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Federal regulators have received leasing proposals from two Virginia companies seeking to develop offshore wind farms capable of supplying clean energy to hundreds of thousands of homes.Apex Wind Energy Inc. is proposing to lease 116,000 acres for an undetermined number of wind turbines with the potential to generate up to 1,500 megawatts of power.Seawind Renewable Energy Corp. envisions building 240 turbines to generate enough power for more than 250,000 homes annually, according to a company statement.Both wind farms would be located 12 miles off of Virginia Beach.The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, which is handling the government's lease sales, confirmed it had received two applications for tracts off of Virginia but declined to name the applicants or specifics of their proposals.Industry sources identified the applicants as Apex and Seawind, and both confirmed in interviews with The Associated Press they are seeking to lease the tracts for their wind projects.Virginia has been pushing hard to be at the forefront in the U.S. of the offshore wind energy industry, which has been tangled in a federal regulatory thicket for a decade.Gov. Bob McDonnell has made offshore drilling and wind energy a cornerstone of his new Republican administration, aiming to make Virginia the

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Government of UK has planned to craft Britain a center of green manufacturing, for which it won a major accolade from plans which will begin the job hunts.The authority in command, has decide to create a plan for a green manufacturing hub in Britain which has been promoted, when the same got unleashed with plans of spend £100m to craft a new factory in the north-east.The proposal created by Mitsubishi, shall craft the urgency of head hunting in the field of tech jobs for many aspirants.This investment deal has created a real time opportunity for UK to be a world class player in the leading sector, as hardly any nation plans to craft on such offshore wind turbines of the size the group is planning to do on a commercial scale in the coming times. Since many years UK has been the center of attraction for onshore wind technology, but however it failed to utilize and capitalize it by not responding to the growth of right climateAccording to the CEO of Mitsubishi the group was pondering on number of locations in the north-east, and has been working with UK Trade and Investment from some time with a goal to grow

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Community of European Shipyards' Association (CESA) are calling on the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the building of new ships to serve the expanding offshore wind energy market over the coming years. EWEA and CESA urge the European Commission to develop programmes and funding mechanisms, and for the European Investment Bank to take the necessary measures to support the risk related to the necessary significant investments, to ensure that a sufficient number of installation vessels are available to the offshore wind industry. They also argue that the offshore wind power industry should be identified as a key industry in the EU's 2020 strategy for smart, green growth. Investments in new ships totalling €2.4 billion are needed for the predicted growth of offshore wind. By 2020, the installation of thousands of offshore wind turbines, as well as the necessary substructures and cables, is foreseen. "From 2020 we will see 40,000 MWs per year built offshore" said Eddie O'Connor, founder and CEO of Mainstream Renewables and EWEA Secretary. "This will require ten to twelve new heavy lift vessels, other vessels for transporting foundations, towers, nacelles and blading systems. New

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A state bill that would open wind power to private developers was praised by a variety of groups during a legislative hearing on Wednesday, including some who called it a potential milestone for Nebraska's fledgling wind power industry."I think this is the most significant legislation relating to electricity in this state, probably, since the 1930s," said Ron Steinbach, a policy administrator with Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a Denver-based wholesale power supplier that serves utilities in western Nebraska. "This is a really big step for this state."The bill, LB1048, would allow private developers to build wind farms in Nebraska if at least 90 percent of the power they generate is exported outside the state.Nebraska is covered solely by public utilities, and the state's wind development has been dictated by those public power providers. The Nebraska Public Power District has coordinated much of the state's wind power -- initially by building wind farms itself and more recently by soliciting and approving proposals from private developers, who then sell their power back to Nebraska's public utilities.This bill, introduced by state Sen. Chris Langemeier of Schuyler, would change that, allowing private wind developers to build outside of the direct oversight of public utilities.That's something

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One of the world's largest wind turbine manufacturers is in talks with the government about setting up a factory in Britain.Gamesa, the Spanish turbine company, is being urged by Iberdrola, the owner of Scottish Power, to build a manufacturing facility to serve the British market, according to Ignacio Galan, Iberdrola's chief executive.Gamesa confirmed last night it was considering investing in the UK and said it could make a decision in the next three or four months.The government has been trying hard to attract inward investors to supply the planned £100bn development of offshore wind power, with only limited success, although ministers are expected to announce a new investment in the wind industry this morning.The opening of a turbine factory would boost hopes of creating "green jobs", which took a blow last year when Vestas of Denmark shut the UK's only big wind turbine plant on the Isle of Wight, with the loss of more than 600 jobs.The government has been in talks for months with leading turbine manufacturers, including Siemens of Germany, General Electric of the US and Mitsubishi of Japan.Gamesa is dominant in the Spanish onshore wind market, which is slowing after rapid growth. Last week it announced a

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It's really not surprising to many of us in North Dakota, but a new report from the American Wind Energy Association says there's more wind energy potential in the Dakotas than previously estimated.The report lists North Dakota number six in the nation in wind energy potential.However several companies are arguing that the state is number one and is planning a multi-billion dollar project to harness the wind and ship the energy from it across the country.Shaun Sipma has details.(Roger Johnson, Ward County Landowner) "I'm here to tell you that I've lived here my whole life I can attest to that the wind blows here and not just for me.."Roger Johnson farms and ranches this area of Ward County near Carpio and DonnybrookHe's one of about 250 landowners that have signed on with Hartland wind farm project to develop a massive wind turbine energy system that encompass an area of 1.6 million acres in North Central North Dakota.(Curt Johnson, CEO Denali Energy) "We've intensified a site area that is everything north of US Highway 2, west of the Des Lacs Wildlife Refuge all the way to the Canadian Border. So those are our south and eastern boundaries the western boundaries would

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Kansas learned last week that it's second only to Texas among states for its potential wind generation, according to a new report co-authored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Now, the state and its leaders, with help from Congress, should take the second-place status and run with it, turning that potential into power, jobs and profits.The DOE study tripled the nation's wind capacity to 37 million gigawatt-hours of electricity a year, reflecting the vast technological improvements in wind turbines, which are getting taller and more powerful. As of 2008, only 52,000 gigawatt-hours were coming from wind turbines.With Kansas in a position to generate 3.6 million gigawatt hours of the nation's future electricity from wind, up from old estimates of 1 million gigawatt hours, the economic development possibilities for the state suddenly seem limitless.Among Kansas' assets are its topography and available land, according to Michael Brower, a principal in consulting firm AWS Truewind, which contributed to the DOE study. He said Kansas could become a major exporter of wind power to the markets of Denver, St. Louis and northern Texas."Just about anywhere you throw a dart at the map, you find a decent wind project site" in Kansas, Brower told The

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Wyoming may be one of just a few states aggressively developing wind energy, but the new National Environmental Scorecard released today by the League of Conservation Voters ranks the state last when it comes congressional representation on energy and conservation issues.The organization has put the tally together for 30 years, and this past year, there were several national votes to track on protecting air and water and on promoting clean energy development. Wyoming's delegation got the lowest scores in the nation, voting in favor of almost no bills on those topics in the report.The executive director of the organization Wyoming Conservation Voters, Kate Wright, says that's not good news."Wyoming is ill-served by a delegation that does not reflect the will of the citizens who live here, with regard to the state's unique wildlife and wild lands."There's been a big push for wind energy development in Wyoming, and Wright says state policy to encourage that needs to be matched at the federal level."Both our senators and our congresswoman need to do more to protect our clean air, water, public lands, and wildlife, supporting what's going on in Wyoming at a national level."Wyoming's economy has long been based on fossil fuel development,

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A radical windmill design could hold the key to making offshore wind power more economical and helping the UK meet its ambitious renewable energy targets.The Aerogenerator turns conventional windmills on their side, with a 100m tall V-shaped blade rotating on a vertical, rather than the usual horizontal, axis. By building all the moving parts and machinery at the base of the windmill rather than the top of a tower, its designers claim it will be easier to build and maintain, making its renewable electricity cheaper.Nova (Novel Offshore Vertical Axis Demonstrator) - which came up with the design - is one of three projects being funded by the government-backed Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as part of a project to find ways of bringing down the cost of offshore wind power.The UK has the biggest wind resource in Europe - some estimates put the UK's share at one-third of the continent's total. Taking advantage of the country's potential wind power will be critical in meeting the targets set by government for the UK to meet 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.In January, the government announced a £75bn programme to build 25GW of offshore wind turbines. The nine sites

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The potential amount of wind energy in this country is actually more than three times what is was previously thought to be.This post from the Energy Collective blog says a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) credits the increase to improvements in wind turbines over the last decade and a half:The assessment of onshore wind energy potential found that the U.S. could produce almost 37 million gigawatt-hours yearly. According to the American Wind Energy Association, that's nine times our current annual electricity consumption.Expressed as gigawatts rather than gigawatt hours, the new estimate for the U.S. wind resource is 10,000 gigawatts, an amount that dwarfs currently installed wind power which totals about 35 gigawatts - enough to power 9.7 million homes. Obviously there's plenty more where that comes from, even more if offshore wind is included.NREL's last analysis in 1993, when wind turbine heights were more limited, estimated U.S. onshore wind potential at less than 10.8 million gigawatt hours.As noted by Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, the new assessment is more than a number, it's another compelling argument for passage of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation by Congress:This new analysis confirms that America

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