Wind power News for March 2010

Wind power News Archive

Europe could have 100% renewable energy by 2050: study

Europe and North Africa could obtain all of their electricity from renewable energy by 2050, if the concept is supported by a single European power market united with a similar market in North Africa.

Global wind is sufficient for 250 million consumers

The global wind industry posted another record year in 2009, as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 MW.

Designate renewable energy zones across US, suggests think-tank

A US think tank says creating ‘competitive renewable energy zones’ would be a solution to raise the private investment that is needed to update transmission infrastructure, increase capacity for renewable energy and move toward the ‘smart grid.’

Solar developer completes solar-wind installation for US university

Constellation Energy has installed a 1.2 MW solar and wind power system at the University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation in Ohio.

Siemens to build wind turbine factory in Britain

Siemens will invest £80 million to develop an offshore wind turbine production facility in the UK.

Chinese policies could make things challenging for foreign renewable energy, says report

China has moved steadily to prevent foreign participation in its renewable energy market, which will have a negative impact on the renewable energy industry in the United States and other countries.

Regulator funds US279m for renewable energy projects

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved US$279 million over five years for renewable energy projects, part of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).

Wales can dramatically increase renewable energy capacity by 2025

Wales has the potential to generate twice its electricity demand from renewable energy sources within 15 years, according to environment minister Jane Davidson.

Funding to support 1 MWh storage

The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) will provide US$2.4 million to link a battery and ultracapacitor technologies with wind and solar energy systems.

Wind and solar power cost sensitive to load factors

The cost to generate onshore wind can be as low as US$48/MWh and as high as US$188/MWh for offshore wind, according to a detailed analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

GE manufactures offshore wind turbines in UK GE manufactures offshore wind turbines in UK

GE will invest €110 million to develop offshore wind turbine manufacturing facilities in the UK.

Garrad Hassan updates wind farm design software Garrad Hassan updates wind farm design software

Renewable energy consultancy Garrad Hassan has updated its wind farm design software, GH WindFarmer 4.1.

Joint programme for renewable energy in California

A new programme will streamline and accelerate the permitting and siting process for large-scale renewable energy projects in California, USA.

Narec’s wind turbine training tower ready for use Narec’s wind turbine training tower ready for use

The UK New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has opened its 27 m tall wind turbine training tower at its facilities in Blyth, Northumberland.

Texan wind energy protects wildlife using radar Texan wind energy protects wildlife using radar

A California-based wind energy developer has acquired a 283 MW wildlife-friendly wind farm along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Texas.

NRG Systems introduces small wind measurement system NRG Systems introduces small wind measurement system

Wind measurement equipment provider NRG Systems has introduced a 34 m system to support small-scale wind energy projects and wind energy research.

US Governors: more support for wind energy

A bipartisan group of state governors want President Obama and Congress to adopt a set of recommendations that will develop wind energy across the United States.

Revenue for solar, wind and biofuels reached US$139bn in 2009

Growth in the three renewable energy sectors last year was 11.4% over 2008, and their US$139 billion in aggregate revenue will reach US$326bn by 2019.

1m jobs in wind energy by 2012 1m jobs in wind energy by 2012

Wind energy employed 550,000 people at the end of last year and will employ 670,000 by the end of 2010, predicts the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm construction begins

Construction work on the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, UK, began on 9 March.

EU on track to meet target from renewable energy

The European Union will surpass its target to consume 20% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020, according to national forecasts submitted by its member states.

US wind industry wants RES

The US wind industry, through the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), has called on Congress to pass a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) to save and create US jobs.

Canadian feed-in tariff approves solar projects

The feed-in tariff in the province of Ontario has approved the first trache of larger solar energy projects.

Renewable energy in Australia is “largely undeveloped”

The Government of Australia has released its first national Energy Resource Assessment, concluding that wind energy and other renewable energy sources are expected to become increasingly significant.

Renewable energy can meet 100% of demand: US study

A study in North Carolina suggests that solar and wind energy could supply 94% of the electricity needs in the state.

Hawaii wind farm receives US$117m

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has offered a conditional commitment on a US$117 million loan guarantee to finance construction of a 30 MW wind energy project in Kahuku, Hawaii.

European offshore supergrid organisation set up European offshore supergrid organisation set up

An organisation to progress policy towards construction of a pan-European offshore supergrid, Friends of the Supergrid, has been set up.

US regional test centres for small wind

Small wind regional test centres to test small wind turbines will be set up by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program and four partners.

LM Glasfiber opens wind turbine blade facility in China

LM Glasfiber is setting up a fourth wind turbine blade facility in Jiangyin, China, following a contract with Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Envision for 2 GW worth of wind turbine blades.

23,450 jobs if Colorado state supports solar

The state of Colorado, USA, could create thousands of jobs if it approves legislation to require large utilities to increase their use of renewable energy.

Iberdrola creates Scottish offshore wind energy division

Iberdrola Renovables will base an offshore wind division in Glasgow, Scotland, to promote wind energy projects that will amount to 10 GW of capacity.

Offshore electricity grids slowed by politics and regulations

Offshore electricity grids in the North and Baltic Sea are being slowed by political and regulatory differences between bordering countries, according to the OffshoreGrid consortium.

Financing for renewable energy to save US$22m/a

The state of Massachusetts has launched a new financing plan that will support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at state buildings, saving millions of dollars in energy costs each year while creating jobs and supporting the administration's clean energy goals.

Scotland should support off-grid renewable energy

Targets for climate change are ambitious but are achievable if the Scottish Government considers support for green heat and other non-traded energy.

Renewable energy developer juwi expands

The juwi group of Germany is expanding in Germany and the USA – “one of the world’s largest growth markets for renewable energies.”

SeaEnergy Renewables: Rosenblatt New Energy Awards ‘Company of the Year’ SeaEnergy Renewables: Rosenblatt New Energy Awards ‘Company of the Year’

SeaEnergy Renewables has been named ‘Company of the Year’ at the Rosenblatt New Energy Awards 2010.

Seajacks plans doubling of offshore wind farm jack-up vessels Seajacks plans doubling of offshore wind farm jack-up vessels

Seajacks International will provide the basic design package for two or more new offshore wind farm installation jack-up vessels to GustoMSC.