Invenergy has received approval from the Navajo County Board of Supervisors to build three meteorological towers in Arizona. The company will use the site to test the area's potential for wind energy generation. The board also issued a special use permit for a period of five years.
Google's Street View mapping cars are to begin sniffing the air as they drive, allowing the tech giant to keep tabs on air pollution levels in real time. "We are for the first time able to really take a city-scale snapshot of pollution," said Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima, which is working with Google on the project.
Humanity is capable of innovating its way out of the climate crisis if world leaders get serious about the scope of the problem, writes Bill Gates. What's needed are proper incentives for clean-energy investment, plus systems to ensure that developing nations are treated fairly. "Digital technology has revolutionized the way people live. We can create a zero-carbon future too, if we commit to it," Gates writes.
Vattenfall has decided to cancel a 69-megawatt wind farm in the U.K. on the heels of the U.K. government's decision to end support for wind farms with a capacity greater than 50 MW. The Nocton Fen wind farm would have included 20 turbines. "It's obviously disappointing to stop development of Nocton Fen as it would have delivered significant benefit locally and generated affordable, clean and renewable energy for tens of thousands of homes every year," said Project Manager Graham Davey.
Gamesa has finished upgrading nine turbines at Commonwealth Bay's Medicine Bow wind farm in Carbon County, Wyo. The upgrade made the project's turbines more powerful and will extend their lifespan, said Gamesa. The company added that the deal included a 15-year service and maintenance contract.
A limited demand for electricity and the low price of purchased electricity is hindering the growth of South Dakota's wind industry, writes lawyer David Ganje. The state has the sixth greatest potential for wind energy generation in the country, according to the Energy Department. It currently only has 0.17% of its potential capacity installed, and used that to produce 26% of South Dakota's total electricity in 2013. "South Dakota has enormous potential for wind energy development," he writes.
Brazil and Chile are on track to add more renewable energy projects through 2017 than any other country in South America, according to GlobalData. In Chile, wind energy accounted for 39.9% of the total installed renewable capacity added in 2014, said the report. By the end of 2017, it added, installed wind capacity in Brazil will likely exceed biomass.
Apex Clean Energy has applied for a permit to build a three-turbine wind energy test site in Virginia. "[I]n order to get a complete and up-to-date picture of the wind resource, we need to install two to three temporary met towers prior to project construction," wrote Apex spokesman Kevin Chandler in an e-mail. If approved, the project could include up to 25 turbines.
General Electric has won a contract to supply a wind farm owned by Pattern Development in British Columbia, Canada, with turbines. The Meikle wind farm will have a total capacity of 180 megawatts. The deal includes 35 of GE's 3.2-MW 103 turbines, and 26 of its 2.75-MW 120 machines. The wind farm has a 25-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
Ontario, Canada, has approved WPD Canada's request to build a 55.35-megawatt wind farm. The project will include 27 Senvion MM92 2.05-MW turbines. "We're pleased the ministry has approved White Pines. We're hopeful we can begin construction this fall or next spring using competitively-priced local labor and services as much as possible," said WPD spokesperson Kevin Surette.