Wind power News for November 2009

Wind power News Archive

Belgium inaugurates wind farm with largest wind turbines

The world’s first wind park with 7 MW wind turbines has opened in Belgium, using largest units ever placed into operation to generate electricity.

REpower and partners: up to 954 MW for wind farm projects in Québec, Canada

REpower Systems AG has signed a framework contract with EDF Energies Nouvelles and RES Canada comprises the delivery of up to 954 MW for five wind farm projects in Québec, Canada.

Wind turbine blade O&M company cooperates with insurance firm for North American market

Knight & Carver Wind Group, a wind turbine blade repair, service and fabrication firm, has entered into a long-term blade service agreement for the North American wind market with GCube - a provider of insurance services for renewable energy initiatives – to reduce the amount of time a wind turbine is considered inoperative.

Vestas makes its wind power e-learning programme freely available

Vestas has decided to make it as simple and easy as possible for pupils, students, teachers, and others to learn about wind power and the energy challenges facing the world by making its e-learning programme on wind power freely available.

E.ON completes wind farm on former coal mine in the USA

E.ON has opened its Stony Creek wind farm in Western Pennsylvania at the site of a former coal mine.

World Bank funds half-million for renewable energy and efficiency in South Africa

Funding to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Investment Plan in South Africa will allow the country to move towards its goal of 4% of electricity from renewable energy by 2013.

RES Canada starts first wind farm in Canada

Renewable Energy Systems Canada will develop a wind farm in southwestern Ontario, in partnership with a major Canadian gas company.

Portugese wind developer EDP Renewables to invest US$4bn in US wind sector by 2012

Portugese wind energy developer EDP Renewables will devote US$4 billion to build new wind farms in the United States through 2012, following US$1.5bn of new capacity installed in 2009.

REF Webinar: "Renewable energy in the Middle East" - speakers confirmed

Helene Pelosse, interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is confirmed as one of the guest speakers for Renewable Energy Focus’ next interactive webinar taking place on Wednesday 9 December (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT/19.00 UAE), in association with the World Future Energy Summit.

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon subsidiary divests 35.22 % stake in Hansen

AE-Rotor Holding BV (AERH), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of wind turbine group Suzlon Energy Ltd, has completed a secondary placing of 236,000,000 depository interests in Hansen Transmissions International NV, representing in aggregate 35.22% of the aggregate voting rights in Hansen.

Cost of solar energy will drop by half this year and other renewable energy by 10%, says analyst

The levelised costs for solar energy will drop 50% in 2009, while the pre-subsidy cost for other renewable energy technologies will decline by 10%, according to a quarterly research note from New Energy Finance.

US funds US$98m to support next-generation of wind turbine designs

Clemson University in South Carolina will receive US$45 million from the federal government to develop a wind energy test facility that will enhance the performance, durability and reliability of utility-scale wind turbines.

Half of US states generate at least 1 GW from non-hydro renewable energy

Development of renewable energy is spreading rapidly across the United States, often in conjunction with public policies that are designed to spur such growth, according to a state-by-state analysis by the Department of Energy's (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Pickens files energy fund including renewable energy with regulators across Canada

An energy fund created by Texas oil billionaire Pickens, which includes renewable energy, has filed a preliminary prospectus from securities regulators in each province and territory of Canada.

REpower USA supplies 9 of its 2 MW wind turbines for Michigan wind farm

REpower USA Corp, a subsidiary of Germany’s wind turbine manufacturer, REpower Systems AG will supply 9 of its 2 MW MM92 wind turbines with a total output of 18.45 MW to the US project developer Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC.

See LM Glasfiber’s impressive 61.5 m wind turbine blade being transported to COP15! See LM Glasfiber’s impressive 61.5 m wind turbine blade being transported to COP15!

The world's longest wind turbine blade – 61.5 m – traveled to be displayed at COP15 in Copenhagen in December last weekend. LM Glasfiber has released a video showing the enormity of the wind turbine blade.

ACCIONA receives long-term financing for two wind farms in India

ACCIONA has agreed long-term finance amounting to €18.14 million with the State Bank of India (SBI) for its two wind farms totaling 29.7 MW in India.

Germany completes its first large offshore wind farm Germany completes its first large offshore wind farm

A consortium has installed 12 large wind turbines in the North Sea, to complete Germany’s first offshore wind farm alpha ventus.

AMSC provides Hyundai Heavy Industries with 30 wind turbine electrical control sets

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) is providing Hyundai Heavy Industries with 30 sets of electrical control systems for its 1.65 MW wind turbines now in production in South Korea.

Six renewable energy sources judged to be best prospect for future, says report

The best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study released by two California-based think tanks.

European utilities must invest more in renewable energy, says analysis

The economic recession has prompted utilities in Europe to invest less in renewable power and the smart grid, even though they need to invest more to meet goals, says the European Energy Markets Observatory.

Seven designs for offshore wind turbine foundations are short-listed

Seven new designs for offshore wind turbine foundations have been short-listed for funding by the Carbon Trust in Britain.

AMSC delivers US$10m of wind turbine core electrical components to China

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has received a follow-on order for US$10 million worth of wind turbine core electrical components from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co. (CSR-ZELRI).

PPG wins DOE grant for project to improve wind blade manufacture

PPG Industries will receive a US$741 000 grant from the US Department of Energy to support the development of materials and automation processes for wind turbine blade manufacturing.

Women and older people are less likely to support renewable energy in UK

Men are more likely to say they support the use of renewable energy than women, according to an opinion survey conducted by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Canon Power Group gets US$19.4m in treasury grants for 400 MW wind farm Canon Power Group gets US$19.4m in treasury grants for 400 MW wind farm

Cannon Power Group has received US$19.4 million in federal renewable energy grants to spur construction of its 400 MW wind farm in Washington State.

Siemens supplies wind turbines to Mexico

Siemens Energy will supply 70 wind turbines for the Los Vergeles wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

GE and E.ON Climate & Renewables sign 7-year O&M wind turbine agreement

GE and E.ON Climate & Renewables North America have signed a 7-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement covering E.ON Climate & Renewable’s complete fleet of 529 GE wind turbines installed in the United States.

Wind in Europe can contribute towards climate goals, says industry

Wind turbines in Europe could displace the annual emission of 333 megatonne of CO2 by 2020, says the European Wind Energy Association.

Spain sets unique record for wind power

Wind turbines supplied 54% of Spain’s total electricity demand, for a short period on the weekend.

Booming wind power in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s wind power is set to boom over the next decade, according to a presentation at a workshop on integrating wind power in Bulgaria, predicting wind power will increase from the current 330 MW installed to over 3 GW by 2020 meeting 13.5% of Bulgaria’s electricity demand.

First 203.5 MW at Milford Wind Corridor project completed in Utah

First Wind, a North American wind power company, has completed the first 203.5 MW phase of its Milford Wind Corridor project in Millard and Beaver County, Utah, USA.

US$240m for Lost Creek Wind Project

Wind energy developer Wind Capital Group has closed US$240 million financing for the Lost Creek Wind Project in DeKalb County, Missouri, USA.

Wind energy receives 45% increase in US budget allocation

Wind energy will receive US$80 million in federal government funding appropriations, a 45% increase over the last fiscal year.

Britain offers £1.4bn in loans for onshore wind farms

Three UK-based banks will offer new loans to onshore wind farms, in a scheme that could enable £1.4 billion of onshore wind projects to move to construction over the next three years.

DESERTEC JV DII established for renewable energy from deserts

The articles of association for the joint venture (JV) DII GmbH have been signed by the group of founding members consisting of 12 companies and the DESERTEC Foundation to secure renewable energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Four companies cooperate on 2470 MW of offshore wind farm capacity in Scotland

Four offshore wind farm developers have announced their plans for major offshore wind farm developments in the outer Forth and Tay areas outside Scotland.

SeaEnergy and TGC develop offshore wind farm projects in Taiwan

SeaEnergy and Taiwan Generations Corporation (TGC) have concluded an agreement under which they will undertake the joint development of TGC’s pipeline of offshore wind farm projects.

US survey shows concern with noise from wind turbines

A survey in Rhode Island shows that 89% have positive opinions on the use of wind turbines to generate electricity, but 50% rate the cost of wind as an important issue and 44% say noise is an important consideration.

EIB examines over £300m of funding for connecting offshore wind farms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK Ofgem E-Serve say the EIB is considering provision of over £300 million of funding to investors in high voltage transmission links to offshore wind farms in the UK.

The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW by year end The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW by year end

The US wind energy market could reach 8 GW installed in 2009, (including project spill-over from 2008 and new wind build), despite initial fears of a major drop in megawatts resulting from the financial crisis, according to a brief from Emerging Energy Research.

Integration of renewable energy is top issue for next decade for US regulator

The integration of renewable energy facilities is one of the top factors that will require changes to policy, planning and operations over the next decade, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

Ocean Power Technologies completes trials of offshore underwater substation pod

Ocean Power Technologies has completed trials of its Underwater Substation Pod (USP) product in Spain, which is designed to facilitate the collection, networking and transforming of offshore power and data generated by up to 10 of its wave power device, PowerBuoy, for transmission to a shore-based electricity grid by one subsea power cable.

Mapping wind resources in South Africa Mapping wind resources in South Africa

Risø DTU has produced a detailed map of the wind resources in South Africa showing the best locations for wind turbines and is a prerequisite for funding wind farms.

3TIER expands geographical coverage of its advanced solar map and dataset solution

3TIER has announced that its advanced solar map and dataset - previously available for the Western Hemisphere - now includes Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.