Wind power News for February 2009

Wind power News Archive

Crown Estate awards 6.4 GW of offshore wind sites Crown Estate awards 6.4 GW of offshore wind sites

The UK Crown Estate will be offering exclusivity agreements to companies and consortia for 10 sites for development of offshore windfarms within Scottish territorial waters with potential for over 6.4 GW of offshore wind power.

Principle Power and EDP to develop offshore wind Principle Power and EDP to develop offshore wind

Principle Power Inc has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Energias de Portugal (EDP) for the phased development of a deep-water offshore wind power project sited off the coast of Portugal.

Wind turbines generate power in Antarctica Wind turbines generate power in Antarctica

Eight wind turbines have been erected in Antarctica providing power for the International Polar Foundation’s Princess Elisabeth Station.

Canberra amends FiT

Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell, has released details of Stage 1 of the ACT’s electricity feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme for households and commercial buildings.

ITC Holdings plans 12 GW wind transmission

ITC Holdings Corp has worked over the last year on the development of the Green Power Express, a network of transmission lines for 12 GW of wind power in the USA.

Bridging the wind investment gap to 2010

After a record year for new installations in 2008, the global wind industry faces greater near-term uncertainty as the deteriorating economic conditions in the USA threaten to dampen growth prospects and wind turbine supply chain investments globally, writes Emerging Energy Research (EER) Research Director Joshua Magee.

Portugal with FiT for micro energy

Portugal is introducing a special feed-in-tariff (FiT) for small wind turbines and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a maximum installed power of 5.75 kW.

Green New Deal offers a route out of the recession

A national Green New Deal that invests in jobs, carbon-free electricity and innovative green technology is the way to beat the recession, says Lord Chris Smith, Chairman of the UK Environment Agency.

New Jersey introduces renewables incentives

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has launched a Renewable Energy Incentive Program for 2009.

Upgrading grid for wind pays off

An investment in the power grid to enable wind to supply 20% of the electricity needs of eastern USA could save consumers billions.

Fraunhofer sets up Institute for Wind Energy

Fraunhofer Institute is setting up a new centre for wind energy, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES.

Nordex UK receives 52.5 MW of wind turbine orders

Nordex will be delivering a total of 21 N90/2500 High-Speed turbines totaling 52.5 MW for the windfarms Inchincoosh (Ireland) and Craigengelt (Scotland).

AMSC and DoE to collaborate on 10 MW wind turbines

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has entered a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) to validate the economics of a full 10 MW class superconductor wind turbines under development by AMSC.

US stimulus bill passed

The US$789 billion economic stimulus bill, which includes provision for renewable energy, has been passed by the US Congress and endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Three NY windfarms come online

Three windfarms totalling 328 MW have come online in New York, USA, with the aid of Careba Mott MacDonald and Noble Environmental Power LLC.

Combined wind and wave power device Combined wind and wave power device

Green Ocean Energy Ltd has developed a wave power machine which attaches to an offshore wind turbine thereby giving combined wind and wave power from one installation.

Suzlon-subsidiary: 1,500 MW wind in Gujarat

Suzlon Gujarat Wind Park Ltd (SGWPL), a Suzlon Energy subsidiary, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Gujarat for developing wind power projects of up to 1,500 MW.

US wind demand to exceed US$10bn in 2012 US wind demand to exceed US$10bn in 2012

Demand for wind turbine systems and components is expected to increase 6.8% a year to US$10.1 billion in 2012, according to industry research firm Freedonia Group.

Transmission investment needed to unlock US wind

The electric transmission investments proposed in the Obama administration’s stimulus plan could have a major impact on wind power development in the US, according to Emerging Energy Research (EER).

Hyundai Heavy Industries to build wind turbine plant

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gunsan City, Jeollabuk-do, Korea, to build a wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Imera plans pan European electricity grid project

Irish energy infrastructure company, Imera, plans a pan-European offshore electricity network connecting key markets and offshore wind farms.

USA & China experience wind power boom

USA has passed Germany to become world number one in wind power installations at the same time as China’s total capacity doubles for the fourth year in a row, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports.

Wind leads EU power sector

More wind power was installed in the EU than any other electricity generating technology in 2008, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Market attractiveness ranking of European wind Market attractiveness ranking of European wind

As 2009 begins, Europe retains its position as the bedrock of the wind power industry with wind producing 5% of the EU’s power.

Offshore wind can stimulate European economy

The European Commission has recognised offshore wind energy as a key technology in Europe’s attempt to stimulate the Union’s economies in its proposed €5 billion investment in energy and internet broadband in 2009-2010.

€40m for Aberdeen offshore windfarm

Plans for a proposed offshore windfarm in Aberdeen, Scotland, could receive €40 million in funding from the European Commission.

ACCIONA Energy constructs 250 MW wind in Mexico

ACCIONA Energy is constructing a 250.5 MW wind park in Oaxaca, Mexico for the Mexican cement company Cemex.

RES Canada announces Canadian windfarms

Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) have announced the development and construction of Talbot and Greenwich windfarms in Canada.

SkyPower signs PPA for US$160m wind power project

SkyPower’s proposed 64.5 MW, US$160 million Byran Wind Project has been selected for a 20-year power purchase agreement by the Ontario Power Authority.

US wind grows by nearly 8.4 GW in 2008

The US wind energy industry installed 8,358 MW of new generating capacity in 2008, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has reported. The outlook for 2009 is less certain, however, due to the continuing financial crisis.