AWEA's Farrell gives remarks at final Politico energy event | Industry group helps keep N.D. open for wind, says Apex exec | Siemens Gamesa building test site for longer turbine blades
September 13, 2019
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AWEA's Farrell gives remarks at final Politico energy event
This week Politico and AWEA partnered to hold the third and final installment in our Reinventing American Energy series. "AWEA is excited to work with Politico to elevate the discussion around clean energy policy--what's possible during the remainder of this Congress, and what bigger actions are on the horizon, as we look to power more of our lives with affordable, reliable clean energy," said AWEA Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs Amy Farrell during the opening remarks.
Into the Wind blog (9/12) 
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Industry group helps keep N.D. open for wind, says Apex exec
Wind companies launched the Wind Industry of North Dakota to play a larger role in the state's legislative activities after state lawmakers mulled a moratorium on new projects in 2017, says Apex Clean Energy's Chris Kunkle, who chairs the group. North Dakota is still open for wind business and companies have found that public outreach and third-party reviews help garner local support for projects, he says.
The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (9/12) 
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Siemens Gamesa building test site for longer turbine blades
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is installing a test stand in Denmark where it can perform "full-scale tests on the next generations of SGRE rotor blades." The project will likely launch by the end of the year and will allow SGRE to try out its new 10-megawatt 193DD offshore wind model.
Recharge (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Project Focus
Mont. county approves $406M wind farm
Montana's Carbon County has approved a proposal from Oregon-based PacifiCorp to build a $406 million wind farm. Construction will begin this fall on the project, which will include 114 turbines providing enough power for 76,000 homes.
The Associated Press (9/12),  Billings Gazette (Mont.) (9/12) 
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Vestas sells stake in Romanian projects to IKEA owner
IKEA store owner Ingka has acquired an 80% interest in seven of Vestas' projects in Romania for about $151 million. The projects feature 64 turbines and have a combined capacity of 171 megawatts.
Reuters (9/13) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Bureau Veritas to use Cornis tech for advanced blade inspections
Bureau Veritas will work with artificial intelligence and turbine blade inspection company Cornis to offer advanced blade inspection services. The resulting inspections will use HD cameras, AI and a web-based platform to identify blade surface issues and share them with companies.
North American Windpower online (9/12) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Can autonomous energy grids help US optimize energy?
Autonomous energy grids operate in independent cells similar to microgrids and can easily switch between the best-available energy sources, depending on a variety of factors, writes Connor O'Neil. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been studying AEGs in "an effort to ensure the grid of the future can manage a growing base of intelligent energy devices, variable renewable energy, and advanced controls," he writes.
T&D World (9/12) 
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Mide Technology secures NREL funding for wildlife protection project
Mide Technology has secured a subcontract from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop ultrasound-based technology for reducing bird and bad interactions with wind farms. Mide will develop the project over an 18-month period and share its findings at the end of the trial.
North American Windpower online (9/12) 
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