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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Study predicts wind energy may play a major role in reducing emissions in the UK

New study from the Edinburgh University highlights the emissions reduction capabilities of wind energy A new study from the Edinburgh University suggests that wind energy will play a major role in reducing greenhouse emissions in the United Kingdom. Researchers have found that wind farms throughout the United Kingdom have offset some 36 million tons of carbon emissions over a six year period. This is equivalent to removing 2.3 million vehicles from the road, according to researchers. The study is based on figures from the National Grid, comparing energy production from…

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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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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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Amazon to help build new wind energy system in Ohio

Amazon will be focusing more heavily on wind energy Online retailer Amazon has announced plans to rely more heavily on wind energy in Ohio. The state is home to three of the company’s massive data centers. Amazon intends to power these important data centers with the help of wind farms, which will help the company become more environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. Amazon is just one of several large companies showing greater support for clean power in an effort to comply with new emissions regulations and reduce…

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Google invests more in Africa’s wind energy market

Google invests in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya Google has shown a great deal of interest and support for wind energy in Africa. The company recently invested in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, which represented the largest investment in wind energy Africa has seen to date. Wind is not the only form of clean power that Google is supporting in Africa, as the company has also invested in solar energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Google invested some $12 million in the Jasper Solar Power…

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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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Massive wind energy project wins approval in Iowa

State grants final approval for MidAmerican Energy project The Iowa Utilities Board has provided MidAmerican Energy with the approval it needs to build a large-scale wind energy system. The utility recently announced plans to build a $3.6 billion wind energy system, which is expected to become the state’s largest wind farm. MidAmerican Energy has been seeking approval to build this wind farm and has now passed the final hurdle, allowing the utility to begin construction of its Wind XI farm. Project will add 2,000 MW of capacity to Iowa MidAmerican…

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Offshore wind energy is gaining momentum in the United States

U.S. continues to lag behind other countries in terms of offshore wind capacity The United States has established itself as a leading power in onshore wind energy. According to a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association, there are more than 49,800 wind turbines installed throughout the country, producing some 69,471 megawatts of electrical power. While the country has become a leader in wind energy, it is lagging behind in the offshore wind sector. Other countries have already launched large-scale offshore wind projects and the U.S. may be able…

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Wind energy is losing support in California

State policies make it difficult for the wind energy market it grow Wind energy is struggling to find a foothold in California, and this may be due to the state’s policies concerning clean power. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown passed a law that requires the state to receive no less than 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Wind energy may not play a role in this, however, with the state focusing more heavily on other forms of clean power, such as solar energy. Ban on wind energy projects…

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Australia reached 3GW of installed wind energy capacity

Country reaches new record in total installed wind power capacity Australia has reached a new milestone when it comes to wind energy capacity. Though the country have been showing less support for renewable energy in recent years due to changes in the government, wind energy has managed to maintain much of its support. New wind projects have emerged over the years and many of these projects reached completion earlier this year, increasing the country’s total installed wind energy capacity by a significant margin. 3GW of total capacity achieved with the…

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Wind energy gains momentum in the Nordic countries

Wind power could soon replace gas and coal energy in Scandinavia Wind energy may be having a major impact on the Scandinavian energy structure. Coal and gas have been the most prominent forms of energy among the Nordic countries for years, but these countries have begun investing heavily in clean energy, with a particular interest in wind power. In recent years, the role of fossil-fuels has changed in Scandinavia, with coal  and gas power plants in Finland and Denmark providing swing energy to Norway and Sweden when the hydropower systems…

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Ukraine sets sights on wind energy

Ukrainian government grants approval for ambitious new wind power goals The Ukrainian government has approved new wind energy goals through a National Action Plan decree. Recent political turmoil that has struck the country this year has highlighted a strong need for renewable energy. The Ukraine had once relied on Russia for much of its electrical power, but tensions between the two countries means that this is no longer possible. The Ukraine has been working to make itself more energy independent in recent months and this has involved a focus on…

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Wind energy projects to be connected between the Netherlands and Denmark

Interconnection project launched by Energinet and Tennet, seeking to connect 700 MW of wind energy between two countries Dutch and Danish energy grid operators have agreed to connect wind energy projects in both Denmark and the Netherlands. The project comes from Tennet, an electricity company based in the Netherlands, and Energinet, based in Denmark. An interconnector will be run between the two countries, connecting some 700 megawatts worth of wind energy projects that are currently operational. Both countries have shown strong support for wind energy, with Denmark showing particular interest…

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Chinese firm invests in wind energy project in Poland

China-CEE Fund to invest in new wind project that is based in Poland China continues to expand its investments in renewable energy and several of the country’s investment firms have begun setting their sights outside of the country’s borders. China-CEE Fund has announced that it will be investing in a new wind energy project in Poland. The project will have a maximum capacity of 250 megawatts and this capacity is meant to come online in two phases. The funding will help accelerate the development of this new project. Country continues…

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Siemens makes a deal with offshore wind energy project

Gemini offshore wind project is making some progress The large-scale Gemini wind energy project is inching closer to becoming a reality. The project is set to take root off the coast off the northern coast of the Netherlands and will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world when it is completed. The project has been in its development stages for some time and has been making slow progress through these stages due to technical and political issues. The wind farm currently boasts of an estimated 600…

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