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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists are forecasting that the next series of winter storms will impact Northern and Central California today through Monday.

The first storm that arrives today isn’t expected to produce significant rain although conditions will be breezy along the North Coast and the Sacramento Valley. The Sunday storm is expected to be stronger, bringing heavy rain at times across much of the PG&E service area. Breezy to gusty Southerly winds will last from early Sunday to early Monday along the North Coast and the Sacramento Valley, with strongest winds anticipated Sunday afternoon and evening.

"December continues to be a rainy month for much of California, and that precipitation is much needed," said PG&E meteorologist Mike Voss. "We want to remind our customers to be weather aware, to drive safely and to prepare for outages, in case they occur."

PG&E’s meteorology team has developed a Storm Outage Prediction Model that incorporates real-time weather forecasts, historic data and system knowledge to accurately show where and when storm impacts will be most severe. This model enables the company to pre-stage crews and equipment as storms approach to enable rapid response to outages.

Safety reminders

  • If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep yourself and others away. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
  • If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you must get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
  • During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, keep them away from drapes, lampshades and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
  • Don't use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for space heating or cooking, as these devices may emit carbon monoxide.
  • Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines. Operate your generator outside. Never operate it inside a building or garage.
  • If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
  • Check and restock your emergency kits with flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, etc. Also, ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA radio is on hand.
  • If you are driving and encounter emergency vehicles with activated lights and sirens, remember to move over as it's the law in California.

Outage information

For more information about outages and ways to prepare and stay safe during the storm, please visit www.pge.com/stormsafety.

If outages occur, customers can find details and information on restoration by:

  • Clicking onto www.pge.com/outages and signing up for outage alerts via text, email or phone
  • Following PG&E on social media for updates
  • Calling PG&E’s outage information line at 1-800-743-5002.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Equinor submitted a winning bid of $135 million for one of three lease areas in the online offshore wind auction concluded today by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

Equinor secured lease area OCS-A 0520, a 128,811 acre site in the federal auction.

Equinor will now have the opportunity to explore the potential development of offshore wind farms to provide the region with a significant, long-term source of renewable electricity.

“We are excited to have secured this attractive opportunity, Equinor’s second offshore wind lease in the United States. This acquisition complements our existing position on the US East Coast and gives us a foothold to engage in the Massachusetts and wider New England market, a region notable for its strong commitment to offshore wind,” says Christer af Geijerstam, President of Equinor Wind US.

A stronghold on the US East coast

The new lease located south of Massachusetts and east of New York gives Equinor a strong strategic position. The company now holds leases within reach of some of the most important markets for offshore wind in the US. Equinor firmly believes in the long-term regional potential for offshore wind as a major local source of renewable, reliable and cost-effective energy.

This new lease is part of Equinor’s commitment to taking a leadership position in renewable energy development in the US. In December 2016, Equinor won the federal lease auction of 80,000 acres south of New York and east of New Jersey. Equinor is currently developing projects in that lease area for the offshore-wind markets in both states; Empire Wind in New York and Boardwalk Wind in New Jersey. In total, Equinor’s US offshore wind portfolio now has the potential to power more than two million homes with, renewable power.

“The US northeast presents Equinor with the near-term potential to build a second industrial offshore wind hub for the company, adding to our existing position in the United Kingdom,” Pål Eitrheim, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions, said.

Equinor is building a material position in renewable energy and evolving into a broad energy company. Equinor now powers more than one million European homes with renewable wind power from four projects in the United Kingdom and Germany. Equinor commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm last year, off the coast of Scotland, a technology essential to the development of offshore wind in many locations around the world, including the west coast of the US. Equinor is also developing offshore wind in Poland, as well as solar energy in Brazil and Argentina.

MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MGE Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGEE) highlights proposals for three new solar projects in its latest investor newsletter, "Interim Report," which also includes the following topics:

  • Third-quarter earnings
  • Tax updates
  • New wind farm nearing completion
  • Lobbying updates
  • New online resources for electric vehicle information and sustainability reporting

The newsletter is available on MGE Energy's website at: https://www.mgeenergy.com/interimreport

Interim Report is published quarterly to provide investors with information about MGE Energy and its primary subsidiary, Madison Gas and Electric.

About MGE Energy

MGE Energy is an investor-owned public utility holding company headquartered in the state capital of Madison, Wis. It is the parent company of Madison Gas and Electric, which generates and distributes electricity in Dane County, Wis., and purchases and distributes natural gas in seven south-central and western Wisconsin counties. MGE Energy's assets total approximately $1.9 billion, and its 2017 revenues were $563 million.

LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tortoise today announced upcoming additions and deletions to its indices as part of its regular quarterly rebalancing for the fourth quarter of 2018. Following the close of trading on Dec. 21, 2018, the indices will be rebalanced and as a result, the following changes will become effective.

 
Tortoise MLP Index(®)

(TMLP/TMLPT)

Action     Company     Ticker
Deletion     Hi-Crush Partners LP     HCLP US
Deletion     Kimbell Royalty Partners LP     KRP US

The full constituent list can be viewed at https://tortoiseadvisors.com/tmlp/constituents/.

 
Tortoise North American Pipeline Index℠

(TNAP/TNAPT)

Action     Company     Ticker
Addition     Equitrans Midstream Corp     ETRN US

The full constituent list can be viewed at https://tortoiseadvisors.com/tnap/constituents/.

 
Tortoise North American Oil & Gas Producers Index℠

(TNEP/TNEPT)

Action     Company     Ticker
Addition     Northern Oil and Gas Inc     NOG US
Deletion     Equitrans Midstream Corp     ETRN US
Deletion     Paramount Resources Ltd     POU CN
Deletion     TORC Oil & Gas Ltd     TOG CN
Deletion     Kelt Exploration Ltd     KEL CN

The full constituent list can be viewed at https://tortoiseadvisors.com/tnep/constituents/.

 
Tortoise Global Water ESG Total Return Index℠

(TGWESG/TGWESGT)

Action     Company     Ticker
Addition     Advanced Drainage Systems Inc     WMS US
Addition     Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd     371 HK
Addition     Georg Fischer AG     FI/N SW
Deletion     Clean TeQ Holdings Ltd     CLQ AU

The full constituent list can be viewed at https://tortoiseadvisors.com/tgwesg/constituents/.

 
The Tortoise Global Digital Payments Infrastructure Index℠

(TPAY/TPAYMENT)

Action     Company     Ticker
Addition     StoneCo Ltd     STNE US

The full constituent list can be viewed at: https://tortoiseadvisors.com/tpay/constituents/.

 
The Tortoise Global Cloud Infrastructure Index℠

(TCLOUD/TCLOUDT)

Action     Company     Ticker
Addition     Elastic NV     ESTC US
Addition     SolarWinds Corp     SWI US

The full constituent list can be viewed at: https://tortoiseadvisors.com/tcloud/constituents/.

There are no fourth quarter rebalancing updates to report for Tortoise Water Index℠ (TBLUE/TBLUET).

TNAP/TMLP Constituent Change

Tortoise also announced that Spectra Energy Partners LP (SEP) will be removed from the Tortoise North American Pipeline Index℠ (TNAP) and Tortoise MLP Index® (TMLP) at the close of business on Dec. 14, 2018, as it will cease trading on the NYSE following the completion of the merger with Enbridge Inc (ENB). The rebalancing of the TNAP and TMLP constituents will occur after the close of business on Dec. 14, 2018.

About Tortoise

Tortoise specializes in making an impact through essential assets and income investing. Tortoise invests in assets and services that serve essential needs in society and client portfolios, such as diversification and income. Tortoise’s expertise spans energy investing across the entire energy value chain, sustainable infrastructure including wind, solar and water infrastructure, credit investing, direct lending to social infrastructure projects and index construction. Through a variety of investment vehicles, Tortoise provides access to a wide range of client solutions, focused on their evolving needs. For more information, please visit www.tortoiseadvisors.com.

The Tortoise MLP Index® is a float-adjusted, capitalization weighted index of energy master limited partnerships (MLPs). The index is comprised of publicly traded companies organized in the form of limited partnerships or limited liability companies engaged in transportation, production, processing and/or storage of energy commodities.

Tortoise North American Pipeline Index℠ is a float-adjusted, capitalization weighted index of pipeline companies that are organized and have their principal place of business in the United States or Canada. A pipeline company is defined as a company that either 1) has been assigned a standard industrial classification (“SIC”) system code that indicates the company operates in the energy pipeline industry or 2) has at least 50% of its assets, cash flow or revenue associated with the operation or ownership of energy pipelines. Pipeline companies engage in the business of transporting natural gas, crude oil and refined products, storing, gathering and processing such gas, oil and products and local gas distribution. The index includes pipeline companies structured as corporations, limited liability companies and master limited partnerships (MLPs).

The Tortoise North American Oil & Gas Producers Index℠ is a float-adjusted, capitalization weighted index of North American energy companies primarily engaged in the production of crude oil, condensate, natural gas or natural gas liquids (NGLs). The index includes exploration and production companies structured as corporations, limited liability companies, and master limited partnerships, but excludes United States royalty trusts.

The Tortoise Global Water ESG Total Return Index℠ is a proprietary, rules-based, modified capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index comprised of companies that are materially engaged in the water infrastructure or water management industries.

The Tortoise Water Index℠ is a float-adjusted, modified market capitalization-weighted index comprised of companies that are materially engaged in the water infrastructure or water management industries. Water infrastructure companies’ principal business is providing public water distribution or supporting water distribution infrastructure via equipment or engineering and construction. Water management companies’ primary business is providing technologies or products that manage or facilitate water distribution and usage, including the fields of water efficiency, water treatment and irrigation.

The indices mentioned above are the exclusive property of Tortoise Index Solutions, LLC, which has contracted with S&P Opco, LLC (a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC) to calculate and maintain the Tortoise MLP Index®, Tortoise North American Pipeline Index℠, Tortoise North American Oil and Gas Producers Index℠, Tortoise Water Index℠ and Tortoise Global Water ESG Index℠ (the “Indices”). The Indices are not sponsored by S&P Dow Jones Indices or its affiliates or its third party licensors (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”). S&P Dow Jones Indices will not be liable for any errors or omissions in calculating the Indices. “Calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices” and its related stylized mark(s) are service marks of S&P Dow Jones Indices and have been licensed for use by Tortoise Index Solutions, LLC and its affiliates. S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“SPFS”), and Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”).

The Tortoise Global Cloud Infrastructure Index℠ represents the existing global cloud infrastructure landscape. It is a proprietary, rules-based, modified market capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index comprised of companies that are materially engaged in the cloud infrastructure industry, including cloud systems/services, cloud management software, cloud hosting, cloud security, cloud hardware and cloud data centers.

The Tortoise Global Digital Payments Infrastructure Index℠ represents the existing global digital payments landscape. It is a proprietary, rules-based, modified market capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index comprised of companies that are materially engaged in digital payments, including merchant processing and settlement, real time record keeping, settlement networks, and Fintech products/services that facilitate the ease, efficiency, and speed of electronic transactions. This includes companies whose primary business is comprised of one or a combination of the following categories: credit card networks, electronic transaction processing and associated products/services, credit card issuers, electronic transaction processing software (payments Fintech) or online financial services market places.

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GOLETA, Kalifornien--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Transphorm Inc., der Marktführer bei der Entwicklung und Herstellung von hochzuverlässigen und ersten JEDEC- und AEC-Q101-qualifizierten 650-V-Galliumnitrid-(GaN)-Halbleitern, gab bekannt, dass er mehr als 250.000 Hochspannungs-GaN-FETs ausgeliefert hat. Die von Kunden in der Massenproduktion eingesetzten Geräte werden von dem Unternehmen in seiner Wafergießerei in Aizu, Japan, hergestellt.

Transphorm erklärte auch, dass die jährliche installierte Kapazität der Wafergießerei von 15 Millionen Teilen des beliebten 50-Mohm-Produktäquivalents leicht skalierbar ist, um das 2- bis 5-fache des Volumens zu erreichen. Und wenn die Nachfrage es rechtfertigt, können die Technologie und der Herstellungsprozess so strukturiert werden, dass sie von den aktuellen 6-Zoll- bis 8-Zoll- oder potenziell höheren Wafern skalierbar sind.

„2018 war ein wegweisendes Jahr für Hochspannungs-GaN“, so Primit Parikh, Mitbegründer und COO von Transphorm. „Mehr als 250.000 650 V GaN-FETs von Transphorm werden in der Massenproduktion unserer Kunden, in Hochleistungsstromrichtern und Wechselrichtern eingesetzt. Diese Produkte sind über verschiedene Kanäle erhältlich. Sogar Amazon. Mit unseren bisherigen Produktionsvolumina können wir konservativ mehr als 1,3 Milliarden Stunden Betriebszeit beim Kunden mit einer FIT-Rate im niedrigen einstelligen Bereich sowie über eine Milliarde Stunden mittlere Zeit vor dem ersten Ausfall (Mean Time Before Failure) bei Betriebsbedingungen aus einer umfangreichen Palette von Betriebs- und beschleunigten Zuverlässigkeitstests schätzen.“

Transphorm ist der erste Hochspannungs-GaN-FET-Anbieter, der Ausfalldaten bei Kunden von ausgelieferten Geräten veröffentlicht. Aus diesen Daten wird die Ausfallrate in Teile pro Million (ppm; parts per million) und Ausfall in der Zeit (FIT; Anzahl der Ausfälle in einem bestimmten Zeitraum) berechnet, was die Zuverlässigkeit der Technologie zeigt. Die Verfügbarkeit von Kundendaten ist eine wichtige neue Phase für Hochspannungs-GaN in Energiesystemen, da sie auf eine ausgereifte Technologie hinweist.

Die vom Markt vorgeschlagene Entwicklung ist nach wie vor positiv. Das Marktforschungs- und Strategieberatungsunternehmen Yole Développement (Yole) berichtet, dass der Strom-GaN-Markt in einem aggressiven Szenario bis 2023 408 Millionen Dollar erreichen wird, mit einer 91-prozentigen CAGR.1 Zu den Hochspannungsanwendungen, die dieses Wachstum vorantreiben sollen, gehören Schnellladegeräte, Rechenzentren und andere High-End-Netzteile.

Zur Unterstützung dieser Forschung durchlaufen die produzierenden Kunden von Transphorm die von Yole referenzierten Wachstumssegmente und andere, einschließlich: PC-Gaming-Netzteile [CORSAIR]; Servernetzgeräte [Bel Power, Delta]; Servoantriebe [Yaskawa]; Tragbare Geräte [Inergy/Telcodium]. Insbesondere 2018 wurden mit den Plänen von Nexperia, 600 V+ GaN-FETs auf den Markt zu bringen und der Einführung des 600-V-Portfolios von Infineon große Fortschritte bei der Kommerzialisierung von GaN erzielt.

„Die entscheidenden Bezugspunkte für die Marktakzeptanz einer neuen Technologie sind die Akzeptanz bei führenden Kunden in wichtigen Marktsegmenten und die Entstehung mehrerer starker Anbieter, die in der Lage sind, die daraus resultierenden Rampen mit hohem Volumen zu unterstützen“, so Mario Rivas, CEO von Transphorm. „Obwohl wir sehr zufrieden sind mit dem, was Transphorm in Partnerschaft mit unseren Kunden erreicht hat, sind wir umso mehr begeistert, dass Hochspannungs-Leistungshalbleiter wie Nexperia und Infineon an der GaN-Revolution teilnehmen. Die Kunden können nun die Vorteile von energiesparendem GaN mit erhöhtem Vertrauen in ihre Lieferanten nutzen.“

Ein Überblick über die Methodik von Transphorm zur Beurteilung von Frühphasenversagen ist in dem folgenden Artikel enthalten: High Voltage GaN Switch Reliability. Das GaN-Produktportfolio finden Sie hier: https://www.transphormusa.com/en/products/.

Über Transphorm

Transphorm fertigt Leistungselektronik, die die Grenzen des Siliziums überwindet. Das Unternehmen konstruiert, fertigt und verkauft GaN-Halbleiter mit höchster Leistung und Zuverlässigkeit für Hochspannungsstromanwendungen. Mit einem der größten Power-GaN-IP-Portfolios (über 1.000 erteilte Patente und anhängige Patente weltweit) ist Transphorm das einzige Unternehmen der Branche, das JEDEC- und AEC-Q101-qualifizierte GaN-FETs produziert. Dies beruht auf dem vertikal integrierten Geschäftsansatz, der Innovationen in jeder Phase der Entwicklung zulässt: Design und Herstellung von Materialien und Geräten, Fertigung, Verpackung, Referenzschaltungs-Designs und Anwendungsunterstützung. Website: transphormusa.com Twitter: @transphormusa

1 Power GaN 2018: Epitaxy, Devices, Applications and Technology Trends report, Yole Développement, 2018

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based, green energy technology company, has announced a number of strategic partnerships, pilot programs, and company milestones to further advance vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in support of bringing electric vehicles (EVs) to the masses globally, while significantly reducing the number of greenhouse gases being emitted by transportation and energy production.

Nuvve's technology helps bridge the gap between transportation and energy by providing storage for renewable energy, services to the grid operators, and optimization of EV charging on the grid. As Nuvve continues to lead the market in demonstrating the viability of V2G technology, the company recently announced the following partnerships and pilot programs:

  • Strategic partnership with EDF: Nuvve recently entered into a strategic partnership in Europe with EDF Group, a key player in low carbon energy, in support of the company’s Electric Mobility Plan. As part of these efforts, Nuvve and EDF Group will develop a joint venture to further develop EV and V2G solutions for the European market and support the generation of CO2-free power and the advancement of new electricity applications.
  • Smart charging pilot program with EDF Energy (EDFE): Serving as a first-step program of the EDF strategic partnership, Nuvve will be installing up to 1,500 of its V2G chargers configured with Nuvve’s Grid Integrated Platform (GIVe™) throughout the UK over the next several months. These chargers will support EDFE’s business customers and be used at its own work sites to provide additional energy storage capacity. The stored electricity will be made available for sale on the energy markets or for supporting grid flexibility at times of peak energy use.
  • Expansion of the University of California San Diego’s Triton Rides service: Building upon its collaboration with UC San Diego for its INVENT V2G demonstration project, the university recently added an EV fleet (five cars total) to its Triton Rides program, which provides free nighttime shuttle service to all UC San Diego students, staff and faculty. These new EVs, provided by Nuvve, will take advantage of the company’s V2G bidirectional charging stations around UC San Diego’s campus and will provide grid services, helping to inform the INVENT project’s use case of campus fleet vehicles to optimize unused and renewable energy.
  • Microgrid for Affordable and Sustainable Electricity in Remote Areas (MASERA) pilot project: A joint effort in Singapore between EDF, Enedis, and the Nanyang Technological University, this program will deploy a commercial offering, including Nuvve’s V2G software platform and bidirectional charging hardware, of an affordable and high-performance microgrid for isolated territories in Southeast Asia.
  • V2G charging/discharging demonstrations in Japan: In collaboration with Aichi Prefecture, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Chubu Electric Power Company, Nuvve will supply its V2G platform to initiate charging and discharging demonstrations with EV batteries and plug-in hybrid vehicles in order to survey the impact and potential for V2G systems on the power grid in Tokyo City, Japan.

“Awareness for V2G technology and the impact it can have for businesses, the electricity grid, and the environment is gaining momentum,” said Gregory Poilasne, co-founder and CEO, Nuvve. “As proven by our recent partnerships and pilot programs, Nuvve is committed to fueling innovation in V2G technology to bridge the needs of electric power and electric transportation, support EV penetration targets, enable integration of renewable energy sources, and, most importantly, create a greener, cleaner planet.”

“V2G technology is the aim for power companies in order to balance demand on the grid,” said Kevin Mak, principal analyst, Strategy Analytics. “To our knowledge, there is no other V2G technology provider that is as experienced as Nuvve or that can enable and time bidirectional energy flows between EVs and the grid, span both the automotive and power sectors, and realize new energy demand for multiple industry sectors.”

Nuvve has also been recognized recently for its advancements in the V2G space by both Red Herring and Energy Storage North America (ESNA). In October, Nuvve was named to the Red Herring’s Top 100 Global, which recognizes promising private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia for innovations and technologies across their respective industries. Most recently, Nuvve was awarded an ESNA 2018 Innovation Award for leadership and technology breakthroughs in energy storage and a positive impact on the energy storage industry. For more information about Nuvve, please visit www.nuvve.com.

About Nuvve Corporation

Nuvve Corporation is a San Diego-based green energy technology company whose mission is to lower the cost of electric vehicle ownership while supporting the integration of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind. Our proprietary vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology – Nuvve’s Grid Integrated Vehicle (GIVe™) platform – is refueling the next generation of electric vehicle fleets through cutting-edge, bi-directional charging solutions. Since our founding in 2010, Nuvve has been responsible for successful V2G projects on five continents and is deploying commercial services worldwide. For more information please visit www.nuvve.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Monday, November 26, 2018, Cherbourg, France: GE Renewable Energy confirms the completion of its recruitment plan for 2018 at LM Wind Power's offshore wind blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. The site today counts more than 100 employees, 34 percent of whom are women.

On September 10, the first group of 30 newly-hired employees, from all functions, participated in the launch of the factory's Center of Excellence training center. New employees participated in a one-week theoretical class, followed by a week of practicing on an actual piece of a wind turbine blade mold.

After completing the Center of Excellence course, each trainee left Cherbourg to spend a month abroad in other LM Wind Power sites – from Spain, to Denmark, Poland and even Canada depending on the job scope. Employees from LM Wind Power sites around the globe will also travel to Cherbourg to support the ramp-up of the factory. The second group started their training program on October 22.

"The Cherbourg site is a great location to support the development of the offshore wind industry in Europe and beyond, with a positive impact on the jobs and the ecosystem in the surrounding region. We are investing in building a strong and sustainable value chain and are happy to welcome the first hundred recruits," said Alexis Crama, LM Wind Power Offshore Wind Vice President.

The construction of the factory is on track to start the prototyping phase in January 2019. The first blade produced will be shipped to ORE Catapult Research & Development Center in Blyth, UK for indoor testing. The three next blades produced will be installed on GE's Haliade-X 12MW prototype at the end of the second quarter of 2019, at a yet to-be-determined site.

"This project entails new challenges and creates enthusiasm as we are starting up a new factory, installing new equipment inside and welcoming new people with diverse backgrounds. At the same time, we are developing a new product: a new blade of a size we have never achieved before," said Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 P Project Director. "We can witness a significant combination of efforts as we use the expertise from our facilities worldwide to train the people in Cherbourg. This enthusiasm from all our teams will bring us to the successful ramp-up of the factory."

In parallel to the development of the LM 107.0 P blades in Cherbourg, GE's Offshore Wind teams are focused on the assembly of the first two Haliade-X nacelles at the Saint-Nazaire manufacturing site, in France.

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About LM Wind Power
LM Wind Power is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that includes blade factories in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Poland, Spain, France, Turkey and the United States. The company has produced more than 205,000 blades since 1978, corresponding to more than 93 GW installed capacity and global savings of 189 million tons of CO2 annually. LM Wind Power is a GE Renewable Energy Business.
Learn more at www.lmwindpower.com or on twitter @lmwindpower

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

Chanhassen, Minnesota, November 20, 2018 - Juhl Energy announced today that it has selected GE Renewable Energy (GE:NYSE) to supply equipment for the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the U.S. The Minnesota-based clean energy company has developed the 2.0MW community-based renewable energy project to provide low-cost, locally generated energy to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative of Pelican Rapids, Minn. Bank of America (BAC:NYSE) has provided necessary financial support for the project, agreeing to purchase the project-generated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), in line with its environmental goals. 3Degrees facilitated the connection between Juhl Energy and Bank of America.

"Distributed generation will play a major role in the implementation of renewable energy in the U.S. electrical market in the years to come," said Dan Juhl of Juhl Energy. "Projects such as this one, with Juhl Energy's package design and GE hybrid technology, will economically blend clean, renewable energy into the electric grid at a lower cost, plus add reliability to the system."

"This unique renewable energy project will provide a tremendous amount of value to the local community. The cost savings from purchasing the hybrid project's energy will help provide rate stability, benefiting all of our co-op members," stated Tim Thompson, CEO of Lake Region Electric Cooperative.

The project will use one 2.0-116 wind turbine from GE Renewable Energy's Onshore Wind business supported by 0.5 MW of PV solar. The innovative project utilizes GE's Wind Integrated Solar Energy (WiSE) technology platform – developed through GE's Global Research Center - to directly integrate the solar panels through the wind turbine's converter so both wind and solar share the same balance of plant, increasing system net capacity by 3-4 percent and annual energy production by up to 10 percent. The hybrid design gives these type of projects the ability to produce power when it is most needed, with the solar essentially providing summer peak energy, and the wind providing winter peak energy.

Pete McCabe, president and CEO, Onshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy, said, "By leveraging the complementary nature of wind and solar, this unique project shows how GE is driving technology innovation that will help customers deliver more renewable energy in an even more efficient manner."

Bank of America's purchase of the RECs from the project long term will cover the bank's electricity usage in the state and will contribute to its 2020 environmental operations goal of purchasing 100% renewable electricity.

"Accelerating the path to a sustainable future starts with creative thinking and projects that can help drive more low-carbon energy solutions in our communities," says Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America. "Through supporting innovative renewable energy projects like this one, we continue to enhance our commitment to reduce our operational impacts on the environment."

The project will be owned by a subsidiary of Juhl Energy that pools together capital from the company and outside private investors. Juhl is further partnering with Faith Technologies, Inc., to construct the project and collaborate on building additional hybrid projects. Faith Technologies, Inc. is a national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation that is headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin and has regional offices throughout the country. This project will be operational before year end 2018.

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About Juhl Energy
Juhl Energy is an established leader and pioneer in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar, hybrid systems and heat/power projects designed for rural communities, municipal electric companies, and industrial companies throughout the United States. Juhl Energy has completed 25 projects, accounting for over 350 MW's of power. Juhl services every aspect of development from general consultation, engineering, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy is headquartered in Chanhassen, MN, and has other offices in Chicago, and Milwaukee.

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables.

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At Bank of America, we're guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We're delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It's demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.

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Blyth, November 20th 2018 – GE Renewable Energy and the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have today announced a $11 million four-year research partnership aimed at minimizing the time people have to spend offshore, which will enhance both safety and operating costs for offshore wind farms. The "Stay Ashore!" program is built on three pillars:

  • Reliability by design, which is primarily focused on validation of key wind turbine components.
  • Enabling full remote operability and troubleshooting of the turbines through advanced digital functionality, to reduce the need to go offshore for unplanned events.
  • Use of robotics for planned maintenance events, specifically repetitive tasks, inspection activities as well as activities in areas that are difficult to access.

This partnership is aimed at further reducing the operating costs of offshore wind, which will benefit electricity consumers. It is part of GE's broader offshore wind strategy for the UK - collaborating with local partners to drive down the cost of electricity and improve reliability of offshore wind projects.

Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry said "We are a nation of innovators and this latest $11 million research partnership between GE Renewable Energy and the Government's ORE Catapult is a fine example of how we're working with industry to embrace cutting-edge technology to ensure the UK offshore sector stays ahead of the pack. As part of our modern Industrial Strategy we're putting the finishing touches to our Offshore Wind Sector Deal to create the right business conditions to export this type of expertise around the world to ensure this sector goes from strength to strength."

John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business, said "By eliminating unplanned offshore human intervention through increasing productivity with digital and robotic tools, in addition to our Haliade-X 12 MW performance and design features, we will contribute significantly to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy."

ORE Catapult Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson said "This further strengthening of ORE Catapult's partnership with GE Renewable Energy will see significant investment in nationally important R&D, growing not only our expertise but providing opportunities for the UK supply chain to capture domestic and international market share in an offshore wind market expected to be worth $39 billion per year by 2030."

The ongoing collaboration between GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult will launch focused technology innovation challenges to the UK Small to Medium Enterprises and academic community, including robotics, blade and tower inspections and repair processes.

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities. Follow us @GErenewables and www.gerenewableenergy.com.

For further information: Santiago Chacon, Offshore Wind Communications Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (+33) 7 79 46 93 46

About ORE Catapult 
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK's leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy. Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth. Headquartered in Glasgow, it operates the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland and the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife. ore.catapult.org.uk

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Buenos Aires, November 15, 2018 - YPF Luz has signed an agreement with GE Renewable Energy for the construction of Los Teros Wind Farm, located in Azul, Province of Buenos Aires. The construction will begin in November. The project will employ around 150 people during the construction phase and an investment of US $144 million is expected.

Los Teros, which will feature 32 GE wind turbines of 3.83 MW, will have an installed capacity of 122 MW, an estimated capacity factor* of ~57% and an extremely high efficiency level. This project will establish Azul as a location with excellent natural conditions for wind power.

The objective of YPF Luz in developing this project is to provide renewable, efficient and reliable energy to customers through the Wholesale Electricity Market (MATER). YPF Luz has already signed contracts to supply Toyota and Coca-Cola FEMSA with renewable energy from Los Teros.

Los Teros will be the first wind farm that GE will build in the country, through a turnkey contract that includes the installation of wind turbines and the construction of a substation to connect the 132 kV line between Tandil and Olavarría. The Wind Farm will be constructed over an area of 2450 hectares, 45 km from Azul.

The wind energy produced in Los Teros may enable the reduction of 5.5 million tons of CO2 emissions in 20 years, when compared to the impact of having the same energy produced by a thermal power plant, which is equivalent to the saving of 58.000 m3 of Diesel, or 98 million m3 of natural gas.

For both companies, this is one additional step to contribute to the adoption of a more diversified and sustainable energy mix, an area where Argentina is a recognized leader on the continent. The country has a goal of having 20% of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2025.

"We celebrate the beginning of a new Project to the Renewable energy development which will be undoubtedly an important contribution to the country's sustainable development" affirmed Martín Mandarano, CEO of YPF Luz. He also added: "We are proud to be able to promote this renewable project together with GE, a world leader in energy technology and strategic partner in Argentina."

Vikas Anand, General Manager for GE's Onshore Wind Business in the Americas said "We are excited to be partnering with YPF Luz to help them achieve their renewable energy goals. This project also reinforces GE's commitment to invest and grow in Argentina."

* "Capacity factor" compares how much energy was generated against the maximum that could have been produced at continuous full power operation during a specific period of time.

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About YPF Luz
YPF Luz (YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A.) is the fifth largest electricity generator in Argentina in installed capacity. Currently, the company has a capacity of 108MW installed that provides the wholesale and industrial market, and it is building another 620 MW, which 340 MW will be generated form 3 wind farms located in the provinces of Chubut, Santa Cruz and Buenos Aires.
YPF Luz's mission is to generate profitable, efficient and sustainable energy, optimizing natural resources, caring for its people, applying the best standard of health and safety, and contributing to the growth of its customers and the communities where it operates.
The shareholders of YPF Energía Eléctrica are YPF S.A. and an affiliate of GE.
For more information, visit www.ypfluz.com

About GE
GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges: Energy, health, transportation—the essentials of modern life. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE's mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.
Follow us at www.ge.com/renewableenergy or on twitter @GErenewables

SAN DIEGO and HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 14, 2018):  EDF Renewables North America and Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (SENA) announce the signing of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the energy and renewable attributes related to a 100 megawatt (MWac) / 132 MWp tranche of the Palen Solar project known as Maverick 4 Solar Project. The Project expects to deliver clean electricity by the end of 2020.

Palen Solar is located in Riverside County, California on 3,140 acres of federal lands within a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The BLM recently completed the federal permitting process, issuing the project a Record of Decision (ROD), which sets in motion the path forward for project construction.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to have completed the federal permitting process on Palen Solar.  This 500 MW project uniquely positions EDF Renewables to help load-serving entities like Shell meet their long-term obligations under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by offering smaller tranches at industry-leading prices,” said Ian Black, senior director, development for EDF Renewables.

“SENA, as one of the largest energy suppliers in the West, is actively growing its renewable power business, building on our strengths and capabilities to bring more clean energy solutions to our customers,” said Glenn Wright, vice president, Shell Energy Americas.  “Working closely with companies like EDF Renewables, and its proven track record as a successful developer of large scale renewables, allows us both to better meet the evolving power needs of our customers.”

Black added, “EDF Renewables is a leading renewable energy counterparty, able to structure offtake agreements around unique needs of clients like Shell Energy North America.  We enjoy our close working relationship with SENA and are excited to announce this agreement to help meet its RPS needs.  We look forward to strengthening our relationship on future contracts with Shell.”

EDF Renewables is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 10 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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Hamburg - The Nordex Group  today announced consolidated sales of EUR 1,772.9 million for the period ended 30 September 2018. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization amounted to EUR 71.4 million, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 4.0 percent.

Karin Ohlenforst has agreed to join GWEC as its new Director of Market Intelligence and will start in the role on 1 December 2018. Karin will develop GWEC’s newly formed Market Intelligence unit, which will support GWEC’s policy and stakeholder engagement world-wide and create proprietary insight for GWEC’s members.

“Karin will bring invaluable insight and experience to GWEC, and help to develop the on-point, evidence based arguments that will allow us to be effective in our engagement with governments and other stakeholders,” says Ben Backwell, GWEC CEO.

Karin has 18 years of experience working in the field of market intelligence. Before joining GWEC, she was Head of Market and Customer Intelligence at turbine manufacturer Vestas, focusing on market forecasting and customer insights in the renewable energy space. She worked on Vestas’ strategy development in the transitioning energy landscape, generating fact-based insights for Vestas’ leadership team.

Prior to joining Vestas, Karin spent 10 years in McKinsey’s Research and Information unit as an analyst. Her focus was on the automotive and machinery industry also covering equipment manufacturing for energy generation, which eventually made her enter the renewable energy industry.

Karin holds a master in Social Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany and speaks German, English and Danish.

Colombia set for wind power take-off with first renewables auction

Industry could install 500MW of wind power per year, with wind supplying 20% of power demand within 10 years.

GWEC hosts seminar in Bogotá to prepare for country’s first long-term PPA auction

Bogotá, 27th November 2018: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is hosting its inaugural wind power seminar in Colombia today, gathering major international wind companies, energy authorities and regulators ahead of the first auction of long-term renewable energy PPAs in early 2019.

GWEC estimates that wind power in Colombia can become a mainstream energy source with the potential to add up to 500MW per year, amounting to around 20% of the country’s power demand in 10 years time.

Green growth is becoming a major priority for Colombia as it increasingly looks to new technologies to adapt to the challenges of climate change. The revision of its electric regulatory framework and regulations to take full advantage of non-conventional sources of renewable energy is evidence of this new pathway. Technologies such as wind power are seen as solutions to reduce emissions in accordance with Colombia’s commitments for the Paris Climate Agreement whilst also diversifying system risks and strengthening the country’s power generation mix.

GWEC will be supporting these ambitions during its seminar by providing information about the policies, markets and the technical contents needed to boost the development of the wind industry in Colombia.

Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said:

“Colombia has a real opportunity to diversify its generation mix and take an important step forward in tackling climate change through this auction. Wind power meets the need for new power generation that is low-carbon, cost efficient and brings local economic benefits. It is a crucial time for the development of the industry and we are looking forward to working with the authorities, developers, manufacturers and other actors to ensure the true benefit of wind power can be realised in Colombia.”

Olga Peréz, Technical Secretary of the Comité Asesor de Comercializacion, said:

“Colombia is about to embark on an exciting path of integrating large-scale renewables such as wind and solar into the energy mix through the upcoming PPA auctions. This diversification will enable a cleaner and more resilient source of supply whilst also marking an important step forward in meeting Colombia’s commitments undertaken at the COP21 summit. The seminar today unites political and industry voices in setting out the necessary policy and market framework that will support Colombia’s growth plans.”

The event is taking place in partnership with the Association of Renewable Energies Colombia – SER Colombia, which will provide information on policy, market and technical content needed to boost the development of the wind industry.

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GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

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November 22, 2018

Composite Specialist Repair Technician

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited offers great opportunities to highly motivated people.

This position will be responsible for performing field inspections, repairs, and design modifications of wind turbine blades and other composite parts in wind turbines. In addition, technical data will be provided from the field and support for design modifications/corrective actions. This position will require travel for extended periods of time (up to 95% travel time possible).

Responsibilities:

  • Perform Composite Inspections – Follow established procedures to document composite damages from both ground inspections as well as in-depth inspections from cranes, platforms or aerial lifts
  • Use good written and verbal communication skills to describe complex damages, participate in preparation of inspection and repair reports, and follow up to final resolution.
  • Assist in composite related corrective actions (ie turbine status, large corrective events and repairs)
  • Assist in composite related design modifications (ie diverter strip retrofits, balance blocks, etc)
  • Ability to perform composite repairs in the air from a crane, suspended platform, aerial lift truck, or on the ground, with working knowledge of composite materials and related repairs
  • Technician must be able to work with the maximum safety guidelines of all safety personal protection equipment
  • Identify process improvements; including reduction of non-value added operations, increased productivity opportunities, increased safety opportunities, etc.
  • Ability to work in confined / enclosed space
  • Other duties as may be required by manager

Qualifications:

  • College Diploma or equivalent competency with 2-4 years of related experience
  • Must have an understanding of basic turbine trouble shooting and turbine work and safety practices
  • Must have a knowledge of blades and inspection techniques and composite materials and blade repair
  • Must be able to work from heights for inspection or repairs
  • Excellent customer service skills and communication skills are required
  • Good computer skills; intermediate user of Microsoft Office applications
  • The candidate must demonstrate strong initiative and motivation to learn new tasks and technologies
  • Demonstrated ability in working safely and effectively in a team environment
  • Strong ability to organize and plan daily/weekly work in an extremely dynamic environment
  • Travel to customer sites within and outside Canada is a requirement of the job. Must be eligible to hold a valid Passport and Driver’s License

While we appreciate all applications received, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited (SGRE) is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, SGRE will provide reasonable accommodation for disabilities to support participation of candidates in all aspects of the recruitment process. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

How to apply: If you are interested in this opportunity, kindly reply by December 7, 2018 to; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Composite Specialist Repair Technician” as the subject line.

Deadline for application: Friday December 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.

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We have a lot to be thankful for so far in 2018. The wind industry is booming, offshore wind is scaling up, and industry growth is creating jobs and boosting rural economies. Wind continues to become more affordable, making way for a clean energy future in the US, and last week, we launched a new campaign to honor the veterans working in wind. Here are just a few of the things we’re thankful for: 

The wind industry is growing 

This month total wind energy capacity in the U.S. reached 90,550 megawatts (MW). That’s enough to power more than 27 million average American homes – with plenty more on the way. Right now, construction is underway on 107 different wind projects in 23 states. That’s over 20,000 MW of wind energy capacity under construction—nearly as much as all of the wind built to date in Texas, by far America’s wind leader.         

Since the beginning of this year, non-utility buyers like Smucker’s, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Boston University, and Microsoft have signed contracts for nearly 3,000 MW of wind capacity, more than any other year to date.  In total, corporate customers have signed up for more than 10,600 MW of wind energy – that’s more than all the wind in Oklahoma, America’s number two state in wind.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind energy technician is the second fastest growing job in the country. The industry currently employs about 105,000 workers, with wind jobs in all 50 states and over 500 U.S. factories that build wind related parts.   

There’s momentum behind offshore wind 

Up and down the Atlantic, 2018 has seen a constant stream of major offshore wind announcements, as states commit to developing large amounts of offshore wind as part of their electricity mix. As of this summer, the U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline exceeded 25 gigawatts (GW) of planned capacity. Check out what your state has been up to! 

In October, AWEA hosted its annual Offshore WINDPOWER Conference with over 1,000 representatives from the industry, federal and state governments, and stakeholder groups. The two-day conference was buzzing with optimism.

State leaders are committing to renewable energy 

Across the U.S. 29 states, Washington D.C. and three territories have renewable portfolio standards (RPS). In 2018 so far, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Nevada have all increased their RPS targets. New York and New Jersey both specifically increased their commitments to offshore wind.  

More veterans are working in wind

Just last week, AWEA launched a new campaign to honor our veterans, highlighting those who have found successful and valuable careers in the wind industry. To meet some of the veterans working in wind, check out the AWEA blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  

We’re thankful for these victories and your continued support of wind energy. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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November is here, and that means peak foliage, turkey stuffing, and the release of Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy analysis. For electricity geeks, it’s an early holiday gift. And each year the gift keeps getting better and better for renewable energy.

Both the wind and solar industries are relentlessly driving down cost and improving technology performance, and the technologies are now in a better position to compete than ever before. In fact, according to Lazard, wind is the cheapest source of new power generation in many U.S. markets (regardless of incentives). Even more exciting, wind is quickly becoming competitive with existing conventional power plants, positioning it for continued growth in an era of relatively flat electricity demand.

Just how affordable is wind power? The short answer: really affordable.

The longer answer: it largely depends on what part of the country you are in. In areas where winds are strong and steady, wind is unambiguously the cheapest option for new power. Think of states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and up through the Dakotas. In these strong wind regions, Lazard pegs the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for wind to be as low as $29 per megawatt hour (MWh). As you move to less windy places, the cost increases but wind remains competitive with other technologies.

Chart courtesy of Lazard Inc.

The low cost of wind energy today is due to the rapid cost reduction American wind power has achieved over the last decade. Looking back to 2009, the industry has been able to lower the cost of wind energy 69 percent. In more concrete terms, the lowest cost MWh of wind energy generated in 2009 cost $101 to produce. Today, the same MWh costs $29. That is a $72 discount!

Even further cost reductions are expected in coming years as the technology scales and further innovations are realized. As a result, companies like NextEra Energy Resources are predicting the cost of wind energy to fall between $20-$25/MWh absent the PTC in the mid-2020s.

Chart courtesy of Lazard Inc.

Importantly, the low cost of wind doesn’t fluctuate over time. When locking in a contract with a wind power plant, buyers get complete price certainty, because there are no fuel costs that could change over time—after all, the wind is always free. Because wind contracts commonly stretch 20 years or more, utilities and consumers can be assured of low prices for decades.

In contrast, conventional power plants are subject to fuel price volatility. For example, a 25 percent increase in the cost of natural gas can result in a five percent increase in the LCOE of a combine cycle plant. Typically, these costs are passed along to consumers. So wind’s stable prices help keep more money in the pockets of American families and businesses. For example, wind saved Texans $5.7 billion from 2010 to 2017, according to a recent report.

Lazard’s analysis also highlights the emerging trend of renewable energy becoming increasingly cost competitive with existing power plants. This is especially true for wind, which is now competitive in strong wind regions with the marginal cost of electricity generation from existing resources such as coal and nuclear power. And if the industry can achieve the $20-$25/MWh price mark post-PTC, the economics will be even more compelling to use wind to supply more of America’s electricity moving forward.

Chart courtesy of Lazard Inc.

This report adds another chapter to the record showing the strong downward cost trajectory of wind and solar power in the U.S. With further cost reductions expected, the outlook for wind energy remains bright.

Development of Wind Energy in Hamburg: Challenges and Opportunities

Green growth in Colombia is becoming a major priority for the country as recent reports from the Ministry of Mines and Energy warn of the impact of El Nino on the economy, which has already decreased the country’s GDP by 0.2% in 2015. It is clear that policies need to be put in place for climate change adaptation. The Ministry has highlighted an important tool achieve this objective – non-conventional sources of renewable energy (FNCER).

Integrating FNCER’s into Colombia’s energy mix will simultaneously lower their carbon emissions and strengthen the country’s power generation matrix to buffer against the increased variability brought on by climate change. To do this, a specific mechanism has been put in place for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) long-term contracting in the energy wholesale market. On the 2 January 2019, the first call for auction of long-term PPAs will take place, attracting a great interest from the industry, investors, and bidding specialists in renewable energy.

In this one-day interactive seminar organised by GWEC for the first time in Colombia, we will gather high-level figures from this group of stakeholders together with energy authorities and regulators to address any questions and issues surrounding the bidding procedure for the development of wind projects to participate in this inaugural auction. From policy, to market, to technical content – this seminar will provide you with all the information you need to drive wind industry development in Colombia.

See the draft programme for the seminar here.

The sessions will conducted in Spanish only.

Entry is free of charge for the first edition of this event.

Register for the event here.

Together with the entire Product Development team, the Senvion Patent Department is constantly looking for innovative approaches that will make Senvion and the wind industry better, cheaper or more adaptable in the future. In this case, the Senvion colleagues have jointly managed to find a patent solution for sound emissions from the turbines in the truest sense of the word. The “Hamburger Wirtschaft” magazine has taken a close look at the innovation:

Senvion has developed an innovative procedure for reducing the operating noise of wind turbines. The innovation and patent center has selected it as ‘Patent of the Month.’

Wherever wind turbines are installed, one topic generally arises sooner or later: are the turbines too loud?

It is a fact that roughly one third of German gross electricity consumption is currently covered by renewable energy sources. In 2016, wind energy usage in particular was further expanded in Germany. According to the register of installations of the German Bundesnetzagentur for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, new onshore wind turbines with a total power of 4,402 megawatts were commissioned. This represents a 10 percent increase on the previous year. One of the manufacturers of wind turbines is Senvion GmbH (up to 2014: REpower Systems), which has its German headquarters in Hamburg.

Less and less space is available for wind farms. To achieve more power, old turbines are being replaced with new ones and increasingly wind farms are being built closer to residential areas or nature reserves. “The importance of noise protection has increased,” says Ulrike Keltsch, head of the patent department at Senvion. In addition to residents, animals can also be disturbed by the operating noises.

In summer 2015, Senvion's Development department applied for a patent for a procedure that can reduce the sound volume of the wind turbines in operation. The noise emissions of wind turbine generators include broadband noises that form a masking noise. However, narrowband noises may also be audible under certain circumstances; for example they can be caused by a generator or a gearbox of the wind turbine. The invention consists of a noise emission control device for a wind turbine that reduces any noises that may arise by surrounding them with the broadband noises that are more pleasant for humans and animals. This is achieved by means of an active noise source that emits a masking noise in at least one spatial direction in a frequency band around the individual sound frequency.

“This control device is not yet available,” says Keltsch. “Our turbines are quiet enough for the existing wind farm sites.” Senvion's engineers frequently develop their inventions preventatively, looking to the future. However, since the requirements regarding generating volume are in-creasing, the turbines themselves will also increase in size , and Keltsch believes that it is perfectly possible that the invention will come into use. If a customer wants a noise reduction measure, for a new construction or a retrofit, prototypes of the control device would then be in-stalled and tested in an existing wind farm, Keltsch states. “We would probably have to perform two to three correction cycles before the invention is implemented perfectly,” says Keltsch. Then Senvion would talk to the suppliers, clarify the supply chain, order the necessary individual parts, and finally manufacture the product in a small production run. The invention could then be tested in practice, and be ready for operation within four to twelve weeks.

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There is a growing trend in the international wind industry: The technological evolution of wind turbines is moving towards machines with larger rotors to better capture wind at low wind sites. France is fully participating in this movement. At the Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm Senvion completed the installation of six 3.0M122 wind turbines with rotor diameters of 122 meters, as large as the diameter of the famous Ferris wheel “London Eye”.

The wind farm, developed by Quadran Groupe Direct Energie, is located in the French department of Haute Vienne. Guirec Dufour, Construction Director at Quadran states: "Lussac-Les-Églises is a low wind site and the wind turbine 3.0M122, capturing the most energy, allows us to optimize the yield of our project. However the challenge was the transportation of the blades to the site. The Blade Lifter solution, proposed by Senvion, made this project possible.”

Each blade is measured at 60 meters and weighs 15 tons. The blades were transported over a distance of 200 kilometers, from the port of La Rochelle to Poitiers, where a transshipment area was used to equip the Blade Lifter. From there the transport went on the challenging route to Lussac-Les-Églises.

Florian Dufresne, Senvion Europe South West Logistics Coordinator explains: "The only possible route for the convoy was to cross the village of Lussac-Les-Églises. However, the total length of the semi-trailer carrying the blade, is 66 meters. With such a ground length, it is impossible to turn in the many tight corners of the village. Facing this challenge, we opted for an innovative solution: The Blade Lifter. By lifting the blade to a 30 degrees angle, the ground length could be reduced to 17 meters, which allowed the safe passage of the convoy."

Technically, the Blade Lifter can lift the blade to 50 degree angles for the passage of even longer blades. The residents of the town were impressed by the technical prowess of this equipment. Guirec Dufour adds: “Thanks to a close collaboration between the Quadran and Senvion teams, the particularities related to the use of the Blade Lifter - transshipment location, moving telecommunications and power lines, pruning - were efficiently managed. This good collaboration limited the impact of the oversized transportation on the village residents and made the commissioning of the wind farm possible without any delay.”

Installing a 122-meter rotor at 89 meters height was also a challenge. The excellent coordination of the teams, a precise planning, while integrating the environment constraints and the uncertainties of the weather conditions, were essential to successfully install the six wind turbines with such a large dimension. Samson Lecluyse, Senvion Europe South-West Project Manager states: "The construction of the Lussac-Les-Eglises wind farm was an exciting project. The complexity for this wind farm lies in the environment with high wooded obstacles, which is close to the lifting zones. Due to the very large dimension of the components, the Senvion team had to prepare the ground with a maximum of rigor and precision so that the project is realized within the deadlines defined in the planning."

The Senvion team is proud to have met all the delivery and installation challenges of this project. The Lussac-Les-Églises wind farm, with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) was commissioned beginning of November 2017. It will produce enough electricity to power nearly 15,000 people (including heating) in France.

Senvion is now ready to meet other challenges, including the transport of wind turbines with even longer blades: the newly announced Senvion turbine 3.7M144 EBC has blades over 70 meters long!

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At the Ria Blades production plant, rotor blades with a length of 74 meters are now manufactured. A completely new production process was designed for this purpose. In line with the continuous improvement approach of the production processes, an efficient robot was developed in cross-functional collaboration.

One of the most photographed monuments in Portugal is located in Lisbon at the mouth of the river Tejo in the Atlantic. The "Padrão dos Descobrimentos", a 56 meter high sailing vessel made of stone and concrete, is dedicated to sailors and explorers. The monumental mosaic of a compass is adorned on the ground in front of the monument. Wind has always been a mainstay of development in the coastal state at the south-west corner of Europe. The wind, which the Portuguese explorers capitalized on more than half a thousand years ago, is now also used by Senvion.

250 kilometers north of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, in the industrial region of Aveiro, Senvion can be found in the town of Vagos. Here, Ria Blades is located on an area of 83,000 square meters where currently 1300 colleagues are employed.

Francisco Mira, Process Engineer at Ria Blades, stands in the plant's largest manufacturing facility: "To make rotor blades of this enormous size, we had to greatly expand the site and completely redesign the manufacturing process. The concept then arose with the cooperation of different departments - production, maintenance and HSE (Health, Safety & Environment). But the close collaboration with our suppliers and partners was also essential. This was a real team effort and I am proud that we have worked hand in hand to find the best solution in the end."

At the center of the manufacturing process are two semi-automated processes. On the one hand, the stacking of the fiberglass layers of some rotor blade components. So far this process has been carried out manually in a time-consuming manner, since the positioning of the different layers required the highest precision. In Portugal, RodPack technology is used which has much better material properties than conventional glass fibers and opens up new production possibilities. Thus, in the new process, each fiberglass layer is precisely set in the right place effortlessly by the equipment. Francisco Mira explains, "RodPack was the reason why we completely changed this process." The result is that there are considerably fewer shifts and working hours needed to complete the rotor blade.

The second process is now almost completely taken over by an equipment that sands the rotor blades before painting. While the rotor blades were previously sanded with a 35 kilogram sanding machine, which had to be operated by two people, 90 percent of this work is now done by robots, which are monitored by a colleague.

"Both processes, the semi-automatic fiberglass lay-up and the sanding process are thus much faster, more efficient and physically less strenuous. What is clear with Mira, however, is that "humans are responsible for decisions and will remain indispensable. A machine remains a machine.


Originally, Francisco Mira comes from the automotive industry. Since 2015 he has been with Ria Blades. "A lot of things in the organization and the way of thinking reminds me of my previous work: precision, flexibility, lean production concepts or high quality requirements. But we are trying to absorb the experience from very different branches of industry and make it usable for us. In particular, it is decisive for us to have the ability to think 'out of the box'. This is the only way to revolutionize the manufacturing process."

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AMSTERDAM, November 28, 2017 -- The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world. 

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.

The new tool is based on the latest modeling technologies, which combine wind climate data with high-resolution terrain information—factors that can influence the wind, such as hills or valleys—and provides wind climate data at a 1km scale. This yields more reliable information on wind potential. The tool also provides access to high-resolution global and regional maps and geographic information system (GIS) data, enabling users to print poster maps and utilize the data in other applications.

The Global Wind Atlas was unveiled at an event at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, following the successful launch of the Global Solar Atlas earlier in the year.

Solar and wind are proving to be the cleanest, least-cost options for power generation in many countries. These tools will help governments assess their resource potential and understand how solar and wind can fit into their energy mix. An example of how good data can help boost renewable energy is Vietnam where solar maps from the Global Solar Atlas laid the groundwork for the installation of five solar measurement stations across the country.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The work was funded by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program(ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, in close partnership with DTU Wind Energy.

“The partnership between DTU Wind Energy and the World Bank allows us to reach a broader audience, especially in developing countries while remaining at the forefront of wind energy research. We are excited by the scientific advances that the new Global Wind Atlas incorporates, and look forward to seeing how this data can enable countries to advance wind projects,” said Peter Hauge Madsen, Head of DTU Wind Energy.

While the data powering the Global Wind Atlas is the most recent and most accurate currently available, it is not fully validated in many developing countries due to the lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision meteorology masts and LiDARs. ESMAP has funded a series of World Bank projects over the last four years to help fill this gap, with wind measurement campaigns under implementation in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi, Maldives, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Zambia. All measurement data is published via https://energydata.info, a World Bank Group data sharing platform.

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WIND POWER CONTINUES TO SET RECORDS

On May 16, 2017, the state of California set a new record—that day, it generated 42% of its electricity from wind and solar, and peaked at 72% that afternoon. In addition to this wind power record, wind farms by themselves accounted for 18% of the state’s needs. But renewable energy’s popularity doesn’t just extend to California. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the total generating capacity of wind farms around the world is now greater than all of the world’s nuclear power plants combined.

So what’s driving this growth? One answer is innovation. The “levelized cost of electricity” (LCOE)—a key number that measures electricity’s costs—has fallen 58% over the past six years. Additionally, the use of  wind turbine management software—like GE’s Predix—has let operators run their wind farms more efficiently, lowering maintenance costs and saving money. In fact, GE estimates that by deploying its Digital Wind Farm solutions and wind turbine software, the wind industry could save as much as $10 billion a year. One thing’s for sure: with 30,000 GE wind turbines deployed across the globe and capable of generating more than 57 GW of electricity, wind energy isn’t going anywhere.

Learn more about GE’s wind power software and Digital Wind Farms by contacting us today.

Read the full story at https://www.ge.com/reports/wind-blows-innovation-dropping-costs-drive-renewables-growth/

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ENERCON is developing two new types of converter for its 3 megawatt platform (EP3). E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 are designed for sites with moderate and low winds respectively, and are scheduled to go into production in late 2018 and late 2019. As well as promising much improved performance and efficiency, the two new converters will benefit from optimised processes for production, transport and logistics, and installation. ENERCON will be introducing the two converter types for the first time at the Brazil Windpower event in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 August).

The machines are ENERCON’s response to new challenges facing converter technology in the important 3 MW segment. “We are increasing overall performance significantly”, says Arno Hildebrand, Director of System Engineering at ENERCON’s research and development arm, WRD. The greater efficiency will come mainly from an increase in swept area and in nominal power. The E-126 EP3 will have a rotor diameter of 127 metres and a nominal power of 3.5 MW, and is being designed for sites with moderate wind conditions in Class IIA (IEC). The E-138 EP3 will also have a nominal power of 3.5 MW, but with a rotor diameter of 138 metres it is intended for use at low-wind sites in Class IIIA (IEC).

“At sites with moderate wind speeds of 8.0 m/s at hub height, the yield of the new E-126 EP3 will therefore be more than 13 percent higher than that of our existing E-115 model”, says Hildebrand. Annual energy yields of more than 14.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) are forecast for a typical Wind Class IIA site with speeds of 8.0 m/s at a hub height of 135 metres. As for the E-138 EP3 – a completely new type of converter, and the first low-wind turbine to feature in ENERCON’s EP3 portfolio – the developers calculate that, at a typical low-wind site with average speeds of 7.0 m/s at a hub height of 131 metres, annual energy yields in excess of 13.2 million kWh can be achieved.

Not only that, but the two converter types will be consistently streamlined for efficiency. Every single process – from production to transport and logistics, installation and commissioning – will be optimised. The E-126 EP3 and E-138 EP3 will be available with a choice of hybrid or tubular steel towers with hub heights of between 81 and 160 metres. Installation of the E-126 EP3 prototype is scheduled for as early as the third quarter of 2018; it will enter series production later that year. ENERCON plans to erect the E-138 EP3 prototype in the fourth quarter of 2018, then introduce a few pre-series machines in 2019 before full production begins towards the end of 2019.

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The World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark today launched new Global Wind Atlas, a free web-based tool to help policymakers and investors identify promising areas for wind power generation, virtually anywhere in the world.

The Global Wind Atlas is expected to help governments save millions of dollars by avoiding the need for early-stage, national-level wind mapping. It will also provide commercial developers with an easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between areas in one region or across countries.