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Nebraska Wind Farm
Invenergy has completed construction
financing for its 202.5-MW Upstream Wind
Energy Center in Antelope County,
Santander Global Corporate Banking,
a division of Santander Bank, acted as sole
lead arranger for the construction loan.
Santander also acted as administrative
agent and provided a letter of credit facility
in support of the project.
Upstream Wind Energy Center is
currently under construction and scheduled
to begin commercial operation in the
fourth quarter of 2018. With 81 wind
turbines, the wind farm will be able to
power as many as 68,000 homes and
U.S. to Add More Wind and
Solar, Retire More Coal
Over 116 GW of
new wind and solar capacity is expected
to be installed in the United States
through the end of 2020, the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission projected
in its latest Energy Infrastructure Update.
That total includes 72.5 GW of wind
in 465 units and 43. 5 GW of solar in
However, coal is expected to keep
shrinking, with 20. 7 GW of retirements
in the same timeframe.
The totals are based on proposed additions and retirements announced
through November of last year, and only
includes plants with capacities of 1 MW
Even with the shift away from coal,
FERC indicated 1,927 MW of new coal
capacity in four new units has been
FERC Rejects Perry’s Call to
Subsidize Coal, Nuclear
Despite early support, the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission
unanimously rejected a call from Energy
Secretary Rick Perry that would have sub-
sidized coal and nuclear plants.
The five commissioners include three
Republicans and four appointed by President Trump.
Instead, FERC has initiated new pro-
ceedings to “holistically” examine the
resilience of the country’s power system.
The goal of these proceedings would be
to “develop a common understanding
among the Commission, industry and
others of what resilience of the bulk pow-
er system means and requires; to under-
stand how each regional transmission
organization and independent system
operator assesses resilience in its geo-
graphic footprint; and to use this infor-
mation to evaluate whether additional
Commission action regarding resilience
The statement by the FERC expressed
their appreciation for Perry’s advocacy
of reinforced grid resilience.