Wind power News for February 2010

Wind power News Archive

AETI launches wind switchgear solutions

American Electric Technologies Inc (AETI) has launched a wind switchgear solution designed specifically to provide “safer, more reliable, higher-performing wind farm operations.”

Gamesa’s 2009 results down – difficult year

Gamesa reports an overall fall in results for 2009 as a difficult market slowed down wind developments.

3TIER releases global solar dataset

A US-based provider of renewable energy assessment and power forecasting tools has completed a tool to identify and map the world’s wind and solar resources using a globally-consistent methodology.

Screening tool for renewable energy

A US report evaluates numerous factors to determine how western states can source 33% of their electricity from new renewable energy resources.

Mitsubishi enters UK offshore wind market Mitsubishi enters UK offshore wind market

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe intends to invest up to £100 million in an offshore wind turbine project in the UK under a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government.

Investment in ships for offshore wind needed

Investment totalling €2.4 billion in new ships to serve the expanding offshore wind energy market over the coming years is needed.

Master certificate in renewable energy

Boots on the Roof, a US provider of renewable energy training and education, is now offering a Master Certificate in Renewable Energy programme.

Siemens 1000th UK offshore wind turbine Siemens 1000th UK offshore wind turbine

Siemens has installed its 1000th wind turbine in the UK at the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm off the coast of Essex.

USA develops renewable energy on contaminated sites

Two US agencies are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites.

Green jobs if Canada renews incentives for renewable power

A coalition of environmental groups says Canada could create at least 8000 jobs by if the Federal Government renews incentives for renewable energy.

UK £8m offshore wind demonstration call

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has opened the third call for capital grant funding for offshore wind component and technology development.

REpower and Akuo Energy: 51 MW wind in France

REpower Systems AG will deliver 25 of its MM92, 2.05 MW wind turbines to Akuo Energy SAS for three wind farms in France.

Australia: 100% renewable energy by 2020

Renewable energy could produce 100% of the electricity needed in Australia within 10 years, using technologies that are available now.

US utilities see future for solar and wind

Wind energy projects are underway or planned by 79% of utilities in the USA within the next five years, while solar energy is planned by 73% within that time horizon.

Gamesa and Bard collaborate on offshore wind

Gamesa and Bard Holding GmbH will jointly develop and market offshore wind turbines and services under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Scotland wants more backyard wind energy

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to facilitate the installation of residential wind turbines and air-source heat pumps.

California raises cap on solar and wind

The State Assembly in California has approved legislation to increase the limit on the state’s net metering programme for solar and wind energy.

2025 solar and wind energy costs charted

The capital cost to install a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility by 2015 will be US$7981/kW, according to a report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Potential for US wind energy is 10.5 GW

Wind turbines on the continental USA could generate 37 PWh a year, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Wind turbine controllable rubber trailing edge flap tested Wind turbine controllable rubber trailing edge flap tested

Controllable rubber trailing edge flaps for wind turbines have shown promising results in wind tunnel tests, says the Wind Energy Division at Risø DTU, Denmark.

Clipper initiates offshore wind turbine blade factory construction

Clipper Windpower Marine Ltd, a Clipper Windpower Inc subsidiary, has started the groundbreaking of its offshore wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Neptune Estate, Tyne, UK.

40% wind energy in the Falklands

The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic have commissioned three new wind turbines that will supply 40% of the settlement’s electricity.

Delaware: 30% renewable energy by 2013

The state of Delaware must evaluate the feasibility of installing renewable enegy such as on-site wind or solar systems with a simple payback period of under 20 years.

REpower supplies wind turbines to France

REpower Systems AG will supply 26 of its 2 MW MM92 wind turbines to EOLE-RES S.A for the Langres Sud 52 MWwind farm in the Champagne-Ardennes region, France.

Bonds authorised for renewable energy

The US government has funded 16 native tribes to issue bonds for renewable energy facilities.

Solar to gain the most into 2011

Solar will register the greatest increase in usage from 2010 into 2011, according to the latest US government forecast.

15 MW wind turbine drive trains and nacelles test facility

A 15 MW wind turbine drive train and nacelle test facility is planned in the UK by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

REpower constructs Canadian wind farm

REpower Systems AG and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc (RES Canada) have completed the construction of a test wind farm in the Gaspé region, Canada.

SeaRoc management software for Walney Offshore Windfarm

SeaRoc will provide its Offshore Wind Farm Management web applications for the 367.2 MW Walney offshore wind farm in the UK.

Hong Kong plans 100 MW wind farm

HK Electric proposes a 100 MW offshore wind farm in Southwest Lamma Channel, Hong Kong.

Sway to erect 10 MW offshore wind turbine

Enova is granting NOK137 million to Sway AS to erect a 10 MW prototype offshore wind turbine in Hordaland, Norway.

Vestas delivers 99 MW wind turbines to USA Vestas delivers 99 MW wind turbines to USA

Vestas will deliver 33 of its V90-3.0 MW wind turbines to Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire, USA.

Gamesa opens wind turbine plant in India

Gamesa has set up an Indian subsidiary, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt Ltd, near Chennai, India, to produce the Gamesa G58-850 kW Wind Turbine.

Wind energy key for Turkey’s power demand

Turkey must exploit its huge wind energy resources if it wants to meet its increasing power demand.

US support declines for renewable energy: poll

Americans of all parties support the passage of Federal policies to support renewable energy, although the level is down from a baseline survey conducted two years ago.

US renewable energy industry wants key legislation passed this year

Five associations in the United States have banded together to urge Congress to enact key policies which will continue accelerated growth across the renewable energy sector.

Vestas’ 2009 profit up 13.3%

Vestas profit after tax for 2009 rose 13.3% to €579 million from 2008.

KEMA conducts 1.2 GW German offshore wind study

KEMA has won the tender to conduct the Front End Engineering Design Study (FEED study) for two offshore wind farms totalling 1.2 GW in the North Sea.

Finance: Clean Energy Index down 4.59%

Interested in financial renewable energy news and stocks? Renewable Energy Focus has launched a finance section with real-time financial data and news.

Global clean energy investment: US$145bn

China’s investment in wind energy last year kept the world’s overall investment in clean energy to 6.5% below the 2008 record, despite the worst recession for 60 years.

juwi constructs wind farm in US

juwi has started construction of its first US wind farm in Richardson County, Nebraska, USA.

£10m for renewable energy initiatives by UK communities

Twelve UK communities have received grants to install solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy technologies, under a national challenge to reduce carbon emissions.

LM Glasfiber joins Global Wind Alliance

Wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Glasfiber’s international service unit has joined the Global Wind Alliance.

Hawaii considers US$50m bonds for renewable energy

Hawaii has introduced legislation to create a green jobs sector through the establishment of a ‘Hawaii Clean Energy Investment Bonds’ programme for renewable energy.

Indian Energy installs three wind turbines

Indian Energy Ltd says the first three wind turbines at its Theni Project have been commissioned and are now fully operational and grid connected.

Wind power tops new EU electricity

Wind power represented the largest share of new electricity generating technology installed in the European Union in 2009.

US renewable electricity standard - 274,000 jobs

A US national renewable electricity standard (RES) of 25% by 2025 could create thousands of jobs and help fledgling industries like wind grow, as short-term tax benefits expire.

Siemens invests heavily in India – includes renewable energy

Siemens is to invest over €250 million in India by 2012, with a major part of this going to renewable energy.

HgCapital renewable energy fund tops €1bn

HgCapital Renewable Power Partners has made three new investments: two Spanish solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and one UK onshore wind project.

Wind energy grows 31% in 2009

The capacity of wind energy increased by 31% last year, adding 37.5 GW of wind turbines with an investment of US$63 billion.

AMSC: US$70m wind turbine control systems to China

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will deliver US$70 million-worth of wind turbine electrical control systems to China’s Shenyang Blower Works Co Ltd (SBW).

Wind industry aim: European single market by 2015

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) welcomes European regional energy initiatives, but says the aim is a European single market by 2015.

Finnish wind gear manufacturer cooperates with Dong Fang

Finnish wind gear manufacturer Moventas and Chinese Dong Fang New Energy Equipment (DNEE) have agreed on R&D cooperation on wind turbines.

USA investigates new renewable energy

The US federal budget proposes that the USA should be “the global leader in the new energy economy by developing new ways to produce and use clean and renewable energy.”

Acciona increases Spanish wind power capacity 49% Acciona increases Spanish wind power capacity 49%

Acciona Energy increased its wind power capacity in Spain by 1308 MW last year, to 3996.8 MW.

REpower and RWE Innogy: 295 MW offshore wind REpower and RWE Innogy: 295 MW offshore wind

REpower Systems AG will deliver 48 offshore wind turbines totalling 295 MW to RWE Innogy for Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm.

UK renewable industry welcomes feed-in tariff

The UK renewable energy industry welcomes today’s announcement of the feed-in tariff for renewable and low carbon electricity, and the plans for low carbon heating incentives.

UK feed-in tariffs announced

The UK Government has announced its feed-in tariffs for small scale renewable and low carbon electricity starting from 1 April.

BWEA: renewable industry calls for 2020 action

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) calls on the UK Government to consider a raft of immediate measures to deliver the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets.

AMSC delivers wind turbine core electrics to China

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) will deliver 100 sets of wind turbine core electrical components to China’s XJ Group Corporation.