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International Perspectives on the Social Acceptance of Offshore Wind Energy

An Online Roundtable and Webinar Hosted by the International Energy Agency

Suzanne Tegen from NREL and the Center for the New Energy Economy and Joe Rand from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory hosted the International Energy Agency’s September 26 webinar about the social acceptance of offshore wind. Representatives from four countries (Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.) discussed the community acceptance of offshore wind projects in each country. Q&A followed the presentations. The recording of the presentations and Q&A session is available here: https://windexchange.energy.gov/webinars#6998

The webinar is also available on the IEA Wind Task 28 website.
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New Report: Economic Impacts from Wind Energy in Colorado – Rush Creek Wind Farm

Authored by Jeremy Stefek (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Anna Kaelin (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Suzanne Tegen (Center for the New Energy Economy), Owen Roberts (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), and David Keyser (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).

The 600-megawatt (MW) Rush Creek Wind Farm, owned and operated by Xcel Energy, is Colorado’s largest wind energy project as of year-end 2018. This wind development spans four rural counties in eastern Colorado: Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, and Lincoln. The project is comprised of three hundred 2-MW Vestas turbines, primarily supplied from Vestas Colorado manufacturing facilities. Figure ES-1 shows the location of the Rush Creek Wind Farm relative to Vestas’ Colorado manufacturing plants as well as the affected counties.
The statewide and four-county region jobs and economic impacts were modeled using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) tool. The report provides national, state, and local stakeholders with data on the jobs, earnings, gross domestic product (GDP), and gross economic output supported by the Rush Creek Wind Farm.

Read the full report here: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy19osti/73659.pdf 

New Report: Workforce Development for U.S. Hydropower, Co-Authored by CNEE’s Assistant Director, Suzanne Tegen

Authored by David Keyser (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and Suzanne Tegen (Center for the New Energy Economy).

The purpose of this report is to provide a brief assessment of the current U.S. hydropower industry workforce and educational programs, as well as potential future hydropower workforce needs. The report is based on data collected in 2016 for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Navigant Consulting and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which included a 2014 survey of hydropower employers to assess future workforce needs for potential growth scenarios.

Read the full report here: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy19osti/74313.pdf 

CNEE Releases Report on Emissions and Ozone Planning

The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University conducted an analysis of current and future emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) from fossil-fueled electricity generating units (EGUs) in 13-Western states for the Western States Air Resources Council (WESTAR) and Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP). WRAP state air quality staff and representatives of Western electric utilities actively participated in the project and helped develop the study parameters, including information needed for Western regional air quality analyses and planning under the federal Clean Air Act.

Read more at: https://www.wrapair2.org/EGU.aspx 

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