The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2014 case in which the Illinois Commerce Commission moved to block a $600 million transmission line from Rock Island Clean Line that would carry wind energy from Iowa to Grundy County, Ill. Rock Island said the project would benefit the local economy, create construction jobs and help clean energy businesses within the state.
Innergex has begun operations at its 150-megawatt Mesgi'g Ugju's'n project in Quebec, Canada, featuring 46 3.2-MW M114 machines and one MM92 turbine from Senvion. Senvion said that LM Wind was responsible for manufacturing the blades and towers.
German wind developer GP Joule has ordered 3.6-megawatt N131/3600 turbines from Nordex for a project in northern Germany, according to the companies. Nordex said that it is the first order it has received for the line, which it launched in September.
Vestas has agreed to supply EDF Energies Nouvelles with turbines for three projects in France with a combined capacity of 112 megawatts, said the companies. Vestas said that the wind farms would use a combination of its V126 3.45-MW, V117 3.45-MW and V90 2-MW machines.
Seven Sioux tribes in the Dakotas are in the early stages of developing a wind complex that would cover six reservations and have an installed wind capacity up to 2 gigawatts, according to this piece. The tribes, which have organized under the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority, are expected to build the projects in several phases.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has submitted the documents necessary to qualify for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Dec. 15 offshore wind leasing round in New York. "If NYSERDA is successful in the bidding, we will engage all involved stakeholders and ensure that offshore wind in New York is developed responsibly," said NYSERDA President and CEO John Rhodes.
UK subsea cable firm Global Marine Systems has assumed full control of CWind after acquiring a majority interest in the latter earlier this year. Combined, the entities said they operate 22 crew transfer vessels and provide a wide range of services for offshore wind farm operators in Europe.
The UK -- home to an installed offshore wind capacity of 5.1 gigawatts and another 4.5 GW being built -- is a global leader in offshore wind production, according to this analysis. Observers say the industry has been growing in recent years and that new projects only serve to cement its position.
The coal industry won't make a comeback for a variety of reasons, including the fact that is isn't cost-competitive with other major energy sources, writes James Van Nostrand. Another reason, he argues, is because Toyota, Walmart, Procter & Gamble and other major companies are increasingly demanding output from clean energy sources.
Sustainability is here to stay, according to top green leaders and other executives from a range of industries. "There is a business rationale, and an emerging consensus up and down the value chain, that we need to act," says Jerry Lynch, chief sustainability officer at General Mills.
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