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Wind producer Gamesa cancels offshore wind project planned for Virginia

May 11th, 2012

Gamesa, a major producer of wind farms globally, has shelved its plan for an offshore wind farm in Virginia because a difficult financing climate and weaker “regulatory” support in the US.

The company will instead focus on building an offshore prototype off the coast of Spain.

Gamesa had built an offshore turbine at a Research and Development Center in Cape Charles, Virginia, but reported that “prospects for the U.S. offshore market and its regulatory conditions in this segment so far do not justify the next step, the installation of a prototype in

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Biggest U.S. offshore wind project planned for Rhode Island Sound

December 10th, 2010

a href=” http://www.dwwind.com/” target=”_blank”>Deepwater Wind announced this week that it plans to build a 1,000 Megawatt facility in the deep ocean waters of southern Rhode Island Sound.

The project, which will contain up to 200 wind turbines that will be barely visible onshore, will be the largest offshore wind farm ever planned for U.S. waters and will be capable of supplying energy to multiple states, according to the developer, Deepwater Wind Energy Center.

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AWEA spins a story about wind for the new Congress

November 8th, 2010

Now that the political winds have shifted, the American Wind Energy Association has taken a new snapshot of the horizon.
What do they see? Bipartisan support.
Really. They say they do. Those words came up often at an AWEA web conference on Friday to discuss the future of wind under the new split Congress. It became such a mantra — you could almost hear the turbines at Texas’ Horse Hollow wind farm whirring out the words bi-paaar-ti-saaaan sup-poooorrrrt, as AWEA CEO Denise Bode and others counted the ways they hope that “bipartisan support” will work to keep government wind supports alive in this witheringly tough economy.

Now before we dismiss this as naive thinking, we should remember that wind power actually does have serious bipartisan roots. Elected officials in 29 states have put targets for clean energy into place, pushing utilities to make room for wind- and solar-generated electricity that doesn’t pollute like the fossil fuels (mainly coal) they have relied upon. These initiatives, called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS’s) were put into place mostly over the last decade and have been endorsed by legislators and governors of red and blue stripes (those a few more wear blue).

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Cape Wind debate enters new phase with Public Utilities hearings

September 7th, 2010

Heated arguments over the proposed Cape Wind project in New England continue, with the debate moving into Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities hearings concerning rates proposed by the controversial offshore wind project – and, most likely, beyond.

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Report shows UK’s offshore wind power could easily outstrip oil and gas in North Sea

May 19th, 2010

The leading renewable energy trade association in the United Kingdom, Renewable UK, is celebrating a report released today that shows that offshore wind power generation in the North Sea could eclipse the power generated by oil and gas production in the same region.

Offshore wind in the UK could supercede oil and gas production in the North Sea

Offshore wind in the UK could supercede oil and gas production in the North Sea

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Mass. wins stimulus money to begin Wind Technology Testing Center

May 12th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports:

Massachusetts has been pledged $25 million in federal stimulus money to move ahead on the state’s Wind Technology Testing Center, according to an announcement today by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

The infusion of cash is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the Charlestown area, the site of the planned testing center, which will test commercial wind turbine blades to try to reduce their cost, improve efficiency and get the next generation of blades to market quickly. The Autoport facility will be able to study the longest wind turbine blades, a capability currently only available in Europe.

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