Wind Energy

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Posted by bender 02/26/2009 @ 21:01

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Wind Energy Industry Faces Challenges -
The financial crisis struck the fledgling US wind energy industry a harsh blow last year. Although 8500 megawatts were installed, projects to add another 4000 megawatts did not go forward, primarily because developers were not able to get financing....
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Program Will Measure State's Wind Energy Potential -
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By SPECIAL TO E&E, Greenwire COPENHAGEN -- The world's largest offshore wind farm, the London Array, will begin construction this summer after the British government doubled the incentives for offshore wind energy, the project's main owner,...
With nearly $400000 from the US Department of Energy (DOE), several University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering and atmospheric and oceanic sciences faculty and staff will develop a series of graduate-level courses that center around wind-energy...
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Brevini Wind Accelerates US Wind Turbine Main Drive Manufacturing ... - Muncie Free Press
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Wind energy legislation passes on House floor - Austin Herald
Jeanne Poppe (DFL-District 27B) that modifies the formula for distribution of revenues from wind energy production was passed on the House floor Tuesday night. The provision was included in HF 1298, an omnibus tax bill that provides specific tax...
Detroit Edison Signs Renewable Energy Agreement . . . Its First ... - PR Newswire (press release)
"This agreement will enable us to expand our wind energy business, create a number of new jobs here in northern Michigan and be a part of the state's exciting energy future." DTE Energy expects the majority of its renewable energy to come from wind...

Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center


Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center is the world's largest wind farm (as of Nov. 2008) at 735.5 megawatt (MW) capacity. It consists of 291 GE Energy 1.5 MW wind turbines and 130 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines spread over nearly 47,000 acres (190 km²) of land in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas.

The first phase of the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center consisted of 213 MW and was completed in late 2005; phase two consisted of 223.5 MW and was completed in the second quarter of 2006; phase three which consisted of 299 MW, was completed by the end of 2006.

The Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center was subject to one of the nation's first nuisance lawsuits against a wind farm. Plaintiffs in the area of the wind farm, many of whom live on 100-700 acre properties, originally filed suit in June 2005, unhappy about the appearance of the turbines. Soon after, the judge ruled that under Texas law, they could not complain about the look of the wind farm. The complaints then shifted to the sound created by the turbines and extensive noise measurements were made. However, the jury found that the wind farm did not create a private nuisance, and awarded the plaintiffs nothing.

FPL Energy (through its subsidiaries) currently owns and operates Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center and 46 other wind farms throughout the United States, with an installed capacity of 4,002 MW, which is enough capacity to provide electricity for nearly one million average U.S. homes.

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European Wind Energy Association


The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting the utilisation of wind power in Europe and worldwide. It now has over 500 members from over 50 countries including manufacturers with a 90% share of the world wind power market, plus component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies and consultants .

The EWEA Secretariat, located in Brussels at the Renewable Energy House, co-ordinates European policy, communications, research, and analysis. It manages various European projects, hosts events and supports the needs of its members. EWEA is a founding member of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) which groups the 8 key renewable industry and research associations under one roof, and of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

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British Wind Energy Association

The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) is the trade and professional body for the wind power and marine renewable energy industries in the United Kingdom, and the UK's leading renewable energy trade association.

Originally founded in 1978 to promote wind power in the United Kingdom, in 2004 the British Wind Energy Association expanded its mission to champion wave and tidal energy and use the Association's experience to guide these technologies along the same path to commercialisation.

BWEA espouses the view that wind can provide for 8% of the UK's energy mix by 2010.

The primary purpose of the BWEA is to promote the use of wind power in and around the UK, both onshore and offshore. The association works to co-ordinate statistics and intelligence on wind power and marine renewables in the UK, and represents industry at home and abroad, to Government, regional bodies and to local authorities in the UK. They also act as a central point for information for members, and also carry out research and find solutions to current issues.

Wind energy has now started a major expansion in the UK and will be the single greatest contributor to the UK Government targets for 10% of electricity supplies to be met by renewables by 2010. Onshore wind alone could meet over half of this target, one of the conclusions of BWEA’s analysis of the sector conducted as part of the Government Energy Review.

Wind has been the world's fastest growing renewable energy source for the last seven years, and this trend is expected to continue with falling costs of wind energy and government policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions to prevent global warming.

A number of universities active in wind energy in the 1970s met under umbrella of the ITDG Wind Panel (Intermediate Technology Development Group). The BWEA was formed from the ITDG Wind Panel along with other interested parties and representatives from industry. The inaugural meeting of the BWEA took place on 17 November 1978 at the Rutherford Laboratory with Peter Musgrove of Reading University as chairman.

The BWEA has nearly 500 members active in the areas of wind, wave and tidal stream power generation, of which 320 are corporate entities. A full listing may be found on the Web site.

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Source : Wikipedia