Category Archives: System Operator

Siemens übergibt mit SylWin1 die dritte Nordsee-Netzanbindung an TenneT / Siemens hands over the third North Sea grid connection SylWin1 to TenneT

Prysmian Group wins contract from Tennet for offshore wind farm

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the successful commissioning of the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) offshore grid connection project SylWin1 realised off the North Sea coast of Germany in a contract with the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT.     Prysmian secured this project in January 2011 […]

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Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for electric vehicles, wind turbines

Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. Scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that’s similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing magnets and could make wind turbines less expensive to manufacture.     Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have created a new […]

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IEA reviews energy policies of countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a review of energy policies in 11 countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia that play a significant role in world energy security.   Four of the countries – Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan – possess substantial oil and gas resources in the Caspian Sea, which offer […]

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Lester R. Brown on Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar Power and Wind Energy

Interview: Earth Policy Institute’s Lester Brown New Book Lays Out Roadmap for Transition to Renewables Ethan Goffman, reposted from, For the last 40 years, Lester Brown has been one of the primary forces in the sustainability movement. Besides publishing some 45 books, he is the founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute. […]

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Renewable energy is taking domination in Nigeria

Renewable energy is taking domination in Nigeria with the country targeting to accomplish 7 percent renewable energy use by 2025. With the aid of solar energy, the country is working to provide power security to about 160 million of her population and boost her economy. The solar energy project is however unlocking the country’s economical […]

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Renewables, wind power and solar energy, 75% of new US capacity Q1

A combination of wind energy, solar power, geothermal energy and hydropower together provided over 75.43 per cent of the 1,229MW of new generating capacity placed into service during the first quarter of 2015, according to FERC. The balance (302MW) was provided by natural gas.   America’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its latest […]

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IRENA launches new tool to help develop renewable energy projects

A comprehensive platform to facilitate the effective development of renewable energy projects worldwide is now available online. The Project Navigator tool, launched today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), provides project developers with the knowledge, tools, case studies and best practices needed to support the successful completion of their projects.   Many promising renewable […]

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Spain prepares auction for 700 MW of wind energy (500 MW) and biomass (200 MW)

Spain’s energy ministry is preparing an auction for 500 MW of wind energy and 200 MW of biomass power for the first time since the approval of the energy reform.   The new capacity will be necessary according to the ministry’s ongoing planning for the electricity and gas sectors. The wind power plants will be installed […]

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Lester R. Brown: The Great Energy Transition to Solar Power and Wind Energy Is Underway

The worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel resources shrink, as air pollution worsens, and as concerns about climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, oil and natural gas, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old economy, fueled largely by coal […]

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Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends and consequences of fracking

Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China.   But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question remains: What are the impacts of shale gas mining on local economies and the environment? In the Worldwatch Institute’s […]

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Wind power and solar energy could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy by 2050

The falling costs of carbon-free technologies such as wind energy and solar power could help Australia generate 100 percent of its power by renewable energy resources by 2050, a new report revealed on Tuesday.   Research by the Australian National University (ANU) said a fully green-powered society was possible if there were clear and stable […]

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Morocco renewable energy sources: wind energy and solar power

Morocco is driven by the fact that it imports almost 94 per cent of its energy requirements and the burden this entails on its economy. At the same time Morocco is endowed by good potential in hydroelectricity in addition to its high solar power and wind energy potential.     The country is aware that […]

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Iberdrola Chairman Joins Global CEOs Urging Ambitious Agreement at Paris Climate Summit

Iberdrola USA’s parent company, Iberdrola, announced today its chairman, Ignacio Galan, along with the CEOs of 42 other companies has signed an open letter to world leaders urging them to reach an ambitious agreement at December’s Paris Climate Summit.Joining forces under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, the signatories, which operate in 150 countries […]

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Iraq plans several renewable energy plants

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity along with the National Investment Commission (NIC), have announced an investment opportunity to construct three solar power stations and one wind power station. The renewable energy plants will be between the capacity of 5 and 10 MW, and be situated in Diwaniya, Najaf and Missan (Maysan) provinces, according to reports by […]

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Saft and Enercon to Help Stabilize Faroe Islands’ Grid

Saft, a Paris-based company who focuses on design development and manufacturing of high-tech batteries, is teaming up with German-based wind turbine manufacturer Enercon to create an energy storage system (ESS) which will aid the Faroe Islands. The 2.3 megawatt project will be Europe’s first ever commercial deployment of a lithium-ion battery system that works in […]

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Enel Green Power: More Generation, Less CO2

EGP plants under construction in 2015 will avoid more than 573,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per years, since renewables are increasingly important for climate change, as shown by the fact that in 2014, for the first time in 40 years, CO2 emissions worldwide have stalled thanks to energy efficiency, green sources and smart consumption.   […]

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US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low

This should prove to be a watershed year for the “de-carbonization” of the US power sector, with record volumes of coal-fired capacity to be shuttered, renewables capacity to be built, and natural gas to be consumed. The result, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF): CO2 emissions from the power sector should drop […]

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