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Husum's New Energy trade fair, which with around 16,000 visitors last year - well over half of which were trade visitors - making it one of the best visited events in the renewable energy sector, announces an increase in exhibition space of over fifty percent for the exhibition in March 2010.In 2009 there were 148 exhibitors over 6,900 square metres in two exhibition halls. Now, two months before the start of the fair, more than 180 exhibitors have already registered for New Energy 2010. The organisers expect the number to have risen to a good 200 by the beginning of March.Innovations from all areas of the renewable energy sector will be shown in three large exhibition halls and the open-air section, with the exhibition space totalling 10,500 square metres."Almost all the 2009 exhibitors are back again, and will be showcasing their new products on larger exhibition spaces. We are also pleased to announce exhibitors from Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Lithuania, China, Korea, Finland, Sweden, Spain and the USA. Numerous Danish businesses will also be exhibiting together for the first time on a large communal stand", confirmed Kira Sönksen, New Energy Husum project manager.Once again, the main themes of

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North Dakota has been at the top of many lists.And recently, the state was added to yet another one.The American Wind Energy Association names North Dakota as one of the top ten wind producing states in the country.P-S-C Commissioner Tony Clark says it a pretty remarkable accomplishment for the state.Nearly ten years ago North Dakota had zero mega watts of commercial wind energy. Now the state is producing about 12-hundred mega watts.(Tony Clark/PSC Commissioner ) "With the wind power that we have on line right now in North Dakota, could power the annual electricity needs of about 360-thousand homes. It gives you can idea of the power that is out there. Its a lot and we have a wonderful wind resource which is a good part of the reason."Clark says there are many other places that have good wind resources that haven't seen as much development as North Dakota. He says he believes that has to do with the citizens across the state, economic development groups, and regulators who have all come together with a vision for increasing windpower.

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The global race to develop clean technology is not just about who can build the best solar parks or wind farms. It is also shaping up as a contest between Chinese-style capitalism and the more market-oriented approach fancied by the United States and Europe.The question comes down to this: will China's highly capitalized command-and-control economy trump laissez-faire in a low-carbon shift that is widely portrayed as the next industrial revolution?The failure in Copenhagen to agree to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new global climate treaty when it expires in 2012 has thrown the focus on national measures. And by almost all accounts, the Chinese are coming on strong.Beijing's top leaders have made clear their intention to have their nation dominate this new industry, up and down the value ladder. And in their quest for the prize, they are not burdened by concerns facing their Western counterparts -- such as the impact of wind turbines on landscapes, higher energy prices for consumers, or investor returns."Developed markets need to be aware that China is gaining in this space," said David Russell, co-head of responsible investment at the 28 billion pound ($45 billion) British universities pension fund, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).The

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State regulators have designated a region in the Thumb area of Michigan and a west Michigan region as those likely to be most productive for wind energy.In designating the "wind energy resource zones," the Michigan Public Service Commission said the primary zone is a region that includes parts of Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties. The additional wind energy zone is a region that includes parts of Allegan County.The PSC considered the findings of a state board that issued an October report looking at commercial or utility-scale wind energy projects on land, and the commission also evaluated projected costs, benefits and other factors.The zone designation is expected to facilitate the planning, siting and construction of transmission lines to connect wind energy systems to the power grid.In the Thumb region, Novi-based transmission company ITC Holdings Corp. said in a November report that "significant backbone transmission system enhancements would be required."Depending on options pursued, approximate costs could range from $390 million to $740 million. However, some options on the lower cost end would not support the minimum and maximum wind capacity identified by the state board, as would $510 million and $740 million options, the report indicated.The order issued Wednesday by

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Operations at a 2,000-acre wind farm in Cadillac, Mich., are meeting the electricity demands of roughly 2,000 homes, Michigan utility Detroit Edison said.Anthony Earley, chairman at Detroit Edison's parent company DTE Energy, said the wind farm fit within Michigan's vision for a clean energy future."We're focused on finding clean, cost-effective new sources of energy," he said.The Cadillac wind farm is the first for Michigan under a state energy reform law that calls for 10 percent of the utility's power generation to come from renewable resources by 2015.Michigan's Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a package of energy deals in October that requires the state to look to green energy alternatives.Heritage Sustainable Energy, based in Traverse City, Mich., installed seven wind turbines on the 2,000-acre site.Detroit Edison said it acquired the rights to 75,000 acres of land to build additional wind farms in eastern Michigan. The utility said it expects to add 1,200 megawatts of clean energy to its portfolio in order to meet state regulations.The company said two pilot solar energy projects could produce 20 MW of power in the future. 

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For years, the interest in harnessing wind power has grown in Iowa to the point where our state is looked upon as a national leader in that alternative energy source.Recently, Iowa surpassed California to claim second-in-the-nation status in wind energy capacity, trailing only Texas. Large wind farms in rural areas have become a familiar site to motorists crossing Iowa.As technology has progressed, wind towers for neighborhood developments, even individual properties, are being considered. We've reached the point where many questions need to be answered, and ordinances discussed.The city of Cedar Falls is taking a proactive approach in keeping up with the advancements of wind power.The Planning and Zoning Commission first started crafting an ordinance on residential and commercial wind turbines six months ago. The Waverly and Waterloo zoning boards also are looking at ordinances regarding wind power.They are mulling over many issues. There are the obvious ones. Towers need to be high enough to be feasible, yet short enough to not impinge on neighboring buildings should the tower come down for any reason.Many other issues are not as obvious.Those include such considerations as noise, the throwing of ice from the rotor blades, interference with various types of communications, and shadow

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Data released Tuesday by the American Wind Energy Association show that Michigan's efforts to diversify into wind energy face some significant headwindsOrders for new wind turbines have slowed dramatically and the state lagged far behind others last year in the installation of wind turbines, the association's report shows. And any hope that production of wind turbines and parts will pick up this year largely depends on what happens in Washington."The manufacturers are not at all that optimistic," said Kathy Belyeu, AWEA's manager of industry information services. "There's a possibility 2010 could be a good year, but it could also be a slow year."Though installation of wind-generating capacity hit a record in 2009, Michigan only added 14 megawatts of capacity last year, ranking 26th out of 28 states.Michigan has only 143 megawatts of total wind-generating capacity, compared with 1,809 megawatts in Minnesota.This year, the state is supposed to gain 20.2 megawatts of capacity.Nationwide, the number of jobs associated with wind power remained flat last year, at 85,000. In 2009, 38 new wind-power manufacturing facilities came online, were announced or were expanded, one-third fewer than in 2008. 

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Claims that wind turbines cause health problems will be discussed at a conference in Cardiff later."Wind turbine syndrome" was dismissed last year by a panel of experts, commissioned by the American and Canadian Wind Energy Associations.They said headaches, nausea and panic attacks "were more likely associated with annoyance to low sound levels".Environment Minister Jane Davidson and Dr Geoff Leventhall of the Institute of Acoustics will speak at the conference.Dr Leventhall joined independent experts in medicine, public health, audiology and acoustics to examine whether the sound from wind turbines was detrimental to people's health.According to the panel, whose findings were published recently in Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects, evidence showed that "wind turbine syndrome" was based on "misinterpretation" of physiological data.'Constant noise'The panel's report claimed there was no evidence that audible or sub-audible sounds emitted by wind turbines had any direct adverse physiological effects.In mid Wales, there have been strong objections to wind farms.Last year, a report for Powys Council said building work on more turbines in rural Wales would bring "significant disruption" because country roads would have problems transporting the huge structures to the hilltops.In Carmarthenshire, people living near wind turbines in Alltwalis have complained to the county council

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Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister is eyeing the potential for wind power along Haiti's coastline as part of the effort to improve the earthquake ravaged country's capacity for power production.Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Monday technology will be an important element of rebuilding in Haiti after its infrastructure was devastated in the Jan. 12 earthquake that has left most of the Caribbean country in ruins.Wind power could reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels, the minister said before a conference on Haitian reconstruction in Montreal.But experts say that while wind energy should be part of a long-term energy strategy for Haiti, it is too expensive and unreliable as a short-term source of power to fuel reconstruction.Andrew Thompson, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation,who specializes in Haiti, said Cannon was not the first person to raise wind power as an option for Haiti.The island's geography and a strong air stream makes wind power a viable possibility, he said. But he added, it requires a massive capital investment and a tremendous amount of infrastructure."There's no silver bullet for Haiti's energy needs. Wind would be one of a series of different options, I think its worth considering solar power

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A Texas-based wind energy company has chosen Clovis for its venture into wind farm operation and turbine manufacturing.Officials at Vert-I-Go, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Abundant Energy, say they expect the New Mexico plant to produce 60 jobs by 2013.Vert-I-Go has reached a preliminary agreement with Clovis officials to purchase six acres south of the city's landfill, with an option for an additional 34 acres later, for a five-megawatt wind farm and manufacturing plant.Clovis Industrial Development Corporation executive director Chase Gentry says the company will bring six local jobs to Clovis in its first year. Gentry says Vert-I-Go picked Clovis because of high wind patterns and easy access to rail lines.

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