Category: Wind

Western Wind Energy Corp announces a 10% increase in electricity production for the year ended December 31, 2009

Western Wind Energy Corp. (“Western Wind” or the “Company”) announced today its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company is pleased to announce a 10% increase in electricity production to 58,859 MWh for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to 53,579 MWh for the year ended December 31, 2008. However… Read more »

Enbridge, RES team up on 2nd wind farm

Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO) and RES Americas said on Wednesday they plan to build their second wind energy farm in Ontario, a C$275 million ($270 million) project on the north shore of Lake Superior, Enbridge, best known as Canada’s second-largest pipeline operator, and RES, which has renewable energy projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico and… Read more »

Putting Wind Generated Power Where Its Needed

The national push for more wind turbine-generated electricity could turn Illinois into a transmission hub. “Illinois is the crossroads. Historically, whether it’s rails, shipping, travel, O’Hare airport, it’s a geographical midpoint, or hub, positioned for all things moving west to east,” said Thomas O’Neill, chief operating officer at Chicago-based Exelon Transmission Co., a unit of… Read more »

Siemens to build UK wind turbine plant

The government will receive another boost to its green manufacturing momentum this week when Siemens of Germany announces plans to create hundreds of jobs in Britain and invest more than £75m in a new wind turbine plant. The move comes despite claims made today by the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, that the UK tax system… Read more »

GE Announces Major European Offshore Wind Expansion

GE (GE 18.39, +0.09, +0.49%) today announced plans to invest approximately EUR340 million to develop or expand its wind turbine manufacturing, engineering and service facilities in four European countries–the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden and Germany–signaling GE’s deep commitment to the promising European offshore wind sector. “Offshore wind will play a vital role in meeting the… Read more »

7th Wind Power Asia set on promoting sustainable energy development in China

7th Wind Power Asia set on promoting sustainable energy development in China Stronger political and trade support, preliminary conference program unveiled. The 7th Wind Power Asia will focus on technological and political solutions to promote renewable energy and synergize with the central government’s directive for a low carbon technology driven economy as announced at the… Read more »

Energy and climate to dominate European Council agenda

Tomorrow, energy will top the agenda when EU Heads of State meet in Brussels to discuss a new European strategy for jobs and growth, and to follow-up on the failed Copenhagen conference on climate change. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) urges the Council to adopt vitally important energy commitments in the proposed ‘2020 strategy’… Read more »

Semi-Annual Changes to the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Global Wind Energy Index

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and Clean Edge, Inc. announced the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the NASDAQ OMX® Clean Edge® Global Wind Energy Index (Nasdaq:QWND), which will become effective with the market open today. The following two securities will be added to the Index: China Longyuan Power Group Corporation Limited (916 HK)… Read more »

Wind Energy Investment of $65 Billion May Curb Fossil Fuel Use

China WindPower Group Ltd., Iberdrola SA and Duke Energy Corp. will lead development of an estimated $65 billion of wind-power plants this year that let utilities reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. The estimate from Bloomberg New Energy Finance assumes a 9 percent increase in global installations of wind turbines this year, adding as much… Read more »

6th New Energy ended today with record visitor numbers

250 exhibitors from 14 countries, 17,000 visitors from 30 nations 30 (2009: 15,500 visitors), sold out congress events, numerous political delegations from Germany and abroad, and the extremely successful world summit on small wind turbines firmly established this year’s New Energy Husum as the leading international trade fair for the small wind industry, and also… Read more »

European Wind Site Developer and Wild Brush Energy Sign Commercial Scale Wind Farm Agreement

Wild Brush Energy (PINKSHEETS: WBRE) and Energoconsult Ltd. have established a cooperative agreement towards the future development of a commercial scale Wind Farm, up to 120Mw in size. Energoconsult’s signing is essential for the assessment of crucial wind measurement data, site planning and analysis forecasts vital for maximum wind farm productivity. Energoconsult Ltd. performs research,… Read more »

London landmark building will generate 8% of its energy needs

Peering down 148 metres from the top of the latest addition to London’s skyline, the traffic-clogged Elephant and Castle roundabout and its notorious neighbour, the Heygate estate, below feel an unlikely location for a world first. But next week, this new skyscraper, nicknamed “the Razor”, will take a crucial step towards becoming the world’s first… Read more »

Boralex gets $194 million loan for Ontario wind farm

Boralex Inc (BLX.TO: Quote) has secured financing of C$194.5 million ($191 million) for the construction and operation of its Thames River wind farm in southern Ontario, the Canadian renewable energy producer said on Monday. The funds will be used to finance the second phase of the 90-megawatt wind farm and to refinance Phase 1. The… Read more »

Va. gov McDonnell signs offshore energy bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law Wednesday offshore drilling legislation intended to realize his goal of making Virginia the East Coast’s energy superpower. The bills supporting offshore oil and gas exploration and directing royalties from drilling back to Virginia each hinge on actions by the federal government and Congress. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected… Read more »

Broadwind gets JPMorgan’s top rating, shares up

A recovery in the wind energy sector starting in the second half of the year will boost sales growth for Broadwind Energy Inc., a JPMorgan analyst said Tuesday. Shares rose rose 41 cents, or 8 percent, to $5.52 in afternoon trading after JPMorgan analyst Christopher Blansett started coverage on the company at “Overweight,” with a… Read more »

SGS to Present its Wind Energy Services at EWEC 2010

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is one of the exhibitors at the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC) 2010 in Warsaw, Poland. The services offered by SGS Competence Center Wind Energy will be presented throughout the exhibition at stand no. 4058 in hall 4. The European Wind Energy Conference… Read more »

NRG Energy Inc plans to acquire South Trent wind farm, Texas

Power generation supplier NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG) declared on Thursday that the company has entered into a binding letter of intent to purchase the South Trent wind farm near Sweetwater, Texas, for an undisclosed price. This 101 megawatt (MW) South Trent wind farm came online in January 2009 and consists of 44 Siemens 2.3… Read more »

Striking a blow for wind power

Wind power provides a fifth of Denmark’s electricity, most of it generated by giant wind farms built on land and in the country’s coastal waters. But the tiny Danish island of Samso is proving bigger isn’t necessarily better by generating all its electricity using wind turbines of its own. Nineteen miles off the coast of… Read more »

Texas wind project’s stimulus funds may stall over Chinese parts, jobs

A group of Democratic senators may seek to halt stimulus funding for wind-energy projects over concerns that the program is subsidizing jobs overseas. The dispute was prompted by a proposed wind farm in West Texas, whose investors planned to use Chinese-made turbines and seek a $450 million stimulus grant. The senators insist that stimulus funds… Read more »

Wind energy at heart of EU smart growth strategy

The European Commission’s ‘Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ published today contains grid and market commitments that will boost the growth of wind energy in Europe, says the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Smart growth and sustainable growth are two of the three priorities put forward by the European Commission for the… Read more »

Offshore Wind Energy Jobs?

Senator Tom Carper and other lawmakers are trying to bring offshore wind energy to their states. The bill would give the industry longer production and investment tax credits all the way until 2020. The senators say offshore wind production can create hundreds of jobs. In Delaware, the company NRG Bluewater Wind says 1,200 temporary jobs… Read more »

Suzlon sees lower US wind power in 2010

New US wind power generation is likely to be lower in 2010 than the record level seen last year with growth in installed capacity resuming in the second half of the year, the head of wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy’s US operations said on Wednesday. “I am pretty bullish on late 2010 and certainly 2011… Read more »

SGS Provides Project Certification for Borkum West II Offshore Wind Farm

In May 2008, SGS was assigned a contract to conduct Project Certification services for Borkum West II offshore wind farm. Project Certification provided by SGS enables wind farm owners to obtain necessary approvals and meet international and local standards. Offshore wind farms incur many risks and challenges due to a variety of external factors such… Read more »

GE Chief: US Must Win Global Wind Turbine Race

America is in danger of falling behind Asia when it comes to wind energy production. And the chief of General Electric says that is jeopardizing this country’s energy future. Business Week reports that in remarks to the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Conference near Washington, DC, General Electric Co. chief Jeffrey Immelt said America must not give… Read more »

Does Proposed Wind Farm Pose Threat to 911?

A Chicago-based energy company wants to erect 100 wind turbines in southern Brown County: 54 in Morrison, 22 in Holland, 20 in Wrightstown, and four in Glenmore. There’s concern the 400-foot turbine towers could interfere with the county’s plan to erect a series of 911 radio towers. While emotions run high between landowners and families… Read more »

AGL revives major wind farm plan after policy change

Australia’s largest energy retailer, AGL Energy Ltd (AGK.AX), revived plans to build a major wind farm on Monday, after the government vowed to increase investment security in the sector. AGL said the Macarthur wind farm, previously estimated to cost A$800 million ($716 million), will be constructed in a joint venture with New Zealand’s state-owned generator… Read more »

Offshore electricity grid needs a coordinated approach

An offshore North and Baltic Sea electricity grid could be in place within 10-15 years, but its development is being slowed by political and regulatory differences between countries bordering the North and Baltic Seas, according to a report published by the OffshoreGrid consortium. The European Commission-funded consortium – made up of eight organizations* – stated… Read more »

AGL shelves over A$1 bln investments in wind energy

Australia’s top operator of renewable energy assets, AGL Energy Ltd. (AGK.AX), will shelve up to A$1 billion worth of planned investments in wind energy, citing uncertainty in the government’s climate change policies. AGL said on Friday the government’s current rebates for small renewable technologies, such as solar water panels and heat pumps, had flooded the… Read more »

2 Va. firms seek to establish offshore wind farms

Federal regulators have received leasing proposals from two Virginia companies seeking to develop offshore wind farms capable of supplying clean energy to hundreds of thousands of homes. Apex Wind Energy Inc. is proposing to lease 116,000 acres for an undetermined number of wind turbines with the potential to generate up to 1,500 megawatts of power…. Read more »

Mitsubishi Building UK Wind Turbine

Government of UK has planned to craft Britain a center of green manufacturing, for which it won a major accolade from plans which will begin the job hunts. The authority in command, has decide to create a plan for a green manufacturing hub in Britain which has been promoted, when the same got unleashed with… Read more »

Turbine company in talks to open UK factory

One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers is in talks with the government about setting up a factory in Britain. Gamesa, the Spanish turbine company, is being urged by Iberdrola, the owner of Scottish Power, to build a manufacturing facility to serve the British market, according to Ignacio Galan, Iberdrola’s chief executive. Gamesa confirmed… Read more »

Wind power and shipyard industries make joint call for investments in ships for offshore wind expansion

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Community of European Shipyards’ Association (CESA) are calling on the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the building of new ships to serve the expanding offshore wind energy market over the coming years. EWEA and CESA urge the European Commission to develop programmes… Read more »

Bill to open wind energy to private sector widely praised

A state bill that would open wind power to private developers was praised by a variety of groups during a legislative hearing on Wednesday, including some who called it a potential milestone for Nebraska’s fledgling wind power industry. “I think this is the most significant legislation relating to electricity in this state, probably, since the… Read more »

Wind Potential Grows in ND

It’s really not surprising to many of us in North Dakota, but a new report from the American Wind Energy Association says there’s more wind energy potential in the Dakotas than previously estimated. The report lists North Dakota number six in the nation in wind energy potential. However several companies are arguing that the state… Read more »

Kansas needs to capitalize on wind

Kansas learned last week that it’s second only to Texas among states for its potential wind generation, according to a new report co-authored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Now, the state and its leaders, with help from Congress, should take the second-place status and run with it, turning that potential into power, jobs and… Read more »

US Wind Energy Potential 3Xs Higher Than Thought

The potential amount of wind energy in this country is actually more than three times what is was previously thought to be. This post from the Energy Collective blog says a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) credits the increase to improvements in wind turbines over the last decade and a half:… Read more »