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Full Steam Ahead for Siemens' new SOVs

September 29, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind Farms and SOVs

“I am a little nervous after all,” admitted the patroness of Siemens’ brand-new service operation vessel before christening the new ship at Hamburg harbor. But the young lady in question, Ruth Harkort-Berge, daughter of wpd’s Offshore CEO Achim Berge Olsen, brought the launch a great deal of luck.[read more]


The Winds of Change: Wind Energy PPAs Are the Future for Data Centers

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Wind Energy and Data Centers

In the cutting-edge tech industry, it’s not surprising that big name companies are at the forefront of green energy. This new energy market harnesses the power of renewable resources to generate electricity instead of relying on oil, gas and nuclear plants.[read more]

Bridging Waves with Service Operation Vessels

September 21, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind Operation Vehicles

Far from the coast, the winds are strong. This is the ideal place for offshore wind farms, and it is precisely here, thanks to the trend towards renewable energy, that large wind farms are being built. Yet until now, no appropriate maintenance concept for these high-performance power stations has been developed.[read more]

Offshore Service Operation Vessels: From Idea to Completion

September 15, 2015 by René Cornelis Wigmans

Offshore Wind and Construction Vessels

The wind energy sector is growing and growing – and its services must also keep up to speed. Siemens developed a concept to tackle this at an early stage, and has opted to deploy offshore service operation vessels (or SOVs for short). Two of these vessels are now in operation.[read more]

California Takes the Lead on Climate Policy

September 9, 2015 by Steven Cohen

With nearly 40 million people, California is our largest state by population and is in many ways the embodiment of the contemporary American Dream. California has long led the nation in environmental policy. Polling data in the state reports deep and broad support for protecting the environment.[read more]

Alaska Increases Wind Power Capacity in Utility - and Distributed-Scale Projects

September 2, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Alaska and New Energy

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

Domestic Market for Distributed Wind Turbines Faces Several Challenges

August 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Wind Turbine Market Challenges

Last year's installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from other distributed energy sources, and relatively high permitting and other nonmaterial costs have presented challenges to the distributed wind market in the United States.[read more]

US Energy Future - Energy Efficiency, Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

August 27, 2015 by Willem Post

The U.S. could achieve a 50% reduction of primary energy via energy efficiency measures, and build-outs of wind and solar systems, so that the energy available to provide for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation energy requirements remains nearly unchanged.[read more]


Crowdfunders Threaten the Cozy World of Largescale Renewable Energy Provision

August 21, 2015 by Aedan Kernan

A bid to crowdfund a 350 MW offshore wind project in Denmark looked likely to provide the ‘usual suspects’ with some stiff competition, that is, until the moment when the Danish government blocked it. Now, the crowdfunders are starting to fight back.[read more]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States Begins Construction

August 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

United States Offshore Wind

In July, American offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, installed the first foundation for what is expected to be the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The project will be located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island.[read more]


Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

Europe Launches Offshore Wind Power Bonanza

August 10, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Europe and Wind

Nearly 130 gigawatts of installed wind power accounted for more than 8 percent of Europe’s electricity demand in 2014. That figure might not seem particularly large, especially since renewable energy accounted for 78 percent of Germany’s power consumption one afternoon in late July.[read more]

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