Ontario ERT clears way for two Capstone wind power projects

Capstone Infrastructure Corporation announced today that the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT), an administrative tribunal that considers appeals from the general public in relation to an approval granted to a green energy project by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (the “Ministry”), this week dismissed appeals initiated in relation to two of the … Continue reading Ontario ERT clears way for two Capstone wind power projects

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Wind power in Croatia: 16 wind energy plants which together produce 339.25 MW

At the beginning of August, 1,207 power stations running on renewable energy were included in the system of subsidies and their total capacity was 430.88 MW, the Croatian Association for Energetics reported this past Thursday. Since the end of January this year, an additional 137 power stations have been built with a capacity of 18.28 … Continue reading Wind power in Croatia: 16 wind energy plants which together produce 339.25 MW

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GE expected to win EU approval for $14 billion Alstom deal

General Electric is expected to secure EU approval for its proposed 12.4-billion-euro ($13.8 billion) bid for French peer Alstom’s power business, its largest ever deal. The green light from the European Commission will come 14 years after it rejected General Electric’s (GE) attempt at a $42 billion takeover of Honeywell International, despite clearance by U.S. … Continue reading GE expected to win EU approval for $14 billion Alstom deal

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Solar energy economically viable in Oman

It is a myth that use of solar technology is not efficient and economically viable in Oman due to the dusty climate, say experts who believe that more awareness about solar power is required. SoubhiAbdulkarim, chairman and chief executive officer at Integrated Smart Technologies, and Michael Katz, chief executive officer of Oman Aqua Science, both … Continue reading Solar energy economically viable in Oman

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Solar power prospects burn bright in Saudi Arabia

When I wrote two weeks ago that Saudi Arabia is targeting 41-GW of solar electricity generation, a sceptical friend rightly asked me to check this number. I was quoting the American Energy Information Administration Country analysis report. I know the number is staggering but it is achievable considering the consequences of not doing so. In … Continue reading Solar power prospects burn bright in Saudi Arabia

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NW Iowa wind energy development a boon to local economy

Counties will continue to collect property taxes from the wind turbines and associated new buildings. It’s possible that businesses supporting the wind energy industry will spring up. Holtkamp’s happy to see the county become a major renewable energy producer, and just as happy to see the positive impact it’s having on local business owners. “It’s … Continue reading NW Iowa wind energy development a boon to local economy

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First offshore wind farm in the United States begins construction

In July, American offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, installed the first foundation for what is expected to be the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The project will be located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. With five turbines totaling 30 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity, the Block Island Wind Farm … Continue reading First offshore wind farm in the United States begins construction

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D.C. sets example with major wind energy purchase

While Congress continues to debate extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, the nation’s capital city just endorsed wind power in a big way. On August 12th, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy from an Iberdrola Renewables windfarm in southwestern Pennsylvania. Wind … Continue reading D.C. sets example with major wind energy purchase

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New technology could reduce wind energy costs

Engineers from the University of Sheffield have developed a novel technique to predict when bearings inside wind turbines will fail which could make wind energy cheaper. The method, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A and developed by Mechanical Engineering research student Wenqu Chen, uses ultrasonic waves to measure the load transmitted … Continue reading New technology could reduce wind energy costs

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Renewable energy powers all of Costa Rica for over 3 months

Costa Rica enjoyed a new period of 94 consecutive days during which all its electricity was produced from renewable sources, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said Wednesday.   The country never had to turn to fossil fuels at any time between May 8 and Aug. 9, the ICE said, adding that the pleasant news … Continue reading Renewable energy powers all of Costa Rica for over 3 months

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Chilean mines are turning to renewable energy: CSP, PV and wind power

The mining industry requires a lot of energy to keep moving, and bottom lines depend on keeping the price of that energy as low as possible. To maintain efficiency, the mining industry seems to be increasingly looking to the renewable sector to supply its power, an action that is especially prevalent in Latin America regions … Continue reading Chilean mines are turning to renewable energy: CSP, PV and wind power

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Nominate wind industry leaders for AWEA awards

Each year, AWEA works to identify those companies and individuals that display a passion and dedication to our field that advances us forward through our award program. The AWEA Industry Awards were created to recognize those across all corners of the industry who deserve that acknowledgement and we are asking members of the wind energy … Continue reading Nominate wind industry leaders for AWEA awards

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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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