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Build a European supergrid for jobs and energy

Europe’s energy infrastructure urgently needs updating. In this interview published in the latest edition of EWEA’s Wind Directions magazine, Ana Aguado, CEO of Friends of the Supergrid, explores how this can be done. What is the supergrid and why do we need it? We define the supergrid as “a pan-European transmission network facilitating the integration … Continue reading Build a European supergrid for jobs and energy

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Wind Energy Sells at World’s Lowest Rate in Brazil Auction

Four energy developers agreed to sell power from 10 proposed wind farms in Brazil at the cheapest rates ever. Enerfin Sociedad de Energia SA, Renova Energia SA (RNEW11), EGP- Serra Azul and Bioenergy Geradora de Energia Ltda. won contracts to sell electricity to distributors for an average price of 87.94 reais ($42.16) a megawatt-hour, Brazil’s … Continue reading Wind Energy Sells at World’s Lowest Rate in Brazil Auction

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France, Morocco Sign Solar Power, Wind Energy Deals

France and Morocco have signed contracts worth 280 million euros, including a partnership to finance a programme to develop solar and wind power. France is also pushing a deal to try and reduce the flight to cheap labour by French employers. The deals were signed as French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited Casablanca, trying to … Continue reading France, Morocco Sign Solar Power, Wind Energy Deals

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IFC, Aldwych International, and Six Telecoms to Develop 100 MW Wind Farm in Tanzania

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with Aldwych and Six Telecoms to develop a 100 MW wind farm in Singida, Tanzania, enhancing power supply reliability, decreasing the need for costly fuel imports, and helping fight climate change. Being developed by project company Wind East Africa, the Singida project seeks to be … Continue reading IFC, Aldwych International, and Six Telecoms to Develop 100 MW Wind Farm in Tanzania

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Nordex awarded new wind energy contracts in Turkey

Strong sales of wind power systems in Turkey remain a key to the Nordex Group’s success. Now it has received a contract for the construction the Edincik 30-MW wind farm in a project entailing the delivery and installation of twelve N100/2500 multi-megawatt turbines. “With the ‘Edincik’ project, we have been awarded contracts for a total … Continue reading Nordex awarded new wind energy contracts in Turkey

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Enel Green Power Brings 2nd Wind Farm in Mexico Online

The renewable energy unit of Italian electric utility Enel has gotten its second wind farm in Mexico up-and-running, a facility developed and built by Spanish turbine maker Gamesa at a cost of some $160 million. Enel Green Power said in a statement Friday that the wind farm, known as Zopiloapan – Bii Nee Stipa III … Continue reading Enel Green Power Brings 2nd Wind Farm in Mexico Online

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Masdar says all wind turbines built at London wind energy project

The final turbine has been installed at a massive offshore wind farm in the UK, in which Abu Dhabi’s Masdar has a 20 percent stake. London Array announced that the 175th and last turbine at the first 630MW phase of the London Array Offshore Wind Farm has been built, marking the end of major construction … Continue reading Masdar says all wind turbines built at London wind energy project

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Wind Energy Status in Russia and the CIS Countries

The World Wind Energy Association has published a new report about the status of wind power in Russia and all CIS countries. The CIS countries are representing a world region with huge wind potentials, but where so far wind energy plays only a marginal role: The total wind installations have only reached 178 MW, a … Continue reading Wind Energy Status in Russia and the CIS Countries

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Alabama Power begins receiving wind energy from Oklahoma

Alabama Power is now receiving energy from the Oklahoma-based Chisholm View Wind Project as part of a 2011 power purchase agreement. This energy, along with the approval of a similar agreement in September with the Buffalo Dunes Wind Project, positions Alabama Power to be a leading purchaser of wind-generated energy in the Southeast by 2014. … Continue reading Alabama Power begins receiving wind energy from Oklahoma

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European Commission Awards eStorage Consortium €13 Million Grant to Better Integrate Wind Energy Into Electrical Grid

eStorage, a consortium of major European stakeholders from the entire electric power value chain, has been awarded a €13.3 million grant by the European Commission to develop a solution for cost-effective integration of intermittent renewable energy generation, such as wind, into the electrical grid. In addition to Alstom, the consortium leader, eStorage includes Elia, a … Continue reading European Commission Awards eStorage Consortium €13 Million Grant to Better Integrate Wind Energy Into Electrical Grid

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US Wind Energy Trade Group Chief Bode Quits After Four Years

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, announced today that she is resigning, effective January 1, to return to private practice as a tax attorney.   “There is now a strong, bipartisan team of Congressional champions for the wind industry, and the all-important extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC),” Bode said. “When … Continue reading US Wind Energy Trade Group Chief Bode Quits After Four Years

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World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 nuclear reactors in Japan, Germany, … Continue reading World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

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LA Times has faulty analysis on costs of integrating renewables

A recent LA Times article misunderstands how renewables are integrated onto the electric grid. While the topic is admittedly complicated, this article gets almost everything incorrect. Here is a point-by-point correction of the errors in the LA Times piece along with an overview of recent analysis from the grid operator in California (the California Independent … Continue reading LA Times has faulty analysis on costs of integrating renewables

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Abengoa inaugurates the Castilla–La Mancha Concentrating Solar Power Complex

Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, inaugurated the Castilla-La Mancha Solar Complex, located in the Ciudad Real municipalities of Arenas de San Juan, Villarta de San Juan and Puerto Lapice. Mª Dolores de Cospedal, President of Castilla-La Mancha, presided over the … Continue reading Abengoa inaugurates the Castilla–La Mancha Concentrating Solar Power Complex

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Pattern’s Spring valley wins wind energy project of the year award

Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) today announced that its Spring Valley Wind facility in Ely, Nevada has been awarded the Wind Project of the Year Award by POWER-GEN International. The award was announced Monday night at POWER-GEN International’s Projects of the Year awards gala in Orlando. The 151.8 MW Spring Valley Wind Project is the … Continue reading Pattern’s Spring valley wins wind energy project of the year award

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CEZ 600MW wind farm goes live in Romania

CEZ AS (CEZ), the biggest Czech utility, connected the final General Electric Co.wind turbine at Europe’s largest wind farm to the grid, enabling the venture in eastern Romania to generate enough power for 1 million homes a year. CEZ Group’s 600-megawatt Fantanele/Cogealac wind park, Europe’s largest onshore wind project, now is in full operation and … Continue reading CEZ 600MW wind farm goes live in Romania

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Honduras to boost wind energy capacity to 126 MW

Honduras’ government has signed an agreement to expand the country’s wind energy capacity by 24 MW to 126 MW, the natural resources and environment ministry said. The agreement was signed Wednesday in Tegucigalpa by that portfolio’s No. 2, Roberto Cardona, and Jay Gallegos, the legal representative of Energia Eolica de Honduras, a unit of wind-project … Continue reading Honduras to boost wind energy capacity to 126 MW

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New Ford Test for Electric Vehicle Batteries Simulates 10 Years of Use in 10 Months’ Time

New Ford battery life validation protocol draws on two decades of electrified vehicle field experience to predict how lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries are likely to perform as far as 150,000 miles down the road Battery reliability has been identified as the top purchase consideration for potential customers, beating out other factors including fuel efficiency Ford is … Continue reading New Ford Test for Electric Vehicle Batteries Simulates 10 Years of Use in 10 Months’ Time

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Nissan US lithium-ion battery plant starts LEAF EV pack production

The cell fabrication factory in Smyrna is the largest plant in the U.S. that builds automotive-scale lithium–ion batteries, and one of just three globally for Nissan. Nissan’s lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, US, has started production of battery components for 2013 Nissan LEAF electric vehicle (EV). The first set of batteries manufactured at … Continue reading Nissan US lithium-ion battery plant starts LEAF EV pack production

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