A personal quest to promote the use of wind energy and hydrogen technology in the Great Lakes area of the United States. The Great Lakes area is in a unique position to become an energy exporting region through these and other renewable energy technologies. *Update 2014: Just do it everywhere - Dan*
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
EDF Renewable unloads 50% stake in Kan. wind farm
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EDF Renewable unloads 50% stake in Kan. wind farm | Analysis: $1.6M blade factory to bolster Colo. wind industry | Turbine installation begins at Amazon N.C. wind project
A consortium led by Axium Infrastructure has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in EDF Renewable Energy's 150-megawatt Slate Creek project in Kansas, according to the companies. EDF Renewable will retain the remaining 50% interest in the project.
The $1.6 million blade manufacturing plant under construction in Colorado is expected to encourage job growth, support wind development and drive innovation that will, in turn, drive down the cost of composite manufacturing, according to this analysis. "Everything we do (at the facility) has to have some focus on reducing the cost," said Derek Berry, a wind technology engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Wind Technology.
Wanzek Construction has begun installing 104 G114 2-megawatt Gamesa turbines at Avangrid Renewables' Amazon US East project in North Carolina. The project, which is expected to begin operations this year, will have a total capacity of 208 MW.
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has purchased the 366-megawatt Bearkat Renewable Energy Project and the 150-MW Blue Cloud Renewable Energy Project in Texas. CIP said that both projects from TriGlobal Energy will qualify for the 100% wind energy Production Tax Credit.
Inox Wind has won a contract to supply Atria Wind Power with 25 turbines for a 50-megawatt project in Gujarat, India. "The combination of our presently most technologically advanced wind turbine variant together with the higher hub height helps maximize wind resources at the site," said CEO Kailash Tarachandani.
Total Energy Ventures has purchased an interest in United Wind and will help the turbine-leasing company expand its footprint into Colorado, Minnesota and Kansas, according to the company. The deal "allows us to explore the interest in small-scale renewable energy solutions which can be connected to the grid and how these can be financed," said Total Executive Vice President of Sustainable Development Jerome Schmitt.
Electricite de France has purchased an 80% stake in UPC Asia Wind Management, a Chinese wind energy firm that has 1.3 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in operation or under development. "With this acquisition, we're becoming the first European operator to enter this very promising market," said EDF Energies Nouvelles CEO Antoine Cahuzac.
Wind farms have saved Ireland about $77.5 million on electricity imports so far this year, according to the Irish Wind Energy Association. "Apart from easing our dependency on fossil fuel imports, wind energy is delivering real tangible value to electricity consumers," said IWEA Head of Communications Brian Dawson.
Iowa's support for clean energy can be seen on multiple fronts, including corporate power purchase agreements with wind farms and energy efficient nonprofit programs, writes Bishop Richard Pates. "These local actions are admirable and effective, but they need to evolve to greater application both on the national and global scenes," he writes.
Joe Bush has been in the energy game for a long time. For a native Texan who spent years working in oil and gas accounting before becoming a rancher in Osage County, Okla., the sight of an oil derrick is as familiar as they come. But about 10 years ago, a wind energy developer approached Joe, wanting to know if he'd be interested in leasing some of his Tower Hills Ranch for a wind farm. Since then, he's seen firsthand how wind power can strengthen a community while creating a better and cleaner tomorrow. Read more.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton, writer
These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.