EU wind power target ‘in reach’ but grids now the challenge: WindEurope
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48m ago
Europe is expected to install 37.5GW of new wind power per year by 2030 but governments must focus on accelerating the development of their electricity grids to make the massive build-out possible, industry lobby WindEurope cautioned in its latest outlook. The additions at first will be mostly on land, but in the latter part of the decade increasingly at sea, and are seen boosting the continent’s total wind energy capacity to above half a terawatt. The post EU wind power target ‘in reach’ but grids now the challenge: WindEurope appeared first on Energy Mag ..read more
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DOE to commit $366M for rural & remote clean energy
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by staff
11h ago
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $366 million for 17 projects across 20 states and 30 Tribal Nations and communities, as part of an effort to accelerate clean energy deployment in rural and remote areas of the country. This funding, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will support a variety of energy projects in rural and remote regions, such as building microgrids for community health centers or constructing a new hydroelectric facility on Tribal lands to improve access to energy. “President Biden firmly believes that every community should benefit from the nati ..read more
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‘Valuable as nuclear, but cheaper’: can ex-Shell exec make UK’s $25bn Moroccan green power dreams come true?
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13h ago
Xlinks First, the UK company dashing ahead with a plan to build a 3.6GW HVDC power connection between Britain and vast Moroccan renewable energy plants, has appointed former Shell executive James Humfrey in a sign that the project is now entering into a new phase of development. Founder and former CEO Simon Morrish will now take care of Xlinks’ new business portfolio, as well as a sister company that aims to fill the supply chain gap for manufacturing and installing subsea cables. Morrish told Recharge this week that the growth plan for Xlinks’ $25bn Morocco UK Power Project portfolio had rea ..read more
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DOE to commit $24M for clean energy workforce training
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13h ago
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $24 million funding opportunity for workforce training programs with a focus on training in clean energy jobs that do not require a four-year degree. This funding, from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Is meant to further expand the existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) network to include more union training programs, community colleges, and trade schools. These IACs support the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals of growing our clean energy workforce and boosting the economy by helping small and midsized manufacturers (SMMs) identify o ..read more
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Troubled green giant Orsted names new CFO and operations chiefs
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15h ago
Orsted’s board of directors has appointed Trond Westlie as its new chief financial officer and Patrick Harnett as its next chief operational officer, as the global offshore wind champion plots a route out of its financial woes. Westlie will replace Rasmus Errboe, who had acted as interim CFO since mid-November 2023 and by the end of March will return to his position as CEO of the Europe region. Westlie previously had served as CFO at Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, at VEON, Telenor, and Aker Kvaerner. Westlie currently is chair of the board at Norwegian investment company Arendals F ..read more
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Iberdrola sharpens green power focus as $6bn Mexico deal sealed
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16h ago
Iberdrola said it will focus on building out its major renewable energy portfolio in Mexico after sealing a $6.2bn deal to sell its gas-fired generation assets there. The Spain-based global renewables giant said late on Monday that it completed the sale of 13 plants totalling 8.5GW – almost all combined-cycle gas – that was first announced last April. The sale to Mexican state power group CFE leaves Iberdrola with a 6GW renewables portfolio in Mexico, some 2GW of which could be developed inside five years, said the latter, which added that it “aims to continue growing by providing clean energ ..read more
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RWE to test novel monitoring of cables, vessels and marine life at German offshore wind farm
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17h ago
RWE will test a novel data transfer and analytics tool to monitor cables at its 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea to enable preventative maintenance. The new tool by UK start-up Indeximate also is slated to provide vessel tracking, ambient noise measurements and monitoring of marine life, such as mammals. Indeximate has won a global innovation competition the German power giant had launched to find innovative solutions in the fields of system integration, circularity and environmental protection in offshore wind. “Combining our own expertise with promising new technolog ..read more
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‘Absolute science fiction’: what’s next for $80bn green plan to supply a quarter of Africa’s power?
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by staff
18h ago
The World Bank is hopeful of reviving a colossal 40GW renewables project it is claimed could provide a quarter of Africa’s electricity, but the plan faces “daunting” challenges – including one that some believe renders it “absolute science fiction”. The dream of building the world’s largest hydroelectric dam on the Congo River and delivering transformative amounts of power to the African continent has existed in many forms for decades. But the monumental challenges of realising the monumental “Grand Inga” project have seen the various iterations of the plan fade and various prospective backer ..read more
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Siemens Energy CEO: ‘Were we misled or in error over Siemens Gamesa? Neither’
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21h ago
Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch repeatedly claimed that technical issues to key Siemens Gamesa turbine platforms were “impossible to predict” as shareholders demanded to know why they weren’t spotted during a $4bn full takeover of the wind OEM. Bruch was asked multiple times by investors during Siemens Energy’s annual meeting today (Monday) how the quality problems afflicting Siemens Gamesa’s 4.X The post Siemens Energy CEO: ‘Were we misled or in error over Siemens Gamesa? Neither’ appeared first on Energy Mag ..read more
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Stuck: 35GW red tape backlog threat to Sweden’s offshore wind boom
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21h ago
Sixteen offshore wind projects with the potential of a combined 35GW are currently stuck in the government’s slow permitting system, the Swedish wind industry warned. In the second half of last year alone seven new applications came in, showing a continued high interest by developers. But only three projects of a potentially multi-gigawatt second wave of Swedish offshore wind expansion have been granted a final central government permit – the last one in May of 2023. The post Stuck: 35GW red tape backlog threat to Sweden’s offshore wind boom appeared first on Energy Mag ..read more
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