Wind power News for January 2010

Wind power News Archive

Wind turbine towers built in Wales

Engineering firm Mabey Bridge is investing £38 million in a Chepstow, Wales, factory to build and paint wind turbine towers.

Spanish wind firm registers VCS wind park in USA

ACCIONA is the first company to register a wind energy facility in the USA under the requirements of the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).

Most UK homeowners would adopt microgeneration

Most homeowners in Britain would install on-site microgeneration technology that uses renewable energy if the financial incentives were greater, according to a survey.

Wales gives £8m to renewable energy

Community groups in Wales can access £8 million to develop local renewable energy projects.

Intel plans 8 solar electric facilities

Intel Corp says new contracts are in place to incorporate 2.5 MW of solar electric projects at corporate locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon, USA.

Duke Energy adds solar power

Duke Energy will add solar power to its commercial renewable energy portfolio through the acquisition of a solar electric facility under development in San Antonio, Texas.

Bank supports wind energy in remote Asian communities

Technical assistance grants of US$3.87 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will deploy small wind energy systems and lay the groundwork for using wind energy to enhance access to electricity in poor rural communities.

US wind energy industry installs 10 GW in 2009

The wind industry in the United States has broken all previous records by installing 10 GW of new capacity last year.

Ten US companies purchase 7.3 TWh green power a year

The 1200 partners in the Green Power Partnership purchase 18 TWh of green power annually.

US electricity from wind energy exceeds share from petroleum or biomass

Wind energy generated 55.4 TWh of electricity in 2008, an increase of 60.7% from the 34.5 TWh in 2007, according to federal data.

Globeleq acquires 70% of Central American wind company

Globeleq Generation Ltd, an emerging markets power company, is acquiring a 70% majority interest in Energias Renovables de Mesoamerica SA (ERM), an owner, operator and developer of wind power projects in Central America.

Enel Green Power acquires Padoma Wind Power

NRG Energy Inc and Enel North America Inc, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power, have closed an agreement for the sale of NRG’s terrestrial wind development company, Padoma Wind Power LLC to Enel North America (ENA).

Korean companies invest C$7bn into renewable energy in Canada

A consortium of Korean companies will invest C$7 billion to generate 2500 MW of wind energy and solar power in the province of Ontario, in a move that will create renewable energy 16,000 jobs.

Riverstone acquires offshore wind services company Seajacks International Riverstone acquires offshore wind services company Seajacks International

Riverstone Holdings LLC's most recent renewable energy fund has completed its previously announced acquisition of offshore wind services company Seajacks International, for a total cash consideration of US$207 million.

THEOLIA completes financing of 30 MW wind project in Italy

Maestrale Green Energy, THEOLIA’s Italian subsidiary, has closed the financing of a 30 MW wind project under construction in the province of Enna in Sicily.

Retail giant completes major solar electric installation

Walmart has completed its largest solar power project at its Apple Valley distribution centre in southern California.

US study shows that 20% from wind is possible by 2024

The integration of 20% from wind energy is technically feasible, but will require significant expansion of the transmission infrastructure and system operational changes in order for it to be realised, according to an analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Micronor introduces yaw position sensor for wind turbines Micronor introduces yaw position sensor for wind turbines

Micronor’s MR200W series Yaw Position Transducers are engineered specifically for wind turbine applications, and monitor position, direction, speed and cable twist while giving feedback to the yaw directional motor drive and brake control system.

Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010 Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010

Toyota Motor Corporation has been awarded the 2010 Zayed Future Energy Prize for its third-generation Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.

REpower supplies 20 wind turbines to Minnesota

REpower Systems AG will supply 20 REpower MM92 wind turbines to National Wind LLC, a large-scale community wind project developer, for the first phase of the Lake Country Wind Energy project in central Minnesota.

RES enters South African wind market with acquisition of 300 MW portfolio

RES has acquired a portfolio of wind power projects in South Africa totalling almost 300 MW.

Natural Power gets planning consent for extending Rothes Wind Farm

The Scottish Government has confirmed that an extension to Rothes wind farm near Elgin in Moray has been successfully consented, with Natural Power acting as the lead consultant on behalf of their client, Rothes II Ltd, a Fred. Olsen Renewables (FOR).

Wind has potential to generate 12% of electricity by 2050, predicts IEA

Wind energy could supply 12% of the world’s power by the middle of this century, up from the current 2%, according to a 'Wind Energy Roadmap' to be published soon by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

European offshore wind power market up 54% in 2009

The European offshore wind power market grew 54% in 2009 according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

Siemens Netherlands and GustoMSC collaborate on offshore jack-up systems

Siemens Netherlands and GustoMSC, a subsidy of the Dutch company SBM Offshore, have signed a strategic partnership for the use of electrically powered rack and pinion systems for jack-up units in the offshore industry, including wind.

Risø embeds smart sensor systems for offshore wind turbines

The embedded smart sensor systems will allow operators of offshore wind farms to check ‘the health’ of the wind turbines, while the operator is sitting onshore and while the wind turbine blades are spinning offshore, Denmark’s Risø DTU says.

Natural Power launches forecasting for wind farms

Natural Power has launched a new product in its suite of wind farm monitoring and management tools: ForeSite.

Good Energy Group announces £11.8m for wind farm development

Good Energy Group Plc has announced a £11.8 million financing package for the repowering of its wind farm at Delabole in North Cornwall, UK.

Round 3 offshore wind announcement enables new UK industry – BWEA Round 3 offshore wind announcement enables new UK industry – BWEA

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) has called on the UK government to ensure that UK manufacturing benefits from the recently announced Round 3 offshore wind projects through support for skills and training, the identification of coastal manufacturing hubs and upgrades to the UK’s electricity grid.

Wind energy may be used in nuclear facility

A research wind farm could be installed on the site of a major US nuclear office, where the wind-generated electricity would be used to operate the plant.

Canada funds 19 demonstration projects in clean and renewable energy

The government of Canada will invest C$146 million to support 19 clean and renewable energy projects which include solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy.

Vestas will deliver 80 MW of wind turbines to Germany

Vestas will deliver 40 of its V90 2 MW wind turbines to Nordwind Handels GmbH & Co KG for the eastern part of Germany.

Materials centre to increase wind turbine reliability

The Danish Council for Strategic Research’s Programme Commission on Energy and Environment has granted funding of DKK38 million for the establishment of the Danish Centre for Composite Structures and Materials (DCCSM), which will look into materials to increase wind turbine reliability.

Risø DTU: Smart wind turbines can predict the wind

Risø DTU has completed a successful test on a wind turbine with a laser-based anemometer built into the spinner in order to increase electricity generation.

Renewable energy enjoys a 'significant comparative advantage' in Scotland

A study commissioned by the Scottish Government highlights Scotland's location, natural resources, research and manufacturing bases as key advantages for developing renewable energy resources.

Wind farm selected in first selection of clean energy projects

A wind farm in the Caribbean island of Dominica is one of the first three projects to receive US funding under the ‘Energy & Climate Partnership of the Americas’ announced by President Obama at the 2009 Summit of the Americas.

USA: US$2.3bn in clean energy manufacturing tax credits

The US$2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing is being allocated on a competitive basis.

Wind farms in Mexico to generate green power for Cemex cement company and the Wal-Mart retail chain

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has approved US$102 million in partial financing for two wind facilities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which will establish a critical mass of renewable energy in the country and generate jobs in low-income rural communities.

Forewind consortium to develop Dogger Bank Round 3 offshore wind farm zone

The Forewind consortium will develop the largest zone in Round 3 for UK offshore wind farms, Dogger Bank.

Siemens Project Ventures and Mainstream Renewable Power to develop 4 GW of Round 3 offshore wind

The SMart Wind consortium, led by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures (SPV), a division company of Siemens Financial Services, will develop 4 GW of offshore wind farms by 2020 as part of The Crown Estate’s Round 3 offshore wind farm programme.

SSE part of two consortia developing Round 3 offshore wind farm sites

Two consortia, of which Scottish and Southern Energy Plc (SSE) is a partner, have been awarded development partner status by The Crown Estate in Round 3 of its UK offshore wind farm development programme.

RWE npower renewables to develop Bristol Channel Round 3 offshore wind zone

RWE npower renewables has been awarded the Bristol Channel Zone, off the South Wales and North Devon coasts, UK, under The Crown Estate’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development.

EDP Renováveis and SeaEnergy get 1.3 GW Moray Firth Round 3 offshore wind site

EDP Renováveis (EDPR) and SeaEnergy Plc have been awarded the right to develop offshore wind farms in the Moray Firth, Scotland, with an approximate installed capacity of 1.3 GW, as part of the UK Round 3 awards.

UK's offshore wind Round 3 winning consortia announced UK's offshore wind Round 3 winning consortia announced

The UK's Crown Estate has announced the successful bidders for the exclusive Round 3 "Zone Development Agreements", which will take the development of up to 32GW of offshore wind farms through the consenting phase.

Nine EU Governments take first steps towards a Northern European Supergrid.

The siging of a political declaration in early December last year will see the countries cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid joining up clean energy projects scattered in and around the North Sea.

Ontario invests in General Electric Canada’s motor production facility

Ontario, Canada is helping General Electric Canada (GEC) improve productivity and energy efficiency at its Peterborough-based motor production facility.

Windtec and Dongfang to cooperate on 5MW offshore turbine

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC)'s wholly-owned AMSC Windtec subsidiary has signed a follow-on contract with China's Dongfang Turbine Co. Ltd. to design and jointly develop 5 MW full conversion wind turbines for the offshore wind power market.

UK's Beauly-Denny power line given the go ahead

Plans for a line of giant electricity pylons from the Scottish Highlands to central Scotland have been approved by the Scottish government.

Global financial crisis has been a ‘blessing in disguise’ for community wind project development

A US federal laboratory suggests that ancillary benefits could be worth even more to community wind projects than the 30% investment tax credit or cash grant available under federal law.

California processing 244 proposals for renewable energy facilities

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the projects represent 70,000 MW of capacity that will help the state meet its 2020 goal of one-third of power from renewables.

Britain generates 39% more electricity from wind turbines

The United Kingdom generated 5.5 TWh of electricity from renewable energy in the third quarter (Q3) of 2009, an increase of 25% compared with Q3 2008.

Vestas to deliver 96 MW of wind turbines to Poland

Vestas will provide 48 of its V90 2.0 MW wind turbines to the German company Prokon, for different locations in Poland.