MidAmerican Energy to build new wind energy farm

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Utility will be able to sell 100% renewable energy to consumers for the first time MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build a new wind farm. The wind energy system would allow the company to sell 100% clean power to its customers for the first time. The new wind farm is called Wind 12 and is estimated to cost $922 million to develop. The utility expects the new project to be completed at some point in 2020. New energy sources will help rates remain stable The majority of the cost of…

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Navy opposes the development of offshore wind farms in California

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Navy map places major restrictions on where offshore projects can be built California could be a proverbial gold mine for offshore wind power, but the United States Navy has declared that large portions of the state’s coast are off limits when it comes to offshore development. The ultimate decision lies, of course, with the Department of Defense, wind companies, and at least one member of Congress. The Navy, however, believes that the map it has provided for offshore wind development is the best option for the West Coast. Floating wind…

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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 has won more support in Turkey

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Turkish government plans to bring wind power investments up to $5 billion Turkey has announced an ambitious new plan to significantly increase its use of wind energy. The Turkish Wind Energy Association has revealed that the government intends to have some $5 billion in investments in wind power by the end of this year. On December 25, Turkey plans to launch a five-day-long tender, which seeks to support some 2,130 megawatts of wind projects. These projects will take form throughout the country and harness Turkey’s wind resources in order to…

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Facebook to draw on wind energy for data center in Nebraska

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New wind farm will provide Facebook with electricity Development of a new wind energy system in Nebraska has begun. This new wind farm will provide electricity to Facebook data centers located in the Omaha area. Survey work is currently being conducted on the site. Major construction work is expected to begin after the winter seasons. The project is valued at approximately $430 million. The wind farm is expected to begin generating electrical power in the fourth quarter of 2018. Wind farm will have a capacity of 320 MW The new…

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Norsk Hydro to purchase wind energy from project in Sweden

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Large corporation has agreed to purchase electricity from wind farm Norsk Hydro, a major aluminum producer based in Europe, has agreed to purchase the majority of electricity produced by a new wind energy system in Sweden. The new wind farm is currently under development, receiving financial support from Macquarie, an Australia bank, and General Electric. These two organizations believe that the power purchase agreement formed with Norsk Hydro represents the largest of its kind for a corporate wind energy purchaser. Corporations are beginning to invest heavily in clean power Many…

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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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Report highlights the growth of wind energy in the United States

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New report shows that more than 29,000 MW of wind energy capacity is being developed The American Wind Energy Association has released a new report that highlights the progress of wind projects throughout the United States. According to the report, approximately 29,634 megawatts of wind energy capacity is currently in development throughout the country. This is a 27% increase over the projects that were in development last year. Once completed, these projects will provide approximately 10% of the country’s electricity and provide significant economic growth. New wind projects are expected…

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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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Amazon opens a new renewable energy system in Texas

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Corporation opens a new 253 MW wind farm in Texas Massive online retailer Amazon is beginning to challenge Google in terms of renewable energy adoption. The company has launched a new wind energy system in Texas, home of a very powerful wind market. Called Amazon Wind Farm Texas, the new system has a maximum capacity of 253 megawatts. The new wind farm increases Amazon’s overall renewable energy capacity to 1.22 gigawatts. By comparison, Google has some 1.85 gigawatts of installed clean power capacity. Several companies are beginning to embrace renewable…

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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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India seeks to increase wind energy capacity before the end of the year

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Government plans to auction 4,500 MW of wind energy capacity The Indian government is looking to fast track new wind energy projects. The government has announced plans to auction some 4,500 megawatts worth of wind projects within the next four months. This plan is part of the country’s overarching efforts to upscale its wind energy capacity. The auction will be held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India. Despite the organization’s name, it has involvement in various forms of renewable energy, particularly wind power. Auctions for new projects will be…

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Microsoft to purchase wind energy from a GE wind farm in Ireland

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Microsoft enters into long term power purchase agreement with GE Microsoft has signed an agreement with General Electric that will see the technology company purchasing all new wind energy capacity from GE’s newest wind farm in Ireland. Called the Tullahennel Wind Farm, the project is located in County Kerry. The wind energy system has a maximum capacity of 37 megawatts. Microsoft will be purchasing all of this electricity for the next 15 years. This represents one of the largest clean energy purchases that Microsoft has made in recent years. Agreement…

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