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Thursday, November 03, 2016
Siemens, Duke partner to debut North American O&M service
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Siemens, Duke partner to debut North American O&M service | IRENA: Global installed offshore wind capacity could hit 400 GW by 2045 | Analysis: Block Island is a step toward overhauling US energy grid
Siemens and Duke Energy Renewable Services are joining forces to offer operations and maintenance services to wind farm operators in North America, according to the companies. "This services cooperation between Siemens and Duke Energy Renewable Services combines the complementary strengths and experience of two key wind energy companies in the North American market," said Darnell Walker, head of Siemens Power Generation Services, Wind Power and Renewables.
The world's total installed offshore wind capacity could reach 400 gigawatts by 2045 -- an increase of roughly 3,000% compared to 2015's total capacity of 13 GW, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "Floating foundations for wind farms are a radical innovation that could open significant new markets in deep waters," said IRENA Renewable Energy Analyst Francisco Boshell.
Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island could be an important step toward a clean energy economy powered by increasing amounts of wind, according to this analysis. Observers say that although the industry has been slow to launch, the US is home to some of the world's best offshore wind resources. Supporters say offshore wind energy could help meet increasing coastal power demands.
Orion Renewable Energy is seeking final zoning approval to build a wind farm in Warren County, Ind., dubbed Jordan Creek, that could feature up to 150 turbines. Orion Project Developer Michael Cressner said he is confident that the project would qualify for some support under the wind energy Production Tax Credit.
Viridis Eolia has signed a letter of intent to use Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology turbines at its 1,870-megawatt Viridis Eolia Master Plan project in Wyoming. The project will likely feature Goldwind's 2.5-MW and 3-MW permanent magnetic direct-drive wind turbine generators. The first 32.5 MW will be developed by Little Medicine Bow Wind in 2017, with more phases to come from 2018 to 2022.
Enel Green Power Mexico has begun operations a pair of wind farms in Mexico that have a combined capacity of 229 megawatts, according to the company. The 129-MW Palo Alto project features 43 turbines, while the 100-MW Vientos del Altiplano is home to 50.
Gamesa has won five turbine supply orders in India for 80 of its G114 2-megawatt and 72 of its G97 2-MW class S units. The wind farms, which will have a combined capacity of 304 MW, are expected to begin operations during the first quarter of next year.
Oil and gas companies BP, Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco and Statoil are expected to announce the creation of a renewable energy investment fund Friday, sources say. The companies are seeking a more active role in reducing global warming.
Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has pledged to power 100% of the federal government's operations using renewables by 2025. "The government needs to be a key player to support the acceleration of clean growth -- not only through policy, but by investing and showing leadership," she said.
The wind is at our backs: After the AWEA Offshore Wind Conference
Coming on the heels of last week's successful AWEA Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition, we are seeing real, tangible signs of momentum for this growing industry. The conference was a bustling convention of over 600 people all coming to see what in fact is happening in the US offshore wind market. And they didn't leave disappointed. Read more.
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Phil Knight, corporate leader
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.