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Report: Renewables could provide 100% of US electricity within 35 years | NextEra cancels 185-MW project in Ohio | BOEM: Feds will develop S.C. offshore area if investors are interested
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Report: Renewables could provide 100% of US electricity within 35 years
The US could source 100% of its electricity needs from renewables by 2050, according to Stanford. The report said that under its model, land-based wind and offshore wind would provide 30.9% and 19.1% of the nation's electricity, respectively. Solar, hydroelectric, geothermal and hydro power would supply the remaining capacity. The report added that the plan would create 2,815,850 40-year operation jobs, and 2,285,816 40-year construction jobs. CleanTechnica (1/7)
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NextEra cancels 185-MW project in Ohio
NextEra Energy Resources has canceled a planned 185-megawatt wind farm in Ohio. The Honey Creek wind farm would have featured up to 115 1.6-MW turbines. "Honey Creek has proceeded through the very early stages of the application process, but has concluded that it will no longer go forward with this project," said the company. No other details about the decision were disclosed. (U.K.) (1/8)
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BOEM: Feds will develop S.C. offshore area if investors are interested
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it will not move forward with a proposal to develop South Carolina's offshore space if there is no interest from investors. Utilities SCE&G and Duke Energy declined to participate in the project. BOEM has approved about 1,200 nautical square miles off the coast of the state for offshore development. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/7)
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Blue Energy orders 23 Siemens turbines for Scottish wind farm
Siemens has won a contract to supply Blue Energy's Blackcraig Hill wind farm in Scotland with 23 SWT 2.3-megawatt 93 turbines from its G2 platform. The project will have a total capacity of 53 megawatts. Siemens said the contract includes a 20-year service and maintenance agreement. The project is expected to begin operations spring 2017. SeeNews Renewables (1/7)
Spanish firm to add 70 MW installed wind capacity in Canary Islands
Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables will add 70 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the Canary Islands, according to the Spanish firm. Gas Natural will receive special tax support for the project under an initiative of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism to add 450 MW of installed wind capacity on the islands. SeeNews Renewables (1/7)
Operations & Maintenance
New service identifies underperformance in turbines
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Wind specialist BBB has launched a service that monitors and seeks to improve turbine performance. The lidar-based turbine performance tool uses Scada analysis to spot potential underperformance issues. The company said the service will help companies save money on maintenance while maximizing output. (U.K.) (1/7)
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SSE, Coillte raise $191M for 169-MW wind farm in Ireland
SSE and Irish forestry company Coillte have secured $191.7 million in financing to build the second phase of a wind farm that, when completed, will have a total capacity of 169 megawatts. The second phase, which will likely begin operations in 2017, will account for 105 MW of the Galway Wind Park's total capacity. SSE said it also has plans to build a third phase. Reuters (1/7), The Irish Times (Dublin) (1/7)
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Policy Watch
Rudd: UK will need new policies to meet renewables, climate goals
The UK will need to modify its policies in order to meet its 2020 renewable energy and climate goals, according to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd. The European wind industry has criticized Rudd and the UK government for its decision to scale back support for land-based wind. "The UK is some way from meeting its 2020 targets and needs to increase its share of renewables deployment over the next five years to make up the ground," said European Wind Energy Association spokesman Oliver Joy. "This means fostering investment in wind energy -- both onshore and offshore," he added. (U.K.) (1/7)
Meet America's fastest growing profession: wind technician
We know that US wind energy has been growing at a fantastic rate, reaching 70 gigawatts of installed capacity last month with much more on the way. With over 50,000 wind turbines in the country, there's a lot of operations and maintenance to done. Meet our fastest growing profession: wind turbine technician. Read more.
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The rise of the non-traditional energy buyer
The renewable energy industry had a powerful ally in the last few years, and 2015 in particular: the corporation. As prices in wind and solar have fallen, support for these technologies in the commercial and industrial sector has swelled. In 2015, commercial and industrial buyers invested in more than 3 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity. Read more.
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