Energy Management

Canadian bird and habitat guidelines amended

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Canada’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) recently decided to proceed with certain changes to Birds and Bird Habitats: Guidelines for Wind Power Projects (2010) (Guidelines). The main amendments incorporated into the Guidelines include: The threshold for bird mortality has been lowered to 14 birds/ turbine/ year (from 18 birds). As a result, a mortality rate [...]

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Sensor manufacturer adds a family of tape-extension position devices

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A sensor manufacturer has expanded its product line of tape-extension position sensors, POSITAPE with the introduction of the WB25 series. The family was developed for applications that require the use of cable pulleys due space limitations. The measurement ranges of the WB25 series are 12m, 15m, 20m and 25m all in compact housings. The flexible [...]

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Report: RES creates jobs, utilities on track to meet it

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A Michigan Public Service Commission report shows Michigan’s renewable energy standard is directly sparking Michigan’s economy, generating $100 million in investments, spurring manufacturing and business growth, and creating jobs, said the Energy Innovation Business Council. The full report shows that renewable energy now costs less than coal. “Michigan manufacturers and businesses see firsthand how a [...]

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AWEA Seminar: Financing, Investment and My First Time in NY

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I spent four months in Ireland in college. The local girls there weren’t so familiar with Ohio (they asked if it was close to where Paris Hilton lived), but they had been to New York. I’d traveled my way around Paris, London, Berlin and more, but I could not say the same. Four years later, [...]

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407 MW more headed to Iowa

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MidAmerican Energy and Siemens have entered into a turbine supply agreement for 176 wind turbines to be constructed at three sites in Iowa. Each turbine is capable of producing 2.3 megawatts of energy. The OEM will provide its SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines for the developer’s recently announced 103.5-megawatt Vienna wind project, expected for Marshall and Tama [...]

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Hawaii’s largest wind project begins

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  First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, has celebrated the start of construction of its 69-MW Kawailoa Wind project on Kamehameha Schools’ Kawailoa Plantation lands on Oahu’s North Shore. Once complete, Kawailoa Wind will be the largest wind energy facility in Hawaii. The site’s 30, 2.3 MW Siemens wind turbines will have the [...]

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Illinois based wind-gear service receives $1.6 million from state to support expansion

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ZF Friedrichshafen AG has expanded its wind power services by becoming an authorized repair center for all legacy models of Hansen Transmissions in wind turbines. To support OEM and owner-operator turbine service across North America, the repair facility, in Vernon Hills, Ill., has received approval to expand wind services, including load testing, material handling, and [...]

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