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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #225 on: November 30, 2017, 01:11:32 pm »


First Power Generated At 400 Megawatt Rampion Offshore Wind Farm In England 

November 30th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

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Located 13 kilometers off the Sussex coast of England, when completed and fully operational next year the 400 MW project will generate electricity enough to supply the equivalent of 347,000 homes each year. The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is jointly owned by E.ON, the Green Investment Group (formerly the UK’s Green Investment Bank), and Canadian multinational Enbridge, which announced its investment in the project in November of 2015.


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https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/30/first-power-generated-400-mw-rampion-offshore-wind-farm-england/

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #226 on: December 11, 2017, 11:57:59 pm »


dpa / Foundation Offshore Wind Energy / Fraunhofer IWES

Offshore wind farms deliver power on 363 days a year

Offshore wind farms produce electricity more reliably than previously thought, a study by research institute Fraunhofer IWES has shown. Wind turbines in the German North- and Baltic Sea produce power on 363 days a year, while older data from 2013 had seen generation on 340 days. Germany has a capacity of five gigawatts of offshore wind power installed. Industry organisation Foundation Offshore Wind Energy says that the new figures show how offshore wind power can provide electricity in a more constant and predictable way, compared to onshore wind and solar power.

Read the article in German here.

https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/vw-diesel-surprise-offshore-power-year-round/offshore-wind-farms-deliver-power-363-days-year
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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #227 on: December 14, 2017, 02:03:19 pm »
November Another Strong Month For Scottish Renewables

December 14th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

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“Over the course of the month Scotland’s windfarms generated the equivalent of 77% of our total electricity demand.  If we are to build on this success the UK Government must set out a route to market that encourages continued investment in onshore wind.

“Successive Scottish governments have set out a vision for renewables that has enabled the sector to flourish, drive down costs, create jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.  The forthcoming energy strategy needs to build on this strong foundation and set out the ambitious vision and steps we need to take to heat our homes and make the transition to electric vehicles.”

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #228 on: December 15, 2017, 04:34:29 pm »

Asian Hercules III Floating Crane   

Asian Hercules III Floating Crane Arrives To Construct European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

December 15th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

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One of the world’s largest floating cranes, the Asian Hercules III, has arrived in Scotland to participate in the construction of Swedish power company Vattenfall’s pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.

Today is my last working day of the year, and to celebrate I get to tell you all about the massive Asian Hercules III floating crane which arrived in Peterhead Port, Aberdeen, Scotland, on Thursday to participate in Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).

SNIPPET 2:

The Asian Hercules III has a lifting capacity of 5,000 tonnes :o and a hook height of at least 120 meters. The crane will be used to transport the wind turbine jacket structures from Peterhead Port to the eventual location of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay.



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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #229 on: December 16, 2017, 06:19:32 pm »
Slanted GateHouse Media story omits most people’s experience of life near wind farms

December 16, 2017

Author: Greg Alvarez

If all you knew about the beach was what you saw in the movie “Jaws,” you’d never go. Yet 58 million Americans a year go to the shore.

Context matters. And that’s exactly what is lacking in a recent report by GateHouse Media that amplifies the complaints of a small number of the millions of Americans living near wind farms, while downplaying the vast majority who welcome the benefits of a new cash crop for rural America.

GateHouse appears to have set out to write a negative story about wind energy. First their reporter probed the idea that foreign companies were buying up American cropland. (They aren’t. Farmers keep their land and get lease income.) GateHouse then was fed anecdotal reports by opponents of wind farms online, while declining multiple offers to interview people satisfied with their local wind farm.

For nearly six months, both AWEA and wind developers responded to pointed questions and offered much-needed context to the GateHouse reporters. When offered positive accounts of wind farms in rural America, however, we were told they wouldn’t be included because the story of positive experiences had already been written.

The result, according to a watchdog group’s in-depth look at the origins of the GateHouse project: Its “anti-wind article leans almost entirely on anecdotal evidence” that “flies in the face of actual science.”

It paints a deeply inaccurate picture of wind power in America, based on a cherry-picked sampling of unhappy individuals. And it perpetuates baseless claims, in most cases without offering any evidence, which is as bad or worse of a journalistic practice than selectivity.

Vast majority of wind neighbors report positive experiences

As with other large-scale infrastructure projects, residents living near wind farms will have a variety of experiences. Undoubtedly, there are some people who do not like living near wind turbines. We are sympathetic to those individuals. AWEA and its member companies strive to ensure that wind farms are good neighbors, while leaseholders and communities around wind projects have the best possible experience.

But the context is that the vast majority of people living near wind farms report positive experiences. In the U.S., 20 million people live in counties with wind turbines. Around the world, tens of millions more live near wind turbines without issue. Once wind farms are built, as shown by polls taken recently in states such as Texas and Iowa where wind turbines have been widely adopted, concerns tend to diminish and support for building more of them has increased to 85%, 90% or even higher.

However, GateHouse refused to speak with people willing to tell their positive stories about living near wind farms.

For example, we recommended that their reporters connect with Paul Jackson, Director of Economic Development for Benton County, Indiana. Benton County is home to nearly 600 wind turbines, and the community is overwhelmingly supportive, yet Gatehouse declined to speak with Paul. Here’s a sample of what they would have heard about living with wind had they made the call:



Communities across the country echo Benton County, as in upstate New York:



And in Texas:



Or Colorado:



Health concerns

A variety of recent research shows that wind energy saves lives and improves health. By cutting air pollution, wind and solar power helped avoid up to 12,200 premature deaths, 2007-2015, and wind avoided $7.4 billion in health costs in 2016 alone, according to an AWEA analysis of data from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Over 20 peer-reviewed scientific studies have considered whether proximity to wind turbines causes physical harm and concluded it does not. Credible research from MIT, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, and Canada’s equivalent of the Department of Health and Human Services bears this out.

New research into the “nocebo effect” (the opposite of the well-known placebo effect) shows that the perception of effects from wind farms can actually be caused by the spread of misinformation.

The development process

Developers spend years planning wind farms prior to construction, informed by advances in modeling and siting and over 35 years of experience operating the now over 52,000 wind turbines in America. Issues such as sound and shadows are considered and addressed in state or local permitting processes. In case after case, wind developers bend over backwards to address local concerns.

It is unfortunate that someone may be unhappy with the outcome of a permitting process, but that is true of any type of development. The reality is that no human activity garners a 100 percent approval rating -- from roads to cell towers to farming operations.

Communities are the lifeblood of wind energy

The U.S. wind industry will continue working hard to ensure that farmers and ranchers who obtain turbine lease, and communities that host the resulting wind farms, have the best possible experience. We’re proud of the good jobs and economic opportunities our projects create for rural America, and we want to get as close as possible to 100 percent approval. By choosing to completely ignore the overwhelming number of positive experiences with wind energy, GateHouse’s reporters have done their readers a disservice and may be causing the nocebo effect themselves.

For another look at the GateHouse report, see this in-depth analysis.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #230 on: December 22, 2017, 01:42:42 pm »
December 22nd, 2017 by Tina Casey

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So, Is President* Trump A Renewable Energy Hero? 
 

A-hahahahhahahahahahahah. No. The peculiar nature of the US Electoral College enabled a chronic liar,  accused ripoff artist, admitted sexual predator, and climate change denier to park himself behind the desk in the Oval Office, despite losing the popular vote by a wider margin than any other US president in recent history.

Nevertheless, renewable energy development has continued its inexorable march to the future under Trump’s watch.

That’s partly because Energy Secretary Rick Perry has steadfastly promoted his agency’s renewable energy initiatives. It’s a weird contrast with his consistent cheerleading for Trump — ok, so let’s call it outright trolling — but there you have it (as for Perry’s record legacy on women’s health as Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, don’t get me started).

A case in point is the Northern Pass hydropower transmission project for New England. The project had been delayed during the Obama administration due to environmental concerns along its route, but just last month President* Trump’s Energy Department enabled it to take a step forward.

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #231 on: January 06, 2018, 11:19:14 pm »
44% Wind — Denmark Set New Wind Energy Record In 2017

January 6th, 2018 by Jesper Berggreen

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Numbers have just come out this week from danskenergi.dk, the Danish energy organization whose members support companies in delivering steady green power to the Danes, with an impressive uptime of 99.99% at competitive prices.



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Lars Aagaard, CEO of Dansk Energi, emphasizes that it is very important we utilize the combination of this amazing wind resource and the ability to supply incredibly stable power supply. “Electricity must replace gasoline, oil and gas,” he says.

Fewer & Better Turbines

Although wind turbines deliver a steadily increasing share of the Danish electricity supply, that does not mean that the number of turbines increases. On the contrary, today there are about 20% fewer wind turbines in Denmark than in 2001
, when the number of wind turbines peaked. In 2017, about 6,100 wind turbines were in service according to the Danish Energy Authority.

The turbines have become bigger and more efficient. In addition, the majority of Denmark’s offshore wind turbines have been installed since 2001. Overall, capacity in Denmark has more than doubled since 2001, with today’s 5.3 GW wind capacity installed on land and water.

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https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/06/44-wind-denmark-smashed-already-huge-wind-energy-records-2017/

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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #232 on: January 15, 2018, 11:06:22 pm »


North Sea wind power up 47% higher than in 2016

15 Jan 2018 | Julian Wettengel

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... a record of 15.97 terawatt hours (TWh)  :o ;D, North Sea wind made up a total of 15.9 percent of all …



https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/north-sea-wind-power-47-record-renewables-support-expenses

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