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REGIONAL REPORTWEST COAST NORTH AMERICA


The port of Vancouver, USA, has been receiving record numbers of wind turbine blades.


project to boost the site’s output by 35 percent. Project owner PacifiCorp is engaged in a USD3 billion programme to boost its power generation capacity by more than 50 percent.


Renewables boom “Renewables are going crazy this year. There are a lot of wind turbine components,” remarked Erik Zander, project manager at Oregon-based heavy haulage specialist Omega Morgan. The Specialized Carriers & Rigging


Association (SC&RA) is advising project owners to book early for their shipments as heavy hauliers are stretched, largely due to the boom in alternative energy work. According to one report, US wind energy capacity passed the 100 GW mark in the third quarter of 2019, and another 45.6 GW is set to come on stream. Strogen and executives at other ports are


bracing themselves for large volumes of wind energy shipments in 2020 and 2021, as developers take advantage of the soon-to- expire tax credit. Previous administrations have renewed the credit, but nobody expects the


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current government in Washington to do so this time. “Everybody is looking at wind to be big


in 2020 and 2021,” said Laurie Nelson- Cooley, business development manager at the port of Longview. Zander does not expect wind energy


shipments to fall off a cliff after 2021, though. “The tax credit certainly helped, but


there are a lot of blue-chip companies and public utilities that have made a commitment that they want to go green. They will continue to invest in this even when the tax credit goes away,” he said.


Renewables are going crazy this year. There are a lot of wind turbine components. – Erik Zander, Omega Morgan


Blade efficiency Moreover, the efficiency of turbines with larger blades has reached a point where wind energy has become more viable, he added. A report published in May by the Abu Dhabi- based International Renewable Energy Agency, an inter-governmental body, indicates that the average cost of developing new land-based power plants using wind has fallen below 10 cents per kW/h, and offshore wind is close to 13 cents per kW/h,


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