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How does wind energy help the family farm stay in the family?

During my tour through Colorado wind power last week, I often heard how wind helps keep the fabric of rural communities intact, allowing them to thrive. Land lease payments make it possible for family famers and ranchers to keep their businesses running, expanded tax revenue provides resources to buy new emergency services equipment, and wind … Continue reading How does wind energy help the family farm stay in the family?

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226 gallons of water savings a year for every American made possible by wind energy

U.S. wind farms now pay $222 million dollars a year to farming families and other rural landowners, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today, with more than $156 million dollars going to landowners in counties with below average incomes. Wind energy generation saves about 226 gallons of water for … Continue reading 226 gallons of water savings a year for every American made possible by wind energy

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BOEM Initiates Review of Proposal for Wind Energy Development Project Offshore California

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced its first step toward potential leasing for commercial wind energy development in federal waters offshore California. BOEM has completed an initial review of an unsolicited lease request from Trident Winds, LLC (Trident Winds) for a floating wind energy project offshore Morro Bay, California, deemed the request … Continue reading BOEM Initiates Review of Proposal for Wind Energy Development Project Offshore California

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Statoil launches Batwind: Battery storage for offshore wind power

A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in co-operation with Scottish universities and suppliers, under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Edinburgh on 18 March … Continue reading Statoil launches Batwind: Battery storage for offshore wind power

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Nordex: Merger with Acciona Windpower to be finalised at the beginning of April

On the basis of its audited consolidated financial statements which have now been released, the Nordex Group (ISIN: DE000A0D6554) is able to confirm the preliminary data for 2015 which it reported in February. According to these figures, sales rose by around 40% to EUR 2,430.1 million in 2015 (2014: 1,734.5 million). Earnings before interest and … Continue reading Nordex: Merger with Acciona Windpower to be finalised at the beginning of April

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GE and Deepwater mark progress on first-ever US Offshore Wind Farm

GE Renewable Energy makes progress on production of the main components of the wind turbines for the Block Island Wind Farm. When completed, Deepwater’s Block Island wind farm to generate 30 MW of power meeting approximately 90% of Block Island’s electricity demand. First offshore wind farm in the US key to tapping potential 4,000 GW … Continue reading GE and Deepwater mark progress on first-ever US Offshore Wind Farm

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DEWI Spain receives ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation

DEWI Spain (UL International GmbH), one of the leading international performance, measurement, efficiency, research and education providers in the field of wind energy for 25 years, received its ISO/IEC 17020 certificate of accreditation from The International Accreditation Service (IAS), one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States. This accreditation covers DEWI (UL International … Continue reading DEWI Spain receives ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation

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India is on course to become the world’s fourth-largest consumer of renewable energy, after China

Over the next 14 years, India is on course to become the world’s fourth-largest consumer of renewable energy, after China, United States and European Union, predicts the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) report Road Map For A Renewable Energy Future, 2016 (REmap).   Renewable energy will account for 40% (two-fifths) of power generation in India … Continue reading India is on course to become the world’s fourth-largest consumer of renewable energy, after China

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Major wind energy potential in Finland

WSB Neue Energien Group continues its international expansion. The company founded in 1996 with headquarters in Dresden, is now entering the Northern European wind energy market. As part of this expansion, it established a Finnish subsidiary, VSP Uusiutuva Energia Oy, in Helsinki in early 2016. Widespread consistently good wind conditions, a stable investment environment and … Continue reading Major wind energy potential in Finland

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Vestas wins 31 MW order in the UK with EDF Energies Nouvelles

EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) has placed an order for nine V105-3.45 MW turbines, confirming the competitiveness of the 3 MW platform in the UK. The order is part of a new Master Supply Agreement (MSA) signed between EDF EN and Vestas.     Vestas has received a 31-MW order for the Beck Burn wind … Continue reading Vestas wins 31 MW order in the UK with EDF Energies Nouvelles

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Colorado wind power a story of second chances

My whirlwind tour of Colorado’s wind industry ends today, and as I look back I’m left feeling there’s an overarching theme: second chances. We met so many people on our visit who got second chances because of wind energy. We spoke with farmers who were able to keep their land, and pass it on to … Continue reading Colorado wind power a story of second chances

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Watching a wind turbine come together

I’ve seen wind turbines fully constructed, spinning in the wind and generating clean electricity. Today, I got to see how they’re made. AWEA’s team visited the Vestas blades and nacelles factories in Brighton, CO and got an inside look at the manufacturing process while meeting some of Vestas’ workers. The blades were particularly impressive. Weighing … Continue reading Watching a wind turbine come together

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Small Wind Energy World Market: Back on track again

On the occasion of the 7th World Summit for Small Wind in Husum (Germany), WWEA has released the global small wind statistics. The Summary of the 2016 Small Wind World Report indicates that 2014 brought a recovery but it was still challenging year for the small wind industry. As of the end of 2014, a cumulative … Continue reading Small Wind Energy World Market: Back on track again

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Global installed capacity of offshore wind energy to reach 52,120 MW by 2022

The increasing advantages of offshore wind energy over its onshore counterpart is a major factor boosting the global offshore wind energy market, states Transparency Market Research in its latest report. The report, titled “Offshore Wind Energy Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 – 2022”, is available for sale on … Continue reading Global installed capacity of offshore wind energy to reach 52,120 MW by 2022

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Wind benefits reverberate throughout the economy

On day six of my Colorado wind power tour it was all about the supply chain, and it was eye-opening how far the economic benefits of wind go. Most people know about the largest wind companies, like Siemens and General Electric. And we’ve been telling the story about wind turbine technician being the fastest growing … Continue reading Wind benefits reverberate throughout the economy

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ACCIONA Energía, pioneer in providing electric power system adjustment only using wind power

It is the first company in the world to provide additional wind power capacity in order to maintain the system balance by means of technical restrictions services at transmission lines. ACCIONA Energía has reached a technological milestone by integrating renewables into the electric power system, becoming the first company in the world to provide adjustment … Continue reading ACCIONA Energía, pioneer in providing electric power system adjustment only using wind power

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Making a deal: wind energy power purchase agreements

Continuing on my wind energy tour through Colorado, if this past weekend was all about family farms and wind power, today was all about where the electricity from those farms might go. In 2015, non-utility purchasers accounted for 52 percent of the megawatts contracted under wind power purchase agreements (PPAs), and that number jumped to … Continue reading Making a deal: wind energy power purchase agreements

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Wind power in Germany: Vestas wins 31 MW order

The order for nine V112-3.45 MW turbines was placed by Windpark Jacobsdorf GmbH & Co. KG for repowering the Odervorland wind power plant in Brandenburg, Germany.     The order comprises supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, along with a 20-year full-scope service agreement (AOM 4000) and VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution. Wind turbine delivery … Continue reading Wind power in Germany: Vestas wins 31 MW order

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EDF Renewable Energy and BlackRock Close on the Sale of 50 Percent Interest in Two Wind Projects in New Mexico

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has closed on the transaction to sell a 50 percent interest in the 250 megawatt (MW) Roosevelt Wind Project and the 49.65 MW Milo Wind Project to a fund managed by BlackRock Infrastructure. The closing of this transaction seals the partnership on the final two of five projects for which … Continue reading EDF Renewable Energy and BlackRock Close on the Sale of 50 Percent Interest in Two Wind Projects in New Mexico

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