Opines and turbines: Aspiring wind tech reflects on the industry’s banner month

Settling into my new home in Sweetwater, Texas — wind energy (and rattlesnake) capital of North America — has been something of a return. Though I’ve lived in Austin, Texas the past 25 years, I grew up in the town of Muenster, Texas pop. 1,400. So at 10,000, Sweetwater is what we used to refer … Continue reading Opines and turbines: Aspiring wind tech reflects on the industry’s banner month

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Zambia to add 1,200 MW solar power

Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma has projected that by August next year, Zambia will add about 1,200 megawatts (MW) of solar power to the national grid. Meanwhile, Government has started importing 100 MW of electricity from Mozambique to help mitigate the power deficit that the country is currently facing. Mr Yaluma … Continue reading Zambia to add 1,200 MW solar power

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Turkey to launch 2 GW wind energy auction in 2016

Turkey’s energy regulator will auction contracts for 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity next year, bringing forward a program originally to be completed by 2020.   Ankara-based regulator EPDK will collect preliminary license applications on Oct. 3 to Oct. 7, 2016, according to a decree published in the Official Gazette. Turkey has 4,032 megawatts of … Continue reading Turkey to launch 2 GW wind energy auction in 2016

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U.S. wind power: Verstas wind turbines for a wind farm

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order in the USA, consisting of 50 V110-2.0 MW turbines, with a total capacity of 100 MW.    Additional information about the project: Customer: Undisclosed at the customer’s request. Project name: Undisclosed at the customer’s request. Location/Country: USA Number of MW: 100 MW Number of turbines/turbine type 50 … Continue reading U.S. wind power: Verstas wind turbines for a wind farm

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Need for stable policy to continue growing wind energy

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz emphasized the need for stable policy for wind energy as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released data showing the cost of wind energy has fallen by nearly two-thirds over the last six years. “With declining costs and continued technological development, these reports demonstrate that wind power is a reliable … Continue reading Need for stable policy to continue growing wind energy

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Maui may get its first two major solar power projects

Maui Electric has signed power purchase agreements with Maui-based developers for two major solar power plants totaling about 5.7-megawatts, which would be the first projects of its kind on the Valley Isle. The contracts were filed with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which still needs to approve these agreements. Developer South Maui Renewables Resources — … Continue reading Maui may get its first two major solar power projects

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Study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low, averaging under 2.5 cent/kWh

Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged under 2.5¢/kWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2014, spurring demand for wind energy.   “Wind energy … Continue reading Study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low, averaging under 2.5 cent/kWh

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Minnesota ranks number two nationwide for wind energy

Wind energy use is increasing all over the country and that includes in our area. Minnesota is ranked the second highest in the nation for the wind power it distributes, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Energy. The department says the price for the state’s wind is the lowest to date. “It’s a … Continue reading Minnesota ranks number two nationwide for wind energy

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Officials highlight need for stable policy to continue growing wind energy

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz emphasized the need for stable policy for wind energy this morning as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released data showing the cost of wind energy has fallen by nearly two-thirds over the last six years. “With declining costs and continued technological development, these reports demonstrate that wind power is … Continue reading Officials highlight need for stable policy to continue growing wind energy

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Wind energy in Laos: IEA signs deal for largest Asean wind farm

Thai renewable energy company Impact Energy Asia (IEA) plans to build the largest wind farm in Asean – and generate 600 megawatts on 400,000 rai in southern Laos – under an agreement signed by the Lao government and the company on Friday.   “Called Monsoon Wind Farm, the US$1.5 billion [Bt50 billion] farm will be … Continue reading Wind energy in Laos: IEA signs deal for largest Asean wind farm

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Wind power in Kansas: strong activity for wind farm

Kansas had the third-highest amount of wind power capacity under construction in the country in the second quarter, with buyers including in-state utilities and an internet search company. There were 1,070.75 megawatts of wind power capacity under construction in Kansas as of the second quarter of 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association, an … Continue reading Wind power in Kansas: strong activity for wind farm

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) market to hit $53.7 bn by 2020

The global market for concentrated solar power (CSP) will reach $53.7 billion by 2020. The forecast has been made by the market research firm Acute Market Reports. According to the report, market for CSP was $1.3 billion in 2013. And growth of the CSP market will be powered by the development of molten salt storage … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) market to hit $53.7 bn by 2020

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Brazil breaks wind energy record, Mexico planning geothermal energy expansion

State representatives unanimously passed the “Law for Action Against Climate Change” in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The law will broadly regulate greenhouse gas emissions by defining principles, criteria and instruments for the implementation of state policy on climate change. It also seeks to improve public transportation and reduce air pollution in the state. Furthermore, … Continue reading Brazil breaks wind energy record, Mexico planning geothermal energy expansion

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Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These “climate refugees” have become the human face of global warming, their very movement seen as a threat to global security. State of the … Continue reading Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

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Increased use of renewable energy, solar energy and wind power, helps EU reduce GHG emission

The EU greenhouse gases (GHG) emission savings due to final renewable energy consumption in electricity, cooling/heating and transport sectors rose at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8 percent from 2009 to 2012, according to a new report of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC).   Nearly two thirds of the total savings came … Continue reading Increased use of renewable energy, solar energy and wind power, helps EU reduce GHG emission

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Photovotaic (PV) solarpower plant Aura II in Honduras, built by Isolux Corsan, begins operations

Isolux Corsan has delivered its first PV Solar project in Honduras on a budget of nearly $100m: the Aura II PV Solar Plant, which will produce 61.48 MWp and has been built within a tight window of only 7 months. The PV Solar Plant, located in the region of Choluteca, will generate 109 million kWh … Continue reading Photovotaic (PV) solarpower plant Aura II in Honduras, built by Isolux Corsan, begins operations

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Editorials overwhelmingly support Clean Power Plan

Newspaper editorial boards highlight the economic, environmental and health benefits of diversifying electricity mix with wind energy and other renewables. It’s been several days now since the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, was released. As expected, many newspapers were quick to weigh in with their opinion … Continue reading Editorials overwhelmingly support Clean Power Plan

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Wind power in Brazil: GE 156 wind turbines for wind farm

General Electric agreed to supply 156 wind turbines to the Brazilian renewable-energy developer Casa dos Ventos Energias Renovaveis SA., its largest deal to date in Latin America’s burgeoning renewable energy market.   Casa dos Ventos, the region’s biggest developer, will use the equipment for a 360-megawatt wind farm in Brazil’s northeastern states of Piaui and … Continue reading Wind power in Brazil: GE 156 wind turbines for wind farm

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