companies—Origin and Santos—are pulling back on oil and gas capital spending but forging ahead on […]

April 8, 2020 Read More →

Coal-heavy co-op signs contract for South Dakota’s largest solar project

Bismarck Tribune: Bismarck-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative will purchase electricity from a solar farm slated near Rapid City, S.D. The co-op announced the power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy on Tuesday. Geronimo is the developer of the Wild Springs Solar Project, which, with a capacity of 128 megawatts, would become the largest solar farm in […]

February 19, 2020 Read More →

South Dakota regulators approve state’s first utility-scale solar project

KELO: South Dakota’s first commercial project for producing electricity from the sun’s rays came up for a decision Monday. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved state-level permitting for its construction and operation. The vote was 3-0. Lookout Solar Park would be on 810 acres of federal trust land allotted to Lois Wilson Rapp in […]

February 4, 2020 Read More →

U.S. installed 9.1GW of new wind in 2019, total capacity now tops 105GW—AWEA

Windpower Engineering & Development: The [U.S.] wind industry experienced its third strongest year on record in 2019 as project developers added 9,143 MW of wind power capacity to the grid. On the heels of this activity, another 44,000 MW of wind projects – representing over $62 billion in investment – are either under construction or […]

February 3, 2020 Read More →

South Dakota sees wind boom on the horizon

Energy News Network: The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020. Two other projects now in the regulatory approval […]

September 9, 2019 Read More →

Nebraska wind farm growth demonstrates non-partisan embrace of renewables

Clean Technica: Lincoln Clean Energy is the developer behind the newly approved Plum Creek wind farm, located in Wayne County, Nebraska. If Lincoln doesn’t ring a bell, it will soon. The company has a footprint in the leading wind state of Texas and it is also represented in South Dakota, another state poised to dominate […]

September 6, 2019 Read More →

AWEA: Record amount of wind capacity in U.S. development pipeline

Clean Technica: The United States’ wind energy sector saw record wind capacity under construction or in advanced development in the second quarter of 2019, with its pipeline reaching nearly 42 gigawatts (GW) and a total of 736 megawatts (MW) of new capacity commissioned. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) opened August by publishing its US […]

August 7, 2019 Read More →

Native American tribes turning to solar for sustainable economic development

Bloomberg: Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S. as Native Americans seek new ways to boost their economies beyond casinos and untaxed cigarettes. In the fall, Wirsol Solar AG expects to start building a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. And […]

July 15, 2019 Read More →