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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


TVA gets community feedback on electricity generation

TVA doesn't plan to build any wind turbines in its region, however. Hydas cited the imminent expiration of the federal production tax credit, which will be phased out completely by 2024. "In the mid-2020s, after the tax credit expires, wind is about 40 percent more expensive than solar," Hydas said. "Solar is better for our system." Complete story »


April 7, 2017 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy could come to the Isles

Brunswick is looking to the future in a number of ways. One of those is in terms of power. Tim Echols, Georgia’s public service commissioner, was on hand Wednesday during a lunch and learn event held at the Department of Natural Resource’s Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick to discuss what lies ahead. In the Golden Isles, the near future of power could include wind turbines on Colonel’s Island, he said. It began when a joint project between the state, Georgia . . . Complete story »


July 28, 2016 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Georgia Power agrees to bigger solar and wind boost

Georgia Power is making a big move into solar power and other renewable energy – about three times bigger than it originally planned – under a deal state regulators are expected to approve Thursday. If the Public Service Commission’s five-member board approves a recent compromise on Georgia Power’s long-term plan, the utility will add as much as 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, or roughly enough “green” capacity to power about 264,000 homes. Most of the increase would be over six . . . Complete story »


A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . . Complete story »


June 12, 2015 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Advocacy groups push for more wind power in Georgia

The future of wind in Georgia Power’s energy portfolio was debated Thursday during a Georgia Public Service Commission committee meeting. Starting next year, Georgia Power will get enough wind power from Oklahoma to power more than 50,000 homes as part of the utility’s first wind project. The price of wind energy has been dropping, so advocacy groups say Georgia Power should quickly invest in more wind energy. “People are paying about $10 a month on their power bills, every month, . . . Complete story »


April 18, 2015 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy worries on Skidaway Island

Using and creating clean energy is a hot topic in the US today, with many of us trying to find the most effective option. Solar is one choice in our area, but now, Georgia Power is testing another. They’re trying to see if wind turbines are a viable option here in the Coastal Empire, so this summer they’re doing a test run on Skidaway Island. Some people worry they’ll cause a disturbance though; not only to people around them, but . . . Complete story »


April 15, 2015 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Regents OK turbines at Skidaway

LAWRENCEVILLE – Georgia Power Co. won permission Tuesday from the Board of Regents’ Real Estate Committee to erect a weather tower and four turbines on 6 acres of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography as part of an experiment on coastal wind. Georgia Power is working with Georgia Southern University to study the availability of wind on the coast for generating electricity. It will also examine the impact of the turbines on birds and the feasibility of using what are considered small . . . Complete story »


February 9, 2015 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine test targets Skidaway

Within the next few months, Georgia Power plans to install small-scale wind turbines on Skidaway Island to research the viability of this renewable energy in the Peach State. The demonstration project calls for up to four turbines, three of them less than 100 feet high at the hub and a fourth about 140 feet at the hub to test higher altitude winds. There will also be a meteorological tower. The siting of the project at Georgia Power’s preferred coastal site . . . Complete story »


Interstate wind transmission project gets key federal approval

The proposed 700-mile power line to bring Oklahoma wind energy 700 miles to Tennessee has received a key federal approval, the company behind the transmission project reported Tuesday. Plains and Eastern Clean Line LLC has gained approval to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate agreements for 100 percent of the line’s capacity. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave approval for the project that hopes to deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle . . . Complete story »


June 21, 2014 • GeorgiaPrint storyE-mail story

Georgia Power studying possible wind turbines on Georgia’s coast or off Tybee’s shore

Tybee Island earlier this year decided to pass on wind energy for the beach community, but the potential for wind turbines on the island or a few miles off its coast in the future still exists. About five months after Tybee elected to forgo a controversial wind turbine an unnamed corporation offered to provide mostly free of charge, officials with Georgia Power and other agencies from across the state met in Savannah to discuss wind energy’s future. “The question we’re . . . Complete story »


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