Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Smaller, Renewable Energy Projects Setting Roots Across West Central Minnesota

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WILLMAR, Minn. - It’s hard to miss the development of renewable energy at the University of Minnesota campus in Morris.

There are now two, 1.6-megawatt wind generators towering over the prairie and cranking out enough kilowatts to provide 60 percent of the electrical needs on campus. A heating system utilizing locally harvested biomass produces 25 percent of the thermal energy required on campus, with expectations of meeting 50 percent of needs next year.

What can be more difficult to see, but no less significant, is the growing number and variety of smaller renewable energy projects setting roots all around the region. In recent years 17 different “net metering" projects have been added by customers on the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative’s distribution grid, for example. Using small wind generators or solar photovoltaic panels, customers are producing a portion of their own electricity and selling any excess back to the grid.

Renewable energy systems of all types — from small wind generators to methane digesters — are being installed on farms, homes and businesses throughout southwestern Minnesota. Participants from throughout western Minnesota gathered recently at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center to identify the projects and to help chart the way for more.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Colorado Rancher Sees Future in Wind Power, The Colorado Region Growing in Renewable Energy Whether Solar-Wind-Power

WindTV: Colorado rancher sees future in wind power
February 15, 2012
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“Wind turbines has rapidly become a part of the landscape and economic fabric of rural communities across the U.S.,” said American Wind Energy Association CEO Denise Bode.

WindTV: Colorado rancher sees future in wind power
The old juxtaposed with the new. That’s what visitors get when they head to the Colorado Cattle Co. ranch in New Raymer, Colo., and Tom Carr wouldn’t have it any other way.

Carr and his wife Darcy were once visitors to the ranch, and they liked it so much, they bought the business, which is both an operating ranch with cattle and a tourist destination. Today, the land is also host to a wind farm. Their business is featured on the latest segment of WindTV, the American Wind Energy Association’s vehicle to highlight how wind works for America.

“I’m not a granola eater,” says Tom Carr with characteristic Western straightforwardness. “As you can see by my waistline, I’m a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, and conservative by nature. People, whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green Party—it doesn’t matter. I think that we all have a vested interest in our future, and the future of our children, and our children’s children.”

But with wind power’s key federal incentive -- the Production Tax Credit (PTC) – expiring, this future and thousands of good Colorado jobs are at risk. Wind power currently generates as many as 6,000 Colorado jobs, but a recent national study has shown jobs numbers would be cut in half and private investment dollars would drop by two thirds if Congress fails to act and the PTC expires.

“Wind power has rapidly become a part of the landscape and economic fabric of rural communities across the U.S.,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. “We are fighting today to keep that success story going and asking Congress to extend the PTC now, before it is too late.”

A bipartisan group of Colorado’s Congressional Delegation joined in this push last week with a letter to Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Representative Dave Camp, Chairman of the house Committee on Ways and Means, to include a PTC extension in any deal that emerges from the current payroll tax negotiations.

Meanwhile, the Carr family has found a good neighbor in wind power. At the time he bought the ranch, Carr had something important to consider, particularly given that he was buying a business that hosted guests seeking a traditional Western experience. Specifically, a yet-to-be built wind farm would soon be part of the landscape. So Carr surveyed every guest he could find to get their thoughts on the coming wind farm. Feedback, he says, was 100 percent positive, and the developer was eager to be a good neighbor and address any concerns he had.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

"Economics: The Cornerstone of Sustainability" Colorado February 28th

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado,
in partnership with the United States Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter


"Economics: The Cornerstone of Sustainability"

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Tuesday, February 28th
Old Supreme Court Chambers
State Capitol Building, 2nd floor

Keynote speaker, update on notable legislation and policy initiatives

Collaborative Opportunities
Networking, tours of the State Capitol and meetings with Legislators

Contact me Tradd Duggan Milehighsolar@hotmail.com whether to Network, or for possible Business opportunities with your company.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Decommissioning and Abandonment Summit (March 22-23)

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The Decommissioning and Abandonment Summit (March 22-23) is now in its 4th successive year and is the only forum that will review latest industry experience to reduce costs, improve safety & mitigate risk on all future decommissioning projects.

Over 800 senior decommissioning decision makers will be in attendance to network, do business and exchange the latest industry updates: This year, it is guaranteed to deliver info on:

*Permitting & Regulations: Receive an update on the latest permitting challenges to streamline project planning, ensuring regulatory compliance to save time and money
*Operator Case Studies: Hear the latest project assessments from major & independent operators as they share lessons learned from their most challenging projects to date to benefit your future approaches
*Decommissioning Cost Analysis: Understand best practice cost estimation for decommissioning based on expert experience to ensure accurate budgeting and forecasting on your next project
*Plugging and Abandonment Standards: Discover the latest well P&A techniques and technologies to ensure your projects are executed cost effectively, safely and permanently
*Facility Decommissioning: Benefit from a comprehensive assessment of facility decommissioning approaches, utilizing the latest project experience to maximise safety and reduce costs