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Proving Ground: This U.K. Facility Is Preparing To Put The World’s Largest Wind Turbine To Test

Dorothy Pomerantz
May 30, 2018
Marc Sala has a huge challenge on his hands. The giant turbine he’s helping bring to market, the Haliade-X, will stand 260 meters tall, about the same height as New York’s iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza skyscraper. With blades that are longer than a football field, the turbine will have a generator capable of producing 12 megawatts — 2.5 MW more than current turbines and enough to supply the equivalent energy needed to supply 16,000 homes.
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For The Record: GE Onshore Wind Turbines In North America Can Now Power The Equivalent Of 11 Million U.S. Homes

Amy Kover
May 21, 2018
Iowa may conjure up images of sweeping cornfields dotted with farms, but this Midwestern state has been at the forefront of wind energy technology since 1983, when it became the first state to enact a renewable-energy mandate, requiring local investor-owned utilities to use wind or solar sources for power generation. In 2017, Iowa generated 37 percent of its electricity from wind, the largest share nationwide.
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Amazon Turns To Wind To Power Its Business

Dorothy Pomerantz
October 19, 2017
Amazon may be the largest online retailer in the world, but the company is focused on having a positive impact on the ground as well. With an ever-expanding global network of fulfillment and data centers, Amazon has a growing demand for energy. Amazon also has an equal appetite for and commitment to renewable energy. In fact, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing business, has a long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint.
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Efficient Steam Power For The Philippines

August 24, 2017
Over two billion people globally lack sufficient power to support social and economic development. Over one billion have no access to power at all. Changing that will require the effort of governments and business in partnership. Delivering the energy that is needed while minimising the environmental impact will require continuing drives for efficiency in power generation. That’s true right here in the Philippines.
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Towers of power coming to Crookwell

June 07, 2017
The Prell family has been farming near Crookwell, in the tablelands atop the Great Dividing Range, for 120 years. For 17 of those trips around the sun, Charlie Prell has been waiting for wind. That’s how many years ago he was first approached about hosting wind turbines on his property. In the intervening years, sheep farmer Prell muses, “I’ve gained a lot of experience about how it all works—the politics and economics involved in renewable energy.”
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Generation Next: Wind Already More Powerful Than All Nuclear Plants Combined

Tomas Kellner
May 25, 2017
May 16, 2017, was a bright day for renewables in California. America’s most populous state hit a new renewable energy record, generating 42 percent of its electricity from wind and solar that day and peaking at 72 percent in the early afternoon. Wind farms alone produced more than 104 megawatt-hours, close to 18 percent of what the state needed.
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Catching More Wind: GE Acquires World’s Largest Turbine Blade Maker

Maggie Sieger
April 20, 2017
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To build a wind farm, it takes a village...

April 05, 2017
Wind-farm prospector Frank Boland first met with farmers at the Lion of Waterloo in 2009, to discuss them hosting turbines on their land. Late the previous year, Boland, who leads the development team for renewable-energy company Infigen Energy, had used meta-scale wind modelling to identify Bodangora, near Wellington in central NSW, as a prime area to farm wind.
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This Idea Holds Water: A Rural Montana Town Is About To Make A Splash In Renewable Energy

Tomas Kellner
April 05, 2017
Born Mary Eager in 1926, the daughter of a physics professor blazed through her coursework, graduating in just three years at age 20 thanks to having taken college classes in high school and committing to a grueling year-round schedule. A strict family rule may also have helped. “Studying came first,” said Reynolds. “So no radio could be on if anyone was studying at home.” She was the second woman to graduate with a mechanical engineering degree at what was then Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University).
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Indonesia Jump Starts Rural Electrification Plan

February 03, 2017
More than four million Indonesian families living in isolated rural, and island locations, will soon have access to reliable, affordable electricity for the first time.
Communities in the remote parts of Lampung, Pontianak, Bangka, Riau, Belitung, Ampenan, Paya Pasir, and Nias provinces, are the beneficiaries of a new energy plan announced by the Indonesian state utility, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) on December 8, 2016.
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