The Maine legislature should move toward implementing offshore wind power technology by directing the Public Utilities Commission to approve a contract that has been languishing for years, the Portland Press-Herald argues in an editorial. The newspaper blames the failure to tap "one of the great untapped energy resources on earth" on former Gov. Paul LePage's "shortsighted approach to energy."
Vestas Wind Systems has agreed to supply EDF Renewables with V120-2.2-megawatt turbines totaling 249 megawatts for the Las Majadas wind farm in Texas. Vestas will deliver the turbines starting with the second quarter of 2020, while commissioning is planned for the third quarter of that year.
A wind farm project proposed by Engie could bring a multimillion-dollar windfall to Texas' Limestone County, including $40 million to $60 million in benefits for schools and the possibility of lower taxes. The first phase of the project is scheduled to kick off this year in West Central Limestone, close to the Waco Power Plant.
Apex Clean Energy is still entertaining the idea of building a wind farm in the town of Hounsfield on New York's Galloo Island, even though it withdrew its applications for state permits in February. Documents show that the company has contracted Western EcoSystems Technology to conduct aerial helicopter surveys to identify and monitor bald eagle nests.
NextEra Energy Resources has scrapped plans for a wind energy project in Oklahoma that the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission opposed because it would interfere with military training routes. "The airspace used for training is critical to one of the military's most vital assets," and disrupting it "in any way would threaten our national defense, and we thank NextEra for recognizing that," said Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.
Nordex has introduced the N155/4.5, a 4.5-megawatt wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 508 feet and the fourth installment in its Delta4000 series. The machine is designed for growth markets "without strict requirements on maximum noise levels or high levels of effective turbulence intensity," which makes it suitable for use in the US, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.
About 400 middle and high school students across Maine put their engineering skills to the test Friday at a competition to build the most stable wind turbine platform. "The goal here is to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists that can help the state of Maine and the country develop this next generation of renewable energy opportunity," said Dr. Habib Dagher, executive director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center.
Green Mountain Power, Vermont's largest utility, will host free 90-minute tours of a wind farm in the state's Northeast Kingdom region on June 12 and July 20. Two of the 21 wind turbines at the Lowell Mountain site will be open to visitors.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday signed legislation that would make it more difficult for wind companies to use eminent domain for private renewable energy projects such as wind farms. Under the new bill, landowners would be able to file legal challenges against projects that use eminent domain.
Federal funding will continue to be crucial to the development of renewable energy, industry leaders told the House Subcommittee on Energy this week. American Wind Energy Association President and CEO Tom Kiernan noted that improving energy transmission lines will diversify generation sources and help reduce electricity costs. "[G]etting the different grid operators to plan together where they might collectively build transmission lines across these different seams between the different grids is also a really important way to advance the grid," Kiernan said.
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