Wind power News for March 2009

Wind power News Archive

US agencies cooperate on offshore renewable energy

The US Department of the Interior (DoI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will work together to facilitate the permitting of renewable energy in offshore waters.

Updating power grids essential for renewables

Updated European power grids would allow larger amounts of wind and other renewables onto the European energy system, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

NRG Systems and Leosphere partner on wind measurement

Wind measurement equipment manufacturer NRG Systems and Leosphere, which specialises in lidar (laser radar) for atmospheric observations, have formed a joint venture (JV) for the use of remote sensing with lidar in the wind energy industry.

Wind energy industry sees growing investment interest

The wind energy industry is attracting new sources of investment compensating for banks’ general reluctance to provide debt finance for projects, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Wind energy gives Europe a competitive advantage

Wind energy gives Europe a competitive advantage, according to the EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebagls speaking at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC).

Details of Round 3 offshore windfarms bids announced

The UK Crown Estate has received multiple bids for each of the nine Round 3 development zones for offshore windfarms in UK waters.

Duke Energy plans 99 MW wind energy in Wyoming

Duke Energy plans to build a 99 MW wind power project consisting of 66 wind turbines in Wyoming, USA.

Double ROCs available for small wind turbines in the UK

Double Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) will become available across the UK in April 2009.

Horizon introduces renewable energies science kit

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is introducing hands-on science experiment kits for educational purposes, including small wind-turbines, solar panels and zero emission vehicle construction sets.

Ontario proposes feed-in-tariffs Ontario proposes feed-in-tariffs

Ontario has proposed feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energy generated from sources such as onshore and offshore wind, hydroelectric, solar, biogas, biomass and landfill gas.

Shell withdraws from wind and solar – focuses on biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell has said it does not plan to invest further in renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydropower as these are deemed uneconomic.

Mainstream and Alberta Wind Energy build windfarms in Canada

Mainstream Renewable Power has signed a C$840 million joint venture (JV) deal with Canadian windfarm developer Alberta Wind Energy Corporation (AWEC) to build an initial portfolio of over 400 MW of wind energy plants in Alberta, Canada, by 2013.

Climate change congress: 40% renewables by 2050

The International scientific congress Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions has voiced the possibility of 40% of the world’s power coming from renewable energy by 2050 with adequate financial and political support.

Relight constructs 205 MW of wind in Turkey

Relight Enerji Üretim, the Turkish subsidiary of Italy’s Relight Group has received authorisation for three windfarms in Balikesir, in the North of Turkey totalling 205 MW.

Rubber flap reduces wind turbine blade loads

A controllable rubber trailing edge flap can reduce the loads on wind turbine blades, according to Risø Technical University Denmark (DTU).

Work has started on North Rhins windfarm

Work has started on the 11 wind turbines, 22 MW windfarm at North Rhins, near Stranraer, Scotland, by renewable energy company Wind Energy.

Dow manufactures wind energy formulations in China and South Korea

Dow Epoxy Systems (DES) has established a manufacturing facility in China and will start producing blends in a Dow Epoxy site in South Korea to serve composites, wind energy and infrastructure customers in the China and Asia Pacific region.

Vestas and Boeing collaborate on technology research

Vestas and Boeing plan to collaborate on joint research projects that further the development of environmentally progressive technologies for the wind energy and aerospace industries.

Siemens supplies 500 offshore wind turbines to DONG Energy

Siemens Energy Sector will supply up to 500 offshore wind turbines representing up to 1.8 GW to DONG Energy for deployment on DONG’s coming offshore windfarms in Northern Europe.

Iberdrola to build 102.85 MW windfarm in Mexico

The construction contract for the 102.85 MW La Venta III windfarm in Mexico has bee awarded to Iberdrola Renovables by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

UK electricity grid needs £4.7bn by 2020

Investment worth up to £4.7 billion could be needed to upgrade the UK electricity grid network to accommodate new power generation including renewables by 2020, according to the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG).

wpd submits bid for Round 3 offshore wind

wpd offshore GmbH and Clipper Windpower have submitted a bid in the UK offshore Round 3 tender to develop a 1350 MW offshore wind power project in the Hastings zone.

Automating wind turbine blade manufacture

Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and M.Torres Diseños Industriales will cooperate on R&D for a new concept for wind turbine blade design, as well as on an automated wind turbine blade manufacturing process.

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred Olsen form Round 3 consortium

DONG Energy, E.ON and Fred Olsen Renewables have formed a consortium to bid for exclusive rights on a number of zones as part of the UK Crown Estate's Round 3 Offshore Wind Farm programme.

Solar and wind power generating trees Solar and wind power generating trees

Using biomimicry techniques, an artificial tree or plant structure can function as a passive solar and wind power harvester, according to SolarBotanic.

EurObserv’ER's Wind Power Barometer published

EurObserv’ER consortium’s Wind Power Barometer shows that the total installed capacity of wind power in the European Union (EU) is 65 GW.

AWEA calls for renewable electricity standard

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is calling on Senators and Representative in the US Senate and House of Representatives to pass a national renewable electricity standard (RES).

Moog acquires 70% of Insensys Ltd

Moog Inc has acquired 70% of the stock of Insensys Ltd for US$15.7 million in cash.

Ireland announces new FiT

Irish Energy Minister Eamon Ryan has announced measures to encourage the on-site generation of electricity in homes and farms across Ireland.

Senergy Alternative Energy and Par Equity LLP form investment partnership

Senergy Alternative Energy and Par Equity LLP have formed an investment partnership to identify and pursue investment opportunities in companies operating in the alternative energy and clean technology sectors.

LM Glasfiber inaugurates wind blade factory

LM Glasfiber has inaugurated a composite wind turbine blade production facility in Goleniów, Poland, to serve the rapidly growing multi-megawatts wind turbine segment for onshore and offshore windfarms in the Northern, Central and Eastern parts of Europe.

Ontario, Canada, proposes renewables legislation

Ontario, Canada, is proposing sweeping new legislation to attract new investment, create new ‘green economy jobs’ and better protect the climate.

Wind bracing itself for slower 2009 Wind bracing itself for slower 2009

Emerging Energy Research’s (EER) 2008 Wind Turbine Market Share Update shows that banking on long-term growth, turbine manufacturers push capacity investments while bracing for slower 2009.

SSE consent for second Dutch offshore windfarm

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

REpower supplies offshore wind turbines to RWE Innogy

REpower Systems AG will supply 250 REpower 5M/6M offshore wind turbines to RWE Innogy under a €2 billion offshore wind energy framework agreement.

“It is time for America to lead again” – on renewables

In his first address to the Joint Session of Congress on 24 February, US President Barack Obama called on the USA to take a lead on renewable and clean energy.

Mott MacDonald advisor on Mongolian windfarms

Mott MacDonald has been acting as engineering adviser to Honiton Energy, China, for two of its new windfarms located in Inner Mongolia.

Siemens makes wind power more efficient

Siemens Energy has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to conduct atmospheric modelling research that is expected to help windfarms operators and owners increase operating efficiency and providing more power to power grids.

Major players form Round 3 offshore wind consortium

Four leading international energy companies have formed a consortium to bid for exclusive rights to develop offshore windfarms under the UK Round 3 licence round