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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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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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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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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Cost of offshore wind energy reaches record low

Prices for electricity generated by offshore wind farms continue to fall Offshore wind energy systems are often considered highly expensive, but as new technology become available, the cost of these wind farms is beginning to fall. In Sweden, a new record has been set for the world’s least expensive wind farm built at sea. The Vattenfall wind farm is now capable of selling electricity for proximately $50 per megawatt-hour. According to Magnus Hall, the chief executive of the Vattenfall wind farm, the deals the energy system has managed to establish…

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First offshore wind energy project in the US on track to generate electricity

Progress on first US offshore wind energy system is being made The first offshore wind energy system in the United States is on track to begin generating electricity. The wind farm is being built by Deepwater Wind and is taking form off the coast of Rhode Island. Offshore wind farms have faced opposition in the United States in the past. Many have questioned the environmental impact of these energy projects, expressing concern that offshore wind turbines could damage marine life. In recent years, however, offshore wind has gathered significant support,…

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Wyoming seeks to increase a tax on wind energy

State lawmakers consider increasing a four-year-old tax on wind As one of the largest wind energy systems in the United States inches closer to beginning construction in Wyoming, state lawmakers are looking to increase taxes on one of the state’s most plentiful resources: Wind. Four years ago, state lawmakers effectively declared Wyoming to be the owner of the winds billowing throughout the state. In doing so, lawmakers instituted a tax on wind resources, generating approximately $15 million in tax revenue over the past four years. Now, legislators hope to increase…

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First offshore wind energy system begins operation in the US

Deepwater Wind has successfully completed a stage of its ambitious offshore project The United States now has its first operational offshore wind energy system. Two large wind turbines have been installed off the coast of Rhode Island. These are the first wind turbines to be installed in U.S. waters. Deepwater Wind, a prominent wind developer, is behind the project, and expects to install three more wind turbines in the same area by the end of this month. The developer has ambitious plans when it comes to the development of offshore…

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New discovery may help prevent bat deaths related to wind turbines

Chemical fingerprints could help scientists track the animal’s origins. Wind energy is rapidly growing across America and while more wind turbines popping up on the landscape may be a plus for the country’s renewable energy efforts, for certain animals, like birds and bats, more turbines means a greater risk of death. In fact, for certain species of bats, deaths related to these giant wind apparatuses are so high that conservationists are worried about the species extinction. In an effort to help conserve the animals, researchers may have found a way…

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Cost of offshore wind energy projects set to fall over the next 10 years

Study shows that wind energy is becoming more affordable The University of Delaware has released a new study that highlights the cost of developing offshore wind energy projects. The study suggests that the cost of this projects will drop substantially over the next decade, making it easier for such projects to take form. Offshore wind projects are becoming more popular in the United States because of their potential to produce large quantities of electrical power. These projects take advantage of the strong wind currents that can be found at sea,…

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Wind turbine health complaints under investigation in Ontario

Not everyone in Huron County supports wind energy growth. Huron County, Ontario is home to hundreds of wind turbines, and while this form of renewable energy generation may be a plush for the environment, a number of residents have reported negative health impacts from living close to industrial wind turbine farms. An investigation into the reported health effects is being launched. The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) will be conducting an investigation into the reported health effects from wind turbines. This investigation is in response to feedback from numerous Huron…

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Wind energy attracts more than $128 billion in investments in the US

The wind sector has become a very powerful force for the US economy Wind energy projects have had a beneficial impact on the United States economy, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The report shows that new wind farms have added an estimated $13 billion to the U.S. economy every year over the past five years. Over the past decade, some $128 billion has been added to the economy thanks to wind farms that have taken form throughout the country. AWEA notes that wind power…

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Drones to be used to inspect wind turbines for defects

A new deal could lead to a UK business tapping the $6 billion wind energy turbine inspection industry. Strat Aero, an Aim-listed UK company based out of Gatwick, recently signed a contract with US energy group Westar, the largest electricity provider in Kansas, to use its drones to inspect 53 wind turbines in the U.S. state. Strat Aero is hoping that its UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), often called drones, will help it to establish itself in the turbine inspection market, which is anticipated to be a huge market for UAVs.…

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New massive offshore wind turbine will be low-cost and have huge blades

The blades of the turbine will be longer than two football fields. A large group of researchers are working together to build a low-cost 50 MW (megawatt) wind turbine for offshore wind energy production. This is big alternative energy news because the vast majority of current wind turbines are 1 to 2 MW, with the largest typically having a capacity of 8 MW. For a turbine to be able to produce 50 MW of energy, it would need to have blades that measures over 650 feet in length, which is…

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New technology inspired by desert beetle could benefit the wind energy industry

Innovative frost reduction tech could improve aerospace and wind industries. In the cold months, ice can create a lot of problems for both airplanes and wind energy turbines, which need to be defrosted as ice buildup on an aircraft can be dangerous, while a buildup of ice on wind turbine blades can make these renewable energy structures far less efficient. Currently, harsh chemicals are required to remove the ice, but scientists from Virginia Tech may have found a better way to deal with the problem via a new type of…

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Vermont seeks to ban industrial wind energy projects

Legislation would ban the development of new industrial wind projects throughout the state Lawmakers in Vermont have plans to ban any industrial wind energy projects from taking form in the state in the future. New legislation has been introduced to accomplish this and the legislation has gained significant support from state officials. If successfully passed into law, the legislation would ban any wind energy project with a capacity of 500 kilowatts or more from taking form. Smaller projects would still be allowed in the state, however. Large wind projects may…

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