EU has unveiled a new clean energy target

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The EU aims to derive 32% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 The European Union has announced that it will be raising it’s clean energy target. European counties have been working to increase their consumption of clean energy for some time. Previously, the EU had aimed to derive 27% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Now, the EU has raised this target to 32% in the same time frame. New deal could build confidence among investors The new target has been welcomed by some environmental groups,…

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Wind energy will overtake hydropower in the US by 2019

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Wind is set to beat out hydropower in terms of energy generation Hydropower has been a major source of power for the United States for more than a century. This is beginning to change, however, and wind energy is expected to become the largest supplier of clean electricity in the country by 2019. Hydroelectric dams have served as the primary way that the country has generated its clean power, but new wind farms are beginning to replace these dams. Investments have helped the wind energy sector grow quickly. Over the…

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GE forms new partnership to improve offshore wind energy turbines

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GE teams with ORE Catapult to test new wind turbine ORE Catapult and GE Renewable Energy have announced a new partnership. Over the next five years, the two companies will be working together in the offshore wind energy field. The first step of this collaboration involves testing a new 12 megawatt offshore turbine that GE has developed. This turbine will be tested at a facility operated by ORE Catapult. GE suggests that the new turbine is the most powerful of its kind and will be able to operate anywhere in…

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GE develops new offshore wind energy system

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GE has announced its new Haliade-X turbine GE Renewable Energy, a division of General Electric, has announced plans to build a powerful offshore wind turbine called Haliade-X. The new turbine is meant to be a step forward in wind energy technology. The company has been heavily involved with wind power for several years and has recently taken a greater interest in offshore endeavors. As such, the developing offshore wind turbines has become more of a priority. The Haliade-X turbine could be the first of many more turbines to come that…

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Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

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Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Dutch offshore wind energy developers are looking to make deals with large corporations

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Energy developers aim to provide corporations with wind power Companies that are developing offshore wind energy systems in the Netherlands are looking to sell the electricity their wind farms are generating to large corporations. In the past, energy companies have sold this electricity to the wholesale market. Now, however, these companies are looking for corporate buyers, many of whom are becoming much more invested in the renewable energy space due to government emissions regulations and a stronger interest in being environmentally friendly. Companies are finding success with bringing offshore wind…

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New offshore wind energy system to be developed off the coast of Long Island

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Statoil is bringing a new offshore wind energy project to the US A new wind farm is taking form off the coast of Long Island. The new wind farm is being developed by Statoil, a Norwegian company that specializes in the development of wind power. The new project is called Empire Wind and it represents the latest offshore wind energy project to come to the United States. Statoil successfully bid on some 79,000 acres of ocean where the new wind farm will take form. The company reportedly bid $42.5 million…

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Hywind offshore wind energy system begins operation in Scotland

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Large-scale wind farm officially begins operation off the shore of Scotland One of the world’s first and largest offshore wind energy systems has officially begun operating off the coast of Scotland. Called Hywind, the new wind farm has been under development for 15 years. Norway’s Statoil is responsible for the development of this project. The wind farm is comprised of floating wind turbines, which allows them to be installed at greater depths. As such, these wind turbines can take advantage of stronger wind currents that can be found further away…

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Offshore wind energy could be used to power the world

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Research suggests that offshore projects could provide electricity to the entire world New research from the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science is highlighting the vast potential of offshore wind energy. Offshore projects are technically capable of generating much more electricity than their onshore counterparts. This is due to the strong, unhindered wind currents that can be found at sea. According to the research, offshore wind could be used to generate “civilization scale power,” theoretically removing the need for other forms of electricity. Offshore projects face…

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Irish offshore wind energy system gains new support from Parkwind

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Parkwind has become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm An offshore wind energy system being built in Ireland has received a major investment that could speed up development. Parkwind, an offshore wind developer based in Belgium, has announced that it has become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm. The project is being developed in the North West Irish Sea, some 22 kilometers from Dundalk. Parkwind has invested in the project in order to aid in its development, offering expertise and financial support. New wind project will…

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Large offshore wind energy system has its last wind turbine installed

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Nordsee One revieves its last wind turbine The last turbine of the Nordsee One offshore wind farm has been successfully installed. The large-scale offshore wind energy system is located in the North Sea. It is currently one of the largest offshore wind farms that have been completed in Europe. Nordsee One, the company responsible for the wind farm, expects that the new energy system will begin commercial operations at the end of this year. Wind farm can produce enough electricity to power 400,000 homes The Nordsee One wind farm is…

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Wind energy is gaining more prominence in Denmark

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Company plans to sell country’s last oil business Denmark is moving ahead with its ambitious wind energy plans. The country’s largest company, A.P. Moller-Maersk, has announced that it will be selling off Denmark’s last oil firm. The company will be selling the oil company to France’s Total in a $7.45 billion deal. The deal is expected to be closed at the end of next year. Denmark will then move aggressively to install new wind turbines in order to continue its move toward a more sustainable future. Denmark continues to lead…

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Denmark and China will work together to build new offshore wind energy system

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New offshore project is to be developed by Denmark and China Denmark will be working with China to develop a new offshore wind energy system, according to the country’s energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt. The new offshore system will be built in China. Currently, the project is in very early stages of development. According to Lilleholt, suppliers for the wind turbines that the project will use have not yet been chosen. Moreover, exactly when principle development on the new wind farm will begin is not yet known. China continues to…

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New offshore wind energy project gains momentum in Germany

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Offshore project reaches two major milestones A new offshore wind energy system being developed in the German North Sea has reached two significant milestones. Called the Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Farm, the project is being developed by Northland Power and Vestas. With a maximum capacity of 252 megawatts, the offshore wind farm is among the largest of its kind being developed in the North Sea. The project is expected to become operational within the relatively near future. Developer reaches financial close on project and development officially begins Northland Power has…

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GE to help develop new wind energy system in Australia

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General Electric enters wind power partnership General Electric (GE) has announced that it will be helping develop a large-scale wind energy project in Australia. The company will be working with the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) in this endeavor. PARF is currently in a partnership with AGL Energy and the Queensland Investment Corporation to expand Australia’s wind energy capacity. The country has become a prominent wind market, largely due to its efforts to expand its use of clean power. New wind farm will power 260,000 homes With its partners, General…

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New York is leading in wind energy production

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Reports show that New York has made major progress with its wind power plans The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new series of reports highlighting the growth of wind energy throughout the country. These reports show that several states have made major progress in increasing their wind capacity. These states are now generating more electricity from wind turbines than ever before. The reports also show that New York has come to establish itself as a leader in wind energy production, beating out other states that have held this…

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