New & Noteworthy

DOE Funds Six Distributed Wind Projects Across The U.S.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced six new contracts, totaling $1.49 million, awarded under the agency’s Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). Since 2013, the CIP has awarded 22 competitively selected, cost-shared contracts [Read More]

BOEM, Avangrid Finalize North Carolina Offshore Wind Lease

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 16, 2017

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has finalized a lease with Avangrid Renewables for a 122,405-acre wind area offshore North Carolina. In March, Avangrid placed a winning bid of $9,066,650 for the Kitty Hawk [Read More]

Invenergy Claims $700M In Damages Over Polish Wind Contracts

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 16, 2017

Invenergy LLC, along with other international companies forming the energy conglomerate, has submitted a letter to senior Polish government officials, including its president and prime minister, alleging unlawful and coordinated acts “tantamount to an expropriation” that have destroyed the financial [Read More]

Two Coal Plants Closing In Central Texas; Will Wind Overtake Coal In The State?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2017

According to research from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, wind energy capacity could soon exceed coal capacity in Texas.

Wind vs. Hydro: British Columbia Has A Vital Decision To Make

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Written by Jean-Francois Nolet on October 12, 2017

As the new government decides whether or not BC Hydro should continue building its multibillion-dollar Site C dam, a study shows new wind development is a cost-competitive alternative to the hydro project. 

E.ON Acquires Stake In Wind Start-Up b.ventus

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2017

E.ON has bought a stake in b.ventus, a German start-up offering a single-source solution for wind power generation for business customers. According to E.ON, the start-up’s centerpiece is a wind turbine with a hub height of 30 meters. It can [Read More]

AWEA Rolls Out ‘Time To Take Care’ Wind Safety Campaign

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2017

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has launched “Take Time to Take Care,” a new campaign focused on wind turbine technician safety. Like any career requiring physical exertion, the wind industry must take preventative measures to avoid soft-tissue damage of [Read More]

Bloomberg Commits $64 Million To Expand Clean Energy, Cut Coal

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2017

In light of the Trump administration’s plans to rescind the Clean Power Plan, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and other organizations working [Read More]

Owens Corning To Shutter Maine Composites Factory

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 11, 2017

Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 company that makes insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, including for the wind industry, is closing down its factory in Brunswick, Maine. According to a local report from the Portland Press Herald, 60 employees will be [Read More]

Researchers Study Huge Potential Of North Atlantic Offshore Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 11, 2017

New research from the Carnegie Institution for Science says offshore wind farms situated in the North Atlantic have the potential in the winter to provide sufficient energy to meet all of civilization’s current needs. Considering wind power is very seasonal, [Read More]