The Small Wind Turbine (SWT) industry is maturing, signaled by the expanded role of SWT certification, the existence of hundreds of manufacturers located around the world, the expansion of dealer networks, and the growing number of national and regional industry associations. The number of applications is also growing, including applications in telecommunications, defense, and other sectors that involve producing power in remote locations. According to a new report from Navigant Research, annual global installations of SWTs will roughly double in the next five years, growing from 86 megawatts in 2012 to 172 MW in 2018 and representing $3.3 billion in revenues.
Between midnight Monday and midnight Tuesday, the 1.1 million homes and businesses powered by PSE received 23.5 percent of their electricity from the utility’s three Eastern Washington wind farms.
Wind News: Siemens Launches 4MW Offshore Wind Turbine; Vestas Annual Report Released; Ecotricity To Enter Urban Turbine Market,…
Catch up on wind energy news here, posted by Zach Shahan at Clean Technica. [repostus hash=a9c11054cec0b7049d31a33eb4bccf53 title=Wind+News%3A+Siemens+Launches+4MW+Offshore+Wind+Turbine%2C+Vestas+Annual+Report+Released%2C+Ecotricity+To+Enter+Urban+Turbine+Market%2C%26%238230%3B host=Clean+Technica short=1ztid snip=For+the+wind-obsessed%2C+here+are+some+top+wind+energy+stories+from+the+past+couple+days+or+so%3A+CleanTechnica+Stories+China+Accounted+For+35%25+Of+Global+Onshore+Wind+Capacity+Wind+Power+Breaks+Records+In+Spain+%E2%80%94+Produces+More+Electricity+Than+Any+Other+Source+For+3+Months%2C+%26+Breaks+6+TWh+in+January%26hellip%3B thumb=4242339 jump=1]
Other Cleantech & Energy News: 5MW Wind Turbine Obtains Design Certification; President’s Climate Toolbox; Top 10 LED Reflector Lamps…
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Thanks to Andrew from Clean Technica for this report on the performance of renewables in Texas compared to natural gas. [repostus hash=99651798ad6f731a0f9535df6def96e8 title=Wind+And+Solar+Competitive+With+Natural+Gas+In+The+Lone+Star+State host=Clean+Technica short=1zl1K snip=Texas+is+tops+among+US+states+when+it+comes+to+installed+wind+power+generation+capacity%2C+having+added+1%2C826+megawatts+%28MW%29+in+2012+to+bring+its+cumulative+total+to+a+whopping+12.212+gigawatts+%28GW%29%2C+enough+to+power+nearly+3+million+average+American+homes%2C+according+to+the+American+Wind+Energy+Association%26hellip%3B thumb=4209785 jump=3]
The Makamaka`ole seabird mitigation project is part of an extensive program undertaken by the company to provide conservation benefits to mitigate potential impacts of the Kaheawa Wind projects several miles away. As part of the company’s innovative Habitat Conservation Plan for its two Kaheawa Wind projects on Maui, First Wind is constructing two fenced enclosures to protect the federally endangered Hawaiian Petrel and threatened Newell’s Shearwater, two native Hawaiian seabirds. The enclosures are located about ten miles west of Wailuku.
The New Jersey Energy Link will be an offshore electrical transmission cable, buried under the ocean, linking energy resources and users in northern, central and southern New Jersey. The cable will span the length of New Jersey and when complete could carry 3,000MW of electricity. The New Jersey Energy Link is expected to be built in three phases over a decade. The New Jersey Energy Link is expected to begin construction in 2016 and the first phase to be in service in 2019.
“The completion of the Pinyon Pines Wind I and Pinyon Pines Wind II projects bring MidAmerican Wind’s renewable energy portfolio to 381 megawatts,” said Tom Budler, president of MidAmerican Wind. “We are pleased to have met our timeline for building the two projects and placing them in-service before year-end 2012.”
As the end of the year approaches, this post concerning renewable energy from Zach Shahan at Clean Technica provides an excellent string of information. We will follow up on this post with Part 2. [repostus] Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs) (via Clean Technica) As I mentioned in my article covering the latest US Solar Market Insight report (which I just published a few hours ago), I was “out of the office” today giving a presentation on solar…
Renewables & Storage Could Power Full Electric Grid Cost-Effectively 99.9% Of The Time By 2030: Report
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GE, MetLife and Union Bank Invest Nearly $247 Million in Wind Capital Group’s Kansas Wind Farm Powered by GE Turbines
A group comprising GE, GE Energy Financial Services, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and Union Bank, N.A., has invested nearly $247 million in Wind Capital Group’s recently commissioned 201-megawatt Post Rock wind farm.
Update information concerning Siemens and its renewable energy activity in South Africa – Source: Clean Technica [repostus hash=4bfa8ac2fd5438e646aca229bc2eef0b title=Siemens+To+Set+Up+238+MW+Of+Solar%2C+Wind+Energy+Capacity+In+South+Africa host=Clean+Technica short=1uJKM snip=%C2%A0+Multinational+technology+conglomerate%2C+Siemens+Energy+has+signed+an+agreement+to+supply+equipment+and+engineering%2C+procurement%2C+construction+services+for+several%C2%A0renewable+energy+projects+in+South+Africa.+The+projects+are+being+undertaken+by+lead+developer+Mainstream+Renewable+Power+along+with%26hellip%3B thumb=3508620 jump=3]
Late last year, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved a power purchase agreement between First Wind and the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), which serves more than 400,000 Hawaii customers. Hawaii state law mandates 70 percent clean energy for electricity and surface transportation by 2030, with 40 percent coming from local renewable sources. Kawailoa Wind will significantly advance the state’s progress toward these goals.
This treasure trove of information on renewables features a remarkable video library of technical and scientific demos addressing a wide range of subject matter. Rousseau cache presently houses more than 300 topics, from interviews to demonstrations. The website states that a new video is added daily — a remarkable undertaking.
The partnership provides Endurance select exclusivity rights to manufacture Norwin wind turbines. The agreement will allow Endurance to manufacture, market and provide project support for ongoing projects.
The RFP seeks approximately 100 “average megawatts” of renewable power, enough to serve more than 83,000 typical PGE residential customers. Energy sources must be at least 10 MW and can include wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, solar, and hydroelectric power. PGE said it may acquire either a single resource or a mix of resources to achieve the total desired renewable energy target. The utility anticipates the resources acquired will be brought into the company’s portfolio in the 2013-2017 timeframe.
It is encouraging to learn of renewable energy advances in the Southeast. Source: Clean Technica [repostus hash=63ac3bf76a1f7af4a181c01823413fa2 title=Alabama+Power+Deal+to+Bring+in+Low-Cost+Wind+Power+from+Oklahoma%2C+Kansas host=Clean+Technica short=1oNQA snip=%C2%A0+With+the+approval+of+the+state%E2%80%99s+Public+Service+Commission%2C+Alabama+Power+is+set+to+bring+in+404+megawatts+%28MW%29+of+clean%2C+renewable+wind+generated+electricity+from+Kansas+and+Oklahoma.+Not+only+is+that+enough+to+meet+about+3%25+of+customers%E2%80%99+power+consumption+with+emissions-free+electricity%2C+the%26hellip%3B thumb=2983867 jump=3]