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Kansas is Third in Wind Energy Growth

 

The Department of Energy recently reported that Kansas is among the largest and fastest growing wind energy markets in the country.

 

In the annual Wind Technologies Market Report, Kansas ranked third among all the U.S. states in the percentage of in-state wind power generation for electricity. That’s enough capacity to generate more than 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

 

“It also said that in 2012, wind energy became the top source of new U.S. electricity generation for the first time.”

 

In 2012, Kansas installed 1,441 megawatts of new wind power capacity, which is enough to power 800,000 homes.

 

Source: Kansas City Star

Wind Energy 101

 

Need a crash course in wind energy? The renewable is a hot topic when it comes to energy sources, especially in Kansas City where wind blows above average compared to most parts of the country.

 

But there’s still a lot that business owners don’t know about wind turbines, and how they can power enough electricity to power a building.

 

If you need a refresher on some common questions about wind energy, check out this list of answers from Clean Technica.

 

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Wind-Generated Electricity Moves Out of Kansas

Kansas is poised to become one of several states to benefit from wind energy. “Kansas is among the windiest states, and in 2012, it more than doubled its wind energy capacity to more than 2,000 megawatts.”

But Kansas needs more transmission lines to carry the wind-generated electricity out of western Kansas, and to power businesses and homes.

One transmission plan is being developed by Clean Line Energy Partners Houston, which would connect the current line in Dodge City to a transmission hub in western Indiana. “The 700-mile long Grain Belt Express would carry up to 3,500 megawatts of wind-generated electricity and cost $2 billion to build.”

There are several other projects that are looking to expand transmission lines to move wind-generated electricity outside of Kansas.

Source: The Wichita Eagle

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Wind Energy Tax Credit Helps Kansas

The recently extended wind energy tax credit was welcome news to much of Kansas.

Congress approved the credit of 2.2 cents a kilowatt through the end of 2013. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) the extension will also save up to 37,000 jobs in the wind energy industry.

The Kansas City Star has an in-depth editorial about the extended wind tax credit, and how it has helped Kansas.

Kansas’ Largest Wind Farm Set to Begin Operation

Flat Ridge 2, the largest wind farm to be built in Kansas, was set to begin operation at the end of 2012. The project has 274 wind turbines, each generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity that’s enough to power 160,000 homes.

“Besides being the largest wind farm in Kansas, the $800 million project is the largest ever to be built all at once, instead of in phases.”

Wind energy has been bolstered by requirements in Kansas and Missouri, that electric utilities use renewable energy to meet part of electricity demand. “Wind energy has been boosted by the Production Tax Credit, which is used to reduce the price of electricity produced to help make it more competitive.”

Kansas has been ranked the second best in the U.S. in wind resources.

Source: Kansas City Star

Wind Energy Tax Credit Extended

Wind energy production is sure to continue its growth, at least for one more year. The production tax credit for wind energy was given a one-year extension, which energy analysts and economic-development officials believe will help the renewable energy industry.

“Though good for only one year, the extension contains wording that applies the credit to wind farms that are ‘under construction’ by next December 31.”

The extension can give companies up to an additional 24 months to complete their wind projects. Without the extension, the wind market was expected to decline by more than 50 percent in 2013.

Source: Daily Camera

2013 Renewable Energy Forecast

Renewable energy, especially wind and solar, are sure to see an increase in 2013 compared to last year.

Renewable energy certainly had a model year in 2012, but what’s the future look for solar, wind, and natural gas?

In the U.S., new solar capacity reached nearly 2,000 MW, and wind capacity reached 6,519 NW, just edging out gas capacity and more than doubling new coal installations.

As great as those numbers look, there are some looming clouds for renewables. The wind industry faces the loss of valuable tax credit if it is not renewed in 2013. “According to the Financial Times, total investment in wind and solar in 2012 may well fall compared to 2011– the first time that’s happened in nearly a decade.”

But both wind and solar are becoming more competitive against fossil fuels with solar modules being 75 percent less expensive compared to four years ago, and the cost of wind turbines have fallen by 25 percent over the last three years. This was largely due to technological advances that have driven down the cost of renewable energy, making it more affordable for smaller businesses.

While there are still hurdles ahead for renewable energy, there’s still an enormous market for new electricity generation, utility savings, and public support. “2013 may not be as good for renewables as 2012 – a lot will depend on how the larger global economy fares but we won’t be going backward.”

Source: Time.com

Wind Energy in Kansas

Did you know that Kansas was named after the Kansa tribe, which means “people of the wind”? And rightly so.

Kansas has one of the highest levels of wind production. And according to several studies, “In Kansas, wind energy generation is at least equivalent in cost – and often cheaper – than traditional sources of energy.”

There are many benefits to renewable energy including utilizing an abundant and free power supply, whether it is wind or solar. Interestingly, 80 percent of the overall cost of most wind power is up front with buying and constructing the wind turbine. Only about 10 percent of the levelized cost is incurred during operations and maintenance.

Read more about wind energy in Kansas.

Wind Energy Consumption Rises

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), electricity capacity increased 40 percent in the third quarter this year compared with 2011.

“Wind energy jumped significantly because many new wind farms came online,” said AJ Simon, an LLNL energy systems analysts. “This is the result of sustained investment in wind power.”

But the growth could be deterred because Congress has yet to decide whether it will extend a 2.2-cent per kilowatt-hour tax credit for wind power production. The credit is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2012.

While wind energy consumption rises, overall energy consumption dropped 7 percent to 97.3 quadrillion BTU, according to the LLNL. The lab credited that to a shift to more energy-efficient transportation and residential technologies.

Source: The Hill blog

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