ZephIR wind lidar to support climate change research

An international team of scientists will head to the remote Southern Ocean with a ZephIR 300 wind lidar and provide the project’s remote wind measurements onboard the R/V Investigator, an Australian deep-ocean research vessel. The U.S. portion of the project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The team’s discoveries will be used to

BOEM proposes “Design Envelope” approach to offshore wind construction

In support of the Administration’s “America First Energy Plan,” the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is pleased to announce the availability of draft guidelines for the use of a “Design Envelope” approach in Construction and Operations Plans (COPs) for offshore wind energy facilities in the United States. “The Outer Continental Shelf’s offshore wind potential

Tuscon Electric seeking bids for up to 150 MW of wind energy

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has announced plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) this week for the design and construction of new wind energy resources that could power up to 31,000 homes annually. Specifically, TEP plans to seek cost-competitive bids for 100-150 MW of wind energy from resources that interconnect with TEP’s system or

Quinbrook closes financing for 200-MW wind project in Oklahoma

Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, a global investment manager specializing in lower carbon and renewable energy infrastructure assets and GE announced that the Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund has closed construction and tax equity financing of the 200-MW first stage of the GE-powered 365-MW Persimmon wind farm project in Oklahoma. “The Persimmon wind project is the perfect

New transmission needed to meet corporate America’s growing demand for renewables

Big companies are increasingly signing deals to buy wind and solar power, and their large and growing demand may exceed the capacity of existing and planned transmission lines. However, transmission planners aren’t taking this into account as they draw up their future plans. That’s according to a new report released by the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). Large

Siemens secures new wind-turbine order in Spain

Siemens Gamesa has secured a new wind-turbine order in Spain. The contact is for Cepsa’s first ever wind farm, a project with which the Spanish energy player is diversifying its business into the renewables arena. The wind farm, which is being developed in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz), will be equipped with 11 of the

Avangrid adds three new U.S. wind farms to its portfolio

Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., began commercial operations at three new wind farms in recent weeks, including more than 500 MW of new wind farms in California, New Mexico, and Colorado. The projects are each under long-term energy contracts. The 131-MW Tule Wind Farm in California, the 298-MW El Cabo Wind Farm in

Onshore wind energy now as affordable as any other source, says IRENA report

The cost of generating power from onshore wind has fallen by around a quarter since 2010, with solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity costs falling by 73% in that time, according to new cost analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report also highlights that solar PV costs are expected to halve by 2020. The

Vaisala’s pressure and humidity sensors soon again on their way to space

The new mission equipment will complement the already existing measurement tools on Mars taken there by Curiosity in 2012.

Impact of the Tax Reform Act on the energy sector

The Tax Reform Act permanently reduces the corporate tax rate to a flat 21% beginning in 2018.