Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2010

Statehouse Live: Wind energy group says nation, Kansas made progress in 2009

April 8, 2010


— Kansas is among the leading states in development of wind energy, a new industry report said Thursday.

Nationwide, the wind energy industry continued to expand in 2009, according to the annual report issued by the American Wind Energy Association.

"Our annual report documents an industry hard at work and on the verge of explosive growth if the right policies -- including a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) -- are put in place,” said AWEA Chief Executive Officer Denise Bode.

“A national RES will provide the long-term certainty that businesses need to invest tens of billions of dollars in new installations and manufacturing facilities which would create hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” Bode said.

The U.S. wind energy industry installed enough wind power in 2009 to power the equivalent of 2.4 million homes, the report said.

Fourteen states, including Kansas, have more than 1,000 megawatts of wind capacity.

The report noted wind energy highlights in Kansas, including:

-- Kansas has nearly tripled its wind capacity in the past two years;

-- Kansas ranks seventh nationally in percentage of electricity derived from wind;

-- Kansas is ranked second in the U.S. in terms of wind energy potential;

-- Kansas attracted Siemens Corp., a major turbine manufacturer, to open a facility in Hutchinson.


mseybold 8 years ago

And all without the 'help' of the sunflower coal plant project.

devobrun 8 years ago

Wind capacity: The maximum output from a wind generator system.

Wind is steady, 23 mph, over the entire system. All generators running full power and load fully utilized.

Good luck achieving it.

Typical output is about 30 % of that.

Backup is coal-fired. It needs to be almost equal to the wind turbine capacity.

Net reduction in coal-fired capacity.....nil.

Net effect on environment....nil.

Net overall effect....transfer of wealth to hippies. No economical benefit.

Bill Griffith 8 years ago

  Westar's new energy facility near Emporia will be using gas fired turbines.  If you peruse the filings at the KCC you will see that this faciliity is designed to dovetail with Westar's new wind farms.  For Devobrun to say that the backup for wind is coal-fired capacity is either willful ignorance or a fraud. If one takes a moment to study wind development by utilities you will see that gas not coal is the preferred back up.  The back up does NOT need to be "almost equal to the wind turbine capacity".  This is called spinning reserve and it is closer to 10-12 percent in the midwest.  This can be checked out by looking at PUC dockets concerning wind development.

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