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Renewables & Storage Could Power Full Electric Grid Cost-Effectively 99.9% Of The Time By 2030: Report

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December 11th

GE Renewable Energy News

General Electric Power and Water is developing a new fabric-covered wind turbine blade which promises to cut the cost of wind turbine manufacture significantly, while also allowing a larger blade size, and facilitating easier transportation. Source: GE News Center

December 10th

Siemens To Set Up 238 MW Of Solar & Wind Energy Capacity In South Africa

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]

November 27th

First Wind Announces Start of Commercial Operations for Oahu-based Kawailoa Wind Project

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.

November 20th

Visiting the Fabulous Collection of Doctor Renewables

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.

October 9th

Portland General Electric Seeks Renewables Proposals for Approximately 100 MW

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.

October 5th

Alabama Power Deal to Bring in Low-Cost Wind Power from Oklahoma, Kansas

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]

October 1st

MidAmerican Wind to Acquire Two California Wind Projects from Terra-Gen Power

MidAmerican Wind, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables whose parent company is MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, today announced its agreement to acquire the 168-megawatt Alta Wind VII and the 132-megawatt Alta Wind IX projects from California Highwind Power, a subsidiary of Terra-Gen Power, LLC. The projects are in Tehachapi, Calif., and will feature a total of 100 Vestas 3-megawatt V90 wind turbines.

October 1st

NCC to Construct Wind Farms for SEK 460 Million

NCC Construction Sweden has been commissioned to construct a total of 123 base plates, with associated roads, for two wind farms on the borders between the Swedish counties of Västernorrland and Jämtland. The client is Statkraft SCA Vind AB and the total order value is SEK 460 million, which will be registered in the fourth quarter.

September 27th

Enough Wind to Power Global Energy Demand

Using models, the team was able to determine that more than 400 terrawatts of power could be extracted from surface winds and more than 1,800 terrawatts could be generated by winds extracted throughout the atmosphere.

September 10th

Obama Admin Fast-Tracks 7 Solar/Wind Projects as part of “We Can’t Wait” Renewable Energy Strategy

Thankfully some American clean wind energy projects won’t be kept waiting. [repostus hash=1f6b4f6a74835780a6a35f3d2a503f2b title=Obama+Admin+Fast-Tracks+7+Solar%2FWind+Projects+as+part+of+%26%238220%3BWe+Can%26%238217%3Bt+Wait%26%238221%3B+Renewable+Energy+Strategy host=Clean+Technica short=1kmc9 snip=%C2%A0+The+Obama+Administration+is+putting+seven+solar+and+wind+energy+projects+on+%E2%80%9Cfast-track%E2%80%9D+review+for+federal+permitting+and+review%2C+part+of+President+Obama%E2%80%99s+%E2%80%9CWe+Can%E2%80%99t+Wait%E2%80%9D+strategy+for+catalyzing+further+growth+in+US+renewable+energy.+Spread+across+four+western+states%2C+the+projects%26hellip%3B thumb=2715199 jump=1]

August 15th

Offshore Use of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Gets Closer Look by Sandia Labs

This is an interesting offshore wind energy experiment taking place at Sandia National Laboratories. The subject: vertical-access wind turbines, a technology used in the 1980s. [repostus] Offshore Use of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Gets Closer Look by Sandia Labs (via Clean Technica) Do the best offshore wind turbines operate with a horizontal or vertical-axis mechanism? That question is […]

August 3rd

E.ON Climate & Renewables Secures $150mm for Illinois Wind Farm

Thanks to Andrew at Clean Technica for news on this Illinois wind farm. [repostus hash=55ffbf73ac7a63b80bae4f0bfdbbdfcb title=E.ON+Climate+%26amp%3B+Renewables+Secures+%24150mm+for+Illinois+Wind+Farm host=Clean+Technica short=1duPD snip=Some+welcome+news+on+the+US+wind+energy+front%3A+E.ON+Climate+%26+Renewables+North+America+on+June+4+announced+it+has+secured+%24150+million+of+institutional+equity+financing+for+its+150MW+Pioneer+Trail+Wind+Farm+from+Bank+of+America+Merrill+Lynch.+Located+in+central+Illinois%E2%80%99+Ford+and+Iroquois+counties%26hellip%3B jump=1]

June 6th