Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Will U.S. Offshore Wind Have To Contend With Bats?

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They're Here! BOEM Report Corroborates Belief That Bats Frequent Offshore Environment
on 27 Aug 2013 by Steve Pelletier
With no substantive studies and relatively few anecdotal observations, any understanding of the presence and activities of bats over the oceans has traditionally been limited to occasional tales from lighthouse keepers and sailors. The possibility that various bats may purposely migrate or forage over large expanses of open water - [read more]
Latest News
Apex Clean Energy Buys 165 MW Wind Project In Texas
on 27 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy has acquired the Midway Farms Wind project from TradeWind Energy. The project, to be located in San Patricio County, Texas, has the potential to reach 165 MW of capacity. Midway Farms Wind is currently in development. No construction start date has been set at this time, [read more]
Inauguration Ceremony Held For 400 MW BARD Offshore 1 Wind Farm
on 27 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
On Monday, German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Philipp Rosler officially inaugurated the 400 MW BARD Offshore 1 wind farm. The wind farm comprises 80 5-MW turbines and is located 100 km to the northwest of the island of Borkum, Germany. The first turbines were connected to the grid [read more]
Siemens Installs HelWin1 Offshore Platform
on 27 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Siemens has installed the HelWin1 offshore platform in the North Sea, which will link the 295 MW Nordsee Ost and 288 MW Meerwind offshore wind farms to the German mainland. Using the Siemens technology installed on the platform, the alternating current (AC) power generated by the wind turbines will be [read more]
NREL Study: Cost Gap For Western U.S. Renewables Could Narrow By 2025
on 26 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
By 2025, wind and solar power electricity generation in the western U.S. could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The report, "Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of [read more]


Kansas Utility Seeks At Least 80 MW Of New Renewable Energy
on 26 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Kansas-based utility Westar Energy has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to increase its renewable energy resources by at least 80 MW. The utility is looking to enter long-term contracts with one or more renewable energy project developers, with the new generation coming online by 2016. Historically, most renewable energy [read more]
ABB Installs 'World's Most Powerful' Offshore Wind Connector
on 26 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
ABB has installed what it says is the world's highest-voltage offshore converter station in the German North Sea. As part of the DolWin 1 offshore wind connection project, electricity generated at three wind farms off the coast of Germany will be converted on the platform into high-voltage direct current (HVDC) [read more]
DOE, State Of New Jersey Partner On Microgrid For Transit System
on 26 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it will partner with the State of New Jersey, NJ Transit and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to develop a microgrid to help power the state's transit system. "As we rebuild New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy, I am committed to [read more]
Former CanWEA Head Of Communications Launches New Firm
on 26 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Chris Forrest, former head of communications for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), and partner John Churchill have created newjacket inc., a strategic communications firm that will have a focus on wind energy. Based in Ottawa, and with associates located across North America, newjacket says it will develop and implement [read more]


Mortenson Begins Construction On 161 MW Spinning Spur II Wind Farm
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Mortenson Construction's Renewable Energy Groups has started construction on the 161 MW Spinning Spur II wind project, located in Oldham County, Texas. Situated on 27 square miles of farmland in the Texas Panhandle, the wind farm will comprise 87 1.85 MW, 80-meter GE turbines. Mortenson's overall scope of work will [read more]
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources Donates RECs For US Open Tennis Tournament
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA, a retail electricity provider, has announced it will donate renewable energy certificates (RECs) to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to match 100% of electricity consumption at the 2013 US Open. The tournament will be held Aug. 26 through Sept. 9 at the USTA Billie [read more]
Illinois Regulators OK Transmission Project That Will Deliver Renewable Energy
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois (ATXI) has received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to build the majority of a $1.1 billion transmission project, which the company says will enable the delivery of renewable energy and improve grid reliability. The nearly 400-mile Illinois Rivers project consists of a new [read more]
Narec To Test Samsung's 7 MW Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Samsung's prototype 7 MW offshore wind turbine was delivered this week to the National Renewable Energy Centre's (Narec) new test facilities in Blyth, Northumberland, U.K. Initially, Samsung's nacelle will be used to commission Narec's independent 15 MW-capacity test facility before a six-month testing program begins on the nacelle. During the [read more]
Sempra Highlights Its Clean Energy Achievements Of 2012
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
In its newly released 2012 corporate responsibility report, Sempra Energy highlights some of its utilities' achievements in renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction. According to the report, subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric provided more than 20% of its electricity from renewable sources last year. Meanwhile, Sempra U.S. [read more]
SD Myers Introduces SampleSafe System For Wind Farms
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Tallmadge, Ohio-based SD Myers Inc. has recently introduced the SampleSafe system for installation on cabinet-style wind farm transformers. Designed to allow safe sampling of the dielectric fluids on energized wind farm electrical transformers, SampleSafe aids in detecting gas build-up and eliminates the need to enter wind farm transformer cabinets for [read more]
Areva And Windreich Enter Deal For Baltic Sea Projects
on 23 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Areva and developer Windreich GmbH have signed an extensive cooperation contract for the use of about 130 Areva M5000-135 turbines at two future offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea. The 5 MW M5000-135 turbines are a further development of the M5000-116, offering a larger rotor diameter and up to [read more]

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