Wind Energy News

  • Microsoft, GE Sign Agreement on New Wind project in Ireland

    On Monday (10/9), Microsoft Corp. announced a new wind energy agreement in Ireland. With the agreement, Microsoft will become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft is entering into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the wind energy from its new, 37-megawatt Tullahennel wind farm in County ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard Shows Which States Are Doing Best on Energy Efficiency

    As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more resilient communities. This 11th annual report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), released today, shows which states are doing the best on energy efficiency a critical ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

    As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience, lower environmental impacts, greater integration of renewable energy, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. However, that enhanced connectivity for grid operators and consumers also ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Xcel Energy Announces Plans to Achieve Nation-Leading Wind Energy Milestone by 2021

    Xcel Energy announced plans recently (9/27) to build and own a new 300-megawatt wind farm in South Dakota, adding to the company's nation-leading wind expansion strategy. This project puts Xcel Energy on pace to be the first utility in the nation to surpass 10,000 megawatts of wind on its system, which would be more than enough clean energy to power every home in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Siemens Gamesa Wins First Order For a Hybrid Wind-Solar Project in India

    Siemens Gamesa has been mandated to develop India's first large commercial hybrid wind-solar project, where a 28.8-MW solar facility will be connected to an existing 50-MW wind farm. This is the first project of its kind for the company and evidences its determination to explore business opportunities that add value for its customers. Under the terms of the agreement reached with one of the ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Opening of Largest Wind Power Facility in British Columbia

    Pattern Energy Group announced the Grand Opening of its 179 megawatt (MW) Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia, approximately 33 km north of Tumbler Ridge, which was celebrated at a dedication ceremony. "This project has been critical to the community for the past three years when other industries were leaving Tumbler Ridge," said Don McPherson, Mayor of Tumbler Ridge. ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Ameren Missouri Plans Major Expansion of Wind, Solar Generation

    Ameren Missouri announced today a forward-thinking plan to dramatically increase the amount of wind and solar generation to provide cost-effective and sustainable energy for its customers. Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation plans to add at least 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020, representing an investment of approximately $1 billion. The potential exists to add ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Energy Service Companies Can Save New Yorkers Billions Of Dollars - According To New Data Filed With The Public Service Commission

    A report filed today (9/15) with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) showed that energy service companies (ESCOs) can save New York energy consumers billions of dollars on energy costs. The data from 2011-2016 indicates that if one tenth of New York consumers shopped for the best ESCO deal, they would have saved nearly $2 billion. The numbers are staggering when the data from every ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Wind Generation Benefits Farmers, Rural Communities and the Environment

    U.S. energy production is undergoing rapid transformation, with substantial impacts to the agriculture and rural economies. Many farmers already produce renewable energy by growing corn to make ethanol and soybeans for biodiesel. Now, more farmers and ranchers are harvesting the wind blowing over their land to make electricity. Large wind turbines increasingly dot the countryside, and, like ...

  • Shell and ITM Power plan for bulk hydrogen production through electrolysis

    Today, the refinery uses approximately 180,000 tonnes of H2 per year in their various plants. The H2 is currently produced as a byproduct of the refining process or through natural gas reforming, while electrolysis uses electricity to split water into the base components of H2 and oxygen. The project aims to enable the construction and operation of a large scale 10MW electrolyser that can produce ...


    By thinkstep

  • Rocky Mountain Institute: Changes in the Power Sector Are an Opportunity, Not a Threat

    On August 23, 2017 the U.S. Department of Energy released the findings and recommendations of its highly anticipated study on grid resilience and reliability. Secretary ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • NREL Updates Baseline Cost and Performance Data for Electricity Generation Technologies

    The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2017 Annual Technology Baseline (ATB), updating a key source of reliable electricity generation technology cost and performance data used to support and inform electric sector analysis in the United States. Now in its third year, the ATB documents technology-specific information on a broad spectrum of ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Renewables, Distributed Energy Resources Driving Investments in Power Transmission Assets

    The influx of renewables and evolving customer demand for green energy and reliability are driving the electric industry to make significant capital investments in power delivery assets. Global engineering and construction company Black & Veatch's just-released 2017 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report explores how these transmission and ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • DESMI Automation has its eye on energy efficiencies

    It’s hard not to be caught up in the enthusiasm of Brian Enevoldsen when he says: “We’re just scratching the surface of what automation technologies can do to help create a more sustainable, more energy-efficient world.” The usually down-to-earth Dane has recently been put in charge of an increasingly important business area at DESMI, a company best known ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • Senvion installs first prototype of 3.4M140 EBC

    Hamburg: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has successfully completed the installation of the first 3.4M140 EBC turbine prototype in Heckelberg for the Notus energy Group. The Senvion 3.4M140 is equipped with a sound-optimized blade profile and a new pitch control system to reduce turbine load. The prototype in Heckelberg can power nearly 3,000 households per year despite ...


    By Senvion S.A.

  • U.S. Energy Department: Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth in 2016

    The Energy Department recently (8/8) released three wind market reports demonstrating continued growth in wind energy nationwide. America's wind industry added more than 8,200 megawatts (MW) of capacity last year, representing 27 percent of all energy capacity additions in 2016. In 2016, wind supplied about 6 percent of U.S. electricity, and 14 states ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Power specialist Smith Brothers sets its sights on solar

    Yorkshire-based high voltage power specialist Smith Brothers has added the energisation of two prominent solar farms to its fast-growing success story. Having been assigned the design and build contract for Wreay Farm in Carlisle by renewables developer Anesco, the team of electrical engineering experts was also enlisted as the independent connections provider by solar giant Ethical Power for ...

  • Bay State Wind Receives First Offshore Wind Site Assessment Plan Approval in the United States

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued its first approval of an offshore wind Site Assessment Plan (SAP) to Bay State Wind, a utility-scale offshore wind project in Massachusetts located 15 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard in the Atlantic Ocean. Bay State Wind is a joint venture between DONG Energy - the global leader in offshore wind with 22 commercial-scale offshore ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Utilities Actively Adopt Virtual Power Plants to Cater to a Growing Network of Connected Systems

    The surge in the number of distributed energy resources (DERs) installations across the globe is opening up the market for virtual power plant (VPP) programs. The large installed capacity of solar and wind-generation plants notwithstanding, generation is intermittent, which translates to the need for a solution that can balance the grid during low wind and solar period. Currently, utilities ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Viking Wind’s turbine is now on the positive list from Danish Energy Association

    Distribution companies have the responsibility for administration of the technical regulations of Energinet for the grid connection of generating units to the public power grid. In order to make the process for power grid connection of small generating units up to 50 kW more effective, positive lists are drawn up for generating units and generating unit components, which ...


    By Viking Wind ApS

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