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Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades.   According … Continue reading Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

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Mortenson to Build Largest Single-Phase Wind Energy Project in North America

Mortenson, a leading renewable energy contractor, has been selected to build what will be the largest single-phase wind farm ever built in North America. The 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project, owned and operated by Xcel Energy, will be home to 300 turbines and an 83-mile transmission line near Limon, Colo. „We are pleased to be … Continue reading Mortenson to Build Largest Single-Phase Wind Energy Project in North America

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ERG acquires six wind farms in Germany

ERG, through its subsidiary ERG Power Generation S.p.A., has acquired from DIF RE Erneuerbare Energien 1 GmbH and DIF RE Erneuerbare Energien 3 GmbH, a 100% equity interest in six German companies, owners of six wind farms in Germany. The wind farms, with an installed capacity of 48.4 MW, have an expected average output of … Continue reading ERG acquires six wind farms in Germany

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WindEurope talks auctions for South East Europe

WindEurope participated in a one-day workshop on auctions organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna. The workshop aimed to provide guidance to the Energy Community members on the key elements for efficient auctions and to present best practices from around the world. Participants included the European Commission, … Continue reading WindEurope talks auctions for South East Europe

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AWEA’s Community Engagement Seminar series

Ask any wind farm developer, and they’ll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. And a lot of communities do, as there are wind farms in 41 out of 50 states, supporting well-paying jobs and investing billions of dollars in rural communities. But how can we help ensure that happens? … Continue reading AWEA’s Community Engagement Seminar series

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Energy firm refines plans for wind farm cable route

Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company behind the Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms, has revealed a narrower search area for cables needed to carry clean power underground from the wind farms to the British consumer. Earlier this year Vattenfall revealed a 700 metre search area for a 60km underground cable corridor north of … Continue reading Energy firm refines plans for wind farm cable route

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Gloucestershire wind farm to be built in 2017

Britain’s leading green energy company, Ecotricity, is set to complete construction of a new wind park at Alveston in Gloucestershire by the end of the year. The three windmill site, which is near the junction of the M4 and M5, will become Ecotricity’s second wind project in its home county of Gloucestershire, and follows twenty … Continue reading Gloucestershire wind farm to be built in 2017

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AWEA’s Jana Adams honored by Trending 40

We’d like to congratulate AWEA Senior Vice President of Member Value and Experience Jana Adams, who was recently named to the 2017 Trending 40 Association Innovators list. She will be recognized at an event on March 22. At AWEA, Jana and the member value and experience team have led the significant evolution and innovation of … Continue reading AWEA’s Jana Adams honored by Trending 40

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Wind powers 5.5 percent of U.S. grid

All of the new wind farms built over the past few years are making an impact: new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration finds the country generated more than 5.5 percent of its electricity using wind in 2016. That comes on the heels of a recent announcement that wind is now the country’s largest … Continue reading Wind powers 5.5 percent of U.S. grid

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Western University study says wind energy plans should generate more equitable benefits to neighbours

The more a community is involved in wind energy planning – including getting direct benefits from nearby turbines – the more likely it is that a development will have local support, says newly published research from Western University. The study by Chad Walker and Jamie Baxter of the Department of Geography examines communities living with … Continue reading Western University study says wind energy plans should generate more equitable benefits to neighbours

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Wind energy in Ireland: Nordex wind turbines for a wind farm

The Nordex Group has passed a new milestone in the Republic of Ireland: with the commissioning of Energia Renewables’ 95 megawatt (MW) “Meenadreen” wind farm in Donegal the manufacturer passed the 500 MW mark for turbines in operation. In total, Nordex turbines with a capacity of 529 MW are now producing green power for the … Continue reading Wind energy in Ireland: Nordex wind turbines for a wind farm

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Vestas wins 50 MW order in Norway

The firm and unconditional order is for the Ånstadblåheia wind park in the municipality of Sortland, continuing the momentum Vestas has built in Norway. The contract includes supply and installation of the wind turbines, as well as a 5-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin … Continue reading Vestas wins 50 MW order in Norway

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Wind energy Vestas creates 400 new jobs in Denmark

Vestas has announced the extension of factories in two locations in Denmark. The company will be looking for 414 new employees to fill engineering and production positions at plants on the islands of Funen and Lolland, it said in a press release. The move comes after the company hired 100 new workers at a factory … Continue reading Wind energy Vestas creates 400 new jobs in Denmark

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US wind energy generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 percent in 2015.   With 99 percent of … Continue reading US wind energy generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

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New approach for matching production and consumption of renewable electricity promotes large-scale integration of solar and wind power

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating the BALANCE project, which brings together leading European research institutes in the field of electrochemical conversion. The project aims to demonstrate a technology that enables flexible storage of large amount of renewable power. Such technologies are needed for the further integration of additional wind and solar power. … Continue reading New approach for matching production and consumption of renewable electricity promotes large-scale integration of solar and wind power

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Wind energy in Austria: Vestas wins 33 MW order

The project will employ a customised solution consisting of V112-3.3 MW turbines with a hub height of 140m and V126-3.3 MW turbines with a hub height of 137m, demonstrating the versatility of Vestas’ product portfolio. The firm and unconditional order includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines along with a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution. … Continue reading Wind energy in Austria: Vestas wins 33 MW order

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One in six renewable energy jobs in Scotland at risk

Businesses working in the Scottish renewable energy sector are anticipating a sixth of their workforce will be lost within the next 12 months, a new industry survey has shown. Scottish Renewables polled its members on employment levels and confidence over the next year, with respondents predicting an average decrease in full-time equivalent posts in Scotland … Continue reading One in six renewable energy jobs in Scotland at risk

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E.ON announces Texas energy storage projects

E.ON North America announced its Texas Waves energy storage projects will be co-located at the existing E.ON Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas. Texas Waves consists of two 9.9 megawatt (MW) short duration energy storage projects using lithium-ion battery technology. The Texas Waves projects will be the second and third grid connected lithium-ion … Continue reading E.ON announces Texas energy storage projects

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Westar completes 280 MW Western Plains wind farm in Kansas

Westar Energy has completed the 280MW Western Plains wind farm in Kansas. The project, which is located near Spearville in Ford county, features 122 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Westar will own and operate the wind farm, which was developed by Infinity Wind and built by Mortenson Construction. About 200 temporary jobs were created during construction … Continue reading Westar completes 280 MW Western Plains wind farm in Kansas

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Acciona builds the first renewable project in Mexico following electric power auctions

ACCIONA Energía has started construction work on the fifth wind farm under its ownership in Mexico: El Cortijo, a 168-megawatt (MW) facility located in the State of Tamaulipas, which will represent an investment of 221 million dollars (210 million euros at current exchange). It is the first renewable energy project resulting from the electric power … Continue reading Acciona builds the first renewable project in Mexico following electric power auctions

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