Wind power News for December 2009

Wind power News Archive

Vestas delivers 140 MW of wind turbines to Bulgaria and Romania

Vestas will deliver 50 of its V100 1.8 MW and 25 of its V90 2.0 MW wind turbines to Bulgaria and Romania.

SSE acquires quarter of Walney offshore wind farm

Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) will acquire a 25.1% stake in the 367 MW Walney offshore wind farm west of the Isle of Walney in the Irish Sea, from DONG Energy, which will retain a 74.9% stake.

Siemens to supply further offshore wind turbines to DONG Energy

Siemens and DONG Energy have expanded their record offshore wind turbine supply agreement from March as Siemens is to provide 75 of its 3.6 MW offshore wind turbine for DONG Energy’s 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Power Composites to supply 200 MW of wind turbine blades to PowerWind

Power Composites will manufacture and deliver wind turbine blades for more than 200 MW for PowerWind’s wind turbine installations in its European market until 2012.

DONG Energy acquires Borkum Riffgrund 1 & 2 offshore wind turbine projects

DONG Energy is acquiring PNE Wind AG's 50% ownership interest in each of the two German offshore wind turbine projects Borkum Riffgrund 1 & 2.

Nordex USA to provide 8 N100 wind turbines for Wisconsin, USA

Nordex USA has received an order for 8 N100 wind turbines to be installed at a 20 MW wind farm in Glenmore, Wisconsin outside of Green Bay, USA.

South Australia supports renewable energy in the state

The state government of South Australia has made two announcements to promote the use of renewable energy.

Renewable energy increases 21% in Ireland

The use of renewable energy in Ireland expanded by 21% in 2008, according to the analytic report, ‘Energy in Ireland 1990-2008.’

LM Glasfiber in research project on wind turbine blade laser sensory system

LM Glasfiber, the independent manufacturer of wind turbine blades, is entering into a three-year research project supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation to develop laser-based wind sensory systems as an integrated part of future wind turbine blades.

BWEA becomes RenewableUK

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) is changing name to RenewableUK to reflect the increasing amount of renewable energy the organisation covers.

Siemens provides grid access for London Array offshore wind farm

Siemens will provide grid access for the London Array offshore wind farm in addition to the 175 Siemens SWT-3.6 wind turbines totalling 630 MW it is already supplying.

Scotland on track to exceed targets for renewable energy

Scotland can easily meet its targets for renewable energy and reach 300% of its target by 2020 if all pending schemes are approved.

Nexans to provide €100m of cables for the London Array offshore wind farm Nexans to provide €100m of cables for the London Array offshore wind farm

Cable provider Nexans will design, manufacture and supply the high voltage (HV) subsea power export cables for the London Array offshore wind farm under a contract worth around €100 million.

Offshore wind farm links shortlist worth over £1bn announced

UK’s Ofgem E-Serve has announced a short list of firms for the first 9 offshore wind farm links projects following the first tender to run transmission connections to offshore wind farms.

SGL Rotec to supply blades for BARD offshore wind turbines SGL Rotec to supply blades for BARD offshore wind turbines

German wind turbine blade maker SGL Rotec GmbH & Co KG has announced a long-term agreement with BARD Emden Energy GmbH & Co KG for the delivery of blades for BARD's offshore wind farms.

REpower supplies 30.75 MW of wind turbines to E.ON

REpower UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of REpower Systems AG, will develop two wind farms totalling 30.75 MW in County Durham in the North East of England under a contract with E.ON Climate & Renewables.

LM Glasfiber to produce blades for Samsung wind turbine

LM Glasfiber will produce wind turbine blades for Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd’s new 2.5 MW wind turbine.

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Wind turbines not harmful to human health, say experts

The sounds produced by wind turbines are not harmful to human health, concludes an expert panel in its report to the wind energy associations in the United States and Canada.

CDM executive board turns against renewable energy development

The CDM executive board rejected 10 proposed Chinese wind energy projects on the grounds of lack of consistency with the CDM additionality criterion at the beginning of December, causing the wind industry to react with disbelief.

Siemens opens UK wind power research centre at the University of Sheffield

Siemens Energy says it will establish its UK wind turbine generator R&D competence centre at the University of Sheffield.

Support shifts for offshore wind farm off US east coast

A survey of residents along the northeastern US coast indicates that 57% of respondents now support a controversial offshore wind farm, up from 44% in the same survey in 2005.

Europe gives €562m to offshore wind farms

The European Commission has granted €1.5 billion to offshore wind farms and carbon capture & storage (CCS) schemes that will relaunch Europe’s economy and reduce its GHG emissions.

Europe's largest wind farm will add more wind turbines

The Scottish Government has approved a second extension to a wind farm near Glasgow, boosting the capacity of the Whitelee Windfarm to 593 MW.

Narec builds offshore wind turbine blade test facility

The UK New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) will build a £15 million facility for testing offshore wind turbine blades of up to 100 m in length.

COP15: Senior US official maps vision for new energy future at UN climate change summit

The international agreements being negotiated in Copenhagen “will propel all of us forward in the clean energy economy,” the US Secretary of the Interior has assured delegates to the UN conference on climate change, COP15, in Copenhagen.

UK proposals include boost to the deployment of renewable energy

The British government has released its pre-budget report which provides substantial new funding to renewable energy and other low-carbon options.

GE to supply wind turbines to 845 MW wind farm in Oregon, USA GE to supply wind turbines to 845 MW wind farm in Oregon, USA

GE will supply wind turbines worth US$1.4 billion to Caithness Energy for the 845 MW Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, USA.

UTC invests £126.5m in Clipper Windpower – intends 49.5% ownership

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is investing £126.5 million into Clipper Windpower Plc and intends to reach ownership of 49.5% of Clipper.

REpower to deliver 143.5 MW of wind turbines for wind farm in California, USA

REpower Systems AG has signed a delivery agreement to provide enXco with 70 REpower MM92 2.05 MW wind turbines for a wind farm project in the West Coast market in mid-2011.

Siemens installs 3 MW direct drive wind turbine prototype Siemens installs 3 MW direct drive wind turbine prototype

Siemens Energy has installed a prototype of its SWT-3.0-101 DD direct drive 3 MW wind turbine close to the Danish town of Brande.

USA remains most attractive country for renewable energy

The United States remains the most attractive country overall for renewable energy, but China has moved ahead of Germany to take second spot in the rankings released by Ernst & Young.

UK signs up to European offshore wind grid

Nine countries including the UK signed up to develop an integrated offshore wind grid in the North and Irish Seas.

Clipper provides 27 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines to Mexico

Clipper Windpower Inc is exporting 27 of its 2.5 MW wind turbines to Mexico, backed by a US$80.66 million direct loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).

Europeans embrace recycling to fight climate change, but not renewable energy

Europeans consider climate change to be the second-most serious problem facing the world today, but paying for green / renewable energy or installing solar panels or wind turbines are the least popular method to address the challenge.

Siemens supplies 28 wind turbines to New Zealand

Siemens Energy will supply 28 of its SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines to Meridian Energy for the Te Uku wind power project near Hamilton, New Zealand.

RWE Innogy opens Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm in Wales

The Rhyl Flats offshore wind farm consists of 25 wind turbines with a total output of 90 MW, and is the biggest wind farm in Wales.

Wind farms have no negative impact on property values, says US study

There is no “widespread, statistically observable” impact of wind turbines on the sale of homes in the United States, concludes the most comprehensive analysis from the Department of Energy (DoE).

Avantis Energy provides 200 MW of wind turbines to Vietnam

Avantis Energy, the Hong Kong/German wind turbine makers will deliver 80 sets of its AV 928 2.5 MW wind turbines to Hanoi-based Thanh Tung Group.

New York seeks offshore wind proposals for the Great Lakes

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is seeking proposals for an offshore wind farm of 120 MW to 500 MW, to be sited in Lake Erie or Lake Ontario.

SSE and DONG to develop offshore wind farms totaling 1 GW

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) and DONG Energy are forming a 50:50 joint venture to develop three offshore wind farms totaling just over 1 GW in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

ACCIONA completes largest wind farm in Latin America ACCIONA completes largest wind farm in Latin America

ACCIONA Energy has completed construction of its largest wind farm in the world and the largest facility in Latin America.

Clipper sells 70 MW of Liberty wind turbines and Maryland project to Constellation Energy

Clipper Windpower Plc and its subsidiary Clipper Windpower Development Corporation have sold 28 Liberty 2.5 MW wind turbines totalling 70 MW, and its Maryland-based Criterion development project to Constellation Holdings Inc, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy Inc.

IEA releases global roadmap for wind energy

The world will need to invest US$3.2 trillion if it is to generate 12% of electricity from wind power by 2050, and the International Energy Agency says there is “no fundamental barrier” to achieving that target or even exceeding it.

Export cable work starts on Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm

A horizontal directional drilling technique to install ducts at Weybourne is being used in preparation of the ‘pull-in’ of the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm’s two export cables.

SeaRoc joins Natural Power forming renewable energy consultancy

SeaRoc, a marine, engineering and offshore, is joining Natural Power, to form a renewable energy consultancy capable of providing end-to-end services globally for the industry both onshore and offshore.