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Remote Scottish wind farms to receive guaranteed price for their electricity

Remote Scottish wind farms to receive guaranteed price for their electricity | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it

The guaranteed 'strike price' has been increased for some remote Scottish islands


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Interesting push to support further wind energy deployment on the remote Scottish islands, by offering increased strike prices when compared to mainland UK onshore wind generation. But will this have the desired effect? Will the increased prices be enough to offset higher transportation costs and increased O&M difficulty? What do you think?

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Economic Downturn and Indian Wind Energy | The Energy Collective

Economic Downturn and Indian Wind Energy | The Energy Collective | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it

Bloomberg is reporting that the rupee's biggest plunge in 20 years could have serious billion-dollar repercussions for India's burgeoning wind industry.

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Patrick Jenevein: Wind-Power Subsidies? No Thanks.

Patrick Jenevein: Wind-Power Subsidies? No Thanks. | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Patrick Jenevein writes: I'm in the green-energy business, and if Washington sent a little less 'green' our way, it would be good for the industry.

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Mahesh Kailasam's curator insight, April 2, 2013 3:51 PM

Very interesting discussion.

 

Can we reduce costs through innovation? I believe so and in fact one of the value propositions of Dassault Systemes' Sustainable Wind Turbines Experience is lowered costs: http://bit.ly/WMgvee ;

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Brookfield Renewable wins control of Western Wind Energy

Brookfield Renewable wins control of Western Wind Energy | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
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The protracted and hostile battle for Western Wind Energy Corp. appears to have been settled finally, with Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P.
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Post PTC Extension Update: AWEA says utilities 'flocking' to wind

Post PTC Extension Update: AWEA says utilities 'flocking' to wind | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
US utilities continue to “flock” to the wind business in the wake of record capacity additions in 2012, says the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), as it works to soften expectations that the industry is in for a sharp downturn this year.
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Denmark Initiates Offshore Wind Tendering Process

Denmark Initiates Offshore Wind Tendering Process | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it

In March 2012, the Danish Government entered into an energy agreement with several other political parties from the Danish Parliament. The agreement secures the needed investments for a further step to improve Denmark’s production of renewable energy.

 

By the agreement the parties have decided to initiate a tendering process covering the installation of offshore wind turbines totalling 1,450 MW (including 450 MW near shore wind turbines that, however, is not included in this Prior Information Notice). The wind turbines are to be situated in the sites of Horns Rev III (400 MW) and Kriegers Flak (600 MW). The prospected offshore wind farm sites are located, respectively, in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea off the coast of Denmark.

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Moving past Fukushima: Japan to Operate Offshore Wind Turbines With Tepco, J-Power

Moving past Fukushima: Japan to Operate Offshore Wind Turbines With Tepco, J-Power | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
Japan will begin operating two offshore wind turbines this year as it tries to diversify its energy mix and develop turbine technologies.
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Bigger And Smarter: Wind Turbines Are Growing Up

Bigger And Smarter: Wind Turbines Are Growing Up | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it

As wind energy matures, wind turbine design isn’t only getting more exciting: it’s getting smart (like, in the "smart phone" sense of the word). Consider General Electric’s new 2.5-120 turbine, what it calls "the world’s most efficient high-output and the first brilliant turbine," released at the end of January.

 

What makes this turbine, not just "smart" (which probably would’ve been enough) but "brilliant?" It hooks up to the "Industrial Internet"--the term coined by GE for its futuristic vision of industry where sensor-equipped machines share and process oceans of data--to manage natural ups and downs in wind flow and provide power to the grid more smoothly. Packed full of sensors, the new turbine can analyze "thousands of data points every second" and "integrates energy storage and advanced forecasting algorithms while communicating seamlessly with neighboring turbines, service technicians and customers," GE vice president Vic Abate said in a statement.

 

The new turbine is also bigger--maxing out at 139 meters-high with a 120-meter rotor. While that makes it more powerful and efficient, especially when it’s less windy out, it increases the disparities in wind condition between the top and bottom of the blades. As MIT Technology Review reported last week, the sensors help the turbines react to discrepancies in wind conditions.

 

Internet-equipped turbines also are able to communicate with each other. If a gauge on one breaks, for example, sensors could let turbines provide the missing data to its neighbor, which could mean less power lost during downtime. And if the new GE turbines connect with data on weather forecasts, they have the potential to know when to store energy, and when to transmit it to the grid.

 

The result is a wind farm that functions more like a power plant, and an important step toward wind energy that’s as reliable and flexible as one. GE’s first prototype heads to the Netherlands in a month.

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Is China moving again? Huadian to build 300MW of Fujian wind

Is China moving again? Huadian to build 300MW of Fujian wind | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
China Huadian Group has signed an agreement to build 300MW of wind farms in southern Fujian province, according to a report.
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Dong Energy inks $320m Polish windfarm sale

Dong Energy inks $320m Polish windfarm sale | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
Denmark’s Dong Energy has agreed to sell its Polish onshore wind business to domestic utilities PGE and Energa for around $320 million.

 

Chief executive Henrik Poulsen said the sale was part of the explorer’s previously announced drive to make around $1.79 billion worth of sell-offs this year and next to focus capital on key markets after seeing a weak European gas market hurt earnings.

 

He said that the Polish onshore business, which includes three wind farms, had been a sound investment but that the explorer's wind assets would focus on offshore in future.

 

The Danish outfit expects to garner a pre-tax profit of about $107.3 million on the sale, which is subject to competition approval.

 

Dong Energy reports its full-year results on 27 February.

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Is Energy Storage Not A Good Idea For Wind Power? - EarthTechling

Is Energy Storage Not A Good Idea For Wind Power? - EarthTechling | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it

When wind farms generate more energy than is needed by consumers, it may be better to temporarily shut the turbines down rather than store surplus electricity for later use.

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Interesting article. Where do you stand?

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Top 10 Gigawatts: Offshore Wind Power Capacity

Top 10 Gigawatts: Offshore Wind Power Capacity | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
When we discuss gigawatts of offshore wind, we start with megawatts. The wind farms that are operational at this time are all megawatt in size. There is one.
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Offshore 'competitive within decade' says GL boss

Offshore 'competitive within decade' says GL boss | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
Offshore wind energy is likely to become competitive with energy from conventional sources within the next decade, RV Ahilan, president of renewables consultancy GL Garrad Hassan told Recharge.
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Landowners '£1 billion wind farm boom'

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He suggested the wealthiest Scots are benefiting from the spread of wind farms at the expense of consumers, who have to heavily subsidise the technology in their energy bills.
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In A Bold Move, Massachusetts Stakes Out Its Role in US Offshore Wind Development

In A Bold Move, Massachusetts Stakes Out Its Role in US Offshore Wind Development | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
Massachusetts is planning to make a big investment to develop the Port of New Bedford as a staging point for offshore wind development. It's a high-stakes gamble and numerous pieces need to fall into place.
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More layoffs at Vestas US blade plants

More layoffs at Vestas US blade plants | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
Vestas on Thursday carried out a new round of production line worker layoffs at rotor blade factories in Brighton and Windsor, Colorado, a move taken to “adjust capacity to market demand for wind turbine orders in 2013.”...
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After being pushed into second place when GE were named 2012's top turbine manufacturer by BMT Navigant's World Market Update, is this the beginning of a smaller US presence for Vestas? 

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Business & Renewables working in tandem: BT and RES join forces on wind farm project

Business & Renewables working in tandem: BT and RES join forces on wind farm project | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
Companies to jointly back plans for new 10MW wind farm in Northumberland
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Clearer support for renewables?

Clearer support for renewables? | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it

RenewableUK says comments by the Chief Executive of the energy watchdog Ofgem about the need to protect the nation’s future energy supplies serve to highlight the case for clearer Government support for renewable energy.


Ofgem CEO Alistair Buchanan said the closure of old fossil fuel plants in the UK, and tightening global demand for imported gas, are set to have an impact on electricity bills. He urged the Government to set out a clear policy framework, saying: “We may well be able to rely on renewables, clean coal and nuclear, but the government wants to ensure we can get to this vision in an orderly way.”


RenewableUK Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “The comments from Ofgem’s Chief Executive show how important it is that the Government should set the right framework in the Energy Bill for a rapid expansion of the renewables. For the sake of everyone who pays an electricity bill, we need to get off the fossil fuel hook, as we have no control over the cost of international gas. As the Energy Secretary Edward Davey has pointed out recently, wholesale gas prices have doubled since 2007. Renewables offer us a way to generate clean electricity at a fixed cost which we can control.”

 

Today’s comments coincide with the publication of a new report by the manufacturers’ organisation the EEF, “Tech for Growth – Delivering Green Growth through Technology.” The study predicts that the low carbon manufacturing sector could be worth up to £880 billion to the UK between now and 2050.


RenewableUK Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “Today’s report from the EEF chimes with this week’s comments by the Prime Minister that wind energy creates jobs as well as cutting carbon. The EEF points out that the UK’s offshore wind manufacturing sector alone could generate £35 billion for the country between now and 2050. That’s why they’re joining the wind industry in calling for Government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target.”

 

As further evidence of progress being made in the rapidly-expanding offshore wind sector, the Kentish Flats Extension offshore wind farm was today granted consent by the Energy Secretary. The extension will bring the capacity of Kentish Flats as a whole to up to 141 megawatts – enough to power up to 96,000 UK homes.

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10th Annual ACORE Conference Calls for Bipartisan Support and Continued Financial Innovation for Renewable Energy

10th Annual ACORE Conference Calls for Bipartisan Support and Continued Financial Innovation for Renewable Energy | Wind Power Markets | Scoop.it
"Financing stability is tied to policy stability" said Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, ACORE President & CEO during his closing remarks at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) tenth annual conference in Washington, D.C.
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