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Plans have emerged to turn the former Anglesey Aluminium site into a wind turbine factory.Smelting operations at the Holyhead metal plant, which was the largest employer in north Wales, ended in September last year.A turbine company is now looking at the possibility of using the site as a factory, although Anglesey council stresses talks are at an early stage.The plan would create "significant employment", said the council.Anglesey's Head of Economic Development, Sasha Wynn Davies, said: "I can confirm that the county council, in partnership with both the Welsh Assembly Government and Anglesey Aluminium, are in talks with a turbine company."These talks, however, are at a very early stage. We will continue to work positively with our partners in order to attract this company to Anglesey."Turning the former smelter site into a hub for wind energy manufacturing would create significant employment and provide a huge boost for the economy."She said the project would complement plans to make Anglesey an "energy island" through a mixture of "renewables and nuclear"."Anglesey is very well placed given the potential for wind and tidal generation within the Irish Sea," she said."This fits in with UK government policy for energy provision as well as the Welsh Assembly

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Mumbai: REpower, in which Suzlon Energy holds a majority stake, said it has got an order from France-based EOLE-RES SA to supply 26 wind turbines.REpower has entered into an agreement with EOLE-RES SA to supply 26 wind turbines of 2 MW each, generating a total capacity of 52 MW, Suzlon said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.\"France remains one of the most important wind markets in Europe and we are delighted to be bringing together for the first time the long-standing experience of EOLE-RES and the expertise of REpower\"So far we have set up almost 400 turbines with a total generating capacity of some 750 MW in various French regions and wish to expand our position here even further in the future,\" REpower Systems AG CEO Per Hornung Pedersen said.The 26 wind turbines are to be delivered and commissioned by October 2010, the filing added.\"France is among the world\'s leaders in wind energy installations, and an important market for REpower. We are pleased to welcome this order, which underlines REpower\'s strong presence in the European wind market,\" Suzlon Energy chairman and managing director Tulsi Tanti said.Shares of Suzlon were trading at Rs73.10 on the BSE, up 0.34% from

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A company in Spain that makes generators for high-tech wind turbines will put a new factory in Milwaukee. Mayor Tom Barrett confirmed in his \\\"state of the city\\\" address Monday that Ingeteam will locate in the Menomonee Valley between downtown Milwaukee and the Miller Park baseball stadium. Julia Taylor of the Greater Milwaukee Committee says the new plant will create 270 jobs. Other details will be announced Tuesday.The White House practically spilled the beans on Friday when it said Ingeteam got almost $1.7 million in federal green manufacturing tax credits for a Milwaukee plant. It said the plant would make wind turbine generators, as well as control systems and power converters. State, regional, and city officials visited the home city of Ingeteam last fall in Bilbao Spain. 

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General Electric Co., the biggest maker of wind turbines in the U.S., filed a new patent-infringement lawsuit against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and plans to appeal an earlier case it lost.The new complaint, filed Thursday in federal court in Dallas, claims Mitsubishi Heavy infringes two patents. One is related to the base frame supporting the weight of the rotor and the other covers a way to keep the turbine connected to the electricity grid even when the voltage drops. GE seeks a court order to block further use of its inventions, plus cash compensation.\"GE has 148 issued U.S. patents related to wind energy,\" Dan Nelson, a spokesman for the Fairfield, Conn.-based company, said in a statement. Mitsubishi \"has substantially less. We believe that there are multiple areas where MHI\'s 2.4-megawatt wind turbines infringe on GE\'s existing patents.\"GE said it is challenging a Jan. 8 decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington that Mitsubishi Heavy wasn\'t violating five other GE patents. GE sought to block imports of turbines made by Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy.The commission\'s decision \"indicates errors that provide grounds for an appeal,\" Nelson said. He declined to further comment on specific issues of the appeal.The dispute is part

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The Global Wind Energy Council, a trade association based in Brussels, estimates that wind power capacity grew by 31 percent worldwide in 2009, with 37.5 additional gigawatts installed, bringing global wind power capacity to 157.9 gigawatts.China accounted for a third of the new capacity, and the Chinese market experienced more than 100 percent growth.According to the trade group, more than 500,000 people are now employed by the wind power industry around the world, and the market for wind turbine installations last year was worth about $63 billion. The primary markets today are in Asia, Europe and North America.\"The continued rapid growth of wind power despite the financial crisis and economic downturn is testament to the inherent attractiveness of the technology, which is clean, reliable and quick to install,\" said Steve Sawyer, the secretary general of the council, in a statement issued late last week. \"Wind power has become the power technology of choice a growing number of countries around the world.\"The market in the United States grew by 39 percent with nearly 10 gigawatts of new capacity installed in 2009. The total installed and grid-connected capacity in the United States is now about 35 gigawatts, according to the trade group\'s

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The EU will meet its 2020 20% renewable energy target - slightly exceeding it - according to an analysis by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) of all 27 Member States\' national forecast documents.The EWEA analysis shows that EU member states are on course to achieve over 20% renewable energy by 2020, with 21 Member States meeting or exceeding their national targets. The top 21 are made up of 13 Member States who predict they will meet their target and eight who forecast they will exceed their target. Only six forecast they will not manage to reach their target through domestic action alone, although two of these say that with fresh national initiatives they can meet or exceed their targets. None of the six expect to be more than 1%-point below their target. Top achievers are Spain, which believes it will reach 22.7% renewables by 2020 - almost 3%-points above its 20% target. Next comes Germany which expects to be 0.7%-points above its 18% target. In addition Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden will exceed their targets. The six who do not expect to meet their target are Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and Malta, together with Bulgaria and

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General Electric Co.\'s energy finance unit said it may double the capacity of a wind farm in British Columbia, increasing its bet on renewable-power in Canada\'s westernmost province.GE and Vancouver-based Plutonic Power Corp. last year bought the unfinished, 144-megawatt Dokie Ridge Wind Project, the first equity investment in wind energy in Canada for both companies.\"British Columbia has tremendous natural resources that are ideal for large-scale renewable energy projects,\" Alex Urquhart, who runs the energy financial services unit, a division of Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric\'s GE Capital division, said in a statement today.GE and Plutonic are considering expanding Dokie to 300 megawatts, the companies said. Whether the expansion and other renewable developments will get built depends, in part, on government policies and incentives.\"Capital will move to where the returns make the most sense,\" Urquhart, who globally oversees about $23 billion in energy investments, said today in an interview.The first phase of Dokie should be operational next year and provide enough electricity to power 34,000 homes annually, the companies said.Plutonic and GE Energy Financial Services also are building a C$660 million ($628 million) run-of-river hydro-electric project on glacier-fed streams about 190 kilometers (118 miles) northwest of Vancouver. The 196-megawatt East Toba River-

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd said it is considering building a wind turbine plant in the United States, and will a make final decision after seeing how demand recovers.Mitsubishi is currently tussling with General Electric over wind turbine patents, with the GE this month filing patent suits against the Japanese company in a U.S. Court.GE, the biggest wind turbine maker in the United States, earlier lost a case against Mitsubishi filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.Mitsubishi, which holds some 7 percent of the U.S. market, sells about 100 billion yen ($1.1 billion) worth of wind turbines a year, with 80-90 percent of them sold in the United States.Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc., (MPSA), a United States (Delaware) corporation, announced its intention to build a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. MPSA plans to invest approximately $100 million in the project, which could employ as many as 400 people.\"We are very excited to announce today the future MPSA Wind Turbine manufacturing site in Fort Smith, Arkansas,\" said Koji Hasegawa, President and CEO of MPSA, based in Lake Mary Florida. \"After an intensive site selection process conducted during the last fifteen months, we concluded that Fort Smith, Arkansas offers the

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Vestas Wind Systems has secured an order to help produce 33 new turbines for a New Hampshire wind farm, a contract that experts say should help sustain work at its Windsor plant.The Weld County operation, where the blades will be constructed, temporarily halted turbine work in December in light of weak sales.\"The turbines will maximize the project\'s wind resource, providing clean reliable electricity . . . for New England,\" according to a news release issued Thursday.Vestas officials did not return phone calls to provide details about the price tag of the new deal with Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire.The turbines will not go into production until 2011.This is the second major deal the Denmark-based manufacturer has struck with a New Eng land firm. Vestas supplied 22 turbines for another project in Maine that began operation in October.The new agreement, according to economic-development experts, should help restore production activity at the Wind sor plant.In recent months, the facility\'s 500 employees have been assigned to training, maintenance and other jobs.\"They\'ve been retooling it (the Windsor division) to accommodate the production of a larger blade,\" said Larry Burkhardt, president of Upstate Colorado Economic Development in Weld County.\"This is definitely good for

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) this week at a workshop in Turkey, said that Turkey must exploit its huge wind energy resources if it wants to meet its increasing power demand while becoming less dependent on energy imports. The workhop on integrating wind power was held in Ankara and organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in cooperation with the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA/TÜREB). The event brought 300 representatives from industry, government and national electricity companies together to discuss the potential for wind power development in the country.Turkey\'s installed wind capacity tripled during 2007 from 50 megawatts (MW) to almost 150 MW. It tripled again during 2008 to reach 433 installed MW, and by the end of 2009 it had almost doubled to 801 MW. At the same time, the Turkish government announced a 30% objective for renewable energies by 2023 with plans to push wind energy up to 20,000 MW of installations for the same year.\"With an average growth in power demand of 8% each year, this means that if the 20,000 MW target is met, wind power will cover one fifth of Turkey\'s power demand by 2023\" said Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA. \"With huge

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