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April 16, 2013

Windtane contour map of the state of Texas

Filed under: National News,News,Texas News,Wind Energy — admin @ 4:47 pm

Windtane contour map of the state of Texas
by Donald Leera, Byungik Chang, David Carrb, Kenneth Starcherb, Roy Issac

a Project Department, WRB Refinery, Borger, TX 79007, USA
b Alternative Energy Institute, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX 79016, USA
c School of Engineering and Computer Science, West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX 79016, USA

Highlights

• The paper shows a new style of wind power map for the state of Texas using ArcGIS.
• A new type of wind map is developed from the Texas wind power data.
• The paper represents the quality of the wind (wind and tane) over various heights.
• The Windtane map aids wind farm developers the most cost effective wind farms.

Click the link to read the full content.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148113001468

January 24, 2012

AEI Wind Weekly News

Filed under: National News,News,Wind Energy — Tags: — admin @ 1:57 pm

Minnesota schools collaborate on wind research and training
The Mesabi Range College and University of Minnesota have formed a partnership in wind-energy research, education and technology advancement. The goal of the partnership is to develop nationally recognized opportunities within Minnesota for future wind energy educators, technicians, engineers, business leaders, and innovators… click here to view full article

200 MW Wind Farm to Boost Ohio Clean Power
The Ohio Power Siting Board, the state utility regulatory agency, has given the green light to start building the Black Fork Wind Farm, a 200-megawatt facility that will be capable of generating enough clean electricity to power 10,000 homes… click here to view full article

October 28, 2011

GE to Sell 350 Wind Turbines to BP Unit

Filed under: National News,News — Tags: — admin @ 8:37 am

By MIA LAMAR

General Electric Co. said Thursday it is selling 350 wind turbines to BP PLC’s wind energy arm in a deal valued at roughly $750 million.

BP said the deal, encompassing equipment and five-year service agreement, reflects the energy giant’s push to aggressively expand its presence in U.S. wind energy projects.

Roughly 88 wind turbines will be delivered to BP’s Mehoopany Wind Farm located on a 9,000-acre site in Pennsylvannia. The remaining 262 units will be delivered to a Kansas wind farm. Both projects, which will have a combined power generation of 560 megawatts, are expected to be on line by the end of next year.

“We continue to see strong demand for our advanced wind turbine technology because of its capability to meet the economic and environmental priorities of operators like BP Wind Energy,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewables for GE Power & Water.

Reporting third-quarter results last week, GE said profit fell 9% at its big energy business amid pressure on prices for wind turbines. The conglomerate’s energy business is a key focus for the company as it aims to shift back to its industrial roots.

March 25, 2011

Weekly Renewable Energy News Round Up

Here is this week’s Renewable Energy News Round Up! This is a collection of new, important or offbeat renewable energy news we’ve found throughout the week.

Report: U.S. solar $6 billion industry in 2010

By Candice Lombari at CNET GreenTech

The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current (MWdc), followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. Others on the Top 10 list in order of greatest installations included Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.

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Austin legislators push solar energy measures

Texas is the top-producing state for wind-generated electricity just 12 years after a legislative deal jump-started the industry.

The Legislature is now debating whether Texas should provide a similar subsidy for other renewable energy sources that, according to proponents, would kick-start solar, geothermal and biomass as job-producing industries. The goals also would be to diversify the state’s renewable energy base and help the environment.

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PUC approves line route to transmit wind energy

The pace of wind energy transmission approvals for the Panhandle is building from a breeze to a gale with another route finalized and the last two moving along.

The Public Utility Commission approved a line route from near Lefors to the Panhandle area on Friday that could cost $62 million for about 40 miles of high-voltage transmission. That will put the cost of the three segments Cross Texas is building at more than $200 million, according to the company.

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What did you think of this week’s Renewable Energy News Roundup? Anything else you think we should have covered? Comment on our fan page or tweet us and let us know!

February 25, 2011

National News: In 2010, wind energy competitiveness greatly increased

Filed under: National News,News — Tags: , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 2:57 pm

National News from REVE:

The cost of wind turbines on the main international wind farm markets fell below one million euro per MW, which is the lowest wind power generation cost that was ever registered.

Oversupply and increased manufacturing efficiency. According to the most recent edition of the Wind Turbine Price Index published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, this is why in 2010 all major wind farm markets registered a sharp fall in prices of onshore wind turbines.

The Bloomberg NE index examined more than 150 sale contracts of onshore wind turbines, for a total of nearly 7,000 MW in 28 countries around the world, focusing on Europe and the Americas. It was found that in the first half of the year the average price of wind turbines for the buyer was 980,000 €/MW (with peaks of 900,000), recording a 7% decrease over the previous year and a 19% drop compared with the peak reached in 2007-2008.

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National News: Obama Administration Signals High Priority of Renewable Energy

National News from International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development:

US President Barack Obama proposed on Valentine’s Day to boost funds for clean energy research and deployment in his 2012 budget by slashing subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. The announcement comes at a time of great sensitivity on issues related to government support for clean energy, following the US launching of a WTO dispute against China’s support for wind power manufacturing and Japan’s WTO challenge against Canadian green energy subsidies (see Bridges Trade Biores, 24 January 2011 and 24 September 2010 respectively).

But despite these conflicts and resistance from lobby groups, Obama has maintained his focus on the importance of the industry, including clean energy technology among a few singled out as part of “our generation’s Sputnik moment” in his State of the Union address.

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February 8, 2011

75% of Consumers Have a Favorable View of Solar Power and Wind Energy

Filed under: National News,News,Solar Energy,Wind Energy — Tags: , , — Georgia Romig @ 11:14 am

Here’s an article from REVE we thought you might like.

According to a new survey from Pike Research, consumer support for renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and wind power, is extremely high.

The future of the U.S. energy supply is a topic of fierce debate in the political and business arenas, and consumer opinion is a vital component of the broader discussion about the pros and cons of various paths toward a clean energy future.

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Solar & Wind Energy News of the Last Week (or So)

Great blog post from CleanTechina! Here’s an excerpt.

Ted Turner’s Solar Plant Begins Commercial Operation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner has announced that the 30-MW solar power plant developed and built by First Solar that he jointly owns has now started commercial operation. Here’s a little more from CalFinder Solar:

Built on more than 364 acres next to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico, presumably on private land since the project faced no environmental-review hurdles, the Cimarron Solar Project will feed power to Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a non-profit wholesale power dealer, and its 44 member electric cooperatives.

The project was first announced at the recent climate conference in Cancun and the electricity produced by it is expected to be enough to power 9,000 homes.

Go, Ted!

Click here to read the rest of the post at CleanTechina.

Alternative energy forum draws turbine friends, foes

Filed under: National News,News,Wind Energy — Tags: , — Georgia Romig @ 11:02 am

From Tom Henry at the Toledo Blade:

For years, it’s been a phrase linked to debates over where to build nuclear power plants, steel plants, auto plants, coal-fired power plants, refineries, paint shops, coking facilities, and hazardous waste dumps — virtually anything people shudder at the thought of living near, even if they acknowledge it’s a trade-off for maintaining modern life.

Now, with the wind industry booming, there’s a new era of the NIMBY phenomenon. And it’s one in which the opposition isn’t pollution-based but encompasses anything from aesthetics to wildlife to property values to insomnia.

The wind industry produces 2 percent of the nation’s electricity. But it is growing so fast, in part because of government incentives, that it predicts that by 2030, wind will supply 20 percent of America’s power, the equivalent of what nuclear power produces. That has people from Maine to California envisioning thousands of more wind turbines across America’s idyllic countrysides and shorelines.

To some, those huge rotating blades are an adrenalin rush, a symbol of how the nation is finally pursuing more energy independence. To others, they are visual clutter, eyesores not worth the investment.

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February 4, 2011

Global wind power capacity increases by 22% in 2010

From REVE:

Global wind energy installations increased by 35.8 GW in 2010. Wind farm capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind turbines installed at the end of 2009.

This brings total installed wind energy capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind farm installed at the end of 2009. The new capacity added in 2010 represents investments worth EUR 47.3 billion (US Dollars 65 bn).

For the first time in 2010, more than half of all new wind power was added outside of the traditional markets in Europe and North America. This was mainly driven by the continuing boom in China, which accounted for nearly half the new wind installations (16.5 GW).

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