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Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm to boost Danish wind power production by 12%

The Danish Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Climate, Energy & Utilities Minister today inaugurated the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm. Horns Rev is in the North Sea, 25-40 km off the west coast of Jutland. Vattenfall is the developer, operator and owner. The 407 MW wind farm – Denmark’s largest – will boost Danish … Continue reading Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm to boost Danish wind power production by 12%

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Response to power outage in the UK

A preliminary investigation by UK Transmission System Operator National Grid to UK energy regulator Ofgem into the recent UK power outage has suggested that it resulted from a lightning strike. The frequency – which is supposed to remain at 50Hz – fell to below 49Hz in a matter of seconds after the “near simultaneous” shutdown … Continue reading Response to power outage in the UK

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Balancing conservation and carbon reduction

Wind turbine curtailment is a hot topic because it can have implications for bird and bat conservation while also impacting wind project economics. Curtailment involves stopping wind turbines at certain times or under certain conditions to reduce the likelihood of collisions with protected or at-risk species – primarily bats, but also some raptors. The U.S. … Continue reading Balancing conservation and carbon reduction

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Time now running out for a large share of Europe’s installed wind energy capacity

There is a major challenge confronting European wind energy – and it is a challenge the industry and policy-makers must face before it is too late. Back in 2000, wind power accounted for only 12 GW of power in Europe. Since then, the industry has spent years growing, maturing, and becoming one of the great … Continue reading Time now running out for a large share of Europe’s installed wind energy capacity

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Report finds attractive wind energy prices, at under 2¢/kWh on average

“2018 Wind Technologies Market Report” provides an annual overview of trends in the U.S. wind power market.  Highlights of this year’s report include: Wind power capacity additions continued at a robust pace in 2018: $11 billion was invested in new wind power plants in 2018. In 2018, wind energy contributed 6.5% of the nation’s electricity … Continue reading Report finds attractive wind energy prices, at under 2¢/kWh on average

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Offshore wind powers the opportunity for a new ocean energy resource

Day 5 of #AmericanWindWeek is here, and today’ we’re celebrating a new ocean energy resource: offshore wind. Interest in offshore wind has exploded in the three years since the Block Island Wind Farm became the first U.S. offshore wind project. States up and down the East Coast have made big commitments to offshore wind, and … Continue reading Offshore wind powers the opportunity for a new ocean energy resource

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#AmericanWindWeek: Wind power’s opportunity for veterans

Welcome to Day 4 of #AmericanWindWeek! Today, we’re saluting the many veterans who play an integral role in wind energy’s American success story. Wind is powering career opportunities for the men and women who serve our country. Our country’s brave servicemen and women make us proud. Many of them selflessly enlisted in the armed forces … Continue reading #AmericanWindWeek: Wind power’s opportunity for veterans

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Europe has space for enough wind turbines to power the entire world

Europe has enough space to create millions of wind turbines that could power the entire world until 2050, according to a new scientific analysis.  An international team of researchers say there is 4.9 million square kilometres of land – 46 per cent of Europe’s total land – that would be suitable for wind turbines, according to the paper published in Energy … Continue reading Europe has space for enough wind turbines to power the entire world

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Wind powers opportunities for job creation

Welcome to Day 3 of #AmericanWindWeek! Today we’re celebrating wind-powered career opportunities– wind is helping workers in all 50 states pursue the American Dream! A record 114,000 Americans now work in wind. In the last five years, the country has added over 64,000 wind jobs, and right now wind turbine technician is the second fastest growing … Continue reading Wind powers opportunities for job creation

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Trump sued for dismantling Obama’s green policy

The Trump administration attacked the Renewable Energy Plan (wind power, concentrating solar thermal power, PV) driven by the Obama administration. The Trump administration attacked the Clean Energy Plan promoted by the Obama administration.A coalition of 29 states and cities filed a lawsuit against the Administration of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday to block the … Continue reading Trump sued for dismantling Obama’s green policy

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Wind powers opportunity in our everyday lives

Welcome to Day 2 of #AmericanWindWeek! Today we’re focusing on the ways wind powers opportunity in our everyday lives—the products and services we use and the stores we visit are increasingly powered by wind energy. A lot of times, we don’t even think about all the ways electricity touches our lives. When we flip the … Continue reading Wind powers opportunity in our everyday lives

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Wind energy powers opportunity in rural America

Our main event for today is at the Iowa State Fair, where candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President will be signing a real wind turbine blade. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, who proclaimed this week #AmericanWeekWeek in his home state, was one of the candidates who signed the blade, alongside AWEA CEO … Continue reading Wind energy powers opportunity in rural America

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Wind energy costs and prices driven to new lows in US

Wind power is enjoying a prime period in the United States, with record low technology costs spurring strong investment, as local production of components helps projects avoid the worst impacts of Trump’s trade war with China that has hit the solar market hard. The Wind Technologies Market Report commissioned by the US Department of Energy, … Continue reading Wind energy costs and prices driven to new lows in US

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Permitting issues behind yet another under-subscribed German onshore wind energy auction round

Just 208 MW worth of wind farm projects won capacity in the latest German onshore wind auction results released today. A total of 650 MW was on offer. The amount of capacity allocated in German onshore wind auctions has been falling consistently. From 71% of the total capacity on offer in February 2019, it then … Continue reading Permitting issues behind yet another under-subscribed German onshore wind energy auction round

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Powering Rural America’s Economy Through Wind Energy

From 11 to 17 August, it’s American Wind Week and we will celebrate the important impacts of this clean power across the country. Wind power is well known as an eco-friendly energy source—it prevented 201 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere in 2018—and we’re proud to have 24 wind farms in 10 … Continue reading Powering Rural America’s Economy Through Wind Energy

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Wind powers opportunity: American Wind Week 2019 kicks off August 11

America celebrates wind energy leadership at farms, factories, and ports across the nation. This August 11-17 marks the third annual American Wind Week, a national celebration of U.S. leadership in wind energy production that started in 2017 when wind became the country’s largest source of renewable electricity generating capacity. During Wind Week, the American Wind … Continue reading Wind powers opportunity: American Wind Week 2019 kicks off August 11

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American wind power nears 100 gigawatts

Everyone likes a nice, round number, and American wind power is approaching a big one: 100 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity. AWEA’s just-released U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter Market Report shows record-breaking, continued growth for the U.S. wind industry. The country added 736 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity to the grid as developers commissioned four … Continue reading American wind power nears 100 gigawatts

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Why solar power, wind energy and electric vehicles will be the death of the oil industry?

For the same investment, the new wind power and solar energy projects together with electric cars that run on batteries in the future will produce up to seven times more useful energy than gasoline cars with oil prices close to current levels, according to BNP Paribas SA . Oil will have to fall to between … Continue reading Why solar power, wind energy and electric vehicles will be the death of the oil industry?

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Power purchase agreements for renewable power producers

Power purchase agreements, PPAs, are a growing focus for renewable power producers industry. But what is a PPA and what are the opportunities? Hanno Mieth from Vattenfall Trading gives an overview. As subsidies are set to be phased out in the coming years, energy companies need new ways to secure the investments in renewable power. … Continue reading Power purchase agreements for renewable power producers

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Record US wind farm development activity in 2Q and state calls for offshore wind power projects

Key findings of the US wind energy industry second quarter 2019 report. Record wind turbines capacity under construction or advanced development, reaching nearly 42 GW. Long-term contract volume for wind power capacity is up 10 percent over the first half of 2018, buyers include Hormel Foods, Walmart, and Target, Three states set new offshore wind … Continue reading Record US wind farm development activity in 2Q and state calls for offshore wind power projects

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