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Gulf Stream Marine commands attention for its innovations and flexibility. Now more than ever, both help the company maintain its position as a leader in the specialized field of wind turbine transportation. Company CEO, Jan Rietdijk, explains …PES: PES first caught up with Gulf Stream Marine last year. What is new with the company?Jan Rietdijk: The principles of our business are the same – offer quality customer service, flexibility and a commitment to innovation. What has changed over time is the amount of business we do in the handling of wind turbine components. Although the total amount of wind business is down in the Gulf Coast region as a result of the economic recession, it is still a very large part of our business at three of the seven terminals that we operate in this geographic area. PES: What do you mean by a “commitment to innovation?”JR: We never stop asking how we can improve our business operations. Our work in the wind industry provides a perfect example. We engineered custom equipment and performance operations to make us uniquely qualified to handle this type of cargo. We began with a vision centred on a fundamental question: “How can we handle this

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French fur traders first visited Nebraska in the 17th Century and the state was later explored by pioneers Lewis and Clark from 1804-1806. A few years later, Robert Stuart pioneered the Oregon Trail across Nebraska in 1812-1813 and the first permanent white settlement was established at Bellevue in 1823. Now a new report says Nebraska could obtain 40 per cent of its electricity from wind energy. PES examines the report and finds the new LB1048 legislation could help put the state at the vanguard of the US wind generation business

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As Vice President of Industrial Products Sales for BNSF Railway, Katie Farmer has witnessed railroad's evolution into a 21st century transport provider for 21st century industries such as wind power. PES talks to Katie about the company's growing influence and its ‘total transportation package'.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company and outline the services you provide for the wind industry?Katie Farmer: BNSF Railway is a freight railroad company that plays a key role in the global supply chain. We operate along a network of more than 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. But broader than that, we serve as a transportation provider for many commodities that are imported and exported through our US ports. Our focus is on using speed, agility and resourcefulness to help expand the global marketplace for goods and services.All of this is accomplished by a team of individuals who are progressive, resourceful and approachable. We take great pride in providing an easy, relevant choice for all types of shippers in a wide variety of locations.We're committed to meeting the needs of this emerging market. We realize that transporting oversized wind turbine components from the factories or

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The solution to offshore wind energy obstacles lies in pooling all the power into one common electricity grid, according to researchers at the University of Delaware and Stony Brook University. "We hypothesize that wind power output could be stabilized if wind generators were located in a meteorologically designed configuration and electrically connected," say the authors of the report "Electric power from offshore wind via synoptic-scale interconnection." It's a brave hypothesis, one that reflects the efforts being made over the Atlantic with the European Supergrid. PES presents the research

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PES last spoke to Emerson Network Power's Jeky Li Gang (International Sales Manager, Department Of Wind Power Product) in 2009, just after the company had posted a record trading year. We caught up with him once more to find out how the Chinese company has evolved and to discover what they've planned for the coming 12 months.PES: Welcome back to PES. For the benefit of new readers perhaps unfamiliar with your company, could you briefly outline your contribution to the wind industry?Jeky Li Gang: Well, Emerson is a company who always focus on green energy and Emerson is the first China-based manufacturer to supply these converters, and we are working with three of the nation's largest wind turbine companies.With global installed wind power expected to increase at an average annual rate of 20 percent over the next five years, there is a great opportunity to collaborate across Emerson businesses to provide additional green energy solutions. In 2010, we expect to supply more than 1500M capability converter products to the rapidly-growing Chinese market.PES: To what extent does the wind industry contribute towards your overall business? Is this sector of your business growing?JLG: The Copenhagen climate change conference was an important event

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Invenergy LLC officials say they have a track record of profitable projects and satisfied customers to support their efforts to bring a wind farm to Brown County."If one looks overall at this, they'll see there's a high level of comfort," said Kevin Parzyck, project manager for the proposed 100-turbine Ledge Wind Energy Project in four towns in southern Brown County. "Our feeling is that it's a benefit to the community."Invenergy, one of the six largest wind energycompanies in the country, according to the American Wind Energy Association, wants the local project to become its 23rd wind farm in the United States.It awaits siting guidelines from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission as it fends off opposition from a citizens group that is protesting the location in Morrison, Wrightstown, Glenmore and Holland.The PSC is expected to announce the guidelines by July, and Invenergy plans to resubmit its proposal based on those rules.Many property owners in Brown County have signed contracts with Invenergy to permit wind turbines on their land in exchange for annual payments of approximately $8,000. Other property owners insist that the wind turbines will have negative health and safety impacts and will reduce property values.But Invenergy officials say they have

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As the wind industry maintains and develops on its past successes, the problem of transporting a huge amount of equipment across thousands of miles is one which cannot be ignored. So, what is the state of the industry's transportation business? Moving wind turbine components from the factory floor to the project site is no easy task, involving, as it does, the handling of sensitive and valuable components. PES investigates

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With offices throughout Europe and the US, Navigant Consulting's Energy practice helps clients strengthen their enterprises in order to increase performance, opportunity, and growth. PES spoke to Bruce Hamilton, the company's Director of Energy, in Portland, Oregon, about its success record and about the future of wind and other renewables

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Dr. Robert McCunney is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biological Engineering, a staff physician in occupational and environmental health at Massachusetts General, and a clinical faculty member at the Harvard Medical School. He was the lead drafter of Wind Turbine Sound and Health Effects: An Expert Panel Review. Here, he talk to PES about the results of this far-reaching study.PES: What do you see as the most significant conclusions arising from the work the panel conducted on this issue?Robert McCunney: Before I was invited to participate in this project - and I think I was invited primarily as a result of my experience in occupational noise-induced hearing loss - I really had no fixed idea one way or another about whether there were any health implications. I was willing, like everybody, to take a fresh look at the literature. Usually in occupational or environmental medicine it is important to identify the exposure, what the agent of some concern is.In this case, it seemed to me that the agent was either sound or vibration or both and my conclusions were very similar to what you see in the white paper. The first fundamental message is

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