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December 4, 2012

MetLife, GE Team Up To Provide $247 Million To Kansas Wind Farm

by MSTURDEVAN, Hartford Courant  •    •  Posted 2012-12-04 13:19:45

MetLife and an arm of General Electric that finances energy projects have teamed up for the second time this year as investors in a major wind farm in the Great Plains. This time, GE Energy Financial Services and MetLife Inc. joined Union Bank to invest $247 million in a wind farm near Wichita, Kan. The Post Rock wind farm has been up and running since Nov. 14, developed by Wind Capital Group. The 22,900-acre wind-energy farm is about 80 miles outside Wichita, in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties. [ read more … ]

Simpler and cheaper turbines will help wind power compete

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-04 13:20:09

Materials science breakthroughs in wind turbine blade technology could drive down the costs of building wind farms and help put the renewable energy technology on a stronger economic footing to compete with coal- and natural-gas-fired electricity. Early-stage research by General Electric Co., with support from the Department of Energy and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aims to use tensioned architectural fabrics rather than fiberglass as the primary material for turbine blades, thus driving down costs by 25 to 40 percent, according to officials involved in the research-and-development effort. [ read more … ]

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