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Wind Turbine News for April 21, 2012

Viktor Lawryniuk - Sunday, April 22, 2012
Royals' £1m wind farm hypocrisy: 45 wind turbines described by Charles as a ...

Daily Mail

By Tamara Cohen The Royal Family could soon be cashing in on dozens of wind turbines – even though they have been condemned by Prince Charles and Prince Philip. Energy firms have been given the green light for 45 windmills on Crown Estate land, ...

Another Edison Wind Farm in Nebraska

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This is Edison's fourth wind energy project in Nebraska. Crofton Bluffs wind power will comprise 22 wind turbines and have a generating capacity of 42 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Edison Mission Group, a subsidiary of Edison International (EIX), ...

Terra-Gen Power to Continue Build-Out of Nation's Largest Wind Farm

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When the initial 1550 MWs of the Alta Wind Energy Center are constructed, the Alta wind power projects will have increased wind turbines industry jobs in California by 20 percent. The completion of the Alta Wind VII & IX projects will bring the total ...

Floating wind farm in the Great Lakes?

Michigan Radio

The platforms would be anchored in the middle of Lakes Michigan and Superior. The project requires the electricity get into a grid onshore. The group hopes it'll be more viable than previously proposed offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes.

Royal family accused of hypocrisy over wind farm plans

Telegraph.co.uk

The estate has agreed to lease land to the energy firm RES for 15 turbines at Bryn Llywelyn in Carmarthenshire and to the German firm RWE for another four at Neuadd Goch in Powys. Both projects are awaiting planning approval.

Construction on wind power farm in Nebraska begins

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New Nebraska Wind Farm. Edison Mission announced a new wind energy project capable of producing enough wind power to meet the needs of about 14000 homes in Nebraska. Crofton Bluffs will be powered by 22 wind turbines. Edison Mission Group (EMG), ...

Navy OKs wind farm near air base

FederalNewsRadio.com

The air in South Texas will soon move more than airplanes, thanks to a memorandum of agreement signed by the Defense Department, the Navy and renewable-energy company Texas Wind Group. DoD had previously blocked construction of wind turbines in the ...

Rush towards wind-generated electricity will not reduce fuel poverty

Power Engineering Magazine

In a previous survey, it was revealed that 50% of those polled had never seen a wind farm and in Glasgow alone it rose to 60%. Alison Rowat s description of wind power as a punt in the dark is an apt description of the Scottish Government s mad dash ...

Nordex Exits Offshore Wind Energy Business

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Wind power manufacturer Nordex has announced it is exiting the offshore wind farm business. Nordex says it will continue to focus on and continue to expand its core business of onshore wind turbines. The Nordex group has terminated plans to transfer ...

Iberdrola starts production at 178 MW Sicilian wind farm

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Iberdrola has started production at its 178MW Messian-Agrigento wind energy complex in Sicily, with Gamesa's wind turbines. Wind energy in Italy: wind farm in Sicily. It is one of the biggest wind power complexes in Italy, equipped with Gamesa wind ...

Teens on wind farm tour

Lutterworth Mail

TEENAGERS got a first-hand look at a controversial wind-farm site that is now undergoing construction. The Swinford Wind Energy Project – an 11-turbine wind farm which is being constructed by Swedish-owned energy company Vattenfall – is located on land ...

Wind energy in Philippines: Wind farm secures Meralco contract

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Even though the feed-in tariff issue still hangs, Alternergy Wind One Corporation has already sealed a deal to directly supply Manila Electric Company with power from its planned 90 megawatt wind farm in Pililia, Rizal. "While they are waiting for the ...

Wind power: new poll finds 66% of UK public in favour of wind energy

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Figures showing public support for wind turbines published on the same day as the launch of a national anti-wind farm campaign. Two-thirds of the UK public are in favour of wind power according to a new poll, published on the same day as a national ...

Ground broken for Big Country wind farm

ReporterNews.com

By Staff Reports Known as the Mozart Project, the wind farm will have 12 wind turbines with a generating capacity to furnish electricity for 9000 average homes for a year. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Signal Energy ...

Wind projects 'successful': Ratch

The Nation

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding recently celebrated the success of the Huay Bong 2 and 3 wind farm projects, part of the company's bid to diversify to more renewable energy. To Noppol Milinthanggoon, chief executive officer, the two projects ...

Wind energy in Cape Verde: wind farm inaugurated on Boa Vista Island

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The company responsible for the wind turbines project is Cabeólica, and will join existing wind power farms on the islands of Santiago, Sal, São Vicente and Santo Antão. The Boa Vista wind farm, with an installed capacity of 2.5 megawatts, ...

Swinney meets with wind farm chiefs

Scotsman

THE Finance Secretary has met with chiefs from engineering giant Doosan Power Systems the day after the firm's decision to scrap plans to develop offshore wind turbines in Scotland came to light. John Swinney's visit to Doosan's Seoul headquarters was ...

LURC officially rejects First Wind's Bowers Mountain proposal

Bangor Daily News

Anti-wind power advocates and residential groups that had opposed the project called the LURC vote their most significant win since they started fighting projects proposed by First Wind of Massachusetts about five years ago. “It's a good day.

British Royals Charged with Wind Farm Hypocrisy

IBTimes.co.uk

The Crown Estate has already given the green light to German company RWE for the installation of four turbines at Neuadd Goch in Powys and to energy firm RES for building 15 turbines at Bryn Llywelyn in Carmarthenshire. The Telegraph reported that E On ...

Sinovel and Mita Teknik join forces in wind energy

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Chinese wind power Sinovel and Denmark's Mita-Teknik are to work together to develop customised wind turbines control systems. Speaking at the EWEA conference in Copenhagen, Sinovel, a wind turbine manufacturer and Mita-Teknik, a manufacturer of ...

RSPB submits plans for wind turbine

Greenwise Business

The RSPB said the wind turbine would help minimise its impact on the environment and show that in the right location, renewable energy could go "hand in hand" with a healthy environment. Working with green energy firm Ecotricity, the RSPB aims to have ...

Salazar, Audubon Society, USFWS Whitewash Wind Industry Slaughter

Examiner.com

On March 23, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the USFWS released new guidelines designed to 'help wind energy project developers avoid and minimize impacts of land-based wind projects on wildlife and their habitats'. In his press release, ...

Council chief speaks out against turbines

NW Evening Mail

A lobby group of anti-windfarm protestors attended the council's annual general meeting in Kendal on Thursday as part of a national day of action for wind farm opposition groups. Councillor Eddie Martin, leader of the council, said that Cumbria is home ...

Tourism fears blow Moorlands wind turbine plans off track

This is Staffordshire

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind turbine in the countryside have been thrown out amid concerns the towering structures would put off visitors. Councillors were told at a planning meeting on Thursday that tourism was worth £153 million to the Moorlands, ...

Opinion: NJ should embrace wind power along the shore

The Times of Trenton - NJ.com

According to its findings, wind energy is one of the biggest economic drivers in the nation. South Dakota and Iowa are leading the US in wind energy production, and Massachusetts had just selected a contractor for its long-awaited Cape Wind project.

Ogdensburg port road funding secured

WatertownDailyTimes.com

The authority is counting on $340 million in wind turbine components to pass over the new road this year on its way to two projects, the Marble River Wind Farm Project in Churubusco and the Green Mountain Power Project in Lowell, Vt. Mr. Davis ...

US Space & Rocket Center launches permanent energy exhibit

The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog)

By Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times Enlarge Dave Dieter The US Space & Rocket Center opened its energy exhibition called Our Journey to Net Zero to the public on Friday April 20, 2012. It included a wind farm, wind turbine, wind tunnel and an ...

Sierra Club targets Puget Sound Energy in Beyond Coal campaign

Los Angeles Times

The state of Washington has enormous clean energy potential,” Nilles noted. “Puget itself knows that well: it has got the beginnings of a large wind farm in southeastern Washington, the Lower Snake River Project, but it's only done a small piece of it ...

Park management oppose wind farm

South Wales Argus

MEMBERS of a Tredegar park's management committee are opposing plans for a wind farm nearby saying it will have a negative visual impact on the site. Bryn Bach Park committee chairman Cllr Jason Owen described the park as "the jewel in Blaenau Gwent's ...

Tilting at Windmills

Germantown Now (blog)

By not passing a proposed law which would lead to highly restrictive regulation of wind farms, our legislators opened our state up for billions of dollars in investment and thousands of clean-energy jobs. Prior to 2009, wind developers were faced with ...

Guest MINDSETTER™ Seth Steinman: RI on the Front Line of Climate Change

GoLocalProv

74), “RI ranks among the lowest 10 states in the country when it comes to renewable energy”. In the last few years, many states have adopted policies designed to leverage federal incentives to build wind turbines and solar panels.

Wind farm folly in Spain

Olive Press

... 68, invested 6000 euros in a French wind farm scheme through a Marbella-based finance company last year. Sold as a reliable three-year bond, they were promised an annual return of 9.5 per cent on their investment through firm Finance Energy.

Waterloo turbine revolt

Weekly Times Now

Yesterday, a South Australian Department of Environment and Heritage officer collected the remains of a juvenile wedge-tailed eagle from the base of one of the Waterloo wind farm turbine towers. He said it would be X-rayed and examined to establish the ...

Every Day is Earth Day for Ed Begley Jr. [VIDEO]

Patch.com

Besides all the solar I've had since 1900, since 1985 I've owned a wind turbine in the California desert that's part of a wind farm. That's a very good way to make electricity in 2012, as it was in 1985. Indeed, that wind turbine is 27 years old; ...

Renewable electricity goal elusive in South Dakota

AberdeenNews.com

NorthWestern has been engaged before the PUC in a struggle with a wind developer, Oak Tree Energy, which is attempting to use federal law to force NorthWestern to buy electricity that would be produced from a wind farm Oak Tree plans to build in Clark ...

Mock oil spill in Portland

Press Herald

Demonstrations showed clean energy alternatives with a model offshore wind farm with dozens of 3-foot-tall spinning turbine replicas. Oceana says it wants to show not only that expanded offshore oil drilling is bad for the environment but that there ...

Ayala allots $500 M for power projects

Yahoo! Philippines News

The group entered the power business last year when it bought 50 percent of a wind farm. It established AC Energy Holdings as its holding company for its power investments. AC president Fernando Zobel De Ayala said they have made significant progress ...

Walter Dam eyed for electric power

The Abington Journal

Though relatively small by power-plant standards, a 10-megawatt capacity should be more than enough to power the borough of Weatherly, which according to US Census Data has fewer than 1000 households. By contrast, the Bald Mountain Wind Farm in Bear ...

Household bills will help subsidise nuclear plants

Telegraph.co.uk

The new system provides a fixed rate for low-carbon electricity so that developers can be certain of a return before building an expensive project such as an offshore wind farm or nuclear power station. It will ultimately be paid for by households, ...

Rich: Pensions at root of Pa. financial woes

Standard Speaker

However, when Congress changed hands from Democrats to GOP, the project was re-evaluated and the funding evaporated. Rich said. He denied taking $5 million in stimulus money for a wind farm project in northern Schuylkill County.

Despite Delays at Greater Gabbard, Pace of London Array Project Bolsters Euro ...

Engineering News Record (subscription)

Including the Greater Gabbard and London Array projects, 235 offshore turbines totaling 866 MW connected to national grids in Europe last year, according to data from the European Wind Energy Association, Brussels. Nine offshore projects were under ...

General Electric's CEO Discusses Q1 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Seeking Alpha

We had orders for 696 wind turbines versus 327 in the first quarter of last year. Thermal orders of $700 million were down 7%. We had orders for 23 gas turbines versus 27 in the first quarter of '11. And overall, Energy orders pricing was a positive ...

Volvo kit gets to work at Dounreay

The Construction Index

The second unit is in charge of prime excavations at the Carraig Gheal wind farm project located to the east of Oban. Under this 'balance of plant contract', some 20 2.5 megawatt wind turbines are to be erected for client Green Power.

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