Archives April 2019


April 2019


Competency-based training

As the need for more technicians continues to grow, the Wind Turbine Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is making sure those techs are properly qualified.

Creating an educated workforce skilled to meet the demands of a changing economy is the focus at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Groves Campus. Originally opened in 2001 as one of 18 M-TEC facilities across the state, the Groves Center was financed by a $5 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. It offers a […]
Thomas Sutton, Delia Baker

Shaping the future of the workforce

The need to ensure wind-energy O&M technicians are properly trained, as well as motivated to continue that education, becomes a priority.

With the recent end of the Scottish government’s Transition Training Fund, the future of energy workers’ jobs is facing a challenge. How can we help mold the future of wind operations and maintenance with the best quality training and skill development? Key challenges We have seen an increase in applications for rotor-blade repair and maintenance […]
Tom Dyffort


Canada’s wind energy industry holds Spring Forum

Over the course of a two-day CanWEA Spring Forum in Banff, Alberta, many of Canada’s wind-energy leaders shared a sense of optimism about the growth of wind energy in Canada and the economic and environmental benefits it is delivering as the lowest-price, emissions-free source of new electricity for not only Alberta and Saskatchewan, but for […]
April 24, 2019

Enel Green Power acquires U.S. renewable energy developer Tradewind Energy

Enel, through its U.S. renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc., recently closed an agreement to purchase Kansas-based renewable developer Tradewind Energy, Inc. Under the agreement, Enel Green Power North America purchased all of Tradewind’s development platform comprising of 13 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects throughout the U.S. Shortly after the closing […]
April 2, 2019

Vestas receives 143-MW order in the United States

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) recently placed an order for 143 MW of V126-3.45 MW turbines for the Bearkat II Wind project in Texas. Bearkat II is the second phase of the Bearkat project, following the successful 2017 commissioning of the Bearkat I project, which also featured V126-3.45 MW turbines. Including previously purchased components, the project […]
April 2, 2019

Wind energy industry to reveal record results in Houston

Executives from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), representing thousands of companies and stakeholders in the wind industry, will release the 2018 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report at the Greater Houston Partnership on April 9. WHAT: Texas is the leader for wind energy in America. Members of the media in Houston will have the […]
April 2, 2019

Operators must embrace disruptive technologies, says ONYX InSight

Embracing disruptive digital technologies for the collection and analysis of wind-turbine data offers the best route to reducing the costs of operations and maintenance programs. This is according to more than half (55 percent) of the asset and operations managers attending ONYX InSight’s European Technical Symposium in March. Disruptive technology is entering the wind-energy sector […]
April 2, 2019

NRG’s Bat Deterrent System reduces bat fatalities by 67 percent

A trial of NRG Systems’ Bat Deterrent System at the Pilot Hill Wind Project in Illinois yielded an overall reduction in bat fatalities of 67 percent and greater reductions with species commonly affected by wind projects. The results of the trial were announced on March 27, 2019, by EDF Renewables, the developer/owner of the Pilot […]
April 2, 2019