Dec 14, 2017

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Exclusive gearbox webinar: Don’t just blame factory defects for failures

November 28, 2017
When gearboxes fail, is it too easy to just blame the manufacturer? During a free webinar presented by New Energy Update, key gearbox specialist Carsten Andersen, CEO of Danish Wind Power Academy, will discuss how many operators are still making critical mistakes and relying on poor maintenance...

Vestas receives 174 MW order in the U.S.

November 17, 2017
MidAmerican Energy recently placed a 174-MW order for its 2,000 MW Wind XI project in Iowa. The order from MidAmerican Energy Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is for 100 V110-2.0 MW turbines. The order includes previously purchased PTC-qualifying components. The turbines will...

U.S. House misses opportunity; House bill would cripple wind power

November 17, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives missed an opportunity to stand up for 60,000 American workers and preserve $50 billion in private infrastructure investment. The tax reform bill passed by the House retroactively changes how businesses can qualify for wind energy’s primary investment tools,...

NRDC report: Clean energy revolution shatters records and projections

November 10, 2017
Just how fast is the U.S. clean-energy revolution unfolding? America’s 2016 solar-energy capacity was 4,500 percent higher than government experts predicted 10 years earlier while the nation’s wind supply was 350 percent above their forecast, according to a recently released Natural...

Senate tax reform bill would keep promise to U.S. wind workers and rural America

November 10, 2017
The proposed Senate tax reform bill honors the 2015 bipartisan phase out terms for the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). The PTC has been used to enable billions in capital investment in rural America and to support thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs spanning 50 states. In...

Duke Energy invests in Sentient Science technology to reduce costs, improve wind-fleet operations

October 3, 2017
Duke Energy Renewables and Sentient Science have partnered in a digitalization strategy to continue to safely manage and reduce the cost of maintaining Duke Energy’s wind turbines. Duke Energy Renewables owns or manages 4,000 MW of wind assets and has realized tremendous savings by...

Texas congressman receives AWEA’s “U.S. Wind Champion Award” at Southern Power’s Bethel Wind Farm

September 28, 2017
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) recently received the “U.S. Wind Champion Award” at Southern Power’s Bethel Wind Farm in Castro County, Texas. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is presenting the “U.S. Wind Champion Award” to select members of the 115th...

American wind industry companies pledge $1 million as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s post-Harvey recovery work

September 11, 2017
Companies in the American wind energy industry recently announced they will donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back initiative. Participating companies include Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke...

Wind industry likely to be unaffected by Harvey

August 29, 2017
By Kenneth Carter Hurricane Harvey may have been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it still is pummeling Texas’ Gulf Coast and dumping an unprecedented amount of rain on Houston and other cities in its path. As of Sunday, about 22 percent of the U.S.’s oil production had been...

Canada’s largest wind-energy event to explore energy transition

August 4, 2017
Wind energy’s pivotal role in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future will be in the spotlight when industry leaders gather this fall for the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) 2017 conference and exhibition.  CanWEA and its partner Hannover Fairs (Canada) have...

Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy announce America’s largest wind farm

July 27, 2017
Invenergy, North America’s largest independent, privately held renewable energy company, along with GE Renewable Energy, recently announced a 2,000-MW wind farm that will be the largest in the U.S. and second-largest in the world, once operational. The Wind Catcher facility is under...

Wind-industry development up 40 percent in strong second quarter

July 27, 2017
More than 40 percent more wind-power projects are under construction or advanced development in America than at this time last year, according to second-quarter results released July 27, 2017, by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Across the country, 29 wind projects, representing a...

Women of Wind Energy Becomes Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

May 16, 2017
Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced a new name and logo May 16 during a live, virtual event before hundreds of supporters across the country. Under the new name, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), the organization will continue to build on more than 10 years of success...

Maryland Becomes an Offshore Wind Contender with OREC Decision

May 12, 2017
Maryland’s Public Service Commission awarded offshore wind renewable energy credits (ORECs) to the companies US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC to build wind projects totaling 368 MW of capacity miles off the state’s coast. Completing these projects will generate nearly 10,000...

Energy Policy Leader Amy Farrell To Take Helm of Government and Public Affairs for AWEA

May 10, 2017
Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), announced that Amy L. Farrell, a proven strategist and expert in energy, environmental, and regulatory policy, has been named AWEA’s senior vice president for government and public affairs. Farrell will oversee federal...

American Wind Power Reports Best First Quarter Since 2009

May 2, 2017
America’s wind power workforce installed 908 utility-scale turbines in the first quarter of 2017, totaling 2,000 MW of capacity. This is the wind industry’s strongest start in eight years, according to a new report, U.S. Wind Industry First Quarter 2017 Market Report, released May 2,...

California State Senate leader to keynote WINDPOWER 2017

April 25, 2017
Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, the California Senate’s most powerful member and legislative champion of the state’s hallmark 50 percent renewable energy standard law passed in 2015, will provide a keynote address at North America’s largest wind power trade show...

AWEA Report: Wind Adds Jobs Over Nine Times Faster Than the Overall Economy

April 20, 2017
American wind power added jobs over nine times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report April 19 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Installing more than...

IEA: CO2 Emissions Flat for Third Straight Year Despite Growing Economy

March 17, 2017
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation,...

More Than 122,000 Acres Offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Auctioned for Wind-Energy Development

March 16, 2017
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank announced the completion of the nation’s seventh competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters. A Wind Energy Area of 122,405 acres offshore Kitty...

Energy and Manufacturing Coalition: America Can Do Better with Its Essential Transmission Infrastructure

March 14, 2017
A coalition of groups representing a broad spectrum of U.S. manufacturing, construction, energy, and environmental workers, are calling for Congress to include electric transmission provisions in any proposed infrastructure legislation and streamline expansion of U.S. electrical infrastructure. A...

U.S. Wind Generation Reached 5.5 Percent of the Grid in 2016

March 6, 2017
Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied more than 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide,...

NRDC: Replacing Coal with Renewables and Energy Efficiency Can Lead U.S. to Cleaner Energy Future

March 2, 2017
It’s cheaper and cleaner to replace retiring coal-fired power plants with wind and solar power and energy efficiency upgrades rather than to saddle the nation with more costly and climate-polluting natural gas plants, according to a report released Thursday, March 2, by the Natural Resources...

U.S. Offshore Wind 2017 Conference To Highlight Promising Offshore Future

February 28, 2017
The first offshore turbines arrived off the coast of New England last year in the form of a $300 million utility-scale scheme called Block Island. Now, new projects are starting to follow suit and the U.S. Offshore Wind Industry is starting to gather pace. There is every reason to believe the U.S....

Near-Record Growth Propels Wind Power into First Place as America’s Largest Renewable Resource

February 10, 2017
American wind power just achieved its second strongest quarter ever for newly installed energy generating capacity according to a new report released by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind surpassed hydropower dams to become the largest source of renewable electric capacity in the...

Women of Wind Energy Adds a Member to Its Board

February 9, 2017
Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced Elizabeth Kaiga has joined its board of directors. “As we transition our program work at Women of Wind Energy to include all renewables, we are thrilled to add Elizabeth to our board,” said WoWE Executive Director Kristen Graf. “Her valuable...

Wind O&M Dallas Program Launched for 2017

October 25, 2016
The program for Wind O&M Dallas 2017, the world’s foremost conference for global wind energy stakeholders, recently was announced by Wind Energy Update. The conference is scheduled for April 10-12, and it marks a turning point in the wind-energy industry by helping executives achieve...

Siemens To Supply Wind Turbines, Grid Connection for Beatrice Offshore Project

June 6, 2016
Siemens has received a further order for an offshore wind power plant from Scotland. The company is to supply, install and commission 84 wind turbines, each with a 154-meter rotor diameter designed to generate 7 MW of power, for the “Beatrice” project. Furthermore, the scope of supply...

EdgeData Launches BladeEdge Software Portal

June 6, 2016
EdgeData, LLC, a Grand Forks, North Dakota-based software firm, recently announced the launch of BladeEdge, an innovative software analytics portal that is customized for the wind energy industry, at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Windpower Conference & Exhibition in New...

Vestas Wins 224-MW Turbine Order in Québec

June 6, 2016
With reference to Vestas Wind Systems A/S’ company announcement No. 20/2016 on May 31, 2016, Parc éolien Nicolas-Riou S.E.C., a limited partnership owner at 50 percent by EDF EN Canada Inc, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and at 50 percent by the community partners...

Moventas Invests in U.K. Wind Service Market To Offer Full-Load Testing

June 6, 2016
Moventas is investing in the U.K. wind service market and offers a multi-brand gearbox service portfolio for the U.K. and Ireland’s most popular fleets. In July, Moventas’ OEM quality facility in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, will complete a substantial upgrade with a full-load test rig...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: IronClad™ Grout Sleeves

January 15, 2016
NTC Wind Energy is pleased to offer its patent-pending IronClad Grout Sleeves. This product will save time and produce a better foundation for wind turbine generators. The IronClad Grout Sleeve is a tapered polypropylene sleeve that is 3 1/2 inches tall with a slightly funneled flange at the...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Revolutionizing Bolted Joints with New Wireless Load-Monitoring SPC4

January 15, 2016
Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co. uses innovative bolting technology to revolutionize bolted joints with its new wireless load-monitoring capabilities. Starting from its patented load-indicating technology, Valley Forge is now taking it a step further in allowing the user to monitor the load on a...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: WindTalker Cold Weather Turbine Control Anemometer

October 16, 2015
Nor-Cal Controls is releasing a new product which will increase efficiency and reduce costs to wind project owners and operators. The WindTalker-1000 is an innovative smart relay device designed to allow any existing sensor to integrate seamlessly into an existing wind turbine control platform, no...

GE Invests $25 Million In TerraForm Global

July 14, 2015
GE’s renewable energy business recently announced a $25 million investment in TerraForm Global, LLC. TerraForm Global is a dividend growth-oriented company, or “yieldco,” formed by SunEdison to own and operate contracted renewable power generation assets in attractive, high-growth...

Cloud County Community College Holds Drone Class

July 14, 2015
The Wind Energy Department of Cloud County Community College (CCCC) recently held a two-day, 12-hour “Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Community Enrichment” class June 15-16 in Concordia, Kansas. The class gave anyone in the community interested in enrolling for the...

Chevron Donates Gearbox To Casper College Program

July 14, 2015
The Casper College Renewable Energy Technology Program has received a substantial equipment donation from Chevron Power and Energy Management Company: a Winergy gearbox from one of the company’s turbines located near Casper, Wyoming. “This gearbox will provide Casper College students...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SymphoniePRO Data Logger Boasts Advanced Features And A User-Friendly Design

July 14, 2015
Renewable NRG Systems, a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has launched today a new data logger that is specifically engineered to improve the performance of wind and solar measurement campaigns. Building on RNRG’s well-known...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: LAPP Introduces Dual Voltage-Rated, Flexible VFD Cables

June 15, 2015
The Lapp Group’s new ÖLFLEX® VFD 2XL, UL TC-ER rated motor cable is a robust, oil-resistant shielded design for use with variable frequency drives. Also available with a pair for brake or temperature, the ÖLFLEX VFD 2XL comes with XLPE (plus) insulation and a phthalate-free TPE...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Spectro Broadens Oil-Water Contamination Capabilities Of FluidScan Portable Analyzers

April 14, 2015
Spectro Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of analytical tools and software for industrial fluids analysis, recently announced the addition of a comprehensive water measurement solution for its FluidScan® analyzer. The FluidScan employs patent pending technology, providing a practical...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Morgan Announces New Carbon Brush Grade For Improved Turbine Uptime

April 14, 2015
Morgan Advanced Materials’ Electrical Carbon business has developed a new carbon brush grade, suitable for wind turbine applications, that drastically improves uptime in some of the most demanding conditions. The LL587 carbon brush grade maximizes uptime through extended brush life combined with...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Larson Electronics Releases Trailer-Mounted Light Mast

April 14, 2015
Larson Electronics recently released a 50-ft. pneumatic light mast on a twenty-one foot trailer equipped with sixteen 400 watt LED light heads. The WCDE-11-PLM50-16X400LTL-LED is a trailer mounted, fold-over, seven-stage light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to deploy...

RES Americas Completes 110MW Project In Texas

March 3, 2015
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in North America, recently announced commercial operation of the Keechi Wind Project in Jack County, Texas. Construction of the 110...

Iberdrola USA And UIL Holdings To Merge

March 3, 2015
The boards of directors of Iberdrola S.A. and Iberdrola USA have approved a combination of Iberdrola USA with UIL Holdings.This friendly transaction, recommended by UIL’s board of directors, which will be effected via merger, will allow UIL shareholders to receive 18.5% of the share capital...

Availon Announces Growth In Vestas O&M

March 3, 2015
Availon, a leading independent wind turbine O&M service provider, recently announced today the addition of over 100 MW of Vestas turbine generators to its O&M service portfolio. These strong results underpin the success of Availon’s technology diversification strategy, which has been...

Pattern Energy Releases 4Q And Annual 2014 Financials

March 3, 2015
Pattern Energy Group Inc. recently announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. Highlights from the financial results: - Cash available for distribution (CAFD) of $62.1 million, up 46% - Adjusted EBITDA of $198.1 million, up 40% - Proportional GWh sold of 2,915...

Nordex Secures 17 MW Order In Poland

February 13, 2015
RWE Innogy has ordered seven N117/2400 wind turbines from Nordex for the 17-MW Opalenica project in Poland. The wind turbines are to be installed in summer 2015. The company has also signed a 15-year premium service contract for the turbines. “We are pleased to be able to build our seventh...

Vestas Strengthens Its Market Leading Position With 36 MW Order In Poland

February 13, 2015
Vestas has secured a firm and unconditional order for 12 of its V112-3.0 MW turbines for a project located in the region of Lodzkie, Poland.  The order has been placed by a private Polish investor. The contract includes delivery, installation, and commissioning of the turbines, which is...

Gamesa To Supply 92 MW For Chinese Projects

February 13, 2015
Gamesa has signed two new contracts in China, one to supply 50 MW to Hebei Construction & Investment Group, and another to supply 42 MW to the Chinese wind farm developer UPC. The scope of the agreement with HCIG encompasses the supply, installation and commissioning of 25 of Gamesa’s...

Enel Green Power Selects Vestas To Supply Further U.S. Wind Projects

February 13, 2015
Enel Green Power, acting through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. , has extended the framework agreement signed at the end of 2013 with Vestas for the development of wind farms in the United States. The 2013 agreement, which provided for the supply of Vestas wind turbines,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: SKF Debuts Custom Machined Seals For OEM Or Existing Wind Turbine Applications

February 13, 2015
SKF introduces the capability to manufacture custom machined seals for all wind turbine applications, whether to meet exacting OEM specifications or to fix and/or upgrade existing sealing systems. A variety of proven seal designs and sizes, proprietary high-performance materials, and flexible...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Torkworx Delivers the Latest in ERAD Technology

January 14, 2015
Torkworx and RAD Torque Systems recently announced the next generation of the E-RAD series of torque and tension equipment, exhibiting the companies’ shared ongoing commitment to being on the forefront of Electronic Digital Control Systems. The ERAD-BLU provides the ability to control...
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