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As of September 2010, SGS has become a member of Suisse Eole, an association for the promotion of wind energy in Switzerland. As a newly recognized Suisse Eole member, SGS attended its first meeting of the association on September 14th in Bern. During the one-day event SGS held an informative presentation on Site Assessment for Wind Farms and presented its wide portfolio of renewable energy services. ---In September 2010, SGS successfully became a member of Suisse Eole, an association for the promotion of wind energy in Switzerland. For the first time in its capacity as a Suisse Eole member, SGS took part in the meeting of the association held on September 14th, 2010 in Bern. During the one-day event SGS held an informative presentation on Site Assessment for Wind Farms and presented its wide portfolio of renewable energy services to the key market players in the wind energy sector in Switzerland.Suisse Eole (Only available in German), founded in 1998, aims at improving the site-specific framework for wind energy in Switzerland, both ensuring project quality and providing information on the advantages of wind energy. Moreover, one of its objectives is to produce around 1,500 GWh of wind energy, which represents 2.5%

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Gamesa Technology Corp., a world leader in wind turbine manufacturing, will launch its new G97-2.0 megawatt (MW) turbine platform for the North American market at the Canadian Wind Energy Association's annual conference and exhibition, one of the wind energy industry's premier events. The new G97-2.0 MW Class IIIA model is specially designed for low-wind sites, a segment from which Gamesa expects over half of all future on-shore demand.The new Gamesa G97-2.0 MW has a swept area 16 percent higher than the existing G90, coupled with an increase in energy output of almost 14 percent. The new wind turbine also features a new aerodynamic blade tip design and the Gamesa NRS® (Noise Reduction System) control system to ensure maximum output with minimum noise. Other prominent characteristics of the wind turbine include:A 97-meter-long next-generation rotor for low wind sites;Cutting-edge blade technology: manufacture of lightweight blades using fiberglass, carbon fiber and pre-impregnation methods;Pitch and variable speed technology to maximize energy output;Gamesa active yaw system to ensure optimal dynamic response to complex terrains;Preventative maintenance system; andLocal grid connection compliance.The new Gamesa G97-2.0 MW wind turbine not only provides higher performance (improved power curve and reduced noise emission levels), but it also comes with an

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It would be too easy for us, as champion of wind power, to focus on the desperate situation that befell the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year. The oil spill has been ruinous and BP's reputation was severely damaged, but it's encouraging to know that the company is still pressing ahead with its wind energy division.It's an area of BP's business that is broadly overlooked by the mainstream media (for whatever reason), but perhaps it should be more widely reported upon - and applauded, even. John Graham, BP Wind Energy's President and CEO, is quietly determined to make a success of his division, having stated in a recent interview: "We're following our policy. We invest about $300 million a year. We've done it consistently and will continue to do so. We continue to build and operate."BP Wind Energy has 1,205 megawatts of installed capacity in seven US states, two new projects near completion, and two more in advanced stages of development. "Our business has been around since 2006 as part of BP's push into the alternative energy space," Graham explains. "Over the last couple of years, we have invested in excess of three billion dollars of cash into physical assets of nine operating wind farms and two in construction."And while the company comes to the

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The GRIDS 2010 conference & exhibition, organised by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) will provide policy-makers, industry leaders and engineering experts with a platform to debate the issues surrounding the design, planning and building of new European electricity infrastructure that will meet Europe's energy, consumer and climate needs.· Top speakers representing all stakeholders: TSOs, EU and national policy makers, engineering experts and industry leaders· 240+ delegates registered already; 500+ senior experts expectedReserve YOUR seat at Europe's premier conference and debate on grids. Register now!

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is pleased that the European Commission has released a document, "Wind energy developments and Natura 2000", which provides clear guidance to national and regional authorities on how to ensure that the development of wind farms in Natura 2000 areas is compatible with the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives.The European Commission's guidance document states that "appropriately sited and well designed wind energy developments are generally not a threat to biodiversity". Indeed, the guidance document highlights that: "if planned properly, modern wind energy activities can not only avoid impacting on wildlife but can also on occasion actively contribute to biodiversity conservation." EWEA emphasises that wind farm developers are today required to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment before construction of a farm can start. In addition the EU's Habitats Directive (Article 6) includes substantive safeguards that must be applied to wind farm projects deemed likely to have an adverse effect on a Natura 2000 site. Overall, wind power's impact on birds, bats, other wildlife and natural habitats is extremely low compared with many other human-related activities. Natura 2000 is an EU-wide ecological network of nearly 26,000 sites in the 27 EU countries which, according to the

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Hi Alberto, Thank you for catching up with us quickly today, I have a few questions for youregarding Operation and Maintenance within the Wind Energy industry.Could you tell us a little bit about the projects that you're currently working on? What areyour current aims for the next 6 months?As The Spanish wind energy Association we are mainly working on modifications of theexisting regulation and preparing for the new regulation to be applied after 2012. We willbe presenting our proposals to the Ministry of Energy to keep the economic feasibility of theprojects and to facilitate the integration of the electricity produced by the wind farms intothe grid.Great! Sounds like you are going to be very busy over the next few months!What partnerships are you looking at currently, or which companies in particular wouldyou like to work with? Who has come up with the most exciting innovation that you'veseen recently and why?We are actively trying to integrate all the stakeholders with interest in those activities. Theseare from the plant owners to the insurance companies and of course with the involvement ofthe maintenance companies and the equipment manufacturer.So bringing the industry together is always an important factor. This shows how importantOperations and Maintenance

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Wind energy has arguably become the dominant renewable energy in Europe.The number of turbines now production in mean that operators are looking at reducing O&M costs to see significant gains in profitability. With no fuel costs, a wind farm is totally dependent on smart use of operational expenditure (OPEX) to be profitable.In less than five years, a wind turbine will likely have its warranty expire. 79% of wind turbines are set to move out of warranty. O&M costs for wind power are double or triple the figures that were originally predicted in the financial models used to secure investment and finance. 0.019 euro per kWh is the average real cost of O&M compared with estimated costs from a leading wind turbine OEM of $0.005 per kWh.Leading operators demand that now is the time to plan for ways to boost ROI and increase profit margins by planning ahead and accurately forecasting O&M costs. Greater investment in O&M can have proven positive returns.A robust, repeatable and cost effective O&M strategy can have an immediate impact on an operator's bottom line.As a result we are seeing a fundamental change in the way the Utility companies and IPPs are changing their shift away from

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Aberdeen, SD-U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) brought together a cross-section of local leaders to find ways to help South Dakota reach its full wind energy output potential. Johnson highlighted bipartisan legislation he cosponsored in September to establish a national renewable electricity standard, which would help South Dakota expand its renewable energy production."South Dakota ranks fourth in wind energy potential, and we are moving in the right direction but we still have work to do to reach our full capabilities," Johnson said. "I commend the efforts by Presentation Sisters to utilize renewable energy and hope other South Dakota organizations will make similar improvements."Today's event was held at Presentation Sisters, which recently installed an 80-foot wind turbine on one of its buildings. Combined with solar panels already on the roof, the turbine is expected to offset up to 15 percent of the building's energy needs.As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, Johnson has continually pushed for investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency to put South Dakota at the forefront of a clean energy economy. In September, Johnson was an original cosponsor of the Renewable Electricity Promotion Act. The legislation requires that electric utilities obtain 15 percent of their electricity supply

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A unique, non-political, national organization that is a think-tank and project manager, The Wind Alliance is currently gaining momentum in the US. With a raft of organizations coming on-board to further the goals and perceptions of the wind industry, it looks set to shift perceptions and drive change. PES is proud to put some questions to Claire E. Henkhaus, the organization's Associate Director. PES: Welcome to PES, can you outline the goals of the Wind Alliance and explain why it was initiated? Claire Henkhaus: The Wind Alliance was originally initiated to bring together industry, academia and the public sector within Texas to align activities and funding for the benefit of its members and the Texas wind industry. Quickly The Wind Alliance discovered that the issues facing the wind industry are widespread and that if we focus on solutions at a higher level, across the United States, everyone will benefit.If we focus on Texas (or any state) in isolation, we are not solving the root of the problem. To reach the goals of 2030, industry growth must accelerate quickly. There are barriers to this growth and we are trying to bring leadership together across the board to build a bridge. We

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As the voice of Canada's wind energy sector, CanWEA actively promotes the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy, and serves as the country's leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic, and environmental benefits. PES is proud to present this exclusive update from the organisation, which outlines the success of wind energy in smaller communities.Wind energy is an abundant and affordable source of electricity that is becoming an increasingly important part of the energy supply mix in Canada and around the world. In Ontario today, wind energy output powers over 440,000 homes. Across the country, wind turbines meet the electricity demands of over 1.2 million homes - and they do it without polluting the air, depleting precious water resources, or producing waste of any kind.A July 2010 IPSOS-Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) found that nine in 10 Ontario residents support the production of wind energy in their region for its economic and environmental benefits. Over 86 per cent of those polled would like to see their municipal government encourage and facilitate wind energy development because they believe it is important that Ontario's electricity supply become more environmentally friendly.There is much

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