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*
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Gamesa acquires remaining 50% stake in Adwen for $67.5M
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Interior issues plan for renewables development in Calif. desert | Amazon to acquire 90% of output from 253-MW project in Texas | Facebook plans new data center 100% powered by renewables
The Interior Department released a plan on Wednesday aimed at balancing energy and conservation in 10.8 million acres of California desert. "This landscape-level plan will support streamlined renewable energy development in the right places while protecting sensitive ecosystems, preserving important cultural heritage and supporting outdoor recreation opportunities," said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Some renewable energy trade groups contend the plan significantly limits the potential for development.
Amazon will purchase 90% of the output from the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas project that it has contracted Lincoln Clean Energy to build and operate, according to the company. "We're excited to work with the community in Scurry County and Lincoln Clean Energy to generate 1,000,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy each year from West Texas," said Amazon Director of Sustainability Kara Hurst.
Facebook has unveiled plans to build a new data center in New Mexico that will be 100% powered by renewables, like wind and solar. "By powering our data center with renewable energy versus natural gas, we also reduce the water usage associated with the data center by 30%," said Director of Western Data Center Operations Ken Patchett.
Bigger offshore wind turbines, like Vestas' V164 8-megawatt series, will drive down the cost of offshore wind development in the UK while also providing consumers with affordable, reliable power, according to Dong Energy Executive Vice President Samuel Leupold. Dong plans to use 32 of the machines at its Burbo Bank Extension off the coast of England.
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Leeward Renewable Energy will replace 63 Gamesa G52 800-kilowatt turbines at the 51.66-megawatt Mendota Hills with wind farm in Illinois with 27 to 34 newer models, according to the company. The project has been operational since 2003.
EDF Energy Renewables and Amec Foster Wheeler joint venture, Lewis Wind Power, has purchased the right to develop a project on Scotland's Isle of Lewis that could feature up to 45 turbines for a total capacity of 162 megawatts. The company said that the Uisenis wind farm coupled with another 180-MW project may equal enough output to make an interconnection link between the Western Isles and Scottish mainland viable.
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Gamesa has purchased the remaining 50% stake in its joint venture with Areva, Adwen, for about $67.5 million, according to the companies. Adwen has contracts to add 1,500 megawatts of new installed offshore wind capacity in France.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has rejected a multi-county proposal to conduct an investigation into the effects of wind development on human health. "Based on our ongoing review of scientific literature about wind turbines and health, DHS continues to conclude that levels of noise, shadow flicker, and infrasound measured from contemporary wind turbines do not reach exposure levels associated with objectively-verifiable human health concerns, such as decreased sleep quality or elevated blood pressure," spokeswoman Elizabeth Goodsitt said.
The Clean Power Plan would benefit Pennsylvania by providing residents with low-cost, reliable electricity and cleaner air quality, writes Shannon Baker-Branstetter, a policy counsel for Consumers Union. "More clean energy is in our future, and states will play a pivotal role in crafting plans to get us there," she writes.
A new national strategy for offshore wind development
The Energy Department and the Interior Department released a new national strategy for offshore wind development in the US last week, further propelling this domestic clean energy industry forward. The National Offshore Wind Strategy, five years in the making, builds on tremendous momentum created by the first American offshore wind farm, which completed construction this summer and will be generating clean energy by year's end. Read more.
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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.