New Mexico regulators approve Xcel wind expansion

New Mexico regulators have approved a historic expansion of wind-power generation in Xcel Energy’s New Mexico and Texas service areas, a move Xcel says will return significant savings to regional customers over the next several decades. In a 5-0 vote today, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved a plan to add 1,230 MW of

Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation assists in transitioning to wind and solar

Recent examples of the role that Wärtsilä’s Smart Power Generation is playing in this energy transition include two power plants ordered by the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp.

Power from parachutes, wings, kites, and more: A review of the technologies

This paper provides a review of the different technologies, such as kites and wings, that have been conceived to harvest the energy of high-altitude winds, specifically including prototypes developed by universities and companies.

ABB to enhance power reliability in U.S. capital

ABB will design, supply and install 69-kilovolt (kV) and 230 kV GIS for four substations within the network.

Pattern Energy completes its first wind project in Japan

Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced the completion of its 33-MW Ohorayama Wind-power facility, which is located in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture. “Ohorayama Wind is our first wind project in Japan to complete construction and it was on schedule and under budget,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.” Located in Kochi Prefecture, on the island of

Siemens Gamesa fully implements its “roll-on, roll-off” offshore logistics concept

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has now fully implemented its offshore logistics concept announced in late 2015. Sea transportation and roll-on, roll-off (Ro/Ro) offloading are key in Siemens’ offshore concept. Compared to the former set-up, including road transportation and crane loading, SGRE says it has significantly increases safety while saving approximately 20% in logistics costs. The

Why do variable wind speed readings occur with a constant wind?

Editor’s note: This article comes from Campbell Scientific, Inc., a provider of dataloggers and data acquisition systems for long-term, unattended monitoring. It is written by Jacob Davis, a Customer Support/Implementation Engineer with the company.   At some point, you may have watched the real-time wind readings from your datalogger and seen the wind speed bouncing back and

Quest launches floating offshore wind data platform

Quest Offshore Resources, Inc. has launched an innovative data and analytical practice: Quest Floating Wind Energy LLC (Q FWE). Q FWE is entirely focused on the resources driving the economics, technology and, supply chain for floating offshore wind energy. According to Q FWE Director, John Chadderdon, the emergence of floating wind energy is moving at

Hybrid solar wind energy storage market to grow 9.8% CAGR from 2017 to 2024

Government mandates toward the deployment of clean energy systems primarily across commercial establishments will drive the hybrid solar wind energy storage market growth.

How to harvest plentiful low-level winds on existing wind farms

This paper will be submitted for peer review to Renewable Energy Focus  after receiving comments from the publication of excerpts in the April issue of Windpower Engineering.  Send comments and suggestions to Kevin Wolf, Kevin Wolf / Chief Operating Officer / Wind Harvest International / Wind farms in California and other regions of the world exist only in relatively