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A Texas Renewable Energy Roundup As DistribuTECH Heads to San Antonio

Renewable Energy World - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 03:40

On January 23, DistribuTECH, one of the fastest growing conferences and expos in the country is set to open. Affectionately called “DTECH” by those in the know, the show is designed to showcase innovation in the transmission and distribution space, which most Renewable Energy World readers know, is undergoing a mega-transformation as solar, energy storage and other forms of distributed energy resources have a growing presence on the grid

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Tri Global Energy Celebrates Wind Development Milestone

North American Wind Power - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:14

Dallas-based Tri Global Energy concluded the development of over 1 GW of wind power in 2017, representing the highest-ever annual development of wind capacity for the nine-year-old company.

The developments were five Texas wind projects spread across seven counties.

“We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone,” says John Billingsley, Tri Global Energy’s chairman and CEO. “Texas is rich with many energy resources. Wind energy has quickly become a formidable competitor as transmission capacity and markets reform to accommodate greater usage.

“Yet the real power is in our partnerships with the local communities, which host our wind projects,” Billingsley continues. “The success of our community-based business model allows us to positively impact local economies through employment opportunities and tax revenues; generate a substantial rate of return to local community investors; and provide another source of income in the form of wind royalties for both farmers and landowners and other community investors.”

The company develops and owns utility-scale wind projects in Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska. In Texas alone, Tri Global Energy’s wind projects represent 3,464 MW.

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Turbine tumbles on 16th Line in C-K #ON

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 02:07
Neighbours living near a turbine that toppled over last night in Chatham-Kent say they believe it happened about midnight. One resident, who asked not to be identified said his neighbour reported hearing a couple of bangs, while others said they didn’t hear a thing. The turbine, located on 16th Line just east of Drake Road in South Kent, appears to have suffered a structure failure about midway up its body. The fibreglass blades lay twisted about the turbine’s base. Terraform . . .
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Turbine topples over #ON

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:53
A hunter scouting for Coyotes early this morning came across this toppled wind turbine located at the corner of the Drake Sideroad and the Sixteenth Concession in Harwich Township. The huge turbine blades and motor assembly crashed to the ground and the support structure appeared folded in half. Details are still in the preliminary stages and in fact crews had just arrived at the scene around 9:15 this am. Watch for further details as more information becomes available. No houses . . .
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Wind turbine breaks in half in Chatham-Kent #ON

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:00
A wind turbine has snapped in half and is currently sitting bent over in an open field in Chatham-Kent. The turbine is located at Drake Road and 16 Line in South Buxton. John Norton, the general manager of community development with the municipality says the fire chief is on scene, as well as police. The company that operates the turbine is Terraform Power. Norton says crews from Terraform are also on scene investigating. The toppled turbine was discovered by a . . .
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Wind farm blamed for higher mainland power rates #RI

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:00
The Newport City Council recently passed a strongly worded resolution asking the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission about a recent jump in mainland electric bills, which is being blamed, in part, on costs associated with the Block Island Wind Farm. At its Jan. 10 meeting, the Council unanimously passed Resolution 2018-01, which states that “Newport residents, as well as residents of other Communities, have received new electric and gas bills that are giving them anxiety and sticker shock due to . . .
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Blowing in the wind: Maui Electric Co. saves money by using fossil fuels #HI

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:00
Maui Electric Co. has been restricting the use of wind power on the Valley Isle in favor of cheaper fossil fuels in a move that seems to go against Hawaii’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, but that’s only part of the story. There are currently three wind farms operating on Maui – Kaheawa Wind Power I & II and Auwahi Wind Farm. Combined, they generated around 25 percent of the electricity used by MECO customers in 2016. Starting . . .
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Broken wind turbine in Chatham-Kent #ON

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:59
Terraform Power crews are investigating after a wind turbine that’s part of a wind energy project just south of Chatham broke in half. The turbine is located at the corner of Drake Rd. and 16 Line. Blackburn News has reached out to the Ministry of Energy and Climate Change, the municipality of Chatham-Kent, and officials with Terraform Power for more details. Chatham-Kent’s fire chief is at the scene and says it is currently disconnected from the power grid. Workers are . . .
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Canada Supports Program Seeking To Establish Offshore Wind

North American Wind Power - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:57

In order to expand innovative renewable energy sources available to provinces, Jim Carr, Canada’s minister of natural resources, has announced the launch of a C$200 million expression of interest for the Emerging Renewable Power Program.

The funding, which is part of the government’s investment of C$21.9 billion over 11 years to support green infrastructure under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, will help drive Canada’s efforts to build a clean economy by expanding commercially viable, investment-ready, renewable power technologies, such as tidal, geothermal and offshore wind.

According to Natural Resources Canada, the Emerging Renewable Power Program will reduce the risks associated with these technologies, help reduce their cost and allow the sector to more easily navigate through regulatory issues – making the technology more accessible in the long run. Over time, this will help Canada’s electricity system draw on a more diverse set of clean technologies and make an even greater contribution to the country’s climate change commitments, says Natural Resources Canada.

“This program will help pave the way to a low-carbon future by further diversifying Canada’s clean electricity mix, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and supporting the growth of clean jobs and new green industries,” states Carr.

To help community members, businesses and other interested Canadians find information on federal programming to support the deployment of emerging renewable projects, a new webpage has been established, which includes a comprehensive guide to funding for eligible projects.

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Global Infrastructure Partners Completes $5B Renewable Energy Acquisition

North American Wind Power - Wind Energy - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:05

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has completed its acquisition of Equis Energy, which calls itself the largest renewable energy independent producer (IPP) in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).

GIP’s acquisition of 100% equity interest in Equis Energy has an enterprise value of $5 billion, including assumed liabilities of $1.3 billion. The net transaction consideration has been settled in cash.

Headquartered in Singapore, Equis Energy has more than 180 assets comprising 11,135 MW in operation, construction and development across APAC, including Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. For wind power specifically, Equis Energy’s assets total 2,252 MW of capacity and an additional 1,977 MW under development.

The companies claim the transaction is the largest renewable energy generation acquisition in history.

Equis Energy operates from 15 Asian offices, employing over 300 professionals. GIP is an independent infrastructure fund manager that invests in infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors. GIP operates from New York City; London; Stamford, Conn.; and Sydney, Australia.

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Government plan to speed up onshore deployment

Wind Power Monthly - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 23:36
FRANCE: A new ten-point plan, drawn up by state representatives, industry players and associations, aims to halve the time it takes to complete onshore wind power projects.
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Enel Begins Building Salitrillos Wind Farm In Mexico

North American Wind Power - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:23

Enel Green Power México (EGPM) has started construction of the 93 MW Salitrillos wind farm, located in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

The overall investment in the construction of the facility amounts to approximately $120 million.

“The start of construction of Salitrillos wind farm broadens our leadership within the Mexican market, as it allows us to enter into a new, strategic, wind resource-rich state,” comments Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power. “With the construction of this new power plant, assigned in one of our successful tender offers, we prove once again our commitment to deliver in a timely fashion on our tender results, fueling the country’s sustainable development with our green energy.”

Salitrillos, located in the municipality of Reynosa, is expected to enter into service by 2019. Once fully operational, the wind facility will be able to generate around 400 GWh annually. The construction site of Salitrillos will be based on Enel’s “Sustainable Construction Site” model, incorporating innovations such as water-saving systems and recycling processes.

The wind farm will be supported by a contract with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission. Specified volumes of energy will be sold over a 15-year period and the related clean certificates over a 20-year period.

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Transmission capacity set to be left unused

Wind Power Monthly - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:59
GERMANY: The expansion plan for offshore wind energy over the coming years is not matching exactly with grid connection plans.
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SAWEA 'awaits final step' in long-running PPA dispute

Wind Power Monthly - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 19:40
SOUTH AFRICA: The country's wind industry association anticipates 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) will finally be signed in the first quarter of 2018.
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Pledge to stop turbines signed by commissioners #IN

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
A local citizens group opposing a proposed commercial wind farm chalked up another win in Fulton County on Monday. Two of three Fulton County Commissioners, Bryan Lewis and Rick Ranstead, signed a pledge stating that as long as they hold public office they will not allow commercial wind turbines in the county. Commissioner Steve Metzger refused to sign, saying he wasn’t interested. “I mean, we’ve already voted to take it out,” he said, questioning, “What else do you want?” Lewis . . .
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Ecopower loses appeal to build windfarm in Hollyford, Co. Tipperary #IRL

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
An appeal to overturn a decision by Tipperary Co. Council blocking development of a windfarm in Hollyford, west Co. Tipperary, has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála. On December 18, 2015, Ecopower Developments Ltd applied for permission to build two wind turbines with an overall height of up to 150 meters, crane hardstands, access roads, electrical cabling, an electrical control building, borrow pit, ancillary drainage system and ancillary site works, all at Glenpaudeen, Moheragh, Hollyford. The application was accompanied by . . .
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ISO study warns of precarious energy future; Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts #CT #ME #MA #NH #RI #VT

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
A new study by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different scenarios for electricity generation during the winter of 2024-2025 and found that in all but the most optimistic case some sort of emergency action would . . .
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Group opposes planned wind farm in Branch Co. #MI

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
There’s a battle brewing about how Michigan will produce energy in the future. Much of the debate is focused on whether wind-powered turbines are the answer. “This industry is marked by a history of litigation, referendum, recall, political action and social turmoil,” said Kevon Martis, the director of the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition. Martis formed the coalition in 2011 to oppose wind projects that were proposed where he lived in southeast Michigan. Now his focus is in Branch County. DTE . . .
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‘This is some deviants trying to do something,’ legislator tells Moore police officer after discovering tracker on pickup #OK

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
MOORE – The discovery of a tracker on a legislator’s pickup came after a source warned him the wind industry was digging into his life, a newly released video reveals. Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, found the GPS tracker on his pickup the night of Dec. 4 and called police. The officer who came to his home activated a bodycam before taking down the information. In the video, McBride can be heard using profanity to describe the discovery of the tracker as . . .
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NextEra Energy gets Juniata Township’s approval for 63-turbine wind farm #MI

Wind Watch - Wind Energy - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:51
CARO, MI – NextEra Energy is one step closer to building its third wind farm in Tuscola County and its fourth in the state. The Juniata Township Planning Commission on Saturday, Jan. 13, approved the special land use permit for NextEra’s proposed Pegasus Wind Energy Center, a 156-megawatt project consisting of 63 GE turbines to be located in Juniata and Fairgrove townships. Clerk Heidi Stark confirmed that was the only approval the developer needed from Juniata Township officials. Fairgrove Township officials . . .
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