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European and Chinese wind turbine makers are poised to do battle away from their domestic markets as the focus in the 60 billion euro ($85.6 billion) industry shifts to North America, Brazil and India. Hit by overcapacity and plunging prices in Europe and China's saturated markets, manufacturers of wind turbines are under pressure to find new areas of growth to boost single-digit profit margins.
The Wind Independent Power Producers Association has filed a petition with the Delhi High Court against the power regulator, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission' over the Commission's recent ‘scheduling and forecasting' order.
Hardly three weeks after it was installed with much fanfare, one of the leaves of the windmill at the Marine Drive came off a second time in heavy rain and wind on Thursday afternoon leaving the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) with egg on its face. ...the company had undertaken the project on a trial basis and would replace it with solar power if the windmill was found unsuccessful.
A directive took effect this week ordering wind farms with a capacity of 10 megawatts or more to forecast their generation in 15-minute blocks for the following day. Missing estimates by more than 30 percent will incur penalties. ...The infrastructure can't cope with intermittent wind- and sun-power generation, which has doubled in capacity in five years to almost 20 gigawatts.
The reinstalled windmill has only three fan leaves, compared to the original five, and the shaft thickness has been increased from two to five inches, said sources. "As we have high winds at Marine Drive, especially in the morning, we have reduced the number of wings in the windmill.
The broken blade came from the No. 12 turbine. It landed on a beach more than 30m away from the wind farm. The turbine has not been in operation since the blade broke, but the break triggered concerns about the quality of the turbines. The broken part was still on the beach as of Saturday.
GCDA chairman N Venugopal said that the bolts of the windmill blades were not tightened properly and the company which installed it was scheduled to carryout repair works on Saturday to fix it properly.
Maharashtra lost the second largest chunk of forest land to wind power projects, reveals a report released by the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Wednesday. ..."We recommend strict green norms for wind power projects." Bhushan said linear fragmentation -- the building of roads and transmission lines -- has the biggest impact on forests, wildlife and water bodies.
With 80 per cent of the country's electricity coming from fossil fuels and nuclear energy, renewable sources of energy such as wind-power are becoming essential. However, it seems that this apparently ‘clean' energy has a few dirty secrets as far as the environment is concerned.
Sinovel Wind Group Co. has confirmed that it is closing four international subsidiaries, marking the latest setback for the company, which is one of China's largest wind-turbine manufacturers. In a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Monday, Sinovel said it would shut its units in the U.S., Belgium, Italy and Canada. It is unclear how large these units are.
PM3000, the software in question, helps regulate the flow of electricity from turbines to electrical grids. The theft resulted in a loss of $800 million for AMSC, according to the indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Wisconsin. Some 500 AMSC employees have lost their jobs following Sinovel's "egregious and unlawful behavior," McGahn said.
High costs are one of the largest impediments to a wider uptake of clean energy in Japan following the March 2011 earthquake and nuclear meltdown ...Japan's costs threaten to detract from government policy offering financial incentives to sellers of clean energy.
InfraVest also stepped up security by having dozens of security guards on site at all time, where they trail, film, question and prevent visitors, residents and students from going to the beach and embankment and approaching the construction site. Their behavior is illegal, as they have no law enforcement authority.
The white shirts were obviously on edge, ready to snap - and they did the next day, on Saturday, during another protest near the site. Video footage obtained by the Times shows a larger number of white shirts pulling at and dragging protesters away, both near the site and atop the ridge.
Dozens of residents of Yuanli Township (苑裡), Miaoli County, yesterday rallied in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) against a wind turbine project they say is too close to their homes and violates the minimum distance required by the environmental impact assessment (EIA).
According to various reports these incentives were scrapped as many developers took incentives to save tax and after the completion of incentives either neglected or abandoned the wind farms altogether.
"If InfraVest continues to neglect the danger its wind turbines pose to the local residents, they should get out of Taiwan," said Lin, stating that the promotion of green energy should be a common priority of the government and all societies, with an actual plan that is safe yet eco-friendly.
A 38-tonne wind turbine crashed 50 metres (165 feet) to the ground in western Japan after the steel column supporting it snapped, officials have said. ..."We are asking experts to look into the cause of the problem. We suspect metal fatigue.
Unless advanced economies adopt more ambitious reduction targets and are willing to use CDM to fulfill them, demand for carbon credits cannot easily recover. But uncertain economic and industrial production outlook in developed economies and a huge oversupply of carbon credits do not bode well for the market.
Mahavitaran is opposing the "irrational" pricing of wind energy on various grounds. Unlike solar energy there hasn't been any breakthrough technology. For a stagnant technology the MERC is proposing a tariff range of Rs. 3.86 per unit to Rs. 5.80 ...The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) or Mahavitaran says it cannot accept the high cost of wind energy and is against passing on that cost to consumers.