Extreme Temperature Diary- January 14th, 2019/ Topic: What’s New In The World Of Wind Power For 2019

Monday January 14th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. 

What’s New In The World Of Wind Power For 2019

On a positive note the technology in association with green energy continues to rapidly improve. The big question is will a shift to renewables occur in time to save civilization as we know it worldwide, in other words to win the Climate War? Today we will focus on upgrades to wind power, which should make this form of generating electricity more competitive and more affordable as 2019 rolls along.

To start off, want to see something really “nerdy and neat,” to borrow some teenage words? Take a look at this drone technology beneath some great news about an airport, which is already being used to clean giant wind blades:

My main item to report is the following article:

https://www.windpowerengineering.com/business-news-projects/the-rise-of-wind-power-what-to-expect-in-2019/

Reposting this article:

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Great things never came from comfort zones,” stated a recent advertisement in a community newspaper. The statement could have referred to the wind-power industry. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently released their 2018 third-quarter report, noting that seven states are near doubling their capacity to generate electricity from the wind. These include onshore projects under advanced development in Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming — and the coastal states of Maryland and Massachusetts, where offshore wind is set to scale up in a big way.
Yes, the offshore wind industry is coming to America. Such progress only happens when policymakers, investors, and developers are striving for change outside of their comfort zones. U.S. wind farms represent 90,550-plus MW of electricity generating capacity, according to AWEA. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the offshore wind project development pipeline includes more than 25,000 MW of planned generating capacity, with 2,000 MW expected to begin commercial operation by 2023 or sooner. New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have made big commitments to offshore wind. California is anticipating floating wind and the West Coast’s first offshore auction.

Wind-farm construction

Expect more powerful wind turbines in 2019, such as 4-MW platforms that can capture stronger winds onshore. Offshore wind farm permitting should make significant progress as well in the U.

 

What’s more is the far-reaching economic impact the offshore wind industry is expected to bring to the country. New analysis from business group E2 found that offshore wind could triple the number of wind jobs in five Atlantic coast states (think some 25,000 construction and operations jobs), substantially benefitting the U.S. economy. That’s in addition to the 105,000-plus workers who already have wind-powered careers in one of each of the 50 states.

The last few years have brought unprecedented wind growth and development to the United States. Project costs have continued to fall and stay low. In fact, after topping out at 7¢/kWh for power purchase agreements (PPAs) in 2009, the national average price of wind PPAs has dropped to around 2¢/kWh, reports the DOE. However, even as the production tax credits phase-out (the PTC is scheduled to decrease annually until 2019 when the credit received reaches 40% giving those projects until 2023 to complete) the sector continues to advance and evolve in new ways.

Expect more powerful turbines. The average utility-scale wind turbine installed in 2017 was rated at 2.32 MW, according to AWEA. However, new orders for wind include land-based turbines above 4 MW for the first time in the country. Manufacturers are also pushing the capacity of offshore turbines. For example in 2018, MHI Vestas launched its first-ever 10-MW wind turbine and GE introduced the 12-MW Haliade-X.

The future is floating. Researchers are evaluating floating wind structures, which allow siting offshore turbines in deeper water where fixed-foundations are unfeasible — and where roughly 60% of offshore wind resources are found in the U.S. America’s first floating offshore wind farm is expected in Northern California.

Turbines are getting smarter. Digitally connected sensors and AI-driven software means turbines can anticipate and react to changing conditions, predict component longevity, and communicate with remote data centers or the grid. Artificial intelligence will increasingly automate O&M operations over the next several years, boosting productivity and saving costs, suggests a “Making Renewables Smarter” report from DNV GL.

Corporations are buying clean power. According to a market outlook report from Bloomberg NEF‘s, corporations purchased more than 7 GW of renewables in 2018 (60% of which was in the U.S.), surpassing the previous year’s record of 5.4 GW. Currently, Facebook leads the market and has committed to 100% clean energy by 2020, recently signing for more than 3 GW of new wind and solar energy.

Wind supports farmers. Wind energy is a drought-resistant cash crop that farmers may rely on. Wind provides an advantage for farmers and ranchers who volunteer small portions of their land for turbine placement in exchange for lease payments that total some $267 million a year, says AWEA.

Growth in wind power is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, so it’s best to avoid getting too comfortable with current advances — more are certainly on the way soon. “The wind is always blowing in the U.S. and the latest wind-turbine technology helps affordably and reliably put more of that natural resource to work,” said Kiernan in an AWEA Q3 release. That is encouraging news.

Lastly I will post a note that I received from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. This is some good news no matter how you slice it:

Climate Reality

 Dear Guy,

Here’s a fact: the US state that leads the country in wind energy capacity is right in the heart of oil country – Texas. In fact, outside of the US, only China, Germany, India, and Spain have more wind power capacity than the Lone Star State.

Here’s another fact: in 2017, at least 13 countries around the world – including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Uruguay – met 10 percent or more of their annual electricity consumption with wind power.

For thousands of years, people across the globe have harnessed the power of wind in one way or another – whether to pump water, grind grain, or propel boats. But today, wind has become a powerful way of generating electricity.

And better yet, it’s renewable and doesn’t pollute the air we breathe. Cities, states, countries, and companies around the world are increasingly turning to wind energy to power our world.

But thanks to Big Polluters, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.

We want you to be armed with the truth.

In our newest e-book, we set the story straight and give you the facts, so you know what to say the next time you hear a Big Polluter talking point about wind power.

– Your friends at Climate Reality

I’ve posted on wind power in 2018. I’m not an engineer, but I can tell that the “evolution of wind” devices will go towards smaller, cheaper contraptions that generate the most power, getting that proverbial “most bang for the buck.” If I see more notes from my readers and associates on development of wind power I’ll add them to this post the next couple of days.

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Here are some more climate and weather news items from Monday:

(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have  put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity.) 

 

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