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Support mounting for Oregon plan to eliminate coal, increase renewables

The Oregon state legislature is currently considering a bill that would eliminate coal from the state’s energy mix while increasing its Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2040. The initiative, called the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan (House Bill4036), has wide variety of supporters, ranging from the Sierra Club to utilities Pacific Power … Continue reading Support mounting for Oregon plan to eliminate coal, increase renewables

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Renewable energy is the lowest-cost Clean Power Plan compliance solution

Renewable energy accounts for virtually all of the new generation additions in the lowest-cost solution for complying with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), according to new economic modeling using a Department of Energy tool. The analysis predicts that states and utilities will move quickly over the next few years to use renewable … Continue reading Renewable energy is the lowest-cost Clean Power Plan compliance solution

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The Spanish wind energy sector installs zero megawatts in 2015

The year 2015 has closed as the darkest in the history of wind energy in Spain, with zero megawatts installed. This has not happened since the 80´s, when a shy development of the sector started in our country, which was accelerated in the 90´s and consolidated in the next decade, reaching 22,988 MW currently. Wind … Continue reading The Spanish wind energy sector installs zero megawatts in 2015

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Billions in benefits from adding more electric power transmission

Savings on producing electricity are just the start of the benefits to regions that expand their electrical transmission, according to an impressive new study issued today in Little Rock, Ark., by the Southwest Power Pool, which supplies 14 states across the central U.S. Fuel cost savings alone totaled $240 million in the first year, from … Continue reading Billions in benefits from adding more electric power transmission

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Protecting our most precious resource: water

California’s ongoing drought serves as a stark reminder that water may well be our most precious resource. Luckily, wind power helps conserve billions of gallons every year. In 2013 alone, wind saved over 35 billion gallons of water. To put that into perspective, that works out to 120 gallons per person, or the equivalent of … Continue reading Protecting our most precious resource: water

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Clean Power Plan overcomes first legal challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently issued a major ruling on the Clean Power Plan, deciding a stay of the rule was not warranted. Here’s a roundup of what people are saying about the announcement. The New York Times “We are pleased that the court has rejected petitioners’ attempts to … Continue reading Clean Power Plan overcomes first legal challenge

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Governors’ coalition teams up wind energy and solar power to advance renewable energy across U.S.

After seven years of promoting the benefits of adding wind energy to the U.S. electricity mix, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition announced today it will pair its advocacy work for wind with work for solar energy as well. The change is reflected in the group’s new name, the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC). … Continue reading Governors’ coalition teams up wind energy and solar power to advance renewable energy across U.S.

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Governor Cuomo Launches $5 Billion Clean Energy Fund to Grow New York’s Clean Energy Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund to accelerate the growth of New York’s clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for New Yorkers starting this year. Additionally, the … Continue reading Governor Cuomo Launches $5 Billion Clean Energy Fund to Grow New York’s Clean Energy Economy

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Wind power in Finland: Ikea to acquire 42 MW wind farm

Under the terms of the deal, OX2 will replace the existing 10 wind  turbines at the wind farm on artificial islands with 13 new ones supplied by Siemens.   The 42MW wind farm will include eight Siemens SWT-130 3.3MW wind turbines offshore, and five Siemens SWT-113 3.2 MW onshore. The total height of the turbines … Continue reading Wind power in Finland: Ikea to acquire 42 MW wind farm

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Wind power in India: Gamesa wind turbines for wind farms

Gamesa continues to consolidate its leadership of the Indian market, having received three new orders: two EPC contracts for wind farms with capacity of 50 MW and 30 MW and a contract to supply 50 MW at a third development. Factoring in these firm orders for 130 MW, the company’s order intake topped 1,300 MW … Continue reading Wind power in India: Gamesa wind turbines for wind farms

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Spain’s 500 MW wind energy auction inadequate

Spain’s 500MW wind power auction last week was too small to satisfy demand and the country risks missing its 2020 target for renewables. The auction is Spain’s first under the new support scheme for renewable energy projects since the government implemented a series of harsh retroactive cutbacks to the country’s feed-in tariff in 2013. A … Continue reading Spain’s 500 MW wind energy auction inadequate

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Wind power in Brazil: Vestas inaugurates factory in Ceará

As part of its local production strategy, Vestas has inaugurated its hub and nacelle factory in Aquiraz, Brazil, at a ceremony attended by the Governor of Ceará, Camilo Santana, and key stakeholders from the Brazilian wind energy sector. The new factory is part of Vestas’ plans to meet the increasing production demands in Brazil and … Continue reading Wind power in Brazil: Vestas inaugurates factory in Ceará

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The Spanish Wind Energy Association believes that the outcome of the 500 MW auction does not reflect the reality of the sector

The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE), which represents 90% of Spanish wind energy sector, believes that the outcome of the auction held on Friday 14th, the first in Spain ever, is not significant because it does not reflect the reality of the sector. The fact that the auction was isolated (there is no calendar for … Continue reading The Spanish Wind Energy Association believes that the outcome of the 500 MW auction does not reflect the reality of the sector

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Germany hits 3.3 GW offshore wind energy

Germany reached 3.3GW of offshore wind power capacity last year. The data, released by Deutsche WindGuard in its Status of Offshore Wind energy Development in Germany report, showed that by 31 December there were 792 turbines in the German North and Baltic seas feeding electricity to the grid.   A total of 546 new offshore … Continue reading Germany hits 3.3 GW offshore wind energy

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Wind energy in India: Suzlon wind turbines for 2 wind farm plants

Suzlon has bagged contracts from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and National Aluminum Company Limited (Nalco) for setting up two wind power projects of 55.40 MW each. The HPCL wind power project comprises of 24 units of S97-120m hybrid towers with rated capacity of 2.1MW each and is scheduled for completion by FY2017. This is … Continue reading Wind energy in India: Suzlon wind turbines for 2 wind farm plants

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Libya’s first wind farm will have 16 wind turbines

The first giant blades for the wind farm at Emsalata have been unloaded at Khoms and trucked to the construction site near the town .   Libya’s first wind farm will eventually have 16 wind turbines on top of towers 71 metres high. Each turbine will be driven by three 40-metre long blades each weighing … Continue reading Libya’s first wind farm will have 16 wind turbines

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FRV completes sale of Royalla solar power plant in Australia

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (‘FRV’), a leading global developer of large-scale solar power plants today announced the sale of 100% of its equity interest in the iconic Royalla Solar Farm, a 20 MW ac photovoltaic solar plant in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), to DIF, an independent fund management company.   Developed by FRV, Royalla was … Continue reading FRV completes sale of Royalla solar power plant in Australia

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Iran to generate 1000 MW from new solar energy, wind power plants

Contracts to set up solar and wind power plants, generating 1000 megawatts of electricity, will be concluded by March 19, 2016 which marks the end of current Iranian calendar year, said Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian. According to Falahatian, the contracts are mostly negotiated with Iranian companies, among others, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran … Continue reading Iran to generate 1000 MW from new solar energy, wind power plants

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Increasing World’s Share of Renewable Energy Would Boost Global GDP up to $1.3 Trillion

Achieving a 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 1.1 per cent, roughly USD 1.3 trillion, according to new analysis by IRENA. Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics, released today at IRENA’s sixth Assembly, provides the first global … Continue reading Increasing World’s Share of Renewable Energy Would Boost Global GDP up to $1.3 Trillion

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Enel Green Power starts Oklahoma wind farm

Enel Green Power S.p.A. (“EGP”) announced today that the company has started constructing its new 108 MW Drift Sand wind project in Oklahoma. The wind farm, which is owned by Drift Sand Wind Project, LLC, a subsidiary of Enel Kansas, LLC held by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), is expected to be completed … Continue reading Enel Green Power starts Oklahoma wind farm

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