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FERC tells Southwest Power Pool to remove its membership exit fee

By Michelle Froese FERC has directed SPP to lift what is considers an unjust membership exit fee. Yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) to eliminate the membership exit fee for non-transmission owners. This decision granted a complaint about SPP’s exit fee raised by the American Wind Energy Association…

Carbon Trust selects winners of export cable competition for floating wind

By Michelle Froese The Carbon Trust announced the five winners of its dynamic export cable competition, as a part of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP), which aims to accelerate and support the development of commercial-scale floating wind farms. The Floating Wind JIP is a collaboration between industry partners EnBW, ENGIE, Eolfi,…

LM Wind unveils 107-m turbine blade, currently the world’s largest

By Michelle Froese LM Wind Power is completing the final touches on what it says is the world’s largest wind-turbine blade at 107 meters. The blade is finished the molding process and will next receive post-molding finishing touches. The manufacturing is being done at LM Wind’s factory in Cherbourg, France. LM Wind Power has completed…

Nevada moves closer to 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard

By Michelle Froese Nevada is one step closer to expanding its generation and use of clean energy as a the Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 358, which would boost Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030. SB 358 received support from companies of all sizes doing business in Nevada, both in and outside of…

Tenaska begins building 242-MW wind project in northwest Missouri

By Michelle Froese Independent energy provider, Tenaska, says it has successfully closed about $302 million in commercial financing for the 242-MW Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, which is now under construction in Nodaway County in northwest Missouri. Construction and operation of Tenaska Clear Creek is expected to boost the economy in northwest Missouri, creating more…

CEWA launches, a new joint venture for offshore renewables

By Michelle Froese Coastal Environments Inc. and Wessex Archaeology Ventures have partnered to create CEWA Inc., a jointly owned U.S. corporation headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The new venture aims to deliver expert advice and cultural heritage permitting services to the growing U.S. offshore renewables market. A joint venture, CEWA aims to provide expert advice…

“Opportunity Zone” funds may serve as capital for renewables

By Michelle Froese As the renewable energy industry prepares for a low-subsidy future, the Opportunity Zones program, which provides tax benefits for those investing in low-income areas across the United States, may help provide renewable energy developers with an attractive and competitive source of capital. A tax break offered to investors in Opportunity Zones may…

Vestas install 1 in 5 wind turbines in 2018, finds GWEC

By Michelle Froese The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has published the first edition of its annual Global Wind Market Development – Supply Side Data 2018. According to the report, 20,641 wind turbines were installed globally in 2018, with a combined capacity of 50,617 MW. The report finds that over half of the top 15…

A closer look at proxy generation and aggregated PPAs for wind

By Michelle Froese Ahead of A Word About Wind’s Financing Wind: North America conference in Colorado next week, major wind developers have highlighted that sellers must continue to take on key operational and basis risks to offer a more attractive product for commercial and industrial (C&I) buyers. Financing Wind: North America will take place in…

Leeward repowers Illinois’ Mendota Hills Wind Farm

By Michelle Froese Leeward Renewable Energy has successfully completed the full-scale repowering of its Mendota Hills Wind Farm in Lee County, Illinois. The repowering of Mendota was completed on March 21, 2019. Through the construction phase of Mendota, Leeward generated about 250 jobs and will increase its contribution to Lee County in the form of…

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power commits to 100% renewables

By Michelle Froese Vermont’s largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power announced its commitment to achieve 100% renewable electricity within the next 11 years. GMP’s announcement follows plans and proposals in dozens of other jurisdictions including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, Iceland, Sweden, Costa Rica, and Scotland to achieve 100% renewable electricity. Earlier this…

A new jacket for offshore wind turbines

By Michelle Froese On typical wind-farm development, in water depths of 20 meters and above, the iJacket is estimated to deliver a significant reduction in overall foundation costs. Watch a video about how it’s designed here. The industry standard in lightweight offshore jackets has typically been the x-braced configuration in which diagonal supports intersect between…

Romo Wind and eta Blades collaborate to extend lifecycle of aging turbines

By Michelle Froese Romo Wind and eta Blades are cooperating to provide customers with solutions to improve the performance and extend the lifecycle of the growing number of aging wind farms. Romo Wind’s iSpin technology monitors the performance and the wind site conditions for detailed load and lifetime assessments. eTa Blades re-designs and manufactures lighter…

AWEA endorses energy storage ITC bill in Senate

By Michelle Froese Yesterday, Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Gardner (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to create an energy storage investment tax credit (ITC). It currently has 10 cosponsors representing a diverse collection of states. Encouraging investment in America’s energy storage systems would improve grid resilience, create new clean energy jobs, and bring the grid into the…

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