Wind energy could have a promising future in the UK

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Falling cost of wind turbines could encourage UK government to show more support for clean power The cost of wind energy is dropping quickly, which is creating more pressure on the United Kingdom government to rethink its support of clean power. According to consultancy firm Arup, onshore wind energy systems can be developed in the UK for the same price as new gas systems. Onshore wind farms are also approximately half as expensive as some nuclear power plants. Arup suggests that the technology used in the wind energy sector has…

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Floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland

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Hywind project aims to provide wind energy to Scotland The world’s first floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland. Called Hywind, the wind farm is meant to harvest electrical power in waters that are too deep for conventional offshore turbines. This may allow the wind farm to take advantage of stronger wind currents, allowing it to generate more electricity and funnel this power back to the mainland. The project could herald a new era for the wind energy space, where turbine technology is advancing at an accelerated rate.…

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Scotland sets another wind energy record

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Wind energy continues to reach new heights in Scotland Scotland has set yet another record with its wind energy production. Within the United Kingdom, Scotland has established itself as a primary wind energy market The Scottish government has invested heavily in wind power in recent years, setting several production records. Over the past six months, wind energy has reached a new milestone in Scotland, further solidifying its role as a thriving wind market. More than 1 million MW-h of electricity produced in the first six months of 2017 During the…

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Regulators approve new wind energy system in Oregon

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New wind energy system to help power Apple data center has been approved Regulators in Oregon have granted approval for a new wind energy project that will be used to power one of Apple’s data centers. The project will make use of some of the largest wind turbines that have ever been deployed in the Pacific Northwest region. Avangrid Renewables, the company developing the new wind energy system, notes that approval for use of wind turbines capable of generating 3.6 megawatts of electrical power has been granted. By comparison, other…

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Collaboration could secure the future of wind energy in Europe

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European countries will have to work together to expand wind energy capacity Europe may be able to make better use of its wind resources by spreading out its wind energy capacity rather than developing this capacity in a localized area. Climate researchers from ETH Zurich and Imperial College London suggest that this is the case. By spreading out capacity, European countries may be able to combat the intermittency problem that wind energy has experienced since its inception. In order to successfully expand capacity, however, these countries will have to work…

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Chinese company offers to train ex-miners in the ways of wind energy

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Miners may be able to find work in the wind energy industry, with the right training The transition toward renewable energy seems unstoppable and this has raised some concern among those working in the coal industry. Many fear that they will no longer be able to work as the renewable energy sector continues to grow and clean power replaces coal. A Chinese company called Goldwind is looking to help alleviate these fears. The company has plans to offer workers in the United States with the training needed to find employment…

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Developers partner to build new offshore wind energy system in Virginia

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New offshore wind energy system will be taking form off the coast of Virginia Beach Dominion Energy Virginia has entered into an agreement with Dong Energy to develop a new offshore wind energy system off the coast of Virginia Beach. Dominion Energy will be the sole owner of the new wind farm, but it will work with Dong Energy for engineering purposes. The companies believe that Virginia has significant promise when it comes to offshore wind energy due to the strong wind currents that can be found off of the…

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Google to use wind energy to power European data centers

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Google will be purchasing electricity from new wind energy system in Norway Google has announced that it expects to begin receiving electricity from a wind energy system in Norway in September. The company has been investing heavily in wind power for the past few years in an attempt to become more environmentally friendly and cut emissions production. Google will be purchasing electricity from the Tellenes Wind Farm, which is comprised of 50 wind turbines. This deal represents the largest power purchase agreement that Google has made in Europe and is…

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China to aggressively increase wind energy capacity

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China has plans to expand its use of wind energy over the next 10 years China has unveiled ambitious plans concerning wind energy. Over the next decade, the country plans to install more than 25 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity every year. By the end of that ten-year period, some 403 gigawatts of wind capacity is expected to be installed, according to MAKE Consulting. China has already invested heavily in clean power, with solar energy being one of the most heavily supported forms of new electricity generation in the…

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Europe shows greater commitment to offshore wind energy

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Offshore wind energy wins the support of European leaders Leaders throughout Europe have come together to declare their commitment for offshore wind energy. Government representatives from Germany, Belgium, and Denmark gathered at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 industry event with the intent to show more support for a growing sector. Offshore projects have been taking form in several European markets, with these projects showing a great deal of economic promise. European countries intend to support the development of new projects in order to take advantage of these economic prospects. Countries…

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Wind energy is gaining ground in Morocco

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Massive wind energy project is yielding results for Morocco Morocco is home to the largest onshore wind energy system in Africa and it has offset a massive amount of emissions produced over the past two years. In 2015, the Tarfaya wind farm began operation and began changing the way Morocco received its electrical power. Previous to the wind farm providing energy, the country received 97% of its electrical power from fossil-fuels. Now, however, Morocco intends to focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and…

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Russia seeks to develop 1.9 GW of wind energy capacity

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Russia holds auction to support the development of wind energy projects Russia is looking to build up its wind energy capacity by auctioning off projects. The latest auction is the largest that the country has ever held to expand its renewable energy resources and will occur in two phases. The first phase of the auction began on May 29. The next phase is set to begin on June 9 of this year. Russia’s NP Market Council expects that the results of the auction will be revealed at the end of…

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Offshore wind energy developers agree to terms issued by Maryland regulators

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Developers agree to terms that will ensure the future of their offshore wind energy projects Developers of two major wind energy projects in Maryland have accepted terms offered by regulators that will allow these projects to continue taking form. Agreeing to these terms will allow the projects to collect subsidies from the state, which will help ensure that the wind energy projects produce electrical power when they are fully developed. Deepwater Wind and U.S. Wind are the companies that have agreed to the terms, which were laid out by Maryland’s…

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Massive turbines could help UK wind farm generate electricity for more than 230,000 homes

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Giant wind turbines are being installed at an offshore wind farm off Liverpool Bay The world’s largest wind turbines could help the United Kingdom generate enough electricity to power hundreds of thousands of homes. These turbines are being used at one of the country’s largest wind farms, which is an offshore system off Liverpool Bay. The wind farm is being developed by Dong Energy, and each turbine used by the project stands more than 630 feet high. Each blade of these wind turbines extends 262 feet. Wind farm will be…

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Changes to Illinois legislation could help the wind energy sector thrive

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Senator seeks to make small changes to state legislation that may benefit wind energy Making slight changes to the language of a major energy bill could have major implications for the wind energy sector in Illinois. Senator Don Harmon believes this to be the case and filed new legislation that would make the necessary changes to the Future Energy Jobs Bill. The bill was passed in December of 2016 and has been called one of the most important legislation’s focused on energy to come to Illinois in recent years. Senator…

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New offshore wind energy system begins producing electricity in the Netherlands

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Gemini Windpark has come online in the Netherlands One of the world’s largest offshore wind energy systems has come online in the Netherlands. Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the new wind farm, which has been developed some 53 miles off the northern coast of the country. Called the Gemini Windpark, the project boasts of 150 turbines. The wind farm was developed as a collaboration among Northland Power, Siemens Wind Power, Van Oord, and waste processing firm HVC. Offshore wind energy system will produce 600 MW of electricity The offshore…

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