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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two top energy industry CEOs are joining the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Board of Directors: Gil Quiniones of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Adrian Tuck of Tendril were recently elected to the Board. Four incumbents were also re-elected for another three-year term: Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub; Joe Hoagland, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Tennessee Valley Authority; Chris King, Global Policy Officer, Siemens Digital Grid; and Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids, ABB, Inc. “The election of these two outstanding industry leaders underlines the importance that SEPA’s membership places on having diverse voices on the Board, from both the utility and technology sides. We want to provide a model for industry inclusiveness and collaboration; both are critical for moving the energy transition forward,” said Cris Eugster, COO of CPS Energy and Chair of SEPA’s board. The two new members are: Gil Quiniones is President and CEO of NYPA, the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility. Under Gil’s leadership, NYPA has taken a leading role in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, aimed at empowering customers and encouraging the growth of renewables and energy efficiency. For this work, he was named SEPA’s Power Player of the Year in 2017.

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The company has assembled a total of 380 MW in the country so far October 2018. GES is already working on the installation of a 263 MW windfarm 25 km from Ras Ghareb (Egypt). The project will have three phases that will be executed during the remainder of 2018 and the first semester of 2019. This will be the first wind farm executed under a BOO scheme (Build, Own and Operate) and is part of the Egyptian government's drive to increase the proportion of renewables in the mix energy, with a target for wind generation of 7 GW in 2022. The plan contemplates an important participation of the private sector, which will reach 60% of the plan. The energy produced in the project will be sold under a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) to the EETC (Egyptian) GES will be responsible for the assembly of the 125 turbines of 2.1 MW that will make up the park. The extensive experience with which the company counts in Egypt and the good work done in previous projects in the same area, have been the great strengths of GES for the awarding of this project. Over the last few years GES has consolidated a local installation

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Today, Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd (KOWL) confirmed that the first turbine has started generating power from what will be the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm. Responding, Fabrice Leveque, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said:"Today's announcement of first power from the Kincardine Offshore Windfarm marks another milestone for the exciting floating wind sector. "Floating offshore wind power provides a way to tap the enormous potential of the world's deeper waters. "With our incredible offshore wind resource and established offshore supply chain, Scotland has a unique opportunity to reap the economic benefits of this emerging technology, and today's announcement shows we're now taking great strides towards doing that."

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The causes and resolution of stress corrosion cracking in steam turbines Steam turbines are used across the world as a source of power for many different industries. Even with the best maintenance procedures and preventative maintenance techniques, problems can still arise. Resolving one of the more serious issues, that of stress corrosion cracking, can often be achieved in a straightforward manner by accurately identifying the causes. Older steam turbines are prone to stress corrosion cracking of the turbine blades for a number of reasons and understanding the causes and potential solutions can help to minimize downtime and improve reliability. In this case, reviewing the findings of two examples will enable operators of similar equipment to modify existing processes and make their own checks during planned outages. By examining case studies and in-depth analysis of equipment failures, it is possible to introduce new strategies that will benefit a business in the future. Using information gained by original equipment manufacturers and expert maintenance providers such as Sulzer allows similar issues to be avoided. Case Study #1: Microscopic investigation In the first case, the row six disk of an integral steam turbine rotor developed cracks in the root sections of the blades. The turbine had an operating speed

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Commenting on a report from a new study which shows floating offshore wind technology could contribute up to 17,000 jobs and £33.6bn of GVA to the UK economy by 2050 - a day ahead of a conference on the sector in Aberdeen; Stephanie Conesa, Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: "Scotland's deep waters, with some of Europe's strongest winds, provide ideal conditions for the testing and deployment of floating offshore wind turbines, and are part of the reason why our seas are home to Hywind, the world's first floating wind farm. "The recent publication of Marine Scotland’s draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy - which sets out potential future locations for offshore wind farms in Scotland's seas - makes the success of floating offshore wind in Scotland more important than ever. "Floating wind provides an enormous economic opportunity for Scotland and its development, as well as that of other earlier-stage technologies, has the potential to provide renewable electricity in locations where other renewable energy devices cannot be deployed."

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New Academy at UD Trains Offshore Wind Energy Professionals The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Energy and Climate Academy of Denmark, unveiled a new Offshore Wind Skills Academy this month at the American Wind Energy Association conference in Washington, D.C. The Academy will provide instruction in the basics of wind power, offshore wind turbines, and the development of offshore wind projects to professionals from traditional energy industries, supply chain companies, regulators, investors and others, the first offshore wind skills training program in the United States to focus on professionals and managers seeking to enter the industry. Substantial offshore wind energy projects are expected to be built off the coast of the northeast United States in the next 12 years because of state government requirements to purchase offshore wind power. Because the North American offshore wind industry is still in its infancy—with only 5 offshore wind turbines in operation in U.S. waters—meeting that demand will require significant effort either by global offshore wind companies to learn about the specifics of operating in the United States or by American companies to learn how to enter the growing market. The new Offshore Wind Skills Academy will focus on those seeking to build a domestic

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In the Belgian port of Ostend, Jan De Nul Group named today its newest offshore installation vessel Taillevent. Miss Pauline Stassijns, granddaughter of Director Dirk De Nul, baptised the vessel and wished her success and a safe journey. The De Nul family, employees and their guests attended the christening. On 18 July 2018, Jan De Nul Group acquired this offshore installation vessel, at that time MPI Discovery, from the Dutch company Vroon Group. The 2011 built Taillevent is designed specifically for the transport and installation of offshore wind turbines and their foundations. It is also perfectly suited to other offshore sectors, such as the oil and gas industry. The vessel is equipped with six spuds to lift the vessel out of the water in order to be able to work in stable conditions. The Taillevent is 140 meters long and can operate in up to 40 metres of water depth. Furthermore, this installation vessel has an on-board crane with a lifting capacity of 1,000 tonnes and an auxiliary crane of 50 tonnes. Among the guests was Bart Tommelein, Flemish Vice Minister-President of the Flemish Government, Flemish Minister for Budget, Finances and Energy, a supporter of green energy production, who gave a speech:

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Exceptionally strong vessel of 60 tonnes bollard pull with a shallow draft of 2.40 metres at 50% capacity Dutch marine services provider Herman Sr. BV has announced at Offshore Energy 2018 that it has agreed with Damen Shipyards Group to order the first of a newly-developed Damen Shoalbuster type with full DP2 capabilities. This will be the first of a new class within the Shoalbuster series and one of the largest available. The vessel will be built at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. 35 metres in length, nearly 14 metres wide and with a free deck space of 150m2, the Shoalbuster 3514 will be a substantial working platform. Her SD (Shallow Draft) notation is derived from her exceptionally shallow draft of 2.70 metres at full tank capacity and just 2.40 metres at 50%. Among the many roles that this first DP2 Shoalbuster will be capable of fulfilling will be anchor handling, for which she will have an open stern complete with roller, and towage. With 60 tonnes of bollard pull she will be a powerful and effective towage asset. Four Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines will deliver a total of 3,879 bkW (5,280 hp) to four 1900mm nozzles, an arrangement that contributes significantly to her

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  Successful market entry via Dromadda Beg onshore wind farm Support of the ambitious Irish targets to generate 70% of electricity from renewables by 2030 Further expansion plans of renewables in new markets innogy is constantly growing its Renewables business with its latest commissioning taking place in the Republic of Ireland: One year after purchasing the consented 10.2 megawatts (MW) Dromadda Beg onshore wind project, innogy has completed construction of its first Irish wind farm. The three turbines, situated in County Kerry, are now in the final stage of commissioning. Following innogy’s strategic decision to develop renewable activities in Ireland and establishing its subsidiary, Innogy Renewables Ireland Ltd, in September 2016, today innogy has also inaugurated a new renewables office in Kilkenny City. From here, a team of eight people is working on renewable project opportunities in Ireland. “I am very pleased that we have started operation of our first project in Ireland. This is an important milestone to grow in this exciting market. innogy is looking forward to support the ambitious Irish target to generate 70% of electricity from renewables by 2030 with further green projects. As an experienced developer, builder and operator of renewables-based facilities we are delighted to reinforce our

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Portable test equipment demonstrates successful frequency control testing of power at a Swedish pulp mill and power plants in Myanmar Høvik, Norway -  25th October2018 - DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has launched a new mobile and flexible test tool which allows users to verify the frequency performance and voltage control of power plants, to ensure a reliable power supply. This is especially important for island operations, where the power plant operates in isolation from the national or local grid and for highly sensitive industrial environments, such as pulp mills, refineries, chemical industries and data centres with in-house power production. New global compliance rules and ancillary services mean that Transmission System Operators (TSOs) now demand that power producers verify their frequency containment reserve (FCR) and voltage control/reactive power capabilities, as this is crucial for the short-term balance of generation and load. DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook report, forecasts that the world will experience a surge in global electricity production, with renewable sources powering an estimated 80% of global electricity production in 2050. The large-scale integration of renewables further increases the future need for testing services to ensure that power plants can keep pace with

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