Onshore

Although wind turbines generally are designed for a service life of 20 years, many can continue to operate past their original design life. In fact, the lifetime of a wind turbine can often be extended by minor and low-cost repairs. This article describes the methods and results of a safety evaluation of wind turbines. By...
Solar

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week proposed to modernize its regulations governing small power producers and cogenerators under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) to better address consumer concerns and market changes in the energy landscape in recent decades. Congress enacted PURPA to address the national energy crisis by encouraging...
Solar

Yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Forty-Three, which establishes ambitious statewide goals and targets for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth’s commitments to reduce its environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia. The Executive Order lays out Virginia’s objectives for statewide energy...
Project Development

DTE Energy announced this week that it is issuing Requests for Proposals (RFP) for additional solar and wind projects in Michigan. DTE will use these resources to help achieve compliance with Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, source its voluntary renewable energy programs and deliver on its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2040.  Through the RFP, the company...
Solar

by Paul Burkhardt, Bloomberg South Africa’s thermal-coal exports are expected to drop as its main export hub faces growing competition and new cheaper energies proliferate, according to a U.S. research group. “New energy technology is replacing coal-fired power faster than most predicted,” the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said Monday as it released its export...
C&I

As a reader of this website, you probably already know how important offtakers are to clean energy transactions. Never before have energy consumers come together to collectively and collaboratively drive the clean energy future as they are now in the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. And this is happening not a moment too soon for our...
Utility Scale

Developers: start your engines. This week, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) issued two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for solar and wind resources. These RFPs were first announced in late July and will help expand the company’s renewable energy portfolio to approximately 2,500 megawatts by 2021 – enough to power more than half a million...
Onshore

A celebration and blade-signing event took place this week for the 242-MW Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a wind farm being built north of Maryville, Mo. Tenaska says this wind farm will contain 111 turbines, supplied by Vestas. Construction began earlier this year, and all turbines should be installed by the end of 2019, Tenaska...
Offshore

By William Mathis, Bloomberg The cost of offshore wind in the U.K. could soon drop below the wholesale price of electricity as developers bid to supply energy in the latest round of an auction that has subsidized the nation’s renewables industry. Developers have submitted proposals in the so-called “contracts-for-difference” auction to win fixed prices for power...