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Monday, November 28, 2016
Mass. agency seeks ports to support offshore wind growth
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Mass. agency seeks ports to support offshore wind growth | US wind industry trends toward taller turbines, says Apex manager | Tradewind would build second wind farm in N.D. County
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is looking for waterfront sites that, through private investment, could be developed to support the state's future offshore wind industry, according to MassCEC. The agency is accepting proposals from engineers interested in surveying the potential sites.
Some wind developers are gradually transitioning to taller turbines to reach stronger, steadier winds, according to Apex Clean Energy Development Manager Taylor Quarles. The Federal Aviation Administration said most of the projects it has under review would use 500-foot turbines, but that several, including Apex's Lighthouse project in New York, seek to use machines over 600 feet tall.
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The Williams County, N.D., Planning and Zoning Board has recommended that Tradewind Energy be granted approval to erect six meteorological towers near the site of its Lindahl project. Tradewind, which plans to take its proposal to the Williams County Commission, said it hopes to build a second wind farm in the area after completing a feasibility study.
Green renewable energy firm Terna Energy has secured financing for its $250 million, 155.4-megawatt Fluvanna 1 project in Texas, according to the company. The project, which will use Gamesa machines, will likely begin operations late next year.
The Council of Ministers in Portugal has granted EDP Renovaveis the right to build a 25-megawatt offshore floating wind farm in Viana do Castelo, according to the company. The Windfloat Atlantic is expected to begin operations in 2018.
Nordex has won a contract to supply a subsidiary of ABO Wind with turbines for a 27-megawatt wind farm in Finland, according to the companies. ABO Wind Oy said the project, which it hopes to connect to the grid next fall, would use nine N131/3000 cold-climate turbines from Nordex.
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By merging with Acciona, Nordex hopes to cut its wind-related expenses between 15% and 18% by 2018, the company said. The duo said that by combining operations, they expect to produce more efficient machines and save money on supplies.
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The wind and solar energy industries gave more money to Republicans than Democrats for the first time ever during the 2016 election cycle -- a move that observers say may benefit the industries in the long run. Isaac Brown, a principal at 38 North Solutions, said the industries have begun building relationships with various House and Senate GOP leaders who have expressed support for renewables.
The Lincoln County, S.D., Commission's decision to pass a three-quarters-of-a-mile setback distance for turbines may deter wind development in the South Dakota county, said Brian Minish, a board member for Dakota Power Community Wind. Dakota Power said last week that it hopes to build a 400-megawatt project in the area with Xcel Energy.
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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.