Industry News

China approves 4.5GW subsidy-free wind farms
Source: Windpower Monthly  |  May 24

China's top planning agency has approved 250 subsidy-free wind, solar PV and distributed pilot projects, with a combined capacity of 20.76GW.

AWEA 2019: Don't hold your breath for carbon legislation
Source: Windpower Monthly  |  May 23

Significant congressional action on carbon legislation will not occur until after the end of next year, said panelists at Windpower 2019 in Houston, Texas.

New blade analysis tool starts field testing
Source: Windpower Monthly  |  May 23

A new device call Notus promises to slash wind farm operation costs by scanning and detecting blade coating and surface faults using terahertz imaging -- a technology developed by US security agencies following the terrorist strikes in New York in September 2001.

AWEA 2019: Fossil fuel lobbies target Texas wind
Source: Windpower Monthly  |  May 22

Wind power may now have a foothold in the energy capital of world, Texas. But there is increasing pushback from the fossil fuel industry, according to speakers during a panel session on the Lone Star state at Windpower 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Texas Cooperatives Agree to Purchase Solar Energy
Source: CoopLawBlog  |  May 21

Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Comanche Electric Cooperative, Heart of Texas Electric Cooperative, PenTex Energy and South Plains Electric Cooperative have signed agreements to purchase 7 MW of distribution-scale solar generation, providing an increased supply of cost-effective and clean energy to their members. All of the arrays are scheduled to begin operation

FCC Appoints NRECA’s Matheson to Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee
Source: CoopLawBlog  |  May 20

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, recently appointed National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO, Jim Matheson, to serve on a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. The committee will identify new ways to encourage the expansion of broadband to rural communities, as well as aim to improve disaster response

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. to Purchase 236.5 MW of Wind Power from Enel Green Power
Source: CoopLawBlog  |  May 17

Enel Green Power’s new Missouri wind farm, set for construction in the second half of 2019, will provide all of its power to Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. The new power purchase agreement expands Associated’s portfolio of contracted wind sources to eight. The post Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. to Purchase 236.5 MW

FERC Decision Draws NRECA Commentary
Source: CoopLawBlog  |  May 17

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) issued a statement criticizing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) refusal to reconsider rules on energy storage resources in wholesale markets. NRECA leadership noted that FERC’s assumption of discretionary authority may undermine local utilities’ and regulatory authorities’ management of storage resources for consumers. The