Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

There’s a lot of talk about jobs these days. President Donald Trump speaks often, and passionately, about bringing jobs (especially manufacturing jobs) back to America. Wind energy is and will continue to be an important driver of the growth in American manufacturing and other family-supporting jobs across this nation. And, according to a new Navigant … Continue reading Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

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EU clears General Electric acquisition of LM Wind Power

The European Union has cleared General Electric’s planned $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines. The EU’s executive Commission said Monday that the takeover was approved unconditionally because the combined company “would continue to face effective competition in Europe.” It said that GE has a relatively … Continue reading EU clears General Electric acquisition of LM Wind Power

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Siemens vows to turn Taiwan into offshore wind power hub

Siemens Taiwan President and CEO Erdal Elver vowed Wednesday to establish Taiwan as a regional offshore wind power hub. At a press event, the company reiterated its mission to use its technologies in offshore wind power, gas-fired power generation and energy efficiency via digitalization to help establish a sustainable energy future for Taiwan. President Tsai … Continue reading Siemens vows to turn Taiwan into offshore wind power hub

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Xcel Energy to invest billions in wind energy in Colorado

Xcel Energy Inc. is making a multibillion-dollar investment in wind power across seven states, from Minnesota to New Mexico — and using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large chunk of it. The Minneapolis-based company (NYSE: XEL) is proposing to build or buy power from 11 new wind farms in the seven states … Continue reading Xcel Energy to invest billions in wind energy in Colorado

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Ohio HB 114 would slam brakes on wind power jobs, investment

The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee today held a hearing on House Bill 114, which would reduce the state’s renewable energy standard (RPS) into an unenforceable goal. “By rapidly advancing this bill, the Ohio House is needlessly jeopardizing jobs, private investment and rural development potential that wind energy has demonstrated in Ohio and across the … Continue reading Ohio HB 114 would slam brakes on wind power jobs, investment

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Offshore wind: Big moves in North Carolina

After recent offshore wind developments in Rhode Island and New York, the latest news comes out of North Carolina: Avangrid Renewables has won a Department of Interior auction to develop a project off the state’s coast. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke praised the results: The success of this lease sale reflects the continued interest of coastal … Continue reading Offshore wind: Big moves in North Carolina

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Siemens awarded wind turbine order from EDF Luminus for two projects in Belgium

EDF Luminus, the second largest player in the Belgian energy market, has ordered wind turbines at Siemens Wind Power for two projects located in the Belgian municipalities of Dessel and Mol as well as in Beveren. The nine 3.2 megawatt (MW) machines of the Siemens D3 product platform will be installed at the wind projects … Continue reading Siemens awarded wind turbine order from EDF Luminus for two projects in Belgium

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Senvion lands first Irish contract

Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed its first contract in the Republic of Ireland with renewable energy investor NTR on behalf of NTR’s wind investment fund. The contract will see Senvion supply five MM82 wind turbines for the Teevurcher wind farm in County Meath. Once operational, the project will have an … Continue reading Senvion lands first Irish contract

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GES completes EDPR’s 200MW wind farm in Mexico

Global Energy Services (GES) has completed the construction and installation of the 200MW wind farm of EDP Renováveis (EDPR), located in the Coahuila area in Mexico. The project is among the five biggest projects GES has constructed in the country and includes the whole BOP (Balance of Plant): civil works, medium voltage grid, step-up substation, … Continue reading GES completes EDPR’s 200MW wind farm in Mexico

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WindEurope Technology workshop in Edinburgh

Over 180 wind resource assessment specialists met in Edinburgh on 16 & 17 March for WindEurope’s fourth technology workshop on this popular topic. Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope, opened “Resource Assessment 2017” by welcoming delegates from 23 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. When asked to explain resource assessment as simply as … Continue reading WindEurope Technology workshop in Edinburgh

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WindEurope delivers vision for European floating offshore wind energy

Giles Dickson, CEO of WindEurope, opened the Floating Offshore Wind Energy event in Marseille. His keynote focused on the industry’s vision to maintain European technological leadership in offshore in the coming decades. Floating offshore wind is coming of age in Europe; with a pipeline of projects approaching the commercialisation of over 300 MW, and a … Continue reading WindEurope delivers vision for European floating offshore wind energy

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Iberdrola wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

The U.S.-based subsidiary of a Spanish utility company has offered $9 million in a bid to develop an offshore wind farm off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will lease 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina to Avangrid Renewables, for development of a wind energy facility off Kitty Hawk.   The … Continue reading Iberdrola wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

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Can India be run entirely by renewables in the future?

A clean energy future is on top of every country’s sustainability agenda today, which is evidenced by the large-scale expansion of sustainable power projects worldwide. European nations, for example, seem to be in a race to outdo one another in their renewable energy accomplishments. In 2015, Denmark generated 140 percent of its electricity requirements on … Continue reading Can India be run entirely by renewables in the future?

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José Luis Blanco appointed CEO of Nordex to succeed Lars Bondo Krogsgaard

Today the Supervisory Board has appointed José Luis Blanco to succeed Lars Bondo Krogsgaard as CEO of the Company. Nordex SE presented record sales and profits in 2016, and increased market share significantly. However, the company disappointed the market with its recent publication of its 2017/18 forecast, and this had substantial negative share price effect. … Continue reading José Luis Blanco appointed CEO of Nordex to succeed Lars Bondo Krogsgaard

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Statoil, PNE request US offshore leases

Activity in the US’ offshore wind sector has continued to pick up in 2017, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) this week publishing notification of several requests for leases. Unsolicited lease requests were made by two firms for areas off New York and Massachusetts. PNE Wind USA, a unit of the German wind … Continue reading Statoil, PNE request US offshore leases

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Wind energy in Ukraine: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm

The firm and unconditional order comprises supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution. The wind park is located at Overyanovka village, Novotroitsk district, in the Kherson province in southern Ukraine. Wind turbine delivery and commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2017.   “We are pleased … Continue reading Wind energy in Ukraine: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm

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Bidding ends at $9 million for Kitty Hawk wind rights

Rights to develop offshore wind energy in an expanse of ocean real estate 24 nautical miles away from the North Carolina coast sold for $9 million today in an auction held by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The winning bid was placed by Avangrid Renewables, which recently completed North Carolina’s first land-based … Continue reading Bidding ends at $9 million for Kitty Hawk wind rights

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Wind energy works for America

  Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) penned an op-ed in The Hill this week explaining why the wind energy Production Tax Credit should be considered a successful policy, and why he thinks wind works for America. Rep. Reed cited wind’s large-scale job creation, the income it provides to rural communities, and the economic investment it … Continue reading Wind energy works for America

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From the classroom to the field and back

Wisconsin native Justin Barrett was living in Colorado, working at retail in a job he didn’t find fulfilling. It was time for a change, so he went back home to start something new. “I wasn’t doing anything that I really enjoyed and decided that it was time for me to grow up and find a … Continue reading From the classroom to the field and back

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This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

I’ve often written about the old Maytag factory in Newton, Iowa where Trinity Structural Towers now builds wind turbine towers. During my tour through Wisconsin last week, I learned Trinity isn’t the only company doing this—Broadwind Towers is also giving a second life to a decades-old factory in the city of Manitowoc. In 2004, Broadwind … Continue reading This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

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