Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Wind Provider for 11th Consecutive Year

For the 11th consecutive year, Xcel Energy has been named the
country’s top utility wind energy provider by the American Wind
Energy Association, a national trade association. For more than a
decade, Xcel Energy has led the nation in providing wind energy
to its customers.

“Xcel Energy is proud to have grown the use of clean, emissions-
free wind energy at a reasonable cost for customers. Our wind
portfolio is second to none,” according to Ben Fowke, Chairman,
President and CEO of Xcel Energy.

In 2014, wind energy made up about 16 percent of the
company’s energy supply. Currently, Xcel Energy has 5,794
megawatts of wind power in its portfolio, enough to meet the
energy needs of nearly 2.9 million homes. According to a new
AWEA report, Xcel Energy is the first US. utility to exceed
5,000 megawatts of wind.  Only nine countries in the world,
in addition to the states of Texas, Iowa and California, have
more than 5,000 megawatts of wind capacity.

Wisconsin Governor Includes Windmill Study in Budget

Governor Scott Walker has included $250,000 in his
2015-2017 State Budget to study health issues related to
wind energy systems. In the past, the Wisconsin Wind
Siting Council, an advisory group to the state’s Public
Service Commission, has reported that some individuals
residing in close proximity to wind turbines perceive
audible noise and find it annoying.

XCEL ENERGY SEEKING WIND ENERGY PROPOSALS

Xcel Energy has announced that it is seeking proposals for new wind power generation in the Upper Midwest. The company is looking to acquire up to 250 megawatts of wind generation which may be geographically dispersed across its service territory. It is interested in either purchasing the energy output of the new wind generation projects through a power purchase agreement or owning the wind generation assets. Xcel Energy is currently accepting proposals for resources that can be placed in service by December 31, 2012.

More International Warnings on Global Warming Waste

One of the most wasteful elements of Wisconsin’s global warming bill (AB 649/SB 450) is the Advanced Renewable Tariffs (ARTs) provision, other wise known as “feed-in tariffs.”

The provision would force Wisconsin utilities to pay a premium for energy generated by, among other things, small home wind turbines or photovoltaic solar panels.  Wisconsin utilities currently purchase a limited amount of this energy voluntarily.  The bill would mandate that utilities purchase this expensive, inefficient energy and pass the cost on to retepayers.

A look at the failure of “feed in tariffs” in Europe could save Wisconsina lot of expenses and headaches.

“So while the electricity you might generate from large wind turbines and hydro plants will earn you 4.5p per kilowatt hour, mini wind turbines get 34p, and solar panels 41p. In other words, the government acknowledges that micro wind and solar PV in the UK are between seven and nine times less cost-effective than the alternatives.”

Serious About Global Warming? Encourage Nuclear in Wisconsin

WUI Executive Director Bob Seitz called out Wisconsin global warming activists in an interview with WisPolitics.com.

“If the goal is to have carbon-free generation, then the only real solution is nuclear energy. If the goal is clean energy, the solution is still nuclear energy. If it’s jobs, it really is nuclear energy for export,” Seitz says in a new WisPolitics interview.

Seitz said the group supports real changes to the state’s limits on the construction of new nuclear power plants. Still, he said any suggestion the climate change will actually loosen those limits is off base.

Seitz said after sitting through 16 hours of public hearings on the bill, he suspects the provision was crafted intentionally to ensure no real change to the limits on building a new nuclear power plant in Wisconsin. If it was done mistakenly, it should be fixed, he said.

“It’s a new moratorium or an old moratorium,” Seitz claims. “This is why people are cynical about their government.”

You can click at the bottom of the article to hear the whole interview.

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