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  1. Deepwater Wind pitches 120 MW Maryland offshore wind project

    The Skipjack Offshore Energy unit of Deepwater Wind Holdings on Jan. 4 filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission additional testimony in support of a November 2016 application for approval of a 120 MW wind power project in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of Maryland. Jeffrey Grybowski, the CEO of both Deepwater Wind Holdings and Skipjack Offshore Energy, testified in support of Skipjack's application for the approval of a Qualified Offshore Wind Project. One part of his testimony focused on lessons the company learned from the development of the Block Island Wind Farm, which when it went commercial in December 2016 became the first commercial U.S. offshore wind project. Grybowski wrote that Deepwater Wind's notable achievements include: ·      The development and construction of the BIWF, the first offshore wind farm in America ·      The development of the Block Island Transmission System (now known as "sea2shore" under new owner National Grid), the first offshore transmission system to serve offshore wind energy in the U.S. ·      Winning the first competitive lease auction held by the U.S. Department of the Interior for an offshore wind energy area on the Outer Continental Shelf— to acquire two leases off the coast of southern New England ·      Winning a revenue contract from the Long Island Power Authority ( LIPA ) for what it expects to be the second offshore wind farm to be built in the United States, the 90 MW South Fork Wind Farm to be located 30 miles east of Montauk, N.Y. ·      Acquisition of a federal lease off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware where it plans to locate the Skipjack Wind Farm He added: "These achievements were possible only because Deepwater Wind was able to successfully navigate the complex legal, commercial, political, and operational challenges that face this emerging industry. This experience makes Deepwater Wind uniquely qualified to successfully develop the Skipjack Wind Farm." The Skipjack Wind Farm is a new 120 MW offshore wind farm that will be located between 17 and 21 nautical miles off the coast of Maryland in BOEM Lease OCS-A0482 and will interconnect with Delmarva Power' and Light's 138-kV transmission system in Ocean City, Maryland. Wrote Grybowski about the project size: "We believe that a 120 MW offshore wind farm is the right size for Maryland at the outset of its implementation of its offshore wind program. At this project size, costs to ratepayers will be significantly lower than permitted under Maryland's 2013 Offshore Wind Energy Act ('OWEA' or 'Act'). At 120 MW, the Skipjack Wind Farm will be less than half the size authorized under OWEA and will have a unit energy price that is far less than allowed by the Act — resulting in a much lower cost to ratepayers than the caps established in the Act. Deepwater Wind proposed the Skipjack Wind Farm as an appropriately-sized, cost-effective new offshore wind farm designed to help the State of Maryland meet its clean energy needs, while satisfying the requirements of OWEA." He added about financing of such a project: "A robust market exists for the financing of properly structured offshore wind projects that are being developed by credible entities with a proven track record. Currently, more than 30 banks are active in the offshore wind sector, six of which participated in the financing for BIWF. Each year, over $4 billion of debt financing is available for offshore wind projects. "Global project finance experts project this capacity to grow to about $8 billion annually in the coming years. In each of the last two years, about $3 billion of non-recourse financings for offshore wind have been successfully completed. "However, because offshore wind is new to the U.S., securing financing under the unique legal, regulatory and commercial structures in the U.S. is something that will continue to require a high level of expertise. We believe that Deepwater Wind is extremely well qualified to secure that financing." Christian van Beek, the president of Deepwater Wind, said in accompanying testimony: "Skipjack believes a project of this modest size appropriately reduces project risk and increases the likelihood of project success. At this time, the supply chain in the U.S. has not matured to a point where it can support a large offshore wind project. "By limiting the number of wind turbines to be installed, Deepwater Wind has been able to provide its contractors with more flexibility to account for weather and other delays, while still maintaining the target in-service date in 2022. Additionally, the smaller project size allowed Deepwater Wind to work with more local contractors who did not have the capacity to support a larger project. "Similarly, with only fifteen wind turbines, the Skipjack Wind Farm represents a modest increase in size from the Block Island Wind Farm that can be executed with the same degree of schedule flexibility while also providing a larger role for local contractors in Maryland," van Beek said.

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  2. EDF Renewable Energy announces operation at 225 MW wind project

    The project’s output of wind power will be bought by Google under a long-term power purchase agreement 

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  3. Enel Marks First Phase of 400-MW Cimarron Bend Wind Project

    The 200 MW now being generated are being sold under long-term power purchase agreements with Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  4. NextEra to Build 300-MW Wind Project in North Dakota

    The development comes as part of a power-purchase agreement with Great River Energy, a wholesale energy provider to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  1. EDF Renewable Completes Wind Development for Google

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  2. Major Wind, Solar Projects Came Online During November

    During the first 11 months of 2016 there have been 19,127 MW of generating capacity installed domestically, compared to 14,473 MW during the same period in 2015.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  3. Wind Power: MidAmerican announces sites for 2 more Iowa wind farms

    MidAmerican Energy has announced that it will build a wind farm in Boone and neighboring Greene counties and another in Mahaska County.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. FERC records 957 MW in new wind, solar power installed in November

    New generation building in first 11 months of 2016 outpaced 2015

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    Thu, 12 Jan 2017

  5. New York Governor Calls for 2.4 GW of Offshore Wind Power by 2030

    The first step in the ambitious development slate would be a 90-MW offshore wind project 30 miles southeast of Montauk, which Cuomo urged the Long Island Power Authority to approve.

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  6. Southern Power Purchases Two Wind Projects totaling 300 MW

    The developments include the Salt Fork Wind Project in Donley and Gray counties, which includes 87 wind turbines that generate 174 MW; and the Tyler Bluff Wind Facility in Cooke County, which includes 52 wind turbines that generate 126 MW.

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016

  7. EDF Renewable Energy to sell 300 MW in wind power projects

    EDF Renewable Services, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of EDF RE, will provide balance-of-plant services for the projects 

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  8. EDF Renewable Energy opens Illinois wind power project

    According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind-supported jobs grew by 20 percent in 2015 alone

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

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