WINDPOWER 2017 closes with an eye on 2020

American wind power’s future growth will be driven by a diverse range of customers and trends. Leaders representing a corporate purchaser, deregulated utility, a public utility commissioner, and a wind developer, discussed a few of those trends – demand from diverse customers, transmission expansion, falling costs, and storytelling – on the closing General Session panel

ABB brings reliable electricity to remote communities using integrated microgrids

ABB’s MGS100 has been built to perform in extreme environments, and has the ability to transform lives and businesses for the better in places that struggle to access affordable and reliable electricity. The scalable system can be connected to multiple power sources to provide electricity for remote places that are not connected to the main grid.

WRISE award winners honored at WINDPOWER 2017

The winners of the Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (formerly WoWE) Awards were announced at the annual luncheon held at AWEA’s WINDPOWER 2017 this week in California. The awards put the spotlight on professionals at the pinnacle of the industry and on the up-and-coming next generation of leaders. All three winners provide examples

Renewable energy employs 9.8 million people globally, says IRENA report

More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at IRENA’s 13th Council meeting, provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors

S&C completes Ameren Microgrid Project near University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery announced that it has provided the intelligent automation and control systems for Ameren Corporation’s microgrid facility in Champaign, Illinois. Located at Ameren’s Technology Applications Center (TAC) near the University of Illinois campus, the Ameren microgrid provides multiple sources of distributed generation (wind,

Xcel Energy CEO: Wind energy saves customers billions, maintains grid reliability

One of the nation’s leading utilities integrating wind energy onto its system reaffirmed on the second day of WINDPOWER 2017 that wind helps sustain grid reliability while saving its consumers money. Addressing over 7,000 attendees, Xcel Energy’s CEO Ben Fowke recommitted the utility’s investment in wind energy as a low-cost way to help keep the

ABB strengthens commitment to Canada with new Innovation Center

ABB officially inaugurated its new $90 million state-of-the-art Canadian headquarters and Customer Innovation Center, which will serve 700 employees who were previously spread across six locations in Greater Montreal. Campus Montreal houses research and development, manufacturing, assembly and testing for ABB’s energy value chain. “The new headquarters reaffirms ABB’s commitment to Canada as a growth market

GE’s repower program adds value to U.S. wind industry

GE Renewable Energy has announced at the AWEA Windpower Conference that it has repowered 300 wind turbines, the equivalent of adding 75 wind turbines worth of output. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has estimated that the U.S. repowering market could grow to $25 billion by 2030. With the largest installed base in the US, GE is

Southwire launches multi-strand aluminum cable ideal for down-tower applications

Southwire has launched a new multi-strand, high-quality aluminum cable with installation, cost, and safety advantages that make it particularly suitable for down-tower wind turbine applications. “The wind industry is expected to continue its robust growth as a top source of renewable energy generating capacity in the country,” said Brad Pollard, OEM sales manager. “The addition

Leeward Renewable Energy extends service agreements for five U.S. wind projects

Renewable company, Diamond WTG Engineering & Services, Inc. (a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Leeward Renewable Energy), announced that Leeward has extended for 10 years Diamond’s Maintenance & Service Agreements (MSAs) for five of their wind energy projects in the U.S. The combined capacity of these renewable energy assets totals 564-MW, and the projects spread