Category Archives: wind energy

Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

There’s a lot of talk about jobs these days. President Donald Trump speaks often, and passionately, about bringing jobs (especially manufacturing jobs) back to America. Wind energy is and will continue to be an important driver of the growth in American manufacturing and other family-supporting jobs across this nation. And, according to a new Navigant … Continue reading Wind Energy Is a Jobs and Economic Engine

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EU clears General Electric acquisition of LM Wind Power

The European Union has cleared General Electric’s planned $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines. The EU’s executive Commission said Monday that the takeover was approved unconditionally because the combined company “would continue to face effective competition in Europe.” It said that GE has a relatively … Continue reading EU clears General Electric acquisition of LM Wind Power

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Xcel Energy to invest billions in wind energy in Colorado

Xcel Energy Inc. is making a multibillion-dollar investment in wind power across seven states, from Minnesota to New Mexico — and using Colorado-made turbines from Vestas Wind Systems for a large chunk of it. The Minneapolis-based company (NYSE: XEL) is proposing to build or buy power from 11 new wind farms in the seven states … Continue reading Xcel Energy to invest billions in wind energy in Colorado

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Ohio HB 114 would slam brakes on wind power jobs, investment

The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee today held a hearing on House Bill 114, which would reduce the state’s renewable energy standard (RPS) into an unenforceable goal. “By rapidly advancing this bill, the Ohio House is needlessly jeopardizing jobs, private investment and rural development potential that wind energy has demonstrated in Ohio and across the … Continue reading Ohio HB 114 would slam brakes on wind power jobs, investment

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Siemens awarded wind turbine order from EDF Luminus for two projects in Belgium

EDF Luminus, the second largest player in the Belgian energy market, has ordered wind turbines at Siemens Wind Power for two projects located in the Belgian municipalities of Dessel and Mol as well as in Beveren. The nine 3.2 megawatt (MW) machines of the Siemens D3 product platform will be installed at the wind projects … Continue reading Siemens awarded wind turbine order from EDF Luminus for two projects in Belgium

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GES completes EDPR’s 200MW wind farm in Mexico

Global Energy Services (GES) has completed the construction and installation of the 200MW wind farm of EDP Renováveis (EDPR), located in the Coahuila area in Mexico. The project is among the five biggest projects GES has constructed in the country and includes the whole BOP (Balance of Plant): civil works, medium voltage grid, step-up substation, … Continue reading GES completes EDPR’s 200MW wind farm in Mexico

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WindEurope Technology workshop in Edinburgh

Over 180 wind resource assessment specialists met in Edinburgh on 16 & 17 March for WindEurope’s fourth technology workshop on this popular topic. Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope, opened “Resource Assessment 2017” by welcoming delegates from 23 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. When asked to explain resource assessment as simply as … Continue reading WindEurope Technology workshop in Edinburgh

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Can India be run entirely by renewables in the future?

A clean energy future is on top of every country’s sustainability agenda today, which is evidenced by the large-scale expansion of sustainable power projects worldwide. European nations, for example, seem to be in a race to outdo one another in their renewable energy accomplishments. In 2015, Denmark generated 140 percent of its electricity requirements on … Continue reading Can India be run entirely by renewables in the future?

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José Luis Blanco appointed CEO of Nordex to succeed Lars Bondo Krogsgaard

Today the Supervisory Board has appointed José Luis Blanco to succeed Lars Bondo Krogsgaard as CEO of the Company. Nordex SE presented record sales and profits in 2016, and increased market share significantly. However, the company disappointed the market with its recent publication of its 2017/18 forecast, and this had substantial negative share price effect. … Continue reading José Luis Blanco appointed CEO of Nordex to succeed Lars Bondo Krogsgaard

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

The firm and unconditional order comprises supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution. The wind park is located at Overyanovka village, Novotroitsk district, in the Kherson province in southern Ukraine. Wind turbine delivery and commissioning is planned for the third quarter of 2017.   “We are pleased … Continue reading Wind energy in Ukraine: Vestas wind turbines for a wind farm

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Wind energy works for America

  Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY-23) penned an op-ed in The Hill this week explaining why the wind energy Production Tax Credit should be considered a successful policy, and why he thinks wind works for America. Rep. Reed cited wind’s large-scale job creation, the income it provides to rural communities, and the economic investment it … Continue reading Wind energy works for America

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From the classroom to the field and back

Wisconsin native Justin Barrett was living in Colorado, working at retail in a job he didn’t find fulfilling. It was time for a change, so he went back home to start something new. “I wasn’t doing anything that I really enjoyed and decided that it was time for me to grow up and find a … Continue reading From the classroom to the field and back

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This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

I’ve often written about the old Maytag factory in Newton, Iowa where Trinity Structural Towers now builds wind turbine towers. During my tour through Wisconsin last week, I learned Trinity isn’t the only company doing this—Broadwind Towers is also giving a second life to a decades-old factory in the city of Manitowoc. In 2004, Broadwind … Continue reading This WWII-era submarine factory now builds wind turbine towers

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Trainees today, trainers tomorrow: the future of the wind industry

Jobs are a hot topic in today’s political landscape, and the wind industry proudly hosts the country’s fastest growing profession: wind turbine technician. The outlook for “tower monkeys,” as they are colloquially known, is bright—the field will grow 108 percent over the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number was … Continue reading Trainees today, trainers tomorrow: the future of the wind industry

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Wind power the next innovation in shipping

More than a century after shifting away from wind power, the shipping industry is looking at ways to harness ocean breezes once again — this time to reduce reliance on fuel. The latest effort by Denmark’s Maersk Tankers uses rotating cylinders about 30m high that can function as hi-tech sails. The company, a unit of … Continue reading Wind power the next innovation in shipping

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Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America’s electricity grid

A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America’s electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Updating the country’s electricity grid to meet 21st century needs will … Continue reading Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America’s electricity grid

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AWEA, NEMA, SEIA, WIRES urge Congress to streamline US electrical infrastructure projects

A coalition of groups representing a broad spectrum of U.S. manufacturing, construction, energy and environmental workers, are calling for Congress to include electric transmission provisions in any proposed infrastructure legislation and streamline expansion of U.S. electrical infrastructure. A co-signed letter by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Solar … Continue reading AWEA, NEMA, SEIA, WIRES urge Congress to streamline US electrical infrastructure projects

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Vestas receives order for 31 MW of V136-3.45 MW wind turbines in southern Germany

The firm and unconditional order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM4000) service agreement and a VestasOnline® SCADA solution. Wind turbine delivery and commissioning is expected to be finalised in the second half of 2017. “Working with Vestas on the Kohlenstraße wind park feels … Continue reading Vestas receives order for 31 MW of V136-3.45 MW wind turbines in southern Germany

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Nordex receives new order in Finland

The international developer ABO Wind has placed another order with Nordex to build a wind farm in Finland. Following the customer’s last order covering nine turbines in November 2016, a new one has now been placed for three N131/3000s for a new project in west Finland. Nordex will supply the machines for the “Muntila” wind … Continue reading Nordex receives new order in Finland

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Siemens low wind prototype turbine installed in Drantum

Siemens’ new direct-drive low wind turbine has reached the prototype testing stage. The onshore model SWT-3.15-142, with a rotor diameter of 142 meters has successfully passed prototype approval and has now been erected at the Drantum wind test site in Jutland, Denmark. The IEC Class IIIA wind turbine is the first Siemens model to be … Continue reading Siemens low wind prototype turbine installed in Drantum

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