Energy Department invests $7.5 million to improve electric grid

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced an award of $7.5 million for a joint U.S.-India 5-year project that will help advance the development of the power grid. The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and industry partners will match DOE’s commitment, bringing the total commitment to $30 million. This initiative, supported by DOE’s Office of

EDF to supply Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency with 100 MW of wind energy

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) has signed an agreement to supply Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) with 100 MW of wind energy from the Stoneray Wind Project in Minnesota beginning in 2020. Construction is expected to commence in early 2018 with an anticipated commercial operation date (COD) of December 2018. Stoneray Wind Project, located

NYSERDA announces $6.3 million for emerging energy storage technologies that support the grid

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that up to $6.3 million is available for energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in New York State. The funding is part of the state’s long-term investment in the energy storage sector and supports Governor

Wisconsin Power and Light issues proposal for more wind power

Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit bids for wind energy resources. Below is a summary of the requirements of the RFP and instructions to initiate the registration process for prospective bidders. The RFP documents contain guidelines and requirements for proposals including, but not limited to:

Unlocking Ohio wind resources a multi-billion dollar opportunity for the state

Ohio Senate lawmakers advanced an important fix to wind-turbine setback policy in the state’s proposed biennial budget. The state’s setback policy, among the most restrictive in the nation, has effectively stopped new wind-power development – and the jobs that come along with it – since passing in 2014. “The Ohio Senate took a stand for

Global wind O&M market set to hit $27.4 billion by 2025

The global wind operations and maintenance (O&M) market is set to grow from just over $13.7 billion in 2016 to around $27.4 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate of 8.0%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that the O&M of a wind farm is essential as it contributes

GE to provide 66 MW of wind power to Japan’s Akita region

GE Renewable Energy announced an agreement with Shimizu Corporation to supply 22 units of GE’s 3.2-103 wind turbines, for the Akita Katagami wind farm in the Akita prefecture in northern Japan. A Special Purpose Company (SPC) made up of Venti Japan, Mitsubishi Power Corp and C-Tech will operate the wind farm once it is commissioned.

Sarasota becomes next city to commit to 100% renewable energy

The Sarasota City Commission has adopted a goal of powering all of Sarasota with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2045, according to the Sierra Club. Sarasota joins St. Petersburg as the only two cities in the state of Florida to commit to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy. In addition to the establishing a

DNV GL and Goldwind collaborate to develop new asset-management platform to support international wind market

Independent energy experts and certification body,DNV GL, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Goldwind International during the Norway-China Partnership for Low-carbon Energy Transition seminar, organized by the Beijing Energy Club. With its knowledge and global experience in the various fields of turbine engineering, asset management, and transmission and distribution, DNV GL will lend its

A better way to prevent power electronics from overheating in wind turbines

By Robert J. Marotta, Product Sales Manager Accumulator Cooler Division – Parker Hannifin One little discussed but important function of an efficient wind turbine is temperature control. The electronic equipment and circuits installed in a turbine must operate reliably in spite of temperature fluctuations over its lifetime. An unexpected change, and particularly a rise in