US wind farms planned for 2013-20. Texas to get twice as many as nearest state.Source: windpowermonthly.com
The construction of an offshore grid in the German part of the North Sea cannot be implemented under current regulatory system, according to European grid operator TenneT.
Developer Trillium Power is suing the Ontario government over its decision to cancel plans to build offshore wind farms on Lake Ontario.
Trillium was in the process of planning a 450MW project on Lake Ontario. This was stopped when the Ontario government called a halt to development on the lake on environmental grounds.Source: windpowermonthly.com
13 July 2011 – The renewable energy sector has continued to perform well despite the global economic slowdown, cuts in incentives, and low natural-gas prices, according to a United Nations-backed report unveiled today, which shows that the sector supplied an estimated 16 per cent of global energy last year. The sector also delivered close to 20 per cent of the world’s electricity production, according to the report commissioned by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), whose secretariat is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Germany installed more solar photovoltaic (PV) in 2010 than the entire world added in 2009. PV markets in Japan and the United States almost doubled relative to 2009. Globally, wind power added the most new capacity, followed by hydropower and solar PV, but for the first time ever, Europe added more PV than wind capacity. Last year, investment reached a record $211 billion in renewables – about one-third more than the $160 billion invested in 2009 – and more than five times the amount invested in 2004.
Recently Japan announced it is aiming to take a lead in the development of floating-turbine technology as part of a post-Fukushima shift to renewables. Floating turbines are essential for Japan if it wants to develop offshore wind farms as it’s waters are too deep for conventional foundation-based turbines. This comes on the back of the recent passing of renewables legislation that could see it offer renewables incentives.
Now the country’s new PM is pushing for nuclear…