Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Energy minister officially launches Ore Valley community wind turbine

Energy minister officially launches Ore Valley community wind turbine

Xcel Energy recently announced the nation's largest multi-state investment in wind energy with 11 new wind farms in seven states. When finished it will generate 9 million megawatt hours of wind power.

The US has more than 20 offshore wind projects in the pipeline with over 24GW of potential installed capacity, according to the Department of Energy (DoE).

Average US wind turbine capacity and rotor diametre saw significant increases in 2016, while developers continue to deploy taller machines for projects located in lower-quality resource areas, a newly-released Department of Energy (DOE) report shows.

Wind power supplied about 6 percent of the US electricity demand, and 14 states - including Colorado - got more than 10 percent of their power from the wind, the department said.

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Launched by the Ore Valley Group, which is led by the Association, the Dundonald Wind Turbine started to produce green energy for the first time earlier this year.

The reports looked at the nation's wind sector in 2016, when the industry added 8,200 megawatts worth of wind turbines - about 27 percent of all the new electricity generation that came online during the year.

In total, USA wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 992MW. Some large wind projects that could supply MA are in Maine. Xcel Energy's wind plans are projected to generate almost $400 million in property taxes over the lives of the projects; benefiting local schools, fire departments and other services. Fourteen states, including ME, now get more than 10 percent of their electricity from wind.

By bringing wind power onto its system and advancing the accuracy of wind forecasting, Xcel Energy has used more wind energy and saved customers a total of $66.7 million in fuel costs through 2016. It's part of an emerging trend toward giant wind farms.

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