Wind Farm Company Pleads Guilty to Bird Fatalities

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Photo of a Golden Eagle at a Wyoming wind farm by Dina Cappiello/Associated Press. wind-energy company has admitted that its farms have killed birds, and has settled with prosecutors. law against causing the deaths of protected birds without a permit (and no wind-energy farms seem to have such permits). The settlement comes as attention is increasingly being paid to the impact wind energy has on birds. News Golden Eagles wind farms Wind turbines

Government Approves Wind Farm Off Ocean City

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The Obama administration opened Maryland’s coast to offshore wind farms Monday and is seeking bidders to erect more than 300 turbines in a 206-square-mile area off the coast of Ocean City. The move makes Maryland the second state in the nation, after Delaware, to have reached this stage in off-shore wind development. Government / Industry maryland wind farm ocean city wind farm

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Construction Begins On Oahu Wind Farm

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Hawaii is joining the wind farm party. “The goal is to be generating power in the early part of 2011,” said Paul Gaynor, First Wind CEO. ” First Wind says the turbine farm project will cut Hawaii’s oil consumption by almost 140,000 barrels a year. Wind Power News hawaii wind farm oahu wind farm

Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Farm Expands

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Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, which is located in East Renfrewshire in Scotland, is expanding. The 140 turbines currently at the wind farm, to the south of Glasgow, can produce enough electricity to power 180,000 homes. Government / Industry europe wind farm scotland wind farmThey are increasing the number of turbines on site to 215 from 140- raising electricity generating capacity by two thirds.

New South Wales Wind Farm Opens

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Adding to the 50 wind farms are currently in operation around Australia, Capital Wind Farm was officially launched by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, NSW Premier Nathan Rees and Minister for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong. The Capital Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in New South Wales. It will boost Australia’s wind power capacity by more than 10%. The farm will help power the new desalination plant at Kurnell.

GE Wins Oregon Wind Farm Contract

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General Electric has won a contract to build the biggest wind farm in the United States in Oregon. The wind farm will be located in Shepherds Flat, Oregon and when completed will be the biggest wind farm in operation in the world. The wind farm will cover 30 square miles and will produce 845 megawatts of power, enough to power 235,000 homes. Government / Industry general electric oregon wind farm oregon wind farm

Hundreds Protest Scotland Wind Farm

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Over 300 people turned out this weekend to protest a proposed wind turbine farm in the Scottish Borders region. “If it is approved, the Scottish government will be declaring open war on Scotland’s countryside — no landscape will be safe from industrialization by these high rise wind machines,” Fallago spokesman Mark Rowley told The Daily Telegraph. Wind Power News north british windpower say no to fallago scottish wind farm protest

Germany’s First Offshore Wind Farm

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Germany’s first offshore wind farm was made operational today, 45 kilometers off the coast in the North Sea. million, the consortium of energy companies that built the wind farm reported. The wind farm was partially built as a “test ground” to research the environmental damage on the underwater species from the wind turbines, which are embedded 30 meters below the surface. Wind Power News germany offshore wind farm

South Korea Building 2.5 GW Offshore Wind Farm

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South Korea is getting into the wind power game with a bold, 2.5 The wind farm will be built off the southwestern coast of South Korea will include about 500 turbines and is expected to be completed by 2019. Government / Industry south korea wind farmGW project will cost about $8.2 billion to build. Companies like Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering are constructing the turbines.

Meteo-Logic Gives Predictive Power to Wind Farm Weather Stations

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Already working on wind farms in Israel, this company launches a full scale solution for wind farms worldwide. Meteo-Logic, a software provider of custom-made accurate weather forecasting, launched yesterday a new service specifically designed to provide the wind farm energy industry with highly accurate localized weather forecasts. Wind farm logic. Cleantech, Science & Technology Energy Efficiency Israel weather wind farms

Wind Farm Being Built In South Korea

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Spanish company Acciona has finished the first stage of a wind park to be built in South Korea by a European company. A test bed complex for wind power capable of generating 40 megawatts will be built on reclaimed land at Saemangeum. The planned Saemangeum wind power complex is one of short-term projects by the government aimed at boosting the local renewable energy industry. Government / Industry wind farm south korea

New U.S. Rule Extends Length of Eagle-Death Permits for Wind Farms

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As mentioned earlier in these pages , wind farms and eagles don’t always go well together—the birds, which often scan the ground for prey instead of looking straight ahead while they’re flying, thus don’t see wind turbines until it’s too late. (It’s Nevertheless, killing an eagle is a federal crime in the United States, and recently a wind energy company linked to eagle deaths settled with the federal government. News Bald Eagle Golden Eagle wind farms Wind turbines

Floating Wind Farms

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Floating wind farms placed far offshore could lead to affordable electricity — without cluttering the view. uge turbines mounted on floating platforms could make wind power competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity. These advanced wind turbines, which are in development, could be situated far from the shore, too, avoiding battles with onshore residents who object to the presence of large wind farms. energy from wind, he says.

Australia’s Largest Wind Farm Approved

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Plans for the 1-GW Silverton Wind Farm in New South Wales, Australia have been approved and when it’s all done it’ill be the biggest in the country, helping the country to meet its goal of having 20 percent of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. The wind farm will take up 80,000 acres of land in the outback and will generate enough electricity for 430,000 homes. Government / Industry australian wind farm Conergy

Wind Farm Off Shore of Cumbrian, UK to be World’s Biggest

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Expected to produce enough electricity for 320,000 homes in the UK and be marked as the world’s largest wind farm, the new 367 megawatt Walney wind farm project 6km off the Cumbrian coast opened yesterday. The project is backed by investment from the Dutch pension fund provider PGGM and Ampere Equity Fund and was the first wind farm project to receive funding from a pension fund in the UK.

Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms

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Make wind power? In a summary of the policy environment for wind power in Egypt completed after the revolution earlier this year, Reve sums up the policy background to Egypt’s dramatic new post-revolution energy plans, which we have covered at GreenProphet too.

Court rejects Northants wind farm plan

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reacting to March 8, 2013's High Court ruling against plans to build a wind farm on farmland at Barnwell Manor in Sudborough, Northamptonshire, Friends of the Earth's Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "It's understandable that changes to our much-loved green and pleasant land will often cause controversy, but the biggest threat by far - to people and nature - is climate change.

Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

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In their continuing push to invest in renewable energy sources, Google is taking part in a major development in Africa: a wind power plant in Kenya that when completed will Read More The post Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Maldives Wind Farm To Provide 40% Of Power

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The Maldives announced plans this week to build a wind farm that can supply 40% of its electricity needs. ” Government / Industry maldives wind farmThis is all part of the low-lying country’s pledge to become the world’s first carbon neutral nation. The plan is intended to inspire other countries to make similar commitments to renewable energy and to cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, President Mohamed Nasheed told The Associated Press.

Egypt’s Next Huge Wind Farm

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As part of its target of going from its current 550MW of wind to a staggering 2,690MW by 2016 to reach 7,200MW by 2020, Egypt is putting bids out for yet more wind power. A tender for a 200 MW wind farm to be built on the Gulf of Suez, at a cost of $500 million was announced by Energy Minister Hassan Yunis. This would continue progress towards this ambitious goal to tap some of the best wind resources in the world. Gigawatts of Wind Power by 2016 ).

Peregrines Recovered and a Wind Farm is No Threat

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Or so says biologist Mitch Taylor about a proposed wind farm in Ontario. While the fact that Peregrine Falcons are much more numerous then they were at their nadir is undisputed it seems to this blogger that building wind farms in areas that could do them harm is not a good idea.

Floating Wind Farms

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Floating wind farms placed far offshore could lead to affordable electricity — without cluttering the view. uge turbines mounted on floating platforms could make wind power competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity. These advanced wind turbines, which are in development, could be situated far from the shore, too, avoiding battles with onshore residents who object to the presence of large wind farms. energy from wind, he says.

Wind farms unscathed by the massive Japanese earthquake disaster

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Pictured here is Kamisu, the semi-offshore wind farm in Japan which was left unharmed by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. She reports that the Kamisu wind farm, which is located 300km from the epicenter of the earthquake, managed to survive without any damages.

World's largest wind farm opens off UK coast

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) LONDON – The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England on Thursday, as part of the British government's push to boost renewable energy. The company said the farm is expected to operate for at least 25 years.

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Conflict between Wildlife and Wind Farms

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Wind power is a great form of energy; there’s no doubt about that. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish new guidelines for wind farms. Some of these guidelines will be aimed at wind-farm operators, advising them on how to protect wildlife in conjunction with the wind farm. The reason for these new suggestions is because more and more endangered species have been killed in wind turbine blades.

World’s Largest Wind Farm Finished in Texas

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MW Roscoe wind complex has been completed. Climate & Renewables, the $1 billion farm covers 100,000 acres of land across four counties in West Texas and will be able to power more than 230,000 homes. Climate & Renewables is now working on the London Array, which is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world with 630 MW being installed in just its first phase. Government / Industry texas wind farmThe 781.5

Egypt Now Contracting a Whopping 1,000 MW Wind Farm!

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Egypt is now close to awarding a contract to build a 1,000 megawatt wind farm, to be up and running in 2016, that it first announced last year. A wind farm this size has few equals worldwide. Egypt has some of the best wind power potential in the world, and its government is beginning to tap into this source of free fuel in earnest, since passing its plan to get 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2020, in order to stave off climate change.

Next for Enlight – a Wind Farm

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It will build and run a new wind farm on the windy Golan Heights, the site of Israel’s first wind farm, a now very outdated 10 wind turbines. Until now, these have been in small solar development in Israel ( 16 small PV facilities ) and last year one was announced in Italy, and this marks the company’s first foray into wind farm development. But this wind farm will not come close to that.

Offshore wind farms may slow down hurricanes, study shows

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Wind turbines generate renewable electricity, but new research shows they could have another major benefit: weakening hurricanes before they make landfall. The findings, published online in Nature Climate Change, show that offshore wind turbines could reduce hurricanes'' wind speeds, wave heights and flood-causing storm surge -- acting as a buffer between coastal cities and the possible damaging effects of a hurricane.

Search Engine Giant Google Buys Massive Wind Farm in Texas

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Google has made numerous investments in solar and wind power. Their latest purchase is the 240 MW Happy Hereford wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas. Read More The post Search Engine Giant Google Buys Massive Wind Farm in Texas appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Top News

‘Cape Spin’ Offshore Wind Farm Doc Airs Tonight

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The documentary “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle,” which takes a look at what would have been the United States’ first offshore wind farm (Cape Wind), airs tonight on KCETLink. The Read More The post ‘Cape Spin’ Offshore Wind Farm Doc Airs Tonight appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Official ground-breaking ceremony: vortex energy builds 22MW "Gadegast" wind farm

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) After three years' project development the construction work is starting on the eight wind turbines in Saxony-Anhalt With the start of the foundation work for eight wind turbines in the district of Gadegast all those involved have reached a special milestone. After commissioning, vortex energy will also take charge of the wind farm’s technical and commercial management. The wind turbines of the type GE 2.75

London Array: Masdar Celebrates World’s Largest Wind Farm Inauguration

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With a 20 percent stake in the offshore wind project that will generate enough energy to power half a million UK homes, the group is ready to keep up the momentum. Located 20km off the southeastern coast of Kent in the Thames Estuary, the London Array is officially the world’s largest wind farm. But it won’t be for long as a host of new farms are planned not just in the UK, but also in Germany, Sweden and elsewhere.

Hawa Akkar Wind Farm to Illuminate 60,000 Lebanese Homes in First for Country

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But now it is in the middle of building its first wind farm at about 60 MW in the country’s north. . But the country’s first wind project is well under way. This situation may change somewhat when the country’s first wind farm project will produce enough electricity to illuminate 60,000 homes. Doing an onsite wind test in Lebanon. When completed, the wind farm is estimated to be able to supply power to illuminate around 60,000 homes.

No evidence wind farms directly impact health

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There is no direct evidence that wind turbines affect physical or mental health, according to a review of the evidence by the National Health and Medicine Research Council (NHMRC). The review found no direct link between health effects and wind turbines, including pathological anxiety, depression, changes in blood pressure, heart disease, and ringing in the ears. However he expressed concern that ongoing investigation could be a foundation for stopping wind farms.

Largest African wind farm begins production.

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After three years of construction, Africa’s largest wind farm is now producing electricity for Ethiopia. The new wind farm could boost generating capacity As the second most populous nation in the continent, the east African nation has been investigating new sources of energy that will increase the supply of electricity to the grid and reduce the country’s dependence on hydroelectric dams.

Hawaii Breaks Ground On New Wind Farm

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Wind energy has become widely available across the United States, although a select few states hold the majority of wind farms. Many other states are building their wind capacity, especially in the West. Hawaii is one of the many states increasing the prevalence of wind energy in their state. In addition, Hawaii also requires that forty percent of this energy is attained locally, such as through wind and solar projects. Environment Wind Power

Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets

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The “Kiss from a Rose” singer has been soaking in the North Sea sun as he frolics amongst the offshore wind farms. Let’s let Eva Botkin-Kowacki at the Monitor explain: The scientists observed eleven harbor seals outfitted with GPS tracking tags in the North Sea frequenting two active wind farms, Alpha Ventus in Germany and Sheringham Shoal off the southeast coast of the United Kingdom. The wind turbines make up a grid.

Israel’s Bird King Yossi Leshem: Jordan’s Tafila Wind Farm is a “Real Problem”

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Jordan is pushing ahead with the largest commercial scale wind farm in the Middle East region , the Tafila Wind Farm , seemingly without care for the massive bird migration population that passes through Jordan twice a year. ” No one from the Jordan wind turbine consortia has consulted him, he says. Tomorrow, Monday, he will be going to a big conference in Israel to bring the message to Israel’s future wind turbine developers as well, he tells us.

Enlight’s 58 MW Wind Farm Gets Israeli Approval for Golan Heights

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It ain’t Chicago, but Israel does have a little bit of wind potential on the Golan Heights. A local company called Enlight, which has been active in solar energy, has just received a conditional license to build 34 more wind turbines in the Golan Heights totalling some 58 MW of renewable energy. If executed this will be the country’s largest wind project. The farm operates 10 candy-cane coloured Floda 600 wind turbines generating 6 MW in total.

BP Announces Major Wind Farm In Kansas

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Projects in the wind and solar sector are especially popular as of late. Recently BP announced their plan to build a major wind farm in the state of Kansas. The UK oil company has planned to invest upwards of $8 billion for energies outside the typical fossil fuel field by the year 2015, a goal of which the new Kansas wind farm is a part. The planned wind farm in Kansas will be the largest in the state once it is up and running.

Tafila Financing In As Middle East’s Biggest Wind Farm in Jordan Takes Shape

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But new energy is blowing into Jordan: financing is all in for what will be the Middle East’s largest wind farm – a 117 megawatt Tafila Wind Farm to be built about 100 miles south of Amman. . The consortia of investors released the news that the Tafila Wind Farm is fully financed to its expected cost of $290 million. Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC) will run the development of the wind farm.

Germany Opens First Offshore Wind Farm

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However, the nation had yet to open an offshore wind farm despite other nations in Europe having done the same. Both Great Britain and Denmark are well grounded in the offshore wind farm sector, each of them having hundreds of megawatts of energy coming from turbines at sea. Despite taking ten years to work around political and monetary issues, the first offshore wind farm in Germany officially opened recently. Wind Power