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April 20, 2010 Rockwell Automation's EtherNet/IP-based Wind Park Management solution offers a speed of response so fast that not only does it remove the need for millions of euro's worth of capacitor banks, but it also surpasses the requirements of proposed 2013 utility-end-user requirements 60 milliseconds may not sound like a lot, but it makes a huge difference to many wind farms, as it can mean a €20m+ investment in capacitor banks in order to meet the 140ms reaction-time requirements of many utility end users.{pagebreak}With many wind farm management systems struggling to reach a 200ms reaction time, the news that the utility end users want to introduce a global standard for grid code compliance that will reduce it even further - to 50ms - is not good. However, using industry-proven, unmodified, off-the-shelf hardware, running on an open-standard EtherNet/IP network, Rockwell Automation offers a Wind Park Management solution that is capable of delivering reaction speeds of 10ms

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Wind power reduces electricity prices and CO2 emissions, a study published today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reveals.The review ‘Wind Energy and Electricity Prices', a comprehensive assessment of studies of the impact of wind energy on electricity prices, was carried out by the independent consultancy Pöyry AS on behalf of EWEA. It brings together, for the first time, the findings of case studies in Germany, Denmark and Belgium. The report finds that in the studies reviewed by Pöyry, electricity prices were reduced by between 3 and 23 €/MWh depending on the amount of wind power. It concludes that the studies "essentially draw similar conclusions" and that "an increased penetration of wind power reduces wholesale spot prices." "It has already been well-established that wind reduces CO2 emissions," said Christian Kjaer, EWEA's Chief Executive. "But now we have stronger evidence than ever before that wind power also reduces electricity prices for consumers. The message is clear - if you want affordable CO2-free electricity, increase the amount of wind power in your electricity mix." Wind power replaces CO2 -intensive production technologies, the report finds. The technology that sets the price on the wholesale market is usually hard coal. Wind replaces hard

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Wind energy will meet 50% of the EU's electricity demand in 2050, top wind energy personalities told Europe's largest wind energy conference and exhibition.Topping the agenda at the opening day of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010) in Warsaw was Europe's long-term energy supply."2050 might seem like a long way off, but the decisions we take today will have a big impact on our energy supplies in 40 years' time," said Arthouros Zervos, President of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). With the G8 and EU already committed to an 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2050, Zervos added: "We can't allow the politicians to make grand statements and leave the serious decisions to the next generation. Given the long life of power plants our vision for 2050 has to be reflected in the construction of new power plants from at least 2020 onwards." "A fully renewable power sector is the only solution to reaching 80-95% CO2 reductions by 2050," he continued. "The remaining carbon emissions will be needed for other sectors, such as agriculture." However, we should be talking about a "renewable energy economy" not a low carbon one, Professor Zervos said. "Renewable energies can provide 100%

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FloDesign Wind Turbine Co. has put the rest of the wind turbine manufacturing industry on notice. They will be a major player in wind power technology for years to come if all the numbers hold up. The Obama administration said the clean energy economy will be led by small businesses, FloDesign Wind Turbine is the perfect example. A spin off of its larger parent FloDesign. The company is led by Stanley Kowalski III, a mechanical engineer.Why does this wind turbine have people excited? Beside the fact it makes the old 3 blade wind turbines look like windmills, it's 2 to 3 times more efficient. Using a combination of smaller blades with vents set up to create a vortex as air passes through vent slots. The company used their expertise in jet engine technology to create a master piece.It's smaller than the old wind turbines and does not cost as much to build. The game changer is that it produces more energy with less wind speed. That's the vortex factor that has wind developers drooling. So much, that the company has investors lining up. From MIT to the latest deal involving the state of Mass.. Governor Patrick quickly put a plan

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Swedish wind farm Eolus had signed an agreement with Vestas (VWS.CO) for 70 wind turbines with a total wind power capacity of 140 megawatts.Eolus said the three-year agreement with Vestas, the world's biggest maker of wind turbines, had an option to buy an additional 20 wind turbines.Eolus Vind AB is one of the leading actors in planning, projecting and establishing wind power plants in Sweden. Eolus was founded in 1990 with the purpose to own and operate wind turbines. Initiator was Bengt Simmingsköld, who is still the managing director. He has worked with wind energy projects since the late 70's.The first project was two Vestas 225 kW wind turbines on the island Öland, that Eolus built in 1991. Since the start Eolus Vind AB has established more than 200 wind turbines. Eolus has also been active in projects in Finland, Estonia and Poland.During the years Eolus have sold off most of the wind turbines established by the company.Today Eolus operates as:* Developer of wind power projects* Owner of wind turbines* Consultants in developing wind power projects, operating wind farms, financing and administration.On August 31st 2009 Eolus was owner or part owner of 20 wind turbines with a total power of

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Supporting today's publication "RE-thinking 2050 - A 100% Renewable Energy Vision for the European Union", by the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), said:"EWEA fully supports EREC's vision of Europe moving towards 100% renewable energy by 2050. We have abundant wind, sun and other resources and the technologies to do it. Harnessing these natural and clean energy sources would give Europe energy independence and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Europe." "100% renewables is an inspiring but achievable objective which makes economic, environmental and social sense for Europe. I urge European leaders to have the courage and the vision to seize this opportunity and facilitate the necessary changes to infrastructure and market design." The contribution of wind energy to the EU's 2050 vision will be the main subject of the opening session of the European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (EWEC 2010) which will open in Warsaw next Tuesday, 20 April. The full publication of RE-thinking 2050 will be available as of Tuesday, 20th April 2010: www.rethinking2050.eu More information about EWEC 2010 in Warsaw 

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Wind Works Power Corp. is pleased to announce that from the first contracts offered through the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Feed-in-Tariff program, we have been notified that we will be offered 7 power purchase agreements for a total of 80 megawatts (MW), for the following projects:Ganaraska: 20 MWSettlers Landing: 10 MWSnowy Ridge: 10 MWGrey Highlands: 10 MWClean Breeze: 10 MWWhispering Woods: 10 MWCloudy Ridge (Skyway 126): 10MW"Ontario`s pioneering Green Energy Act is now taking shape", comments Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, Wind Works' President and CEO "the announced FIT Contracts push the door wide open for the 50,000 new green energy jobs Ontario wants to attract for the emerging North American wind energy market." With respect to the 7 FIT contracts offered to Wind Works, Dr. Stuckmann comments "this is a milestone event that we will leverage into significant growth opportunities in the near term."For the 8 wind energy projects that were not offered contracts in this first round, all 8 projects have been placed into an economic connection test (ECT) with the OPA, which is expected to be examined in mid-summer. This will assess the time at which grid expansions and upgrades will facilitate the connection of these projects. All 8

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NextEra Energy Resources, the competitive energy subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., remained the nation's largest owner of wind farms at the end of 2009, according to the Annual Wind Industry Report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).NextEra Energy Resources ended 2009 with more than 7,500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the United States, according to the AWEA report. That is enough to provide electricity to approximately 1.9 million households. The company's closest competitor finished the year with 3,225 megawatts of wind capacity."We've built our wind fleet from fewer than 500 megawatts a decade ago to more than 7,500 megawatts today," said Lew Hay, chairman and CEO of FPL Group. "Wind energy creates jobs, strengthens our energy security, and makes the air we breathe cleaner. We've barely begun to tap the potential of wind energy for the nation, and with the right public policies in place, the wind industry can do a lot more."NextEra Energy Resources now has nearly 9,000 wind turbines at 75 wind farms in 17 states and Canada. The company's wind farms avoided 14 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2009, which is the equivalent of removing approximately 2.4 million cars from the

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Global wind energy markets are expected to continue their rapid growth, with the world's wind power capacity increasing by 160% over the coming five years, according to the annual industry forecast presented by the Global Wind Energy Council today. GWEC expects that the global installed wind capacity will reach 409 GW by 2014, up from 158.5 GW at the end of 2010. This assumes an average growth rate of 21% per year, which is conservative compared to the 29% average growth that the wind industry experienced over the past decade. During 2014, the annual market will be more than 60 GW, up from 38.3 GW in 2009. GWEC will present its full annual Global Wind 2009 Report at the European Wind Energy Conference in Warsaw on 21 April 2010, which will include a five year forecast for the development of the global wind energy market. In the past, these projections have regularly been outstripped by the actual performance of the industry and have had to be adjusted upwards. Despite the ramifications of the financial crisis, 2009 was no exception. "Even in the face of a global recession and financial crisis, wind energy continues to be the technology of choice

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General Electric Co. installed more wind turbine capacity than rivals in the U.S. last year, but faces new competition from Asian companies, according to a report from the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association, scheduled for release Thursday.GE installed nearly 4 gigawatts, or 40% of new U.S. wind turbine capacity in 2009, up from 3.7 gigawatts in 2008, the report said. GE sold roughly $6 billion of wind turbines worldwide in 2009, company executives say.Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Germany's Siemens AG and India's Suzlon Energy Ltd. ranked second, third and fourth in new capacity in the U.S. last year, the report said.Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. moved to fifth with 751 megawatts of new capacity, from seventh place in 2008. China's Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology dipped its toe into the U.S. market in 2009, installing three turbines that generate five megawatts of electricity.Competition has been heating up in the U.S. wind market. In the U.S., which has the largest installed base of wind power of any country, 15 companies sold large-scale wind turbines in 2009, up from five companies in 2005, according to the report.In February, GE filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Dallas, alleging that

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