Category Archives: System Operator

Wind power helps us breathe easy on World Asthma Day

I still remember the ritual well. First thing every morning, my sister would have to sit for 10 minutes and breathe in asthma medication through a nebulizer machine. It didn’t matter if we were at home or on vacation, school day or weekend, that’s how my family began the day, every day, for the early … Continue reading Wind power helps us breathe easy on World Asthma Day

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Siemens onshore wind turbines ready to enter German market

Siemens’ high performance wind turbine for medium to low wind sites has reached the next milestone. The onshore wind turbine SWT-3.3-130, with hub heights of 85, 115 and 130 meters, has successfully passed independent type testing and is now certified by TÜV Nord according to the current DIBt-guidelines. The certificate allows operators to get the … Continue reading Siemens onshore wind turbines ready to enter German market

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Wind energy storage devices market gains from rising demand for renewable sources of energy, investment opportunities 2020

Wind energy storage devices, as the name suggests, are used to store energy harnessed from wind. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind have considerable potential of reducing dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuel. Concerns pertaining to climate change, favorable initiatives adopted by government (such as renewable portfolio standards), and consumer … Continue reading Wind energy storage devices market gains from rising demand for renewable sources of energy, investment opportunities 2020

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American wind power just installed its highest amount of capacity in a first quarter since 2012

How’s this for a good start- the U.S. wind industry just had its best first quarter in four years. With strong installation and under construction numbers, as well as new technological advances, 2016 is already building off last year’s success. Wind by the numbers 520 megawatts (MW) of new capacity came online during 2016’s first … Continue reading American wind power just installed its highest amount of capacity in a first quarter since 2012

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Energy bill offers opportunity to attract new investment, deliver greater consumer savings

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan issued the following statement today on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012), also known as the Energy Bill. Numerous amendments have been proposed to the Energy Bill. Of these amendments, Amendment 3311, introduced by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), would hinder upgrades strengthening the nation’s … Continue reading Energy bill offers opportunity to attract new investment, deliver greater consumer savings

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Cuts to DOE Wind Program hurt American energy consumers

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO, Tom Kiernan, made the following statement today as Congress looks to act on the FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill this week. Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to cut FY 2017 funding for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Program by $16 million from … Continue reading Cuts to DOE Wind Program hurt American energy consumers

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EDF Energies Nouvelles wins three renewable Power Purchase Agreements in Canada

EDF Energies Nouvelles has entered into three long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), covering 82 MW in combined capacity. Power will be generated by two solar projects and a wind project located in the province of Ontario, Canada. These agreements cover the purchase of electricity by the IESO, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator. Under its Large … Continue reading EDF Energies Nouvelles wins three renewable Power Purchase Agreements in Canada

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Wind Power Leads All New Power Generation

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched its flagship publication, the Global Wind Report: Annual Market update today in Brussels. The wind power industry set new records across the world last year, and wind is leading the transformation of the global power system, long overdue and very necessary to achieve the climate objectives agreed by … Continue reading Wind Power Leads All New Power Generation

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Wind energy reaches a quarter of Romania’s power production

The wind energy accounted for 23% of Romania’s electricity production on Friday afternoon (April 15). It was the second most important power source, after hydropower, according to the state-controlled electricity transporter Transelectrica. The wind energy production amounted to 1,941 MW on Friday at 2pm whereas the hydropower reached 2,192 MW, representing 26% of the total, … Continue reading Wind energy reaches a quarter of Romania’s power production

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Costa Rica generated 97.14% from renewable energy sources

Costa Rica has been able to generate 97.14% of it electricity from renewable sources in the first quarter of the year, according to the Central Nacional de Control de Energia (National Energy Control Centre). Hydro electric (water) is at the top of the generation source, with 65.2%; followed by wind with 15.6%; geothermal with 13.7%; … Continue reading Costa Rica generated 97.14% from renewable energy sources

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Tesla Model S gets larger battery

The Tesla Model S is among the highest-rated electric automobiles ever, and it simply got even much better. Today the automaker rolled out an update that offers the car a larger battery, a rejuvenated exterior and a “bioweapon defense mode.” The Solar Impulse sun-powered airplane is getting set to fly throughout the Pacific Ocean after … Continue reading Tesla Model S gets larger battery

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The value of Kansas wind energy

Being a windy state comes with an increased risk of prairie fires and downed power lines. But the natural resource’s abundance has its advantages as well, with the planned Cimarron Bend wind farm and nine other pending projects newly demonstrating how such clean energy can answer market demand while helping out Kansas’ economy. When the … Continue reading The value of Kansas wind energy

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Negative prices still rare, mostly caused by other energy sources

Some recent press articles have again fallen into confusion over wind’s impact on electricity markets. Recent occurrences of negative prices during a few hours in some markets are actually a different phenomenon from the localized negative price events we discussed two years ago. However, two similarities to those prior events are that the new events … Continue reading Negative prices still rare, mostly caused by other energy sources

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MidAmerican Energy plans largest economic development project in Iowa history

MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build one of the largest wind farms in U.S. history, a 2,000 megawatt (MW) project called Wind XI that would substantially increase revenue streams for communities across Iowa. Big projects equal big benefits The company is investing $3.6 billion in Wind XI, making it the largest economic development project … Continue reading MidAmerican Energy plans largest economic development project in Iowa history

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Using cutting-edge technology to maximize asset value

Kyle O’Connor is the CEO of kWantera, a company that uses advanced predictive analytics and machine learning to identify the optimal price, time and location at which to buy, sell or consume power in deregulated markets across the world. Kyle runs kWantera as its CEO, managing the strategic direction and growth in addition to its … Continue reading Using cutting-edge technology to maximize asset value

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Wind power in Turkey: Nordex wind turbines for a wind farm

In the first quarter of 2016, Nordex obtained three new orders for a total of more than 40 MW in Turkey. These projects, for 18 turbines altogether, are located in different regions of the country and cover wind classes IEC 1 to 3.   The largest of the projects is the “Karacabey” wind farm in … Continue reading Wind power in Turkey: Nordex wind turbines for a wind farm

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2015 sets record for renewable energy

Renewable generation capacity increased by 152 gigawatts (GW) or 8.3% during 2015, the highest annual growth rate on record, according to  new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Capacity Statistics 2016 finds that as of the end of 2015, 1,985 GW of renewable generation capacity existed globally. “Renewable energy deployment continues … Continue reading 2015 sets record for renewable energy

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Renewable energy capacity up by 152GW

The renewable energy generation capacity increased by 152 gigawatts (GW), which is equivalent to 8.3% last year, the highest annual growth rate on record, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The Renewable Capacity Statistics 2016 found that as of the end of 2015, 1,985 GW of renewable generation capacity … Continue reading Renewable energy capacity up by 152GW

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Big brands buy wind power

Any time a new market becomes available, it’s usually good news for business. That was certainly the case for wind power in 2015, as major brands and other emerging non-utility buyers increasingly purchased wind to meet their energy needs. This gives the U.S. wind industry a new arena of customers in addition to traditional utility … Continue reading Big brands buy wind power

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Brookfield and Facebook to Enter Long-Term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement in Ireland

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and Facebook Inc., today announced a long-term renewable energy supply agreement. Brookfield Renewable will supply 100% renewable wind energy to Facebook’s second European data center under construction in Clonee, County Meath, Ireland and to Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin. Brookfield’s Irish operations comprise over 465 MW of operating wind assets in … Continue reading Brookfield and Facebook to Enter Long-Term Renewable Energy Supply Agreement in Ireland

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