Review2002 – Wind Power

This is the fifth installment of our comprehensive look back on the news that shaped the Renewable Energy industry in 2002 – REview2002. Today, we focus on Wind Power – on Thursday, we feature Hydropower news from the year.

Green Tags Available From SeaWest WindPower San Diego, California – April 18, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] SeaWest WindPower, Inc. has announced opportunities for purchasers of Renewable Energy credits or “green tags” from its Caprock Canyon Winds wind energy project in Carson County, Texas that will provide clean wind energy to power users. Click for Full StoryShell Launches Second Windfarm in U.S. Houston, Texas – February 16, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Shell WindEnergy Inc has launched its second major wind investment in the United States. Click for Full StoryShell WindEnergy Adds 61.5 MW to Portfolio Houston, Texas – July 24, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Shell Renewables announced the acquisition of project development company Whitewater Hill Wind Partners, LLC. The company’s U.S. wind energy operations, Shell WindEnergy Inc. has signed an agreement with CPC Development Corporation, an affiliate of Cannon Power Corporation, to acquire their project company developing the 61.5 MW Whitewater Hill wind park in the San Gorgonio Pass. The acquisition will bring Shell WindEnergy’s capacity in the US to 230 MW. Click for Full StoryGE Wind Energy Launched Atlanta, Georgia – May 14, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] GE Power Systems has officially entered the wind power industry with the acquisition of Enron Wind complete. Click for Full StoryLong Island’s First Land-Based Wind Generator Dedicated Albany, New York – September 12, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Governor George E. Pataki, recently joined with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the Long Island Farm Bureau to formally dedicate LIPA’s first land-based wind generator located on a working farm in Suffolk County. Click for Full StoryWind Energy Tax Credit Extended for Two Years Washington, D.C. March 14, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), considered vital by the United States wind energy industry for continued growth, has been extended for two years as part of an economic stimulus package recently approved by both houses of Congress and signed by President George W. Bush. Click for Full StoryCape Wind Receives Permit for Offshore Structure Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts – August 20, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Cape Wind Associates has received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install a scientific monitoring station on Horseshoe Shoal, the site of its planned wind park off Cape Cod. The structure will gather scientific data to be used in evaluating and designing the nation’s first offshore wind park as well as other scientific uses. Click for Full StoryVestas to Supply First UK Offshore Wind Farm Ringkoebing, Denmark – August 13, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Vestas – Celtic Wind Technology Ltd., a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, has been selected to supply turbines for the first major UK offshore wind farm. Click for Full StoryWind Power Conference: 60,000 MW Possible in Next Five Years Paris, France 2002-04-05 [SolarAccess.com] The first Global Wind power conference is underway in Paris and the news is good: the wind energy market could reach 60,000 MW worldwide over the next five years, more than doubling its present output. Click for Full StoryNew Turbine Pushes Past 3 MW Orlando, Florida – December 12, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The first wind turbine over 3 MW for commercial power applications is a 3.6 MW machine developed by GE Wind Energy, a business unit of GE Power Systems. Now operating in Spain, this milestone was reached in September 2002 when the prototype turbine began producing power for the grid of Spanish energy supplier Iberdrola. Click for Full Story

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