Wind Energy Sector
Similar to solar energy, not only does wind power provide a clean source of electricity, it helps keep electric rates low and provides a hedge against fossil fuel price volatility once wind projects come on-line. In recent years, wind energy has become one of the most diverse sectors in the renewable energy industry. Wind turbine designs have been adapted for use in any environment, from deserts to cities to bodies of water.
The U.S. Department of Energy's goal of “20% wind energy by 2030” shows that rural land owners would earn more than $600 million a year through land lease payments that range from $2,000 to $4,000 per megawatt annually, and rural communities would see increases of as much as $1.5 billion annually in property tax revenues that can be allocated to fund schools, infrastructure, medical centers, and other public services. Many municipalities have developed wind farms across the nation with great outcomes- such as Iowa where wind farms produces close to 20% of all the state’s energy. Offshore wind facilities internationally have flourished as well, despite concerns over components not lasting their full performance lifetime due to inclement weather. Federal incentives make it easier than ever to take part in green initiatives by subsidizing the cost of investing in this new sector.
Wind Energy in New York
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation reports that wind power in the state has the potential to provide approximately 8,000 megawatts of clean energy. In the spring of 2012, eighteen wind energy projects were operating with a rated capacity of about 1,407.6 megawatts in Erie, Clinton, Franklin, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Steuben and Wyoming counties. Small wind turbines can help produce clean power and reduce energy bills for commercial facilities and residential properties. There are many sites across the state ready for active development and Associated Renewable is committed to making that happen.
Utility-Scale Wind Energy Deployment
The $200+ billion energy industry is here to stay as utilities corporations such as BP, Chevron, and Total have begun to invest in renewable energy technologies and global deployment of those technologies. Currently, the second quarter of 2012 saw 1,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity installed, bringing the first half of 2012 to 2,896 MW. The U.S. wind industry now totals 49,802 MW of cumulative wind capacity through the end of the first half of 2012. There are over 10,300 MW currently under construction spanning 30 states plus Puerto Rico.
At Associated Renewable, we tailor our approach to the client and feel that our services are necessary in order to properly navigate through this new and unfamiliar enterprise. We can help with comprehensive planning and wind ordinance options.