Wind energy has begun to outpace coal in Europe

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European wind energy space continues to show magnificent growth Wind power has gained significant momentum throughout Europe over the past year. In 2016, energy developers in Europe installed more wind turbines than any other form of power, beating out coal in terms of new installed capacity. Many European countries have begun showing favor for wind energy due to the vast potential it holds. These countries have access to strong wind currents that have, until recently, gone unused for the purpose of generating electrical power. Wind capacity grows by 8% in…

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Deepwater Wind to develop the largest offshore wind farm in the US

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United States will soon have a larger offshore wind farm The largest offshore wind energy system in the United States may soon be eclipsed by another massive project that aims to further increase the country’s wind capacity. The Long Island Power Authority has granted approval for the development of what will become the country’s largest offshore wind energy project, which is being constructed by Deepwater Wind. The company already operates the current largest offshore system in the country, but the new project is expected to dwarf its predecessor by a…

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Federal government to lease more territory for offshore wind energy systems

More of the sea will be available for offshore projects The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced that it plans to lease nearly 200 square miles of ocean territory for a commercial offshore wind energy system. The territory is located off the coast of North Carolina. The federal agency plans to hold an auction for the territory in March of this year and nine companies have qualified to place bids on the lease for their offshore wind energy projects. New project could help increase offshore wind energy capacity in…

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Wind energy being used to power all Dutch electric trains

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Electric trains in the Netherlands are tapping into wind energy All of the electric trains in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, according to the country’s railway operator, NS. The country’s electric trains transport approximately 600,000 passengers on a daily basis. Dutch wind farms have made this transportation carbon neutral, thereby making the public transportation space somewhat more environmentally friendly. The Netherlands has been focusing quite heavily on wind energy in recent years in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more energy independent. Eneco provides…

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Department of Energy pulls funding from offshore wind energy project

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Department of Energy will no longer be supporting Fishermen’s Energy project Offshore wind energy has encountered yet another problem in the United States. The country is home to one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, but support for this sector has begun to drop off. The Department of Energy is set to pull funds from one of the offshore wind energy projects it was supporting; a project located in New Jersey. Fishermen’s Energy was slated to develop the project, but the company failed to submit power offtake contracts by…

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One of the world’s first offshore wind energy system goes live in the United States

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Offshore wind energy system could provide power to more than 17,000 homes Off the coast of Rhode Island, one of the world’s first offshore wind energy farms has begun operation. Deepwater Wind, which developed the new wind farm, believes that the new offshore system can generate enough electricity to power 17,000 average homes. Jedd Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, notes that “We see this being a big industry, we see offshore wind producing a lot of energy for the United States, particularly here in the Northeast where the winds are…

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Norway’s Statoil aims to build a new offshore wind farm in the United States

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New offshore wind farm could be built off the coast of New York Norway’s largest oil company, Statoil, aims to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of New York’s Jones Beach. The winds that can be found off of the coast of the United States are quite dependable and they could have the potential to produce as much as four times the amount of energy of all sources of power in the country. Statoil sees great promise in this potential, and is making plans to develop an…

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AsiaWEA forms to support the expansion of wind energy in the Asia-Pacific region

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New organization aims to support wind power in several countries A new wind energy association has been launched in Asia. Called AsiaWEA, the new organization will support the development of government policies as well as the research and development of both onshore and offshore wind energy systems. The organization is new accepting applications from businesses and agencies interested in clean power, with active membership slated to begin in January of 2017. Members will be accepted to quarterly meetings and seminars and AsiaWEA plans to host the first Asian Wind Energy…

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Country’s first offshore wind energy system to begin generating electricity

Block Island Wind Farm will soon begin operation The first offshore wind energy system in the United States is expected to begin operation in the coming days. The wind farm is located off the coast of Rhode Island and Deepwater Wind is behind the development of this project. Before it can begin feeding electricity into the energy grid, however, the project faces one last hurdle: It must win the approval of New England’s energy regulators. If approval is granted, the electricity that the offshore wind energy system generates will be…

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Deepwater Wind announces new offshore wind energy project in Maryland

Developer to bring a new offshore wind energy system to Maryland Deepwater Wind, developer of the first offshore wind energy system in the United States, has announced that it plans to build another wind farm off the coast of Maryland. The company’s Block Island Wind Farm is expected to begin producing electrical power and feeding it into the energy grid within the next few days. Deepwater Wind expects that the wind farm will show off the potential of offshore wind energy and intends to get a head start on developing…

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Accio Energy aims to revolutionize the offshore wind energy space

Start-up develops promising new solution to offshore wind turbines Accio Energy, a start-up based in Michigan, is testing out new offshore wind energy technology that could eventually replace offshore turbines. Offshore wind has been gaining more attention in recent years, largely to the massive energy potential that can be found at sea. One issue with offshore systems, however, is their use of large turbines, which are both difficult and expensive to install. These turbines have shown themselves to be capable of generating large quantities of electrical power, but the logistics…

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Trump decries offshore wind energy systems in the United Kingdom

Trump is calling on British officials to fight against offshore wind energy President-elect Donald Trump is pressuring British officials to fight against offshore wind energy systems being developed in Britain. In the past, Trump has fought against offshore wind energy, hoping to close down a project being developed in Scotland. The case made its way to Britain’s highest court, with Trump arguing that the offshore project disrupts the view of one of his gold courses in Aberdeenshire. Now, Trump is calling upon Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom’s Independence…

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Dong Energy aims to bring offshore wind energy to Taiwan

Dong Energy opens new office in Asia-Pacific Dong Energy, a Danish energy developer, is setting its sights on Taiwan’s wind energy market. The company has opened a new office in the Asia-Pacific with this purpose in mind. Dong Energy believes that offshore wind projects could be a major benefit to Taiwan, which is working to embrace clean power more readily. Taiwan wants to have 3 GW of installed offshore wind energy capacity installed by 2025 Taiwan is home to a great deal of offshore wind potential. Dong Energy is currently…

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Wind energy market reaches new milestone in Scotland

Scottish wind farms are generating more electricity Wind energy has established a major foothold in Scotland. The Scottish government has been investing quite heavily in the development of new wind farms for some time, hoping to become less reliant on fossil-fuels and foreign sources of power. Wind has garnered the government’s attention because of its efficient nature and falling costs. Last month, wind turbines in Scotland were able to generate enough electricity to supply the average energy needs for nearly all households. Data shows wind turbines have generated enough energy…

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First offshore wind energy system in the US begins producing electricity

The Block Island Wind Farm has begun generating electrical power The United States’ first offshore wind energy system has begun operation. Located off the coast of Block Island, the wind farm features five turbines that stand 589 feet tall. Called the Block Island Wind Farm, the new offshore wind energy system began operation earlier this week. The energy system is expected to be in full operation later this month, generating enough electricity to power 17,000 homes, effectively meeting the energy needs of approximately 4% of households in Rhode Island. Offshore…

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Wind energy projects are getting bigger and less expensive

As wind farms grow, the cost of wind energy continues to fall Wind energy is expected to become less expensive in the coming years. According to a survey from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, energy experts predict that the cost of electricity generated by wind turbines will become as much as 30% less expensive by 2030. Both onshore and offshore projects are becoming less expensive and more efficient. As these energy systems improve, the cost of the electricity they produce is falling dramatically. Larger wind farms means less expensive energy…

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