Thursday, September 29, 2016

Invenergy, 3M open 120-MW wind farm in Texas

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Energy Dept.: Clean energy technology costs continue falling | Opinion: Wind development is good for Vt. landowners, economy | PRC Wind unloads 470 MW in wind farms to Tenaska
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Energy Dept.: Clean energy technology costs continue falling
The cost of clean energy technology in the US has declined between 40% and 94% since 2008, ranging from wind energy to energy efficiency measures, according to the Energy Department. "We need to continue pushing the innovation agenda that leads to these kinds of dramatic cost reductions for all low-carbon technologies and increase America's competitiveness and independence in the global clean energy economy," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. (9/28),  The Hill (9/28) 
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Opinion: Wind development is good for Vt. landowners, economy
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Wind development, such as a proposed project from Swanton Wind, benefits Vermont landowners and the communities they live in, writes Swanton Wind Principal and Rocky Ridge Construction Owner-Operator Travis Belisle. "Wind is working for Vermont's economy and its environment. For the future of our rapidly warming world, let's hope that politicians will keep it that way," he writes. (Vermont) (9/28) 
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PRC Wind unloads 470 MW in wind farms to Tenaska
PRC Wind has sold a trio of wind farms in Minnesota and North Dakota with a combined capacity of 470 megawatts to Tenaska, according to the companies. "These wind projects are located in regions with both good wind resources and a growing need for renewables," said Tenaska Vice President of Development Joel Link.
SNL Financial (free content) (9/27) 
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Invenergy, 3M open 120-MW wind farm in Texas
Invenergy and 3M have formally opened a 120-megawatt wind farm in Texas that features 67 General Electric 1.79-megawatt turbines, according to the companies. The duo said the Gunsight wind farm began operations on June 22. (U.K.) (9/28) 
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Vattenfall prepares to break ground on 100-MW Scottish offshore project
Vattenfall is preparing to break ground on a 100-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland near Donald Trump's golf resort in Aberdeenshire, said the company. The project, which will be part of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, is expected to use MHI Vestas V164 machines.
The Scotsman (Edinburgh) (9/28) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Acciona may boost efficiency with Sentient Science tech
Acciona Energia and Sentient Science have entered into a deal in which Acciona may use the latter company's DigitalClone Live software to improve the life expectancy and efficiency of its portfolio. The software works by creating digital copies of each turbine and then predicting possible failures and issues. (U.K.) (9/28) 
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Minn. firm to install wind funnel technology at S.D. site
Minnesota-based SheerWind has won a deal to install its Invelox turbine tunnel technology at a site owned by Mark Luke Wind Energy in South Dakota, according to the company. SheerWind said the technology makes it easier to harvest wind at sites with low wind speeds without the use of complex transmission systems. (U.K.) (9/28) 
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Analysis: Both sides expect victory in EPA CPP case
Both sides in the federal court battle over the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan were pleased with oral arguments on Tuesday and expect to win the case, according to this analysis. "The court had obviously dug beneath the rhetoric of the litigators and into the details of the rule and the supporting facts, and we were really pleased with that," said Sean Donahue, an attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund.
The Hill (9/28), (free content) (9/28) 
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Renewable Energy Systems seeks approval for 300-MW N.D. project
Renewable Energy Systems is seeking permitting approval from the North Dakota Public Service Commission for the right to build the 300-megawatt Glacier Ridge Wind Farm, which would likely feature 87 3.45-MW machines. If approved, the company said the project would probably begin operations in 2019.
Agweek (9/28) 
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Videos highlight benefits to #WindPoweredSchools
Midway through our #WindPoweredSchools social media campaign, it's a great time to highlight some of our favorite examples. Here's a trio of videos showing how wind energy is furthering educational opportunities for students across the country. Read more.
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Fact Check: Offshore wind part of America's clean energy future
In an op-ed published in The Hill this morning, Nancy Sopko, AWEA's lead on matters relating to offshore wind energy, took on some misleading claims about the technology and explained why it's an important part of a clean energy future. Read more.
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