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Wind farms help keep Texas cool through heat wave

US under-construction wind farms hit a megawatt record | Wind turbine engineers work toward 15 MW systems of the future | Aeolus invests in Jones Act-compliant fleet
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US under-construction wind farms hit a megawatt record
Strong demand from utilities and corporate buyers drove a US record of nearly 19,000 MW of wind turbine production under construction as of the end of June, boosted by 5,322 MW of projects commencing in Q2, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Including projects in advanced development, 37,794 MW of projects were in the works at the end of June, a 13% increase from the previous quarter. Read the AWEA news release for more information.
Renewables Now (Bulgaria) (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
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Wind turbine engineers work toward 15 MW systems of the future
Wind turbine technology is advancing to make larger, higher capacity wind turbines such as an 8.8 megawatt turbine by Vestas Wind Systems. Turbines of 15 MW could be on the horizon, but making the system lighter remains a challenge.
IEEE Spectrum (8/2018) 
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Aeolus invests in Jones Act-compliant fleet
Aeolus Energy Partners is investing in a fleet that will comply with the Jones Act, a law that requires vessels be US-built or rebuilt and US-flagged when transporting merchandise within 3 nautical miles of the US coast. The Jones Act has been an obstacle for offshore wind farms in US waters.
MarineLink (7/26) 
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Wind farms help keep Texas cool through heat wave
A heat wave in Texas is putting record loads on the power grid, and the resilience of the grid is a testament to wind power. Texas has eliminated three coal-fired plants in 2018.
Digital Journal (7/26) 
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Project Focus
$4.5 billion Wind Catcher proposal rejected by Texas regulator
The Texas Public Utility Commission has rejected American Electric Power's proposed $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project, citing a lack of benefits for ratepayers. The rejection could keep the project from getting off the ground.
BloombergQuint (India) (7/27) 
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Commentary: Icebreaker Wind project a game-changer for Ohio energy
Lorry Wagner, president of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., dispels misconceptions about the Icebreaker Wind project in this op-ed. "It can be a long-term game changer for a clean energy industry in Northern Ohio that could create thousands of additional jobs, pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy and help clean our air and water," he writes.
Sandusky Register (Ohio) (7/26) 
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BluEarth buying up Wyo. wind farm projects
BluEarth Renewables has purchased 795 megawatts of capacity in Wyoming wind farm projects.
Windpower Monthly (UK) (free content) (7/26) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Some energy grids need updating to incorporate renewables
The dated IT infrastructure supporting energy grids is an obstacle to incorporating wind and solar sources. "It's the IT of the 1980s and '90s writ large in the energy sector today," said Phil Kernick, chief technology officer at CQR Consulting.
ZDNet (7/26) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Wind, renewables increase share of UK power generation
The UK generated 29.3% of its power from renewable sources in 2017, while reliance on coal continued to plummet. Wind power accounted for 14.8%.
BusinessGreen (U.K.) (7/26) 
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Wind boosts EnBW's revenue
EnBW says new land-based wind farms helped drive revenue growth through the first six months of 2018.
Windpower Monthly (UK) (free content) (7/26) 
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Policy Watch
Mass. supports offshore wind farms
Massachusetts and neighboring states are supporting offshore wind farm projects that will generate 5 gigawatts. In addition, Massachusetts has set a goal of adding more than 3 gigawatts of solar power to its energy mix.
CleanTechnica (7/25) 
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