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Wind Energy Drives More Than Just Turbines

ge_windWind energy is the fastest-growing source of electricity production globally, and in the U.S., Texas ranks No. 1 for wind energy capacity. If Texas were a country, it would be sixth in the world.

Presently, Texas has 12,000 megawatts installed, which signifies a $20 billion investment in the state and creates jobs, said Elizabeth A. Salerno, director, Industry Data and Analysis, American Wind Energy Association.

“One megawatt can power 300 homes. One gigawatt can power 300,000 homes, and 12 gigawatts can power 3,600,000 homes. What many people do not understand is wind is a real power industry, and it is growing,” said Matt Guyette, chief marketing and strategy officer, GE Renewable Energy.

One indicator the industry is growing is the continual number of member companies joining the American Wind Energy Association, which today is close to 1,500.

“Ten years ago, there were less than 2,000 turbines, and today there are over 20,000. These are not your father’s turbines. These are efficient and are driving down the cost of electricity,” Guyette said.

Read more about wind energy on Chron.com

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MidAmerican Wind Announces Completion of 81-Megawatt Bishop Hill II Wind Project

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, MidAmerican Wind, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables, announced completion of its 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II wind project. The project, located in Henry County, Ill., features 50 General Electric 1.62-megawatt wind turbines.

“The Bishop Hill II wind project demonstrates MidAmerican Wind’s commitment to renewable energy and environmental respect,” said Tom Budler, president, MidAmerican Wind. “Construction of the Bishop Hill II wind project began nearly one year ago. We’re pleased to announce that we met all our goals for building the project and it is now generating renewable energy for the region.”

Bishop Hill II is located near the town of Galva, Ill., approximately 40 miles northwest of Peoria. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ameren Illinois. Continue reading

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GE, MetLife and Union Bank to Invest $247 Million in Kansas Wind Farm

WICHITA, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A group comprising GE (NYSE: GE) unit GE Energy Financial Services, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), and Union Bank, N.A., has invested nearly $247 million in Wind Capital Group’s recently commissioned 201-megawatt Post Rock wind farm. Wind Capital Group, supported by its parent company, NTR plc, maintains a substantial equity stake and serves as managing member of the project, located 80 miles outside Wichita, Kansas, in Ellsworth and Lincoln Counties. Additional details of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to be working with this well-established investor group and look forward to working together in the future. They each played an integral role in making the project a success,” Wind Capital Group Chief Executive Officer David Boyce said today.

Michael McNicholas, Chief Executive Officer of NTR plc, added, “Support from this group of investors has been critical to the success of Post Rock and underscores the importance and commercial viability of renewable energy projects. This is an important milestone for Wind Capital Group, and for NTR, which has identified renewable energy as core to our future growth strategy.” Continue reading

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Boeing Sends Meds to Ethiopia; McGill Hosts CSR Program; Women Veterans Survey – CSR Minute

Boeing has teamed up with Ethiopian Airlines and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach to deliver 20,000 pounds of medical supplies to Ethiopian’s Black Lion Hospital, the country’s largest. The delivery was made using the airlines’ 787 Dreamliner, marking the first time the new plane has been used as part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program.

McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development and the law firm of Fasken Martineau have teamed up to launch a new Executive Education Certificate Program in Corporate Social Responsibility. The five-day intensive program, focused on creating value through collaborative sustainable development, will be held at McGill’s downtown Toronto campus during the second week in November.

A new survey finds that 55 percent of U.S. women veteran business owners said their leadership experience in the military inspired them to start their own business. Forty-six percent said that being an owner has helped them transition to civilian life. The survey was conducted by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, a nonprofit, and Capital One Financial.

For more information on these and other stories, go tohttp://www.csrminute.com.

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Summit-Petrofac Project Advances in UK’s Carbon Capture & Storage Competition

SEATTLE & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Summit Power Group, LLC (“Summit”) and Petrofac Ltd (“Petrofac”) have confirmed that the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (“DECC”) has officially notified them on Friday November 2nd that DECC has selected the joint Summit-Petrofac project known as Captain: The Clean Energy Project (“Captain CEP”) to move forward to the next stage of DECC’s carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) competition for power plants that will capture and geologically sequester their carbon dioxide emissions. DECC made a public announcement to the same effect in London on 30th October. Captain CEP is one of four proposed CCS projects whose selection for the next stage of the competition was announced by DECC.

Captain CEP is a “full-chain” CCS project consisting of (1) a coal gasification power plant with ninety-plus percent (90+%) carbon capture, to be located at Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth west of Edinburgh, Scotland, plus (2) an existing on-shore pipeline and existing sub-sea pipelines that will be converted to CO2 transport, as well as (3) sub-sea depleted gas reservoirs and deep brine formations that will be used for the permanent geological sequestration of CO2 captured at the power plant. Continue reading

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PennFuture, Sierra Club, and NRDC Slam EPA for Proposing a Free Pass for Toxic Air Pollution

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft proposed rules this week that would create special loopholes for dirty diesel and gas electricity generators, allowing them to avoid installing pollution controls for toxic and other air pollution emissions.

“These proposed rules sacrifice local air quality and public health, distort energy markets, and could endanger electricity reliability in our region,” said Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center, a program of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future.

“The loophole in these rules could result in reduced reliability and will result in increased air pollution, by making the electricity system more dependent on small, dirty sources of electricity. Closing this loophole will send market signals to invest in cleaner generation and conservation while better protecting Americans’ health”

Several years ago, EPA adopted rules limiting the amount of toxic air emissions – like formaldehyde and benzene – that are released from small diesel and gas-fired generators. EPA is now proposing to allow dirty generators to increase by six times the number of hours they may operate in electricity planning programs without any pollution controls. Continue reading

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GE Wind Turbines Selected by Chinese Wind Power Developer for 100-Megawatt Project in Canada

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE’s (NYSE: GE) broad and competitive portfolio of advanced technology wind turbines will power a new wind project in the province of Ontario, Canada that will add 100 megawatts of clean energy to the region’s electricity grid. The Dufferin Wind Farm, located in Ontario’s Melanchthon County, is being developed by Longyuan Canada Renewables Ltd., a subsidiary of China Long Yuan Power Generation (CLYPG), China’s largest wind power developer.

“As the competition grows across the global wind industry, the most cost effective projects with the best technology will win.”
GE will supply 31 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines and 18 of its 2.75-103 wind turbines for the project, which supports Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Created by the Ontario government, the act is designed to expand renewable energy production, encourage energy conservation and create green jobs. It features a feed-in tariff to ensure that renewable energy developers are able to achieve a reasonable return on their investments.

Under the Green Energy Act, renewable energy developers are required to demonstrate 50 percent local content for their projects. GE’s longstanding commitment to provide local manufacturing content and sophisticated application engineering support aligns with the Green Energy Act’s requirements. Continue reading

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Major Investors Warn Energy Companies of Business Risks in Flaring Gas at Shale Oil Wells

(3BL Media) Boston, MA – March 29, 2012 – With escalating shale oil production putting the US on track to become the world’s largest oil producer, investors are challenging an increasingly common industry practice – burning off or ‘flaring’ associated natural gas from shale oil wells – as environmentally damaging, economically wasteful and a threat to the industry’s bottom line.

“We are concerned that excessive flaring, because of its impact on air quality and climate change, poses significant risks for the companies involved, and for the industry at large, ultimately threatening the industry’s license to operate,” wrote three-dozen investors in a letter sent this week to 21 of the industry’s largest shale oil producers, including Continental Resources and Chesapeake Energy.

The letter notes that in North Dakota alone, which produced an average of 418,000 barrels each day last year and is now the third largest source of domestic oil production behind Texas and Alaska, annual flaring-related emissions were equivalent to more than two million tons of carbon dioxide, as much as adding 384,000 cars to the road. Continue reading

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