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Betsy Lillian
Betsy Lillian is an associate editor of North American Windpower and Solar Industry magazine. She also serves as the editor of sister publication Unmanned Aerial Online and has been with Zackin Publications since 2012.
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Semcon, DONG Energy Sign German Offshore Wind Agreement

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2016

Semcon has signed a new framework agreement with DONG Energy to provide consultancy services for DONG’s German offshore wind power business activities. The agreement between DONG Energy and Semcon focuses on supporting construction, commissioning and operations of offshore wind farms [Read More]

Oregon Company Looks To Cut Concrete 75% With Turbine Foundation

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2016

An Oregon start-up is developing a new wind turbine foundation system that it says could cut the amount of concrete used by 75%. RUTE Foundation Systems and a research team at Portland State University are receiving $66,000 in early-stage investment [Read More]

Study Says El Niño Not To Blame For Last Year’s Wind Drought

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2016

The unprecedented drop in windiness affecting vast swaths of the U.S. in 2015 cannot be explained by the impacts of El Niño, claims a new report from DNV GL. “Advanced analysis reveals more complex causes,” explains Daran Rife, whose DNV [Read More]

Availon Nets Spanish And Italian Certification

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2016

Wind turbine service provider Availon has received full HSEQ certification for its wind farm servicing operations in Italy and Spain. The certifications are in accordance with international quality, environmental and work safety standards. “HSEQ certifications are of rising economic importance [Read More]

Carbon Trust Testing LIDAR For 3D Wind Mapping

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2016

The Carbon Trust has launched a large trial of scanning light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technology in Dublin Bay, Ireland. This is the latest Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) project designed to help reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind. [Read More]

GWEC Reveals Global Wind Industry Stats Of 2015

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 12, 2016

Led by China with 30,500 MW of new installations, the global wind power industry installed 63,013 MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%, according to a report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Total global wind capacity [Read More]

Vestas Announces 200 MW U.S. Order From Undisclosed Customer

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 12, 2016

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional 200 MW order in the U.S. from an unidentified customer. The contract includes supply and commissioning of 100 V110-2.0 MW turbines, as well as a five-year Active Output Management service agreement. According to [Read More]

Wind Turbine Towers Poised To Reach ‘Mega’ Heights

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 12, 2016

Wind turbine towers are set to reach heights of up to 170 meters with new construction techniques and materials, according to wind power engineering specialist K2 Management. Tower heights have grown steadily over the last decade as operators seek stronger [Read More]

Supreme Court Rules Against Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on February 10, 2016

A stay on the implementation of President Barack Obama’s landmark – and controversial – climate change plan has been issued.

DONG Energy Divests 50% Of Offshore Farm To PKA, The LEGO Group

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 10, 2016

DONG Energy has signed and completed an agreement to divest 50% of Burbo Bank Extension, a 258 MW U.K. offshore wind farm, to Danish pension provider PKA and KIRKBI A/S, a parent company of the LEGO Group. Each investor will [Read More]