Wind power News for January 2009

Wind power News Archive

US House and Senate proposals for renewable energy

Just before the House of Representatives passed the US$819 billion economic stimulus package at the end of January, both the House and the Senate issued proposals for renewable energy incentives.

UK could see 5-7000 more offshore wind turbines

A study of the UK’s shores recommends there’s scope for 5-7000 more offshore wind turbines in the UK.

Vestas delivers 67 3 MW wind turbines to Romania

Vestas has received an order for delivery of 67 x V90-3.0 MW wind turbines for Romania from S.C. Ewind S.R.L and S.C. Wind Power Park S.R.L., Romania.

Stetson Wind project begins commercial operation

The 57 MW Stetson Wind project has begun commercial operation, according to First Wind, a North American wind power company

EWEA: Wind energy jobs to double by 2020

The number of jobs in the European wind energy industry will more than double by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

CSR-ZELRI orders wind turbine components from AMSC

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received a multi-million-dollar order for 100 sets of its wind turbine core electrical components from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co.

PSE and RES Americas co-develop wind

Utility Puget Sound Energy and wind power developer RES Americas have entered into an agreement to jointly develop and construct new wind energy facilities in Washington State.

Turkana plans 300 MW windfarm in Kenya

A 300 MW windfarm is being planned in Kenya by Turkana Wind Power Consortium (LTWP).

Wind turbine siting is ‘key’ to viability

The importance of site assessment in deploying small wind systems has been reiterated by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) in the Warwick Wind Trial report.

E.ON gets planning consent for Camster wind farm

E.ON has received planning consent for its Camster wind farm in Caithness, UK.

RES Americas' Hackberry Wind Project begins commercial operations

Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas), which develops and constructs wind power projects, has announced completion and commencement of commercial operations of its Hackberry Wind Project, a US$350 million wind farm in Texas, USA.

EDF EN commissions 100.5 MW US windfarm

EDF Energies Nouvelles is commissioning its 100.5 MW Wapsipinicon windfarm in Minnesota, USA.

All eyes on the US for renewables in 2009

As 2009 gets underway, all eyes are turned towards the US, a market poised to begin a dramatic transition in energy and climate policy, but facing decisions still steeped in political wrangling, according to analyst Emerging Energy Research.

Renewables could receive £1.1 billion funding

Four projects have been given the go-ahead as part of a potential £1.1billion fund from the UK Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to promote renewables.

Elsevier site for energy researchers

Elsevier is launching a ‘one-stop’ site for energy researchers covering all aspects of energy including renewables.

GE Drivetrain: 900 wind turbine gearboxes to A-Power

GE Drivetrain Technologies and A-Power Energy Generation Systems have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the delivery of 900 wind turbine gearboxes.

SSE: consent for Dutch offshore windfarm

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), through its renewables development division Airtricity, has obtained consent for the construction of West Rijn offshore windfarm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

WFES09 reports 132 visiting solar companies

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES09) will see 132 solar-related companies exhibiting on January 19-21, 2009.

Natural Power acquires Chilean LatWind

Natural Power, an international renewable energy consultancy, has acquired the Chilean firm LatWind Eolica Latinoamericana providing Natural Power with a base in Latin America to expand into the burgeoning renewables market there.

Wind Energy Ltd secures North Rhins leases

UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has assisted Wind Energy (North Rhins) Limited in securing four leases, complete the Section 75 Agreement, negotiate the construction contract, and to enable financing for the 22 MW North Rhins wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway near Portpatrick, UK.

NEF: Clean energy shares on the up after 61% battering in 2008?

Clean energy shares have been benefiting from an 'Obama Bounce', surging from their lows in November last year, according to leading analysis company New Energy Finance.

JV for 50 MW windfarm in Pakistan

Iran’s Sunir and Pakistan’s Planet Energy Pvt Ltd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a 50 MW windfarm in Pakistan.

New report disputes IEA's windpower "stagnation" prediction

A new study by independent research authority Energy Watch Group has tracked the exponential growth in wind power capacity since the early 1990s, and suggests that - contrary to IEA forecasts in its World Energy Outlook 2008 - there will be no downturn in new capacity after 2015.

UK's RE industry of growing importance

Recruitment company Resourcing Solutions predicts the renewable energy industry will have a growing importance in the UK job market.

Obama's green dollars

In a speech on 8 January, President-elect Barack Obama made it clear renewables would play an important part in saving the US economy.

VC investment in RE reaches US$2.5bn in Q4

Fourth quarter data from Greentech Media show that venture capital (VC) investment in green technologies exceeded US$2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, down 1.4% from Q3.

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A robot has been developed to inspect composite wind turbine blades in minute detail on location.

AMSC to supply Chinese power grid

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will provide static compensators for a substation connected to seven wind farms in China.

Wind turbine hit by "UFO"?

A wind-turbine at the Ecotricity Fen Farm wind park in Lincolnshire, UK, has been destroyed, with one blade being knocked off and the other disfigured.

SgurrEnergy to advise on Chinese offshore wind

Renewable energy consultancy SgurrEnergy has been appointed by the EU-China Energy and Environment Programme to advise on the potential for China to exploit its offshore wind resource.

UK Round 3 offshore wind could cost £10.4 billion

A study into the potential for offshore grid connections for the planned 25 GW of Round 3 offshore windfarms by 2020, estimates the cost to £10.4 billion.

RWE Innogy plans 960 MW windfarm

RWE Innogy plans what could become the largest offshore windfarm off the German coast with an anticipated 960 MW capacity.

Vestas delivers 200 MW to China

At the end of 2008 Vestas recorded orders for wind turbines totalling 200 MW for the Chinese market.