Friday, June 23, 2017

Fwd: State Moves To Kill Harsh Wind Siting Rule; Court Upholds FERC Decision

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Ohio Makes Moves To Kill Harsh Wind Turbine Setback Rule
June 22, 2017
AWEA and several major wind developers are applauding an omnibus amendment - now included in the state's proposed budget - to bring a "commonsense approach" to siting wind turbines in Ohio. [Read More]
FERC Wins Case Over PJM Capacity Rules 'Discriminating' Against Wind And Solar
by Betsy Lillian, Jun 21, 2017
Clean energy advocacy groups say PJM's new "always available, all-year requirement" puts renewables at a disadvantage, considering their performance can vary according to seasons. [Read More]
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Vestas Introduces 4.2 MW Wind Platform In Three Variants
June 22, 2017
Vestas is rolling out a new 4.2 MW wind turbine platform in three variants: V150-4.0/4.2 MW, V136-4.0/4.2 MW and V117-4.0/4.2 MW. First introduced in 2010 as the V112-3.0 MW, the company's 3 MW platform – now in its fourth generation [Read More]
Alliant Energy's Wisconsin Utility Seeks 200 MW Of Wind
June 22, 2017
Alliant Energy's Wisconsin utility, Wisconsin Power and Light Co., has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to add 200 MW to its wind generation portfolio. Qualifying structures include asset sales, develop-transfers or build-transfers, and power purchase agreements. Resources being considered [Read More]
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ABB Microgrid To Help Aruba Integrate More Wind And Solar
June 22, 2017
In an effort to help the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba transition to renewable energy, ABB is providing an advanced microgrid to WEB Aruba N.V., the main power utility serving the island. ABB says the microgrid will help WEB Aruba [Read More]
New York Offers Millions In Funding For Energy Storage Tech
June 21, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that up to $6.3 million is now available for emerging energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in the state. [Read More]
Two Southern Cities Commit To 100% Renewables
June 21, 2017
The cities of Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have each made commitments to transition to 100% renewable energy, the Sierra Club has announced. According to the group, the Sarasota City Commission adopted a goal of powering all of Sarasota with [Read More]
DNV GL, Goldwind Team Up To Work On Wind Asset Management
June 21, 2017
DNV GL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Goldwind International to develop a new portfolio asset management platform to support Goldwind's global onshore and offshore wind projects. The agreement was signed by Mathias Steck, executive vice president for Asia [Read More]
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DOE Funds Wind And Solar Projects On Tribal Lands
June 22, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has selected 13 tribal energy projects – including wind, solar, biomass and energy efficiency – to receive funding of $7.8 million. The selections are the result of [Read More]
Vestas To Enter Russian Wind Power Market
June 22, 2017
In connection with Fortum Energy's recently being awarded a series of onshore wind projects in a renewable energy auction in Russia, Vestas expects to soon enter the Russian wind market. According to the turbine manufacturer, the Fortum-RUSNANO wind investment fund [Read More]
New Brunswick Wind Farm To Be Expanded
June 21, 2017
NB Power and a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc. have reached an agreement to add 17.25 MW of wind generating capacity at the Kent Hills site in New Brunswick. The Kent Hills project currently accounts for 150 MW of nameplate [Read More]
EDF RE Inks Utility PPA For Minnesota Wind Farm
June 21, 2017
EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE), the North American subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency for the 100 MW Stoneray wind farm. The project is located in [Read More]
GE Renewable Energy Supplying 66 MW Japanese Project
June 21, 2017
GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Shimizu Corp. to provide turbines for the Akita Katagami wind farm, located in the Akita prefecture in northern Japan. The company is supplying 22 GE 3.2-103 turbines for the project, which will be [Read More]

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fwd: Sierra Club: Fla., S.C. cities pledge 100% renewables

Innovation will help renewables balance grid reliability, say experts | Former energy secretary's nonprofit plans grid study | World is pressing forward with green energy revolution, says Virgin CEO
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Innovation will help renewables balance grid reliability, say experts
Innovation will play a major role in ensuring grid reliability as clean energy sources like wind account for a growing share of electrical generation, says Brattle Group energy consultant Judy Chang. Midcontinent Independent System Operator Executive Director of System Operations Renuka Chatterjee said utilities are making progress on wind forecasting, and firms are spacing turbines to align with wind patterns.
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Former energy secretary's nonprofit plans grid study
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Ernest Moniz, who served as energy secretary under President Barack Obama, is preparing to launch the Energy Futures Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to energy research and technological advancements. Moniz said the nonprofit's first initiative would be analyzing the state of the electric grid and how the fast-paced growth of renewables could affect grid security.
The Hill (6/21),  Axios (6/21) 
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World is pressing forward with green energy revolution, says Virgin CEO
Business leaders were taken aback by President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate accord, but his decision won't stop the world from creating a "green energy revolution," said Virgin founder and CEO Richard Branson. He argues that ongoing investments in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Rise and other clean energy initiatives show world leaders aren't deterred by the Trump administration's agenda.
Mashable (6/21) 
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13 Ways to Get Reward & Recognition Right
When done correctly, rewards and recognition inform employees their great work is valued. And when they feel valued, they're happier and more productive, which motivates them to continue—and improve upon—their great work. But what are the right ways to reward and recognize employees? We offer 13.
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EDF Energies signs PPA with Southern Minnesota Municipal
EDF Energies Nouvelles has signed a power purchase agreement with Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency for output from its 100-megawatt Stoneray project, said the company. The project, which will features 50 turbines, is expected to begin operations in the winter of 2018-2019.
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Sierra Club: Fla., S.C. cities pledge 100% renewables
Sarasota, Fla., and Columbia, S.C., have become the latest US cities to pledge 100% renewables, the former by 2045 and the latter by 2036, according to the Sierra Club. "Cities and mayors can lead the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean and renewable energy," said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
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Vattenfall aims to make Scotland a hub for offshore wind research
Vattenfall unveiled the final four projects that will receive funding under its $3.3 million scientific research program for offshore wind, three of which are located in Scotland. The presence of the three projects, plus Vattenfall's 92.4-megawatt European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, will make Scotland the next major hub for offshore wind research.
CleanTechnica (6/21) 
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Appeals court OKs interconnection rules that may hinder wind
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has voted in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to allow PJM Interconnection to keep new market rules that clean energy advocates argue are discriminatory against wind and solar. "It impedes American clean energy innovation and sets back real progress in the fight against climate change," said Sustainable FERC Project Attorney Jennifer Chen.
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Trump dismissive of wind at Iowa rally
President Donald Trump criticized wind at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday even though the state sources almost one-third of its electricity from the energy source. "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes," said Trump. "Iowa reliably generates >36% of its electricity using #windpower, has over 8K #windpower jobs, and over 2K well-paying factory #jobs," American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said on Twitter.
The Hill (6/21),  The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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May cooler heads prevail in debate over renewables' role in providing clean electricity
While articles in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences don't often provoke bitter fights on the pages of major newspapers, that was the case for an academic study about renewable energy published earlier this week. Read more.
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