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As the Guam Power Authority expands it renewable energy portfolio with wind and solar capabilities, Consolidated Commission on Utilities chairman Joseph Duenas has doubts about the viability of a wind turbine project. He told KUAM News "They haven't started construction or any kind of work on the project and the project is supposed to be completed in eight months."
Wind power generators need vast, open land to provide adequate space between each windmill. On this small island, commercial-scale wind power plants might be tough to pull off, he said. And for a utility-scale wind power plant to be viable, there must be steady flow of winds — ranging from 12 mph to 28 mph — for efficiency, he said. Earthquakes and typhoons also add to the obstacles of windmill projects on the island.
The state-owned Taiwan Power Company (台電公司) has formed a committee to examine why seven of its wind turbines collapsed during Typhoon Soudelor last weekend, a Taipower official said Wednesday.
The state-run energy supplier said the typhoon's powerful gusts of up to 202 to 220 kilometers per hour blew six of its 18 wind turbines at Taichung's Gaomei wetlands to the ground and severely damaged two of its six turbines in northern Taiwan's Shimen Wind Power Station.
About 43 percent of installed wind generation sat unused in the northeastern province of Jilin in the first six months, the highest rate in the nation, the NEA said in a statement on Monday. The northwestern regions of Gansu and Xinjiang followed.
A protest against the development of a wind power complex around Hanu Mountain and Maebong Mountain in Uiryeong County, Gyeongsangnam-do has been continuing for two weeks at the construction site. About 10 to 30 locals are occupying the site, delaying the construction. ...The committee is demanding that the company set standards for low-frequency noise and conduct simulations of possible landslide accidents.
Solar and wind power generation are too unstable and costly to provide more than marginal power generation capacity, especially given the need to extend power grids from major cities like Tokyo to more remote areas considered most suitable for wind power, he says.
Panchayat secretary Nithin Kailas told The Hindu that all the windmill towers had been installed without permission from the local body. No tax was paid to the government since they were set up. As per rules, each wind power generating unit had to pay Rs.70,000 as annual tax. As each unit occupied 120 sq m, they would have to pay land tax too.
While listed wind firms have seen their shares surge 18-38 percent this year, compared with a 17 percent rise on the broader Hang Seng index .HSI, some industry insiders are urging investors to rein in their enthusiasm. "I'm not entirely sure where the optimism came from," said an executive at top power producer Datang Power (0991.HK). ..."Overall electricity demand is very weak. It is unlikely wind power will outshine others."
"When the matter reached court, where the verdict was in my favour, I asked the company to vacate the land. However, instead of doing that, I have been harassed by the company's agents who filed many police and court complaints against me," Varagiya's letter to the Collector stated.
If private entrepreneurs decide to exit the business when the feed-in tariff program ends, the nation is expected to be swamped with illegally dumped equipment and facilities. Disposing of gigantic windmills, for example, could pose a serious challenge to many wind-power entrepreneurs.
Like other countries that have promoted the technology with generous state support, Japan is also struggling with the financial and technical consequences of its rapid solar growth. Solar power here is costly for consumers because of high state-mandated prices, and handling the fluctuating output of thousands of mostly small solar producers is tricky for utilities. Necessary improvements in the infrastructure have not kept pace, experts say.
Apart from a passing mention of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s well-publicised target of 1.75 lakh MW (175,000 MW) of renewable energy capacity, the Budget had absolutely nothing for the sector. The target and the commitments were increasingly seen as unrealistic. The industry had been hoping that some measures would have demonstrated that the targets were not just hot air.
Three workers are feared dead following an explosion near a wind power project in Maharashtra in India.
The Japanese government announced plans to hold periodic safety inspections of wind turbines in response to several recent accidents, as the country's operators were urged to fit lightning protection systems.
A protest action staged by a group of residents here marred the inauguration on Wednesday of the 81-megawatt Pagudpud wind farm that is operated by the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp. (NLREC).
Japan has been undergoing a green boom. It's now rapidly turning into a fiasco as the cost proves prohibitive and utilities anticipate putting some nuclear reactors, shuttered since the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, back online. The unfolding green glut in Japan echoes similar experiences in Germany and Spain.
A spokesperson confirmed that SHI has shut down wind activities at its Hamburg and London offices, but denied that the company was pulling out of wind altogether. "We are now downsizing the [wind] business based on our new strategy."
CHINA: Sinovel is being sued by 12 subsidiaries of Huaneng Renewables in the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court over an alleged breaking of contracts.
Okinawa Electric Power and Shikoku Electric Power have followed Kyushu Electric Power in temporarily halting grid-access applications for renewables projects, in the latest sign that Japan’s utilities are struggling to integrate solar and wind into their strained networks.