New & Noteworthy

California Amusement Park Commits To 100% Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 24, 2017

Silicon Valley Power (SVP) has announced that California’s Great America – a 100-acre amusement park in Santa Clara – will cover 100% of its electricity use with wind power through SVP’s Santa Clara Green Power program. Santa Clara Green Power [Read More]

Hawaii Celebrates Renewable Energy Milestones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 24, 2017

To mark Earth Day 2017, the Hawaiian Electric Cos. are highlighting their progress in replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Importantly, the Hawaiian Electric Cos. reached a milestone last year when 26% of the electricity used [Read More]

Maryland Energy Administration Launches Offshore Wind Grant Programs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 21, 2017

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has allocated a combined $1 million for two new grant programs specifically targeting the offshore wind industry: the Offshore Wind Business Development Grant Program and the Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program. The Offshore Wind [Read More]

WindShare Uses Crowdfunding To Finance Community Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 21, 2017

A new start-up, WindShare LLC, is offering a crowdfunding method for consumers to support the development of community wind projects. Through WindShare, investors can provide capital to wind developers, which then use the funds to secure land leases and build [Read More]

Washington City Operations To Be Powered Entirely By Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 21, 2017

The City of Mercer Island, Wash., has announced a commitment to run exclusively on wind power starting in 2019. Mercer Island plans to buy 20 years of wind power to replace its current mix of electricity for its city operations. Currently, [Read More]

SDG&E Plans Energy Storage To Boost California Clean Energy

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 21, 2017

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed contracts for five new local battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 MW. According to the California utility, the four-hour energy storage facilities would be like having batteries from more than [Read More]

GE And LM Wind Power Complete $1.65B Merger

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 20, 2017

GE has completed its $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based technology developer and manufacturer of rotor blades for the wind energy industry. The completion of the transaction follows regulatory approval in the European Union, the U.S., China and [Read More]

New Danish Alliance Seeks U.S. Offshore Wind Partnerships

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 20, 2017

Forming a Danish offshore wind alliance looking to team up with American companies, Bladt Industries, ISC Consulting Engineers, LICengineering and Semco Maritime have joined forces with The Trade Council of Denmark’s Wind Energy Advisory. The new alliance, focusing on the [Read More]

U.S. Wind Power Now Supports More Than 100,000 Jobs In All 50 States

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 19, 2017

Having installed more than 8 GW of new wind power for a second straight year, the U.S. industry now supports a record-high 102,500 jobs.

U.S. Renewables Consulting Firms Announce Merger

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 18, 2017

V-Bar LLC, a wind and solar engineering consultant based out of Golden, Colo., is merging with Chinook Wind LLC, an Everson, Wash.-headquartered renewable energy consulting firm. The new company, which is actively operating, is planning an official rebranding next quarter. [Read More]