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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #135 on: August 11, 2016, 09:20:24 pm »
Wind turbines in the German North Sea

Press release | 2016-08-10 | 15:00 PM

Vattenfall acquires German wind development project

Vattenfall has acquired a wind development project consisting of up to 79 turbines in the German North Sea. The acquisition is in line with Vattenfall’s growth strategy to extensively expand its renewable energy production in the coming years.

The Global Tech II wind project is located in the German North Sea some 85 kilometres north of the island of Borkum. The project is currently under development with up to 79 wind turbines in an area of 47 square kilometres.

“The acquisition underlines once more that our growth ambitions in wind are under full steam. As a company we are on a good way to reshape our generation portfolio towards more renewable energies in all our markets”, says Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Wind at Vattenfall.

The Global Tech II project is owned by Northern Energy Global Tech II, which Vattenfall has acquired as of 5 August. The seller is Erste Nordsee-Offshore-Holding, a joint subsidiary of Austrian STRABAG SE and indirecly Etanax GmbH. The parties have agreed to not disclose the purchase price.

“With Global Tech II we also send a signal that we strongly believe in the German market. In particular we consider the new German tender system beneficial to the development of wind as it is more cost efficient, which will also lead to further acceptance of this effective and renewable power generation.”, says Gunnar Groebler.

 The realization of the project depends on obtaining a capacity contract in the tendering process whth the first auction in March 2017 and the second auction in March 2018.


 
Vattenfall wind power

Vattenfall operates over 1,000 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 2,000 megawatts (MW). In 2015 Vattenfall’s wind power production amounted to more than 6 TWh. By 2020 Vattenfall expects to double its wind capacity to 4,000 MW and invest more than SEK 50 billion, (approximately EUR 5 billion euros) in wind.

For more information:
Vattenfall’s Press Office, telephone: +46-8-739 50 10, e-mail: press@vattenfall.com
Johan Sahlqvist, Head of Investor Relations, telephone: +46 8 739 72 51

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #136 on: August 20, 2016, 04:10:25 pm »
 
 



MA Makes Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Power Commitment!

Amber Hewett    |     August 1, 2016 

One of many United Kingdom offshore wind farms.

I’m so proud to say that the Bay State, my home state, just made history. Late last night, in the final moments of the Massachusetts legislative session, leaders on Beacon Hill passed an energy bill equipped to finally launch America’s offshore wind industry!

This is great news for wildlife, and for all of us counting on our leaders to take swift, bold action to confront climate change. Massachusetts has stepped up to demonstrate just how offshore wind power can play a key role in addressing the massive energy and environmental challenges of our time.

Loggerhead sea turtles will benefit from responsibly developed clean energy sources like offshore wind power. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Cindy Messinger.

Legislation passed last night commits the Commonwealth to bringing 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power online.   

That’s enough clean, local energy to power more than half a million homes while creating thousands of long-term, high quality jobs.

Massachusetts will be on track toward a truly clean energy future – one where our energy portfolio reflects the need to protect our communities and wildlife from the dangers of climate change. The MA legislation’s commitment shows a prioritization of public health, clean air, and clean water – all while buffering ratepayers from the volatile fossil fuel market.

“The Massachusetts Legislature hit a home run tonight. All eyes are now on Governor Baker to sign the bill and make this pivotal commitment to offshore wind power a reality.”

– Catherine Bowes, National Wildlife Federation

Join us in calling on Governor Baker to sign the bill!
Installation of the final turbine in the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind power project to date. Photo by London Array Limited

This milestone has been a long time coming in Massachusetts. We have a world-class wind resource off our shores, ready to serve as the foundation for a new clean energy economy in the Commonwealth. While our neighbors across the Atlantic have been growing offshore wind power into a booming global industry for 25 years, we have yet to get a single turbine into U.S. waters (though that is changing this summer with the Block Island Wind Farm!).

Massachusetts’ leadership here is pivotal. With America’s first offshore wind project finally under construction, bold policy commitments from state leaders are precisely what’s needed to ensure this is truly the beginning of a new energy chapter. Among all of the lasting benefits listed above, what arguably makes this bill most significant is the example it will set.

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Over the next decade and beyond, offshore wind power will replace retiring nuclear and coal-fired power plants in New England and show state leaders up and down the coast that we can power our homes and businesses with local, clean energy.

The Massachusetts legislature just turned the tide in a way that will unleash the nation’s largest untapped clean energy opportunity! It’s a new day, and a turning point in our endlessly important pursuit of a responsible energy future.

Of course, there is a long road ahead to get these turbines up and running, and the next step is getting this historic bill signed by Governor Charlie Baker. Please sign the petition below and share it with your friends in Massachusetts – let’s keep up this momentum!


Take Action: Urge Governor Baker to launch offshore wind power for the Commonwealth! :

http://blog.nwf.org/2016/...re-wind-power-commitment/

Agelbert NOTE: Fossil Fuel Industry (Polluter Welfare Queens 'R' US) PUBLIC reaction to the above:
        


Fossil Fuel Industry (Polluter Welfare Queens 'R' US) NOT FOR PUBLIC reaction:
  FOLLOWED by their usual bag of corruption laced tricks:

The Governor of Massachusetts will be getting a lot of visits from fossil fuel defending 'lobbyists' carrying an 'offer' (SEE BELOW).

And, OF COURSE, if that doesn't work, every influential member of the Massachusetts legislature will be 'urged' to TAX wind power in order to keep those poor, innocent, loyal servant fossil fuel power plants 'competitive'. We mustn't let 'big wind' get in the way of, uh, 'cheap', 'high energy density' fossil fuels.    

The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleteing CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME   or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it!   Pass it on! 



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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #137 on: August 21, 2016, 03:41:32 pm »
Could Offshore Wind Replace Nuclear Power?  




SNIPPET:

August 16, 2016 by Bloomberg

by Jessica Shankleman (Bloomberg) Britain could scrap the 18 billion-pound ($23 billion) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment

That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to review whether to proceed with the first new atomic plant in more than three decades.

For the same capital costs, the U.K. could install about 830 new turbines at sea, which would generate 25 terawatt hours a year the same amount of power the Hinkley reactors would produce, according to the London-based researcher.


Aglebert NOTE: Not to mention the FACT that sea side wind turbines in Japan were unscathed by the giant tsunami when all the nuclear reactors were put out of commission or melted down to pollute every living thing around them.

Not to mention the FACT that we-the-people have to bear the cost (i.e. nuclear welfare queen subsidy THEFT) of insuring nuclear power plants because, although private insurers will gladly insure offshore wind turbines, they will NOT insure nuclear power plants.

Not to mention the FACT that Nuclear power plant capital costs CONTINUE after being built BECAUSE they need more fuel rods from polluting mining and manufacturing operations.

Not to mention the FACT that Wind turbine maintenance is much less hazardous, while maintenance  costs are much lower than that of a nuclear power plant. Yes, you need more people (i.e. MORE JOBS!  ;D) to maintain a lot of wind turbines. But the elimination of the COSTS to we-the-people of insuring nuclear power plants, providing sweetheart financing and guaranteed energy price rates more than offsets the cost to employ all these people.


Wind power is a win win for biosphere AND the economy. Nuclear power is the exact opposite.


Full article including energy cost bold faced lies (i. e. nuclear power is 'cheaper' than wind power), doubletalk (i. e. claiming that the wind 'only blows half the time' in order to assert that wind power generating capacity needs to be DOUBLE - wind power is reliable over 80% of the time over the UK ocean.), and whining  about renewable 'schemes' by a spokesman for the EDF nuke pukes

http://gcaptain.com/could...nd-replace-nuclear-power/


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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #138 on: August 23, 2016, 03:40:08 pm »
America’s First Offshore Wind Power Project is COMPLETE!

Amber Hewett    |     August 19, 2016

 
Finishing touches on turbine #5! Photo by Deepwater Wind[/color][/b]

The fifth and final turbine has been installed at the Block Island Wind Farm – and with that, the nation’s first offshore wind power project is now just weeks away from generating clean, local, wildlife-friendly energy.



From earning unanimous approval from state officials in 2014, to achieving full financing in 2015, to putting hundreds of Rhode Islanders to work on the project – including building the first U.S.-flagged offshore wind power crew transfer vessel – to finally putting steel in the water in 2015 to kick off a new energy chapter in America, Deepwater Wind has blazed the trail and created a shining national model for offshore wind development in America. With strong measures in place to protect wildlife including the endangered North Atlantic right whale every step of the way, the Block Island Wind Farm demonstrates that offshore wind development can be compatible with ocean conservation. The National Wildlife Federation proudly points to the success of the Block Island Wind Farm as clear evidence that a truly responsible energy future is possible.

It’s a new day! Photo by Deepwater Wind (at article link)

With a new energy policy on the books in Massachusetts equipped to finally launch a robust offshore wind power industry, there is no doubt that the Block Island Wind Farm can be the start of something big. We are witnessing America reach for the incredible clean energy potential off our shores, and now we can begin to catch up with other countries around the world that are 25 years ahead of us in tapping into this booming global industry.

http://blog.nwf.org/2016/...ower-project-is-complete/

Agelbert NOTE: Below, please find, the REASON the USA is 25 years behind the Renewable Energy power curve:

 
It's TIME to level the ENERGY playing field so that fossil fuels and their horrendously polluting infrastructure and welfare queen THEFT can go the way of the Dodo Bird.
 
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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #139 on: September 12, 2016, 03:18:36 pm »
DONG Energy Installs World’s Largest Wind Turbine

September 12th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill

SNIPPET:


Danish wind energy giant DONG Energy has completed the installation of the world’s largest wind turbines at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in England.

DONG Energy announced last week that it had successfully completed the installation of the first of thirty-two 8 MW wind turbines at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm which it is developing, currently under construction in Liverpool Bay, off the west coast of England.

 
The 8 MW wind turbines, built by Vestas, are the largest in the world, standing at 195 meters — in excess of two Big Bens.

This is the first time Vestas’ V164-8.0 MW wind turbines will be used in an offshore wind farm, though certainly not the last, as the number of extra-large-scale offshore wind farms continue to grow. Upon completion, the Burbo Bank Extension will have a final capacity of 258 MW, and generate enough electricity to supply approximately 230,000 UK homes with clean electricity.

“The installation of this world-first technology shows that DONG Energy is leading the way in offshore wind energy,” said Claus Břjle Mřller, Project Director at DONG Energy. “By using bigger turbines, we’re able to bring down the cost of providing clean, renewable energy to homes around the UK. This first turbine is a significant achievement for the project, and we’re looking forward to producing the first green energy later this year.”

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #140 on: September 15, 2016, 05:27:15 pm »
Yet another record low price for offshore wind energy 

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 September 13, 2016
 
Offshore wind has a lot of things going for it. Whether it's less intermittency, a lack of NIMBY neighbors, or the sheer room to scale,
we have good reason to believe that it will play an increasingly important role in electricity production around the world.    


Until recently, however, there was one major drawback: price.

Here too, however, there's been progress. Just earlier this summer, for example, there was considerable excitement when DONG Energy delivered a tender for a Dutch wind farm with a strike price of €72.70/MWh, beating the industry's 2020 goal of €100/MWh by several years and more than €27. And now it looks like that particular bid wasn't an outlier, either.

In fact, Bloomberg is reporting that Vattenfall AB just delivered a tender to build two offshore wind farms, with a total capacity of 350 megawatts at €60/MWh—in other words 20% lower than the lowest ever bid set earlier this year! It'll be interesting to see if prices like these are the new normal. If so, we can fully expect the offshore wind industry, in Europe at least, to take off at a pretty rapid pace.

Meanwhile, the US is about to usher in its first commercial scale offshore wind farm. And while the 30 megawatt capacity pales into insignificance compared to the huge farms already operating elsewhere in the world, there's good reason to believe that it's a sign of bigger, better and cheaper things to come for this promising industry.

http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/yet-another-record-low-price-offshore-wind-energy.html
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« Reply #141 on: September 20, 2016, 08:22:14 pm »

Signs That Wind Power Is Gaining Strength in the U.S. 
Posted on Sep 19, 2016

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« Reply #142 on: September 24, 2016, 03:46:16 pm »

Europe’s Offshore Wind Industry Eyeing Atlantic Crossing

September 23, 2016 by Reuters

By Christoph Steitz

FRANKFURT, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Yield-hungry investors in the offshore wind market are switching their sights to the United States as future support for the industry in Europe remains uncertain, leaving billions of euros looking for a new home.

The shift in focus comes as three states on the U.S. east coast — Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — are auctioning leases on hundreds of thousands of acres for offshore wind farms, drawing interest from leading European companies.

Europe has led the way in developing offshore — the most expensive form of renewable energy — but few of the continent’s cash-strapped governments have given firm plans for support beyond 2020 for a sector still dependent on subsidies.

Putting turbines that stretch 200 metres into the sky in waters 50 metres deep, miles out in stormy seas, is a costly business. New farms take years to plan and build but European governments want to wean developers off subsidies to try to drive down prices.

Despite the cost and complications, American states are tapping into a clean and plentiful source of energy sitting on their doorstep.

A growing U.S. sector would prove another market for investors and equipment makers such as DONG Energy, Germany’s Siemens and Denmark’s Vestas.

In need of at least 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) of investments each, offshore farms are bigger, benefit from stronger winds and raise fewer environmental protests than those located on land.

They can also generate low double-digit returns for the owners who are prepared to take the initial risk of funding them, according to renewable finance specialist Green Giraffe.

“Many players have cast an eye on the U.S. market,” said Udo Schneider, director at Green Giraffe, which helped to fund more than 35 offshore farms worldwide, including Block Island off Rhode Island, the first such site in the United States.

“Investors are looking for an alternative to Europe.”


EUROPE SETS THE PACE

Having developed a global edge in technology and supply chain management, Europe’s offshore wind industry has attracted 60 billion euros since 2010, lifting capacity to 11.5 gigawatts (GW), more than 90 percent of the world’s total.

One gigawatt is roughly the capacity of a nuclear plant.

A further 12 GW, including the huge Hornsea project off the coast of northern England, is expected to be added by 2020 but uncertainty over how the sector will be supported beyond that is already hitting investment.

After raking in a record 14 billion euros in the first half of 2016 alone, industry group WindEurope expects spending to drop to just 5.2 billion by July 2017.

Major players are already expanding outside Europe, with asset manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) buying a 675-square-km offshore lease south of Massachusetts last month, where it expects to build a 400 megawatt (MW) site.

In Europe, CIP holds stakes in biomass plants and wind assets in Britain, a converter station that connects offshore parks in the North Sea with the mainland, as well as wind projects off the coasts of Scotland and Germany.

“It’s natural to look for growth outside Europe. I think the U.S. east coast is very interesting. It has a high population and strong winds, which is crucial to offshore,” said Christina Grumstrup Sorensen, senior partner at CIP.

An energy bill passed in Massachusetts last month meant investors now had a good reason to enter the market, she added, declining to say how much CIP had paid for the lease.

Under the law, utilities are required to take 1.6 GW of offshore wind power by 2027, the biggest commitment made so far to the industry in the United States.

“Overall there is potential for more than 5 GW in Massachusetts,” said Martin Neubert, chief strategy officer of wind power at Denmark’s DONG Energy, which has built more than a quarter of the world’s offshore wind farms and holds a 1 GW lease in the U.S. state.

DONG also this year bought a lease to build 1 GW of capacity off New Jersey.

It is still pondering whether to bid for a lease in New York to be auctioned later this year, which could hold up to 700 MW of offshore capacity and has caught the eye of rival investors, including French utility EDF.

BUILDING BLADES

The industry argues it needs substantial volumes to bring down the costs for offshore from around 125 euros per megawatt hour (MWh).

It is unclear whether Europe will commit to the 4-7 GW per year the industry says is needed from 2021 to bring average costs below 80 euros per MWh — a level where it can compete with conventional energy sources, such as coal.

Recent tenders in the Netherlands and Denmark, won by DONG and Sweden’s Vattenfall, suggest that the industry is capable of cutting costs to such levels, but the projects feature unique conditions and do not include costly network connections.

Based on current commitments — including those from Britain and Germany, the two largest offshore wind markets — European demand is expected to grow by only about 2 GW annually during the next decade.

Sam Arie, who leads European utilities research at UBS, said the U.S. offshore market could contribute 1-2 GW of capacity in the medium term, adding existing industry players would be best placed to benefit from this.

“In the first phase we would expect DONG and its partners to play at least some kind of role – you wouldn’t expect the U.S. to be re-inventing the supply chain from scratch,” he said.
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This would also benefit Siemens and MHI Vestas — a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Vestas — which together hold more than 80 percent of the global offshore wind turbine market.

Siemens, by far the market leader with more than 7 GW of installed offshore wind turbine capacity, expects large scale projects to materialise in the next decade and “stands ready” to support the U.S. sector, it said in emailed comments.

There is a catch and a cost.


Since most of the production is still based in Europe, the likes of Vestas, Siemens and General Electric would need to set up production of sea-bound turbines along the east coast.

Even though they have a strong presence in the country’s onshore market, offshore turbines are much bigger and more difficult to transport, Macquarie analyst Gurpreet Gujral said.

“I don’t see them shipping blades over the Atlantic.” ($1 = 0.8973 euros)

(Additional reporting by Nichola Groom in Los Angeles and Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Keith Weir)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #143 on: September 30, 2016, 12:32:34 pm »
New wind turbine that harnesses the energy of typhoons could power Japan for 50 years 

By Rob Thubron on September 30, 2016, 6:15 AM
 
 

Japan feels the devastating effects of typhoons several times per year – in 2016 alone there have already been six. They can cause a trail of destruction, along with many dead and injured civilians who get caught in their path. But an engineer from the country has designed a new type of wind turbine that can harness this immense energy and use it for good.

Atsushi Shimizu claims that a series of his prototype devices could collect enough energy from a single typhoon to power the whole of Japan for 50 years.

The unique, egg beater-shaped turbine’s omnidirectional vertical axis can withstand an intense storm’s powerful winds and rain. Moreover, the speed of the blades are adjustable, meaning they won’t spin wildly out of control – a big problem with super typhoon speeds reaching up to 150 mph.


The Fukushima disaster * saw Japan turn away from nuclear power. It now imports 84 percent of its energy requirements. "Our generation reaped the benefit of nuclear power - we never experience a power blackout because of it," Shimizu says. "Now we are responsible for changing the future."

* Agelbert NOTE: The Wind Turbines along the coast were unscathed by the tsunami and gave power when all other power plants were down after the tsunami  ;D. Of course a vertical axis type turbine would handle high winds better, but the current ones can already handle tsunamis.

CNN reports that while Japan has tried to use wind energy in the past, the attempts have largely proved unsuccessful.

"For decades, Japan has brought in European-style wind turbines, not designed for typhoon zones, and installed them with no careful consideration - they've broken almost entirely," added Shimizu.

Modern, propeller-based turbines generally achieve a 40 percent efficiency rate. While Shimizu’s turbines hit 30 percent efficiency, their advantage is that they can work during a typhoon.

Shimizu’s company, Challenergy, installed one of the prototypes in Okinawa earlier this year. He now wants another to be located either on the Tokyo tower or at the new National Stadium. A method of storing 50 years of power would also be helpful.

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« Reply #144 on: October 29, 2016, 10:00:58 pm »

Wind Sector Soars

A record 20 gigawatts (GW) of wind capacity is currently under construction in the US, joining the existing 75 GW fleet, the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) quarterly report shows.

Iowa also became the first state to generate more than one-third of its electricity from wind power.

Though new wind installations fell in the third quarter of this year compared to 2015, continued investment in renewables is driving new construction. The recent five-year extension of the tax credit for wind projects has considerably lowered the deadline pressure for developers.

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« Reply #145 on: November 09, 2016, 07:05:36 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: The new Vermont NIMBY stupidity      begins.  NONE of these people have EVER complained about the sound levels of cars and trucks on the highways in front of their homes. THOSE sound levels are FAR above anything the wind turbines make. But these stubborn, hide bound, fossil fuel worshipping NIMBY fools in Grafton and Windham prefer being slowly poisoned by exhaust emissions from cars and trucks along with the noise pollution of internal combustion engines (never mind the 24/7 CO2 pollution they emit  :P)  than clean energy from wind turbines.   :(

Voters renounce Stiles Brook Wind plan
Nov. 8, 2016, 11:15 pm by Mike Faher

WINDHAM – Voters in Grafton and Windham on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a 24-turbine wind project proposed for a ridgeline separating the two towns.

In Grafton, residents voted 235 against and 158 in favor of the Stiles Brook Wind Project, according to town officials. In Windham, the vote was 181 against and 101 in favor.

Developer Iberdrola Renewables will honor those votes and “cease development of the Stiles Brook Wind Project unless the communities reconsider their decision,” spokesman Paul Copleman said.

Copleman also said the company was “disappointed by the unfortunate outcome” of the balloting. But opponents of the project immediately celebrated.

“I really did think it would be like this,” said Windham Selectboard Chairman Frank Seawright. “Living here in New England, I think there’s a lot of people who do have respect for democracy and local government.”

In Grafton, opposition groups issued a statement saying they will “fight to the end to preserve our ridgelines in Vermont. We will seek energy solutions that make less of a footprint while respecting Grafton’s own unique environment and character.”

Prior to Tuesday’s vote, Iberdrola spent years developing the Stiles Brook proposal. Initial plans called for 28 turbines to be built in Stiles Brook Forest, but the company downsized that by four turbines in early October.

That move was designed to lessen the project’s visual and noise impacts, Iberdrola said at the time.

Simultaneously, the company increased the “community benefit” package for the two towns from $1 million to $1.5 million annually. That included “partnership payments” totaling $565,000 annually to residents of Windham and Grafton if the wind project was constructed.

At the time, critics said the payment offer amounted to bribery or undue influence on the pending votes. The state attorney general’s office disagreed, though Secretary of State Jim Condos eventually spoke out against any payments offered to registered voters.

That was just one example in a long line of disputes over the Stiles Brook proposal. Critics, including several Windham officials, vehemently argued that the turbines could have negative impacts on aesthetics, property values, the environment and even human health.

Two grass-roots opposition organizations – Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham – sprang up to oppose the project.

But Iberdrola and Stiles Brook property owner Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd. defended the plan, saying the Stiles Brook turbines would be an important source of renewable energy and would combat the effects of climate change.

Iberdrola said turbines would not harm neighbors’ health and accused opponents of spreading false information.

An energy project like Stiles Brook requires a state certificate of public good, and towns don’t have veto power. But Iberdrola administrators repeatedly said they would abide by the results of Australian Ballot votes by residents of Windham and Grafton.

Both towns also conducted surveys of nonresident property owners after there was an outcry by second-homeowners, who cannot participate in a town election. Those surveys are supposed to be tallied in both towns on Wednesday.

But those nonresident results won’t have any effect on Iberdrola’s decision to suspend the project.

“We are grateful for our supporters’ efforts and for the significant portion of the local community that supported the project,” Copleman said Tuesday night. “We are confident that the project would be a valuable and significant benefit to the local communities of Grafton and Windham, while also making an impact towards energy independence and climate change.”

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #146 on: November 15, 2016, 01:32:09 pm »
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World's Cheapest Offshore Wind Farm to Power 600,000 Homes

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #147 on: November 24, 2016, 07:42:31 pm »


Trump rages against German wind power

US president elect Donald Trump’s negative comments on wind power in a recent interview with the New York Times present a concern for both the domestic and international wind sector, writes Franz Hubik in Handelsblatt. “Trump made clear that climate protection and renewable energies are not a priority for him.

The conditions for wind turbine manufacturers could significantly worsen in the United States under Trump ,” Sven Diermeier, analyst at Independent Research, told Handelsblatt. German companies like Siemens and Nordex could suffer.

Hermann Albers, president of German Wind Energy Association (BWE), is more optimistic: “Renewables are domestic forms of energy that actually support his goal to strengthen the US economy and employment. We should debate this with the Americans.”

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Agelbert NOTE: Hermann Albers would do well to temper his optimism. If the infrastructure for energy isn't fossil fuel based, Fossil Fuel Polluter Defender Trump will NOT support it. 

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #148 on: December 08, 2016, 06:44:54 pm »

CAISO chief Steve Berberich: We can go beyond 50% renewable

Head of California ISO (CAISO), Steve Berberich, speaks to the General Session of the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2016 Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, May 24, 2016.
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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #149 on: December 17, 2016, 06:11:40 pm »
Van Oord Hired to Build Belgium’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

December 16, 2016 by gCaptain   

Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus. Photo credit: Van Oord

Dutch marine contractor Van Oord has been hired to build Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm project located approximately 23 kilometers off the Zeebrugge coast in Belgium.

Van Oord announced Friday it has signed a contract with developer Norther to provide Balance of Plant works for the Norther Offshore Wind Farm. With capacity to generate 370 MW, the wind farm will be Belgium’s largest and will deliver renewable energy to approximately 400,000 households.

The Van Oord services will include the engineering, procurement, supply and installation of the 44 WTG foundations, the Offshore High Voltage Station and the inter-array and export cables, and the installation of the turbines. For the transport and installation of the foundations and turbines Van Oord says it intends to deploy its offshore installation vessel Aeolus and cable-laying vessel Nexus.

With the use of wind energy increasing, specifically in places like northwest Europe, Van Oord says it is positioned at the forefront of truly sustainable project.

“As one of the leading marine contractors we have completed several prominent offshore wind projects in the past fifteen years,” said Van Oord CEO, Peter van Oord. “We have also made large investments by adding the world’s most advanced offshore wind equipment, such as installation vessel Aeolus and cable laying vessel Nexus, to our fleet. Thanks to our dedicated people, innovative solutions and specialised equipment we can contribute in making offshore wind a common form of sustainable energy.”

Construction on the Norther Offshore Wind Farm is expected to start in 2018.

The project is expected to contribute significantly to Belgium meeting its target of generating 13% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Dennis Sanou, Norther Project Director, commented: “Project Norther and its shareholders Elicio, Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation are proud to conclude that after a long period of intense preparation and thanks to all parties involved we have been able to achieve financial close. We are sure that the construction and commissioning of Norther in 2018 and 2019 will be a successful endeavour with reliable and experienced partners as Van Oord.”

 
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