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  1. Wind Power: Measure proposes moratorium on North Dakota wind energy

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Worried North Dakota's burgeoning wind-energy industry may be threatening the state's coal-fired power plants, a Republican lawmaker has proposed legislation that would halt wind-generation projects for two years. Mandan Sen. Dwight Cook said the state's wind industry enjoys more favorable tax incentives and less onerous regulations than coal factories, putting them at an unfair advantage. He also said the intent of his proposal is to ensure a reliable source of electricity "Coal plants are shutting down and my assumption is wind generation has something to do with it," Cook told The Associated Press. North Dakota has seven coal-fueled electric power factories. One, owned by Minnesota's Great River Energy , is slated to shutter this year. The company blamed the shutdown on low prices in the regional energy market. Almost 70 percent of electricity produced from North Dakota's power plants is exported to surrounding states to more than 2 million customers. Meanwhile, wind energy — which is cleaner but less reliable than coal-fueled electricity — has become more prevalent in North Dakota in the past decade. The state ranked 11th in the nation last year for the number of turbines and installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association . The Washington-based group also has rated North Dakota as having the nation's greatest wind energy potential. North Dakota has about 2,850 megawatts of power generated from wind turbines, and another 6,000 megawatts planned or under construction. A megawatt is roughly enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. Cook introduced his measure to impose a moratorium on wind energy development through the use of a so-called hog-house amendment that erases an existing bill and rewrites it. By doing so, the public can't comment on the proposal because hearings already have been held on the original measure. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which Cook serves, approved the measure 4-3 last week. The full Senate is expected to debate the bill on Wednesday. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources, which accounts for about half of North Dakota's wind-generated power, called the legislation "extremely shortsighted." The organization said the bill "ignores the fact that wind development in North Dakota is a significant source of tax revenue and job creation, not to mention a source of income for private landowners." North Dakota had only a few turbines at the turn of the century but no major wind farms. Now the wind industry has grown into one of the most powerful industries in the state, with dozens of lobbyists in the halls of the state Capitol in Bismarck. The industry also has a strong ally in longtime Rep. Mike Brandenburg, a Republican from Edgeley. He is so pro-wind generation that his fellow lawmakers call him "Windy." Brandenburg's district is home to two large wind farms and three others are planned. He said wind generation complements coal-fired electricity, and that the Senate proposal "sends a bad message" to industry and investors. He said he fears the state could lose tax revenue and jobs to other states if the measure is approved. "It's going to cost us in the long run," he said.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Siemens 8 MW wind turbine up and running

    Siemens Wind Power has installed the latest version of its offshore direct drive wind turbine at the national test center in Denmark

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  3. Wind Power: Siemens 8-megawatt wind turbine up and running

    Siemens Wind Power has installed the latest version of its offshore direct drive wind turbine at the national test center in Østerild, Denmark – according to plan.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  4. Siemens Installs 8-MW Wind Turbine Prototype

    The SWT-8.0-154 prototype can generate 8 MW with its 154-meter rotor, and was installed on a steel tower with a hub height of 120 meters.

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  1. Senvion wins Portugal wind turbine deal

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  2. Siemens to build EnBW Hohe See as first offshore wind power project with extended scope

    Siemens Wind Power will, for the first time, provide complete offshore wind power plant solutions including foundations for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind project.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  3. Siemens installs latest 8 MW offshore wind turbine

    A Danish wind technology centre is set to benefit from the latest Siemens technology as the company installed its 8MW SWT--8.0-154 offshore direct drive wind turbine .

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  4. Wind Power: First electricity delivered from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

    After a successful installation of the first wind power turbine in early January, operator Statoil and partners Masdar and Statkraft were able to set the first turbine in production on the 7 February delivering electricity to UK National Grid.

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    Fri, 10 Feb 2017

  5. Wind Energy: Full-go for NC wind farm that politicians claimed is threat

    North Carolina's first large-scale wind farm is fully operational despite efforts by some of the state's most powerful politicians to shut down the $400 million project as a possible national security threat.

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    Sat, 11 Feb 2017

  6. Siemens celebrates topping out ceremony at new wind turbine factory in Cuxhaven, Germany

    This new facility in northern Germany is one of Siemens' most important investment projects in recent years, with some EUR 200 million invested in what is the company's first offshore wind turbine production plant in Germany.

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    Thu, 24 Nov 2016

  7. Gamesa Awarded Contract for Wind Turbines in Mexico

    Gamesa will manufacture and install 134 wind turbines for installations slated to begin operations in 2019.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  8. Wind Power: Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

    Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand. But in western New York, they are battling over plans to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation's tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

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