France now the only Member State with floating wind energy in its NECP draft

On 24 April WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson chaired the first plenary session at FOWT 2019, the world’s largest floating offshore wind event. The event comes at a time when Europe’s ambition for floating offshore wind is nowhere near where it needs to be. Dickson noted that, while Europe remains the global leader in fixed-bottom offshore … Continue reading France now the only Member State with floating wind energy in its NECP draft

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Xcel Energy acquires two wind farms in South Dakota & Minnesota

The move comes as part of Xcel’s strategic plans to deliver 85% carbon-free electricity in the Upper Midwest region by 2030. U.S. electric services company, Xcel Energy Inc. has recently completed the purchase of two wind energy projects that will add capacity to its expanding Upper Midwest wind energy portfolio. According to reliable sources, the … Continue reading Xcel Energy acquires two wind farms in South Dakota & Minnesota

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E.ON, Kyuden Mirai Energy to develop Japan’s offshore wind energy industry

E.ON and Kyuden Mirai Energy signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop offshore wind power projects in Japan. The cooperation is focused on fixed bottom projects and starts with a study to jointly select a project for development, construction and operations in the Kyushu area, the southernmost island of Japan. The companies may consider expanding … Continue reading E.ON, Kyuden Mirai Energy to develop Japan’s offshore wind energy industry

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Innovative support structure for offshore wind turbines

Offshore wind-turbine generators (WTG) can be realised even in deepwater areas using floating foundations. TÜV SÜD certified the innovative support structure, developed by an industrial consortium headed by ESTEYCO. The certificate was handed over at WindEurope 2019 in Bilbao. ELISA/ELICAN is the pilot project of an industrial consortium under the leadership of Spanish engineering and … Continue reading Innovative support structure for offshore wind turbines

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EDP Renováveis announces an agreement for the rotation of wind energy assets in Europe for 800 million euros

EDP Renováveis (Euronext: EDPR), a world leader in the renewable energy sector and one of the most important wind power producers in the world, has signed a sales agreement with institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management (“JP Morgan”) to sell all of EDPR’s shareholding and the outstanding equity loans in an operating portfolio … Continue reading EDP Renováveis announces an agreement for the rotation of wind energy assets in Europe for 800 million euros

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New report on renewable portfolio standards misses the mark

The University of Chicago (UCH) released a “working paper” this week examining renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). Unfortunately, it’s based on false pretenses and uses a questionable economic model to claim RPSs are substantially more costly to consumers than previously thought. While it is important to understand the effectiveness and impacts of these programs, the authors’ … Continue reading New report on renewable portfolio standards misses the mark

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General Mills Signs Virtual PPA for 200 Megawatts of Wind Power

General Mills recently announced it signed a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC, a joint venture partnership between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, for 200 megawatts (MW) of its Maverick Creek wind project. The wind project, located in central Texas, will produce renewable energy credits for General Mills … Continue reading General Mills Signs Virtual PPA for 200 Megawatts of Wind Power

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Wind energy in Poland: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm

Vestas has received a 132 MW wind power order from Windfarm Polska III sp. z o.o., owned by Stadtwerke München (SWM), for the Jasna wind power project Pomorskie Voivodship, in northern Poland. Underlining the strong competitiveness of wind energy, the project was awarded at the Polish wind-solar energy auction held in November last year, which … Continue reading Wind energy in Poland: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm

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New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects

Wind power is once again taking the lead on wildlife conservation. At AWEA’s Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference, the Wind Wildlife Research Fund (WWRF), an industry-led initiative to pool investment for wind and wildlife solutions, announced support for seven research projects aimed at tackling the industry’s most difficult wildlife challenges. The initiatives are … Continue reading New industry research effort on wildlife takes flight with seven new promising projects

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TransWest Express Transmission Project passes another major development hurdle

American families and businesses will soon have access to more affordable, reliable clean energy thanks to a unanimous decision from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council approving the TransWest Express (TWE) Transmission Project on April 19. The long-distance, high-voltage transmission line will reliably deliver large amounts of energy, including cost-saving wind power, to help power homes and … Continue reading TransWest Express Transmission Project passes another major development hurdle

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Sam Enfield receives AWEA’s Special Achievement Award

Sam Enfield, Investment Director at MAP Royalty, was recognized last month with a Special Achievement Award at AWEA’s Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in recognition of an unparalleled career in wind development and siting. AWEA’s Special Achievement Awards are not common occasions. They’re reserved for a select few who have gone … Continue reading Sam Enfield receives AWEA’s Special Achievement Award

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China to lead global concentrated solar power market by 2030

The global CSP capacity is estimated to increase significantly from 5.6 gigawatt (GW) in 2018 to 22.4 GW in 2030 following significant capacity additions by China, Chile and countries in Middle East North Africa (MENA) region according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.   The company’s latest report ‘Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market, … Continue reading China to lead global concentrated solar power market by 2030

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China to promote using wind energy to power heating

China on Friday said it would promote using energy generated by the wind to help power heating systems during the bitterly cold winters seen in many parts of the country. That comes as the world’s No.2 economy pushes to reduce carbon emissions from coal-burning as part of its battle against pollution. The National Energy Administration … Continue reading China to promote using wind energy to power heating

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Delingha 50 MW Tower Concentrated Solar Power Plant Reached Full-load Operation

At 14:19, April 17th,2019, SUPCON SOLAR Delingha 50MW Tower CSP Plant reached full-load operation. Records show the major indicators of the system has exceeded their design parameters: The molten salt at the outlet of the receiver reached 566? and steam pressure reached 13.3MPa. The turbine generator output power reached 50.65MW. The main subsystems including heliostats … Continue reading Delingha 50 MW Tower Concentrated Solar Power Plant Reached Full-load Operation

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FERC directs SPP to lift unjust membership exit fee

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued a statement in response to FERC directing SPP to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. The decision granted a complaint about SPP’s exit fee … Continue reading FERC directs SPP to lift unjust membership exit fee

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Setting the groundwork for wind energy growth in Greece

“Greece needs to establish a solid and efficient regulatory framework for Greek wind energy projects.” This was the key message delivered by Ivan Pineda, WindEurope’s Director of Public Affairs, at the 2nd Energy Union Future Leaders Academy in Thessaloniki. The event was organised by the Greek Energy Forum, with the support of the European Commission, … Continue reading Setting the groundwork for wind energy growth in Greece

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ENGIE North America began construction on the Jumbo Hill Wind Project in Andrews County, Texas

Jumbo Hill will use 57 GE Renewable Energy wind turbines, each with 127-meter rotors and a capacity of more than 2 megawatts. It will have a total capacity of approximately 160 MW, The total capital investment of the project is about $150 million. During construction, it will employ up to 250 people and will generate … Continue reading ENGIE North America began construction on the Jumbo Hill Wind Project in Andrews County, Texas

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LM Wind Power manufactures wind turbine blade beyond 100 meters

The 107-meter blade has completed the molding process at our factory in Cherbourg, France. The LM 107.0 P will now proceed with post-molding finishing touches, before undergoing rigorous testing and validation to demonstrate its ability to withstand more than 20 years of operation offshore. The 107-meter blade is set to capture the wind for GE’s … Continue reading LM Wind Power manufactures wind turbine blade beyond 100 meters

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Tenaska Closes $302 Million Financing for Wind Farm in Northwest Missouri

Leading independent energy provider Tenaska closed approximately $302 million in commercial financing today for Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a 242-megawatt (MW) wind project now under construction in Nodaway County in northwest Missouri. Since its founding in 1987, Tenaska has raised approximately $16.7 billion in capital through bank facilities, capital market transactions, corporate facilities and … Continue reading Tenaska Closes $302 Million Financing for Wind Farm in Northwest Missouri

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Eolien Maritime France selects Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide wind turbines for two French offshore wind energy projects

Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Canadian energy infrastructure company Enbridge, is announcing that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will now supply turbines for two of its three offshore wind farms in French waters. This announcement follows the decision by GE Renewable Energy, previously the exclusive supplier, to deliver wind turbines … Continue reading Eolien Maritime France selects Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide wind turbines for two French offshore wind energy projects

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