Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Opinion: Offshore wind poised to become a major US energy source

Pa. city adopts 100% by 2035 municipal renewables goal | Opinion: Offshore wind poised to become a major US energy source | Orsted seeks planning permission for UK offshore wind farm
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May 15, 2018
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Pa. city adopts 100% by 2035 municipal renewables goal
Kennett Township, Pa., has set a goal to source 100% of its municipal electricity needs from clean energy by 2035 and for heat and transportation by 2050. "Moving to sustainable energy sources will reduce global heating and open doors to a good future for our children," said resident Owen Owens.
North American Windpower online (5/14) 
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Opinion: Offshore wind poised to become a major US energy source
Market forces and states like Massachusetts are propelling offshore wind development forward, paving the way for the industry to become a leading US energy source, write Matthew Lackner and Erin Baker of University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Energy Department expects the nation's installed offshore wind capacity to reach 86 gigawatts by 2050, but they argue that falling costs in Europe and federal efforts to combat climate change could make that figure even larger.
The Conversation (US) (5/15) 
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5 Ways Document Security Goes Wrong
If your printer doesn't provide the right protection, your business data is at stake. Document security matters and there are some easily missed ways to lose sensitive files with the wrong printer at the heart of your business. Find out how >
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Orsted seeks planning permission for UK offshore wind farm
Orsted is seeking regulatory approval in the UK to advance its Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm, which will feature up to 300 turbines for a capacity up to 2.4 gigawatts, according to the company. The Planning Inspectorate is expected to reach a decision by June 11.
ReNews (UK) (5/15) 
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Operations & Maintenance
LiftWerx, Siemens Gamesa develop new lifting device for wind industry
Engineering firm LiftWerx and Siemens Gamesa have introduced the RotorHook, a new up-tower lifting system that would eliminate the need for traditional cranes when connecting a fully assembled turbine rotor to the main shaft. "The RotorHook will drive down O&M costs, improve turbine uptime, increase safety and reduce the reliance on larger, more expensive traditional cranes," LiftWerx said.
ReNews (UK) (5/15) 
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TPI Composites, Vestas expand blade manufacturing deal in Mexico
Vestas has extended an existing multiyear supply contract with TPI Composites to add two new turbine blade manufacturing lines in Mexico, according to the companies. The company will manufacture blades for Vestas' 4-megawatt turbine series.
North American Windpower online (5/11) 
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TransUnion modernizes IT environment with Red Hat®
"Retiring our legacy technologies and mainframe as part of Project Spark was a challenging but important strategy. We knew that fully embracing an open system environment was the best way to achieve success and rapid innovation." Read the case study to learn how TransUnion achieved faster time to market, greater competitive advantage, improved employee satisfaction, and significant operating cost savings.
Economy, Energy & Trends
Ind. utility moving toward cleaner energy options
Ind. utility moving toward cleaner energy options
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Indianapolis Power & Light recently launched a new natural gas plant that President and CEO Craig Jackson says signals the firm's intent to accelerate its clean energy transition and move to a more balanced energy mix. The utility said it expects to source 8% of its total electricity from wind this year.
S&P Global Platts (5/14) 
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Statoil expects Equinor name change to take place this week
Statoil is expected to vote on a proposal to change its name to Equinor today and says the change will likely go into effect Wednesday.
United Press International (5/14) 
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Policy Watch
Okla. AG, official offer insight on Wind Catcher Connection project
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Brandy Wreath, director of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Public Utility Division, are still opposed to a preapproval case regarding Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's Wind Catcher Connection project, according to a regulatory filing. In the filing, they offer a list of stipulations needed to advance the request.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (5/15) 
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Minn. lawmaker proposes lighting requirement for turbines
Minnesota state Rep. Chris Swedzinski has introduced a bill that would require all wind turbines to feature radar-activated lighting systems. EDF Renewables Project Development Manager Shanelle Montana touted EDF's technologies regarding turbine lighting and praised Swedzinski's interest in the industry.
Independent (Marshall, Minn.) (5/15) 
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