BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation–for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change. TheSierra Club is joining Ford Motor …

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ICF Int’l Assesses True Value of Solar

Joanna Schroeder

ICF International recently released a white paper that aims to better create a methodology for assessing the true value of solar. Authored by Steven Fine, Ankit Saraf, Kiran Kumaraswany and Alex Anich, the paper looks at the current state of value of solar (VOS) analysis and proposes what they believe to be a more holistic approach – one that can …

Electricity, Renewable Energy, Solar

OwnEnergy Completes Windthorst II Wind Farm

Joanna Schroeder

OwnEnergy has completed the Windthorst II Wind farm located in Windthorst, Texas. The project was developed by OwnEnergy while Mortenson Construction was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the project including erecting 28 Siemens turbines. “Completing construction on the Windthorst II wind project, which is our sixth wind farm to spin and our seventh completed project overall, is …

Electricity, Renewable Energy, Wind

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

BOEM has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System. Deepwater Wind’s proposed project would entail the installation of a bi-directional submerged transmission cable between Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland. The transmission system would serve two purposes: 1) connect Deepwater Wind’s proposed 30 MW Block …

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Wetzel Blade Wins Clean Energy Award

Joanna Schroeder

Wetzel Blade was awarded a 2014 Clean Energy Venture Award during the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s NREL Industry Growth Forum. The company won the honor for its work on a pre-fabricated, field-assembled turbine blade that boosts production capacity and outlasts current generation composite blades. The start-up company will receive in-kind commercialization support designed to help …

Electricity, Renewable Energy, Wind

Iberdrola Opens West of Duddon Sands Wind Farm

Joanna Schroeder

ScottishPower Renewables, Iberdrola USA’s sister company, has opened its first offshore wind farm, West of Duddon Sands, a 389 MW facility located in the Irish Sea. The $2.6 billion project, located approximately 12.5 miles off the seaport of Barrow-in-Furness in North West England, was completed in conjunction with Dong Energy of Denmark. “West of Duddon Sands is the first offshore …

Electricity, International, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

The Dallas Academy, located in Dallas, Texas is now generating power from a new solar array, funded in part with $30,000 donation from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club with $120,000 additional funds donated by the community. The 289 solar panels fill 5,100 square feet of the roof and is one of the largest array on any private school in …

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SolarReserve Flips the Switch on South African Solar Project

Joanna Schroeder

SolarReserve has flipped the switch on what they call the largest solar project in South Africa. The 96 MW Jasper solar power project completed construction two months early and is producing at full capacity. The solar farm is located in South Africa’s Northern Cape in a solar park that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came …

Electricity, Energy Storage, International, Renewable Energy, Solar

Report: Brazil to Lead in Biomass Power

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report from GlobalData, Brazil will overtake the U.S. in biopower energy. Brazil’s biopower installed capacity will rise from 11.5 GW in 2013 to nearly 17.10 GW by 2018 when it will overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading biopower market. “Global Biopower Market – Capacity, Generation, Market Size, Major Feedstock, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to …

bioenergy, biomass, Brazil

Gaelectric Opens Dunbeg Wind Farm

Joanna Schroeder

Gaelectric has begun producing power at its £58 million Dunbeg Wind Farm, which is located between Limavady and Coleraine in Northern Ireland. Dunbeg is one of the largest wind farms constructed on the island of Ireland. The 42 MW wind farm comprises 14 Enercon wind turbines (Model E82, each with the capacity to generate up to 3 MW) with a …

Electricity, International, Renewable Energy, Wind