December 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Project Icebreaker, a six-turbine demonstration of offshore wind in Lake Erie, is to be located eight to 10 miles off the coast at Cleveland. It could become the country’s second offshore wind farm; the first just started operating in Rhode Island’s waters. Utilities and Cuyahoga County have already pledged to buy power from the turbines. [WBFO]
Soil sampling for Project Icebreaker (Photo by Elizabeth Miller)

Soil sampling for the Project Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie (Photo by Elizabeth Miller)

  • New wind energy is now being contracted for prices as low as 6.45¢/kWh in Ontario, well below the average cost for electricity generation of 11.14 cents as of May 1, 2016. Forecasters expect costs for wind power to continue declining. At the same time, costs for other forms of new or refurbished generation are increasing. [Your Renewable News]
  • Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million MWh in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. A similar shift happened in the area served by the Southwest Power Pool, which includes all or most of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and significant parts of several other states. [CleanTechnica]
  • The Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, based in Taos, New Mexico, is blazing new trails by committing to produce 100% of its electricity from solar facilities during its summer-peak season by 2023. Though the commitment itself may be remarkable, it is more remarkable that KCEC could make this commitment at all. [pv magazine USA]
  • Florida Power & Light Company announced plans to retire the Cedar Bay Generating Plant, a 250-MW coal-fired facility located in Jacksonville, this month. FPL purchased the plant in 2015 with the intention of phasing it out of service in this time frame. The move is expected to save FPL customers more than $70 million. [Satellite PR News]

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December 22 Green Energy News posted first on Green Energy Times

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