New & Noteworthy

Wind Turbine Towers Poised To Reach ‘Mega’ Heights

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 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 specialists K2 Management. Tower heights have grown steadily over the last decade as operators seek stronger [Read More]

Siemens And Gamesa Reportedly Near Completion Of Big Merger

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 11, 2016

Spanish original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Gamesa recently confirmed it was in negotiations with Germany-based rival conglomerate Siemens. Now, the two are reportedly nearing completion of the merger, according to Reuters, which cites sources familiar with the deal. Specifically, the report [Read More]

Report: Wind Power Is A ‘Win-Win Option’ For Oregon

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 10, 2016

Oregon households and businesses will keep more money in their pockets if the state continues to grow wind energy resources, according to new data released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). The estimates come [Read More]

Wind Accounted For 44 Percent Of All New Power In EU Last Year

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 09, 2016

Across the 28 European Union (EU) member states in 2015, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, according to a report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). EWEA says a total of 12.8 GW of wind was [Read More]

AWEA, WEF: Colorado Could Be In For Big Savings By Growing Wind Energy

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 09, 2016

By growing wind energy in the state, Coloradans could save $2.7 billion on their electricity bills through 2050, as well as attract over $18 million in annual property tax revenue by 2030, according to new calculations made by the American [Read More]

Calif. ISO’s System Upgrades To Improve Renewable Energy Management

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 05, 2016

With a continued goal of operating a cleaner energy grid, the California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO) board of governors has approved several proposals that ISO says will support improved integration of storage and demand response resources in the wholesale [Read More]

MidAmerican Wraps Up Iowa Wind Projects Totaling Over 1.2 GW

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 04, 2016

With the completion of the Highland wind farm in O’Brien County and the Adams wind farm in Adams County, MidAmerican Energy Co. has wrapped up work on two major projects in Iowa totaling more than 1.2 GW of wind generation. [Read More]

New Capacity From Renewables Is 3,500 Times More Than That From Coal: Report

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 03, 2016

Statistics from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission show how wind helped renewables beat fossil fuels in 2015.

EIA Outlines Utility-Scale Renewables Growth In Short-Term Energy Outlook

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 03, 2016

U.S. electricity generated from utility-scale renewable energy projects is expected to grow by 9% this year, based on projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind [Read More]

Global Green Bonds Could Exceed $50B In 2016, Says Moody’s

NAW Staff
NAW Staff on Feb 03, 2016

Moody’s Investors Service, a provider of credit ratings, research and risk analysis, forecasts global issuance of green bonds could surpass $50 billion in 2016, exceeding the $42.4 billion recorded in 2015, which was also the highest level for such bonds [Read More]