Wind power

Arizona Readies for Wind Farm Project

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) has agreed to purchase all of the power generated by the planned 99-megawatt Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center. Located 40 miles west of Flagstaff, Perrin Ranch, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, will be the largest wind project in Arizona when completed. The project includes 62 wind turbine generators situated on rural grazing land that will produce enough energy to power 25,000 homes when running at full capacity.

Google Enters Wholesale Energy Market

Google has entered the wholesale energy market in a big way by signing a 20 year-deal to buy power from a NextEra Energy wind farm. Starting July 30, the Internet search giant will buy, through its subsidiary Google Energy LLC, 114 megawatts of wind generation at a fixed price each year from NextEra’s facility in Story County, Iowa. Google will then sell the power back to the energy grid through the regional spot market.

Oahu Wind Project Breaks Ground

First Wind is ready to begin construction of its 30 MW Kahuku Wind project, the only utility-scale wind energy project on Oahu. Once completed the wind farm will be one of the largest in Hawaii with the capacity to power as many as 7,700 Oahu homes each year. The project will consist of twelve 2.5 MW Clipper Liberty wind turbines, the largest manufactured in North America.

Quebec Approves New Wind Farm

Saint-Laurent Énergies has received governmental approval from Quebec to build and operate the Lac-Alfred wind farm, which will power 70,000 provincial homes.  The Order in Council authorizes a wind farm on the Lac-Alfred site up to a nominal capacity of 300 MW, using 150 REpower wind turbines rated at 2 MW each. According to Saint-Laurent Énergies, the wind farm project “is situated on the territory of the municipality of La Redemption and the TNO of Lac-à-la-Croix in the MRC de La Mitis, as well as on the territory of the municipalities of Saint-Cléophas, Sainte-Irène and Saint-Zénon-du-Lac-Humqui and the TNO of Lac-Alfred in the MRC de La Matapédia.”

Wind Power Takes Center Stage

The Renewable Energy Snapshots 2010 study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) reports that with regards to the new capacity constructed in 2009, (27.5 GW), among the renewable sources, wind power accounted for 10.2 GW out of the 27.5 GW built, which represents 38 percent of the total. “For the second year in a row, wind energy is the leading electricity generation technology in Europe and the renewable share of new power installations was 62% in 2009,” said the study.

Oncor Supports GM Electric Cars

Leading utility Oncor has reiterated its commitment to assist in the deployment of electric cars on the heels of General Motors making the first plug-in Chevrolet Volts available in Texas.  Oncor’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Shapard, says, “From our installation of more than a million Smart Meters helping customers curb their electricity usage, to construction of 850 miles of new transmission lines delivering renewable wind power, Oncor leads utilities in making Texas the best place in America to drive plug-in cars.”

AEI China Acquires NBT

AEI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, AEI China Power Limited, has acquired 67 percent of NBT New Energy Development Company, Ltd., which recently began construction on the 49.5MW first phase of a 200MW wind farm in Baicheng, Jilin Province, China. AEI acquired the equity from a subsidiary of Norwegian wind farm developer, NBT AS. Construction of the wind farm has started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Minnesota Needs to up Its Energy Profile

A non-partisan think tank found that Minnesota needs to promote cooperation between government and industry to boost its green economy and stimulate job growth in the cleantech sector. Although Minnesota was quick to develop green energy technologies, it stands to lose ground domestically and internationally the states adopts new policies.

Hawaiian Electric to Buy Wind Power

Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission has approved Hawaiian Electric Company to purchase renewable energy to be produced by the 30 megawatt Kahuku Wind Power energy project to be constructed on Oahu’s North Shore. Under the terms of the contract, Kahuku Wind Power will sell as-available renewable energy to Hawaiian Electric at predetermined prices for 20 years. The deal provides a safety net against fluctuating oil prices. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

Intertek Announces Certification for Turbine Brake System

Intertek has announced the industry’s first electrical safety certification of a large wind turbine hydraulic brake system in North America for Hydrep, Inc. of Jonquiere, Quebec, Canada, reports EON. The widely recognized ETL Listed Mark enables Hydrep to ensure that their equipment is accepted by safety inspectors throughout North America.