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August 1, 2016

My Turbine Lies Over The Ocean: It Takes Herculean Labor To Build America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

By Mark Egan, Renewable Energy World  •    •  Posted 2016-08-01 04:50:12

Eric Crucerey and his team can move mountains. Well, maybe not mountains, but machines that dwarf the Statue of Liberty. Crucerey, who works for GE Renewable Energy, is the project director in charge of delivering GE’s Haliade wind turbines for America’s first offshore wind farm that’s being built by Deepwater Wind near Block Island, Rhode Island. Over the next few weeks, he will ship five wind turbine nacelles from France to the U.S. across the Atlantic. Each of these 400-ton structures is as large as a school bus and houses the turbine’s power-generating components, including a massive permanent magnet generator. They will sit some 330 feet (100 meters) above the waves. [ read more … ]

NextEra turns focus to repowering wind assets to capture tax credits

By Lucas Bifera, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-08-01 04:51:22

Turning old wind farms into new wind farms could become a cornerstone of NextEra Energy Inc.’s investment strategy in the coming years, especially if the company has stockpiled cheaper, more efficient turbine equipment during a broader pause in the wind industry’s development pipeline. NextEra management during a second-quarter earnings call emphasized the company’s decision to repower a pair of wind facilities in Texas totaling 327 MW for roughly $250 million, an investment it hopes to replicate across its wind holdings, so as to capture federal production tax credits for repowered wind plants, per guidance the Internal Revenue Service issued in May. [ read more … ]

Sharp rise in estimated bird deaths at Calif. ‘power tower’

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-01 04:51:43

Nearly 6,190 birds died at the Ivanpah solar energy plant in Southern California’s Mojave Desert in its second year of operation, a 77 percent increase over the estimated fatalities from the previous year. The estimate by Western EcoSystems Technology Inc. (WEST), a contractor for the plant, is bringing fresh scrutiny to solar “power tower” facilities built to turn the sun’s heat into electricity. Two have been built on public lands in the U.S. Southwest with billions of dollars of federal loan assistance, and others are in development in Chile, South Africa and China [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Now A Competitive, Bipartisan Option

By Bruce Lieberman, Yale Climate Connections  •    •  Posted 2016-08-01 04:50:59

The stereotype is that the switch to clean energy is driven by political progressives, but wind energy is booming in conservative states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Texas produces more wind-generated electricity than any other state. And Oklahoma and Kansas aren’t too far behind. That’s not a coincidence. [ read more … ]

New York Could Show the Way to Rescue U.S. Nuclear Plants

BY TIMOTHY GARDNER, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-08-01 04:52:08

New York state and nuclear power have never been best friends, but the state is expected to decide as soon as Monday on a proposed subsidy plan that could furnish the rest of the country with a model for saving a struggling industry while reducing carbon emissions. Nuclear power is nearly carbon free, but many U.S. plants are losing money, hammered by sharply lower prices for rival fuel natural gas and lackluster demand for electricity. Five plants in states from Florida to California have shut since 2013 and many others are at risk. The New York Public Service Commission on Monday is expected to vote on whether to subsidize nuclear power plants under a proposed Clean Energy Standard, or CES. [ read more … ]

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