The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has unanimously approved a 42-turbine portion of a 100-turbine wind farm that will straddle the Minnesota-Iowa line. Invenergy is developing the Freeborn Wind Farm, which has been highly contested due to concerns about sound.
Government officials in Saskatchewan, Canada, have approved the 56-turbine Blue Hill Wind Energy Project. The Canadian Wind Energy Association says Saskatchewan has a goal for wind to account for 30% of its generating capacity by 2030.
Enel Green Power has tapped Georgios Papadimitriou to lead its division in North America. The unit operates about 100 renewable energy facilities in North America with a collective capacity of more than 4.3 gigawatts.
The Point Pleasant Fishermen's Dock Co-operative expressed concern about offshore wind development and New York's scallop industry during a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing Thursday. BOEM is reviewing bids to develop a project in the New York Bight Call Area and says it will consider local fishing and other issues.
Adverse policies have hindered wind development in Ohio, preventing the state from taking advantage of the jobs and economic investment wind and other clean energy sources have to offer, writes Tom Ford, president of the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy. "Ohio is uniquely positioned to lead the region's advanced-energy economy while also creating jobs and raising wages for its workers," he writes.
General Electric is in the early stages of renovating a turbine factory in Saint-Nazaire, France, where it will produce its 12-megawatt Haliade X offshore wind turbine. The model is expected to be the largest in the world when it hits the market.
American Electric Power has filed documents with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio proposing the state increase its installed renewable energy capacity by at least 900 megawatts. "If approved, this proposal will significantly expand the state's underdeveloped clean energy economy and bring with it significant economic and health benefits," says Natural Resources Defense Council Energy Policy Director for Ohio Daniel Sawmiller.
Wind on the Wires has reorganized and will now be known as the Clean Grid Alliance. "Rebranding was a necessary, thoughtful and deep dive into the essence of our brand attributes and our core work areas," Executive Director Beth Soholt says, noting that the advocacy group now works with solar and energy storage, as well as wind.
Facebook will spend $750 million to construct two additional data centers in Prineville, Ore., bringing the company's presence there to seven buildings and 3.2 million square feet. It is also planning six solar projects and other clean energy sources to offset the power needed to run all its facilities in the area.
Solar facilities developer and operator KDC Solar LLC has started construction of the solar photovoltaic system planned at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. The facility is expected to generate 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year and supply nearly all of the theme park's power requirements.