Black Oak Getty is expected to produce enough electricity to power approximately 30,000 homes annually.

Geronimo Energy announces sale of Black Oak Getty Wind Farm

Geronimo Energy has announced the sale of the Black Oak Getty wind project to Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, a leading developer of clean energy solutions in markets throughout the U.S. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power expects construction of Black Oak Getty to peak in 2016, with commercial operation anticipated by the end of 2016.

Siemens hands over SylWin1's grid connection with a record-setting capacity of 864 MW.

Siemens hands over world’s largest offshore grid connection to TenneT

Siemens has handed over SylWin1, the third North Sea grid connection this year, to its customer TenneT. The German-Dutch transmission grid operator has now put the world’s most powerful grid connection to date into commercial operation. The offshore platform of the SylWin1 grid connection is located around 70 kilometers west of the island of Sylt,


Avoiding surprises at the investment table: Making risk-based wind development decisions

Matthew Hendrickson / Global Manager of Energy Assessment / Vaisala / A wind resource assessment program should stand as one of the most crucial undertakings of the pre-construction phase of any new wind energy project, yet far too often it remains an afterthought. The projection of energy generation is one of the most sensitive value


Trends in O&M

Global wind turbine O&M expenditures are expected to rise from $9.25 billion as of 2014 to $17 billion by 2020. That’s according to a recent report from consultancy firm GlobalData, which points to an increasing number of installations and aging turbines. GlobalData analyst Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham said that maintenance is vital to the commercial viability


European Commission authorizes Windfloat demonstration project

The European Commission has found a Portuguese plan aimed at promoting renewable energy technologies, and testing floating offshore wind turbines, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The plan will support demonstration projects producing renewable energy from the ocean (wave energy, tidal energy) and innovative offshore wind technologies. The Commission concluded in particular


Senvion wins new order of 18 MW’s for Italian wind farm

Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group and one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of wind turbines, has signed a contract for the supply of six Senvion 3.0M122 turbines with PLC System’s Burgentia Energia. The turbines with a rated output of three megawatts (MW) and a rotor diameter of 122 meters will

Multiple “near strikes” have occurred on the wind turbines (Photo: Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona).

Damage control: Effects of near-lightning strikes on turbine blades

Allen Hall / President / Pinnacle Lightning Protection, LLC / Greg Shine / President / Shine Wire Products, Inc. / Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year, according to the National Weather Service. That’s an impressive figure, and one reason why wind turbine owners and operators breathe a sigh

LEEDCo is currently developing a six-turbine pilot project known as Icebreaker. LEEDCo secured a submerged lands lease for the project in 2014 at a site approximately 7 to 10 miles off the coast of downtown Cleveland. Icebreaker is the first step toward building the offshore wind industry in Lake Erie.

Effort to develop offshore wind in Lake Erie becomes multi-state partnership

The County Council of Erie County, Pennsylvania voted unanimously yesterday to join the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), the non-profit organization based in Northeast Ohio leading the effort to develop the offshore wind industry in Lake Erie. Erie County becomes the first county outside of Ohio to join the public-private partnership. Membership allows Erie

Pattern's South Kent Wind farm (Source: Siemens)

Samsung and Pattern Development sign PPA for North Kent Wind project in Ontario

The North Kent Wind project will bring substantial economic benefits to the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group (Pattern Development) have announced that North Kent Wind, a 100-megawatt (MW) wind power project located in the Regional Municipality of Chatham-Kent, has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the


World-first and new standard achieved in floating offshore LiDAR

AXYS Technologies (AXYS) has achieved a world-first that is likely to become the new standard in floating LiDAR devices by deploying a dual ZephIR 300 arrangement on the leading WindSentinel buoy. The WindSentinel ‘floating laboratory’ delivers a customized full suite of meteorological and metocean data, in addition to the wind speed and direction data used