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Friday, January 20, 2017
Cape Wind makes annual $88,000 lease payment for Mass. offshore wind farm
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Amazon East wind farm won't affect radar, says Pentagon | Xcel hopes to use Vestas turbines at 600-MW wind farm in Colo. | Cape Wind makes annual $88,000 lease payment for Mass. offshore wind farm
Avangrid Renewables' Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina won't interfere with military radar, contrary to recent claims by Republican lawmakers in the state, according to the Pentagon. "The Navy is committed to working with developers to ensure that renewable energy projects are compatible with our mission and operations," Navy spokesman Lt. Chika Onyekanne said.
Xcel Energy has entered into a conditional supply agreement with Vestas to use 300 of its turbines at a 600-megawatt wind farm under development in Colorado, said the companies. "If and when the project translates into a firm and unconditional order ... Vestas will disclose a company announcement about this," the company said.
Cape Wind made the $88,000 annual lease payment for its offshore wind farm in December even though the project stalled after a series of lawsuits and power purchase agreement issues, according to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management spokeswoman Tracy Moriarty. Observers say the payment may signal that Cape Wind still plans to pursue the project.
Gamesa said it won contracts to supply Iberdrola with 84 G114 2.626-megawatt turbines and 50 G114 2.1-MW machines for its Pier IV and Santiago Eolico wind firms, respectively, in Mexico. The projects will have a combined capacity of 325.5 MW.
LM Wind Power has unveiled plans to expand a turbine blade factory in Quebec with the goal of supplying the US wind industry with more components. "With this investment, LM Wind Power Canada will become the largest supplier of wind turbine components in Quebec and will export 100% of its production," said Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Arcand.
New Castle is New York's first small town to be named a "clean energy community" by the Clean Energy Communities initiative. "This designation has highlighted the importance that we place on renewable energy and sustainability," said Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein.
Germany added 818 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity in 2016, according to wind group BWE. The report said Europe's total installed offshore wind capacity hit 4.108 gigawatts at the end of 2016 and is poised to reach 6.5 GW by 2020.
The United Arab Emirates has unveiled plans to invest $50 million in the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, a new vehicle designed to encourage renewable energy development in the Caribbean. Wind, solar, geothermal and waste-to-energy projects are expected to qualify for funding under the program.
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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.