A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
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]
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, 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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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 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 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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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