Wind Industry Highlights November

Wind power helped California grid and continues to outpace coal and oil, GE installs 1500th turbine in Canada, German-Dutch consultancy aims for new global offshore wind development and Ahlstrom launches AceBlace Carbon for longer blades.

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Wind Power Helped the California Grid during a Challenging Summer
Oscar Hidalgo, a spokesperson for the California Independent System Operator (ISO, Folsom, Calif.), told  North American Windpower (NAW) magazine, "We experienced some significant demands this summer in California, and renewable resources, such as wind, helped us maintain reliability statewide. With hydroelectricity generation down due to drought conditions in the state, we’ve relied on other resources to keep power flowing. Wind generation played a significant role, setting a record this year with nearly 5,000 megawatts of production.”

U.S. Renewables Continue to Outpace Coal, Oil and Nuclear
NAW reports that renewable energy sources accounted for more than two-fifths (41 percent) of all new electrical generating capacity put into service in the U.S. during the first three quarters of 2014, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC, Washington, D.C.). Only natural gas provided more new generating capacity. For the month of September alone, renewables accounted for over two-thirds of the 603 MW of new generating capacity put into service, with 367 MW (61 percent) coming from wind and 41 MW (7 percent) coming from solar.

GE Installed its 1500th Wind Turbine in Canada
Announced at the Canadian Wind Energy Association's (CanWEA) 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition (Oct. 27-29, Montreal, Quebec), this brings the company's total installed wind capacity in Canada to 2 GW. GE also installed its first Canadian 1.6-100 and 2.85-103 wind turbines this year, and since its first Canadian installation in 2004, the company’s wind presence has expanded to four provinces - Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

New International Consultancy to Develop Offshore Wind in Europe, Asia and U.S.
Four Dutch and German offshore wind consultancies — Pondera Consult (Hengelo, The Netherlands), MECAL Independent eXperts (Enschede, The Netherlands), Ep4 Offshore (Winsen, Germany) and BBB Umwelttechnik GmbH (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) — have teamed up to establish a new international consultancy company, Wind Minds (Hengelo, The Netherlands and Winsen, Germany), with a focus on developing offshore wind farms in northwest Europe, the U.S. and Asia. The new consultancy reportedly employs over 100 specialists with over 15 years of combined experience from direct involvement in over 40 offshore wind projects.

Ahlstrom Launches AceBlade Carbon for Longer and Lighter Blades
Ahlstrom (Helsinki, Finland), a global high performance fiber-based materials company, has launched AceBlade Carbon, a patent pending new product for the wind energy market, featuring unidirectional carbon fiber reinforcement with superior fatigue resistance and enhanced mechanical properties for longer and lighter blades. AceBlade  Carbon is touted as a cost effective solution for vacuum infusion processes, delivering  delivery higher strength and stiffness as well as improved fatigue properties.