Renewable developers are bearing the brunt of siloed transmission planning

Renewable project developers are bearing the burden of decades of transmission planning focused on transmission owner needs. Renewable projects are dropping out of generator interconnection queues because of the high cost of transmission upgrade costs. PJM, MISO, SPP are all dealing with the same issue – high volume of renewables projects in their interconnection queue. […]

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7.39-MW wind power plant in Japan begins operation

On March 2, sustainable infrastructure company Ichigo announced the completion of its 52nd power plant, Ichigo Yonezawa Itaya ECO Power Plant (Ichigo Yonezawa). Ichigo Yonezawa is the company’s first wind plant, with all of its other projects being solar. The project is located near the border of Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures in Japan. Ichigo Yonezawa […]

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More US wind power capacity was installed in 2020 than in any other year

According to recent data released from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), in both 2019 and 2020, project developers in the United States installed more wind power capacity than any other generating technology. In its Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, annual wind turbine capacity additions in the United States set a record in 2020, totaling 14.2 […]

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RP Global has 1-GW pipeline of renewable projects to develop in Poland

Renewable energy developer RP Global announced that it is investing in the development of PV and wind power projects across Poland. Wojciech Glocko, former EPA Wind and utility manager, has been hired to head up project development together with a team of senior local experts from Poland’s leading public and private renewable energy organizations.  The first […]

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The grid needs $14T to support full decarbonization

At least $14 trillion needs to be invested in the grid worldwide by 2050 to support an evolved power system, according to BloombergNEF’s new Power Grid Long-Term Outlook 2021 published this week. The transition to electric heating and transport will drive up electricity demand, while the tremendous growth of wind and solar add additional strain on the grid. […]

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GWEC: Nearly 30GW of new wind energy capacity was auctioned in 2020

According to new analysis by GWEC Market Intelligence in its latest Q4 2020 Wind Energy Auction Update, nearly 30GW of new wind power capacity was awarded globally through auctions in the second half of 2020, which is a slight increase compared to the 28GW awarded during H2 2019. This surge in new auctioned capacity is a clear signal that the industry is back on track and committed to building up the global pipeline of wind power projects, notes the report.

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I don’t believe renewables are the main cause for Texas blackouts

Record low temperatures, including snow in Texas, have led Texas electric grid operator to ration electricity. Even before the winter event is done, misinformation is spreading that wind turbine blades froze, and hence, renewables are the leading cause for Texas blackouts. The fact is, due to cold weather, a lot of generators, including nuclear, coal, […]

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To maximize emission cuts, this Boston campus gets its power from the Midwest

Boston University prioritized impact over location in deciding to buy electricity from a South Dakota wind farm. Boston University has started sourcing all of its electricity from a newly built wind farm in South Dakota, a move intended to maximize the university’s greenhouse gas reductions and hopefully provide a model for how other large institutions can […]

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BASF to add 90 MW total of wind and solar power contracts in Texas

German chemical company, BASF, and EDF Energy North America signed a 35-MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) that will bring 25 MW of wind power to BASF’s Verbund site in Freeport, Texas, and 10 MW of wind power to the Pasadena, Texas, site. The agreement adds to another recent PPA that will supply the Freeport […]

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50-MW Eolica Coromuel wind farm to get battery storage to help meet code requirements

The technology group Wärtsilä said last week that it has been contracted to provide a project-critical energy storage system for the 50-MW-Eolica Coromuel, S. de R. L (ECO) Wind Farm in La Paz, Mexico. The energy storage system is designed to deliver a power output of 10 MW for the operational life of the project. […]

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