Category: Wind Energy

Siemens pushes forward with takeover of subsidiary wind operation

  As Siemens Gamesa struggles with a lack of wind turbine orders and prepares to temporarily shut down plants in Hutchinson, Kansas and in Iowa, the company faces a total purchase by Siemens Energy. It was May 21 when Siemens Energy launched a $4.28 billion effort for minority holdings in Siemens Gamesa reported Reuters. Shareholder …

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Siemens hit by lack of wind turbine orders—shutting down plants in Kansas and Iowa

  Wind farm manufacturing plants run by Siemens will be closed temporarily in Hutchinson, Kansas and Iowa while the company waits for new wind turbine orders. The Siemens Gamesa plants will shut down for the summer reported the Hutchinson News. The first closing will be at the blade manufacturing plant in Fort Madison, Iowa while …

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Big 12 claims another national renewable energy championship

    Another Big 12 school has claimed a national championship when it comes to renewable energy efforts. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) convened universities and wind energy experts from around the country in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC). Kansas State University rose above 11 other competing teams to claim first place in the annual …

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EIA expects solar and wind to be larger sources of U.S. electricity generation this summer

  A new government report predicts this summer that the U.S. will see its largest increases in electric power sector generation from renewable energy sources. The prediction comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration in its Summer Electricity Outlook, “We forecast utility-scale solar generation between June and August 2022 will grow by 10 million megawatthours (MWh) …

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Wind farm operator ALLETE reports jump in earnings

  Wind-farm operator ALLETE, Inc., the Minnesota-based company with major operations in Oklahoma reported first quarter 2022 earnings of $66.3 million or $1.24 per share, a gain from the nearly $52 million and 99 cents a share a year ago. ALLETE operates the 303 MW Caddo Wind farm in southwestern Oklahoma and the 303-MW Diamond Spring …

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New Mexico transmission line closer to approval

  The Interior Department says it’s finished another environmental review of a proposed transmission line to carry wind-powered electricity from rural New Mexico to large cities in the western part of the U.S.   Click here for Associated Press

NextEra gets nod for new transmission line in Oklahoma

  A 48-mile transmission line will be built in Oklahoma by NextEra Energy Transmission company after it won approval by the Southwest Power Pool’s Board of Directors. NextEra Energy, known for its wind farms operated in Oklahoma and other states said the project, a 345-kilovolt line to connect the Minco and Draper substations to address …

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NextEra frustrated with Commerce review of solar panel suppliers

  Discontent with the Biden administration’s review of tariffs on solar panels made in Asian countries is growing and the leader of NextEra Energy, the company with major wind farms in Oklahoma, is not afraid to voice his displeasure. “How can you possibly pull the rug out from under the industry?” asked John Ketchum, CEO …

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Economist says Biden’s energy policies aren’t diversified

  A former Oklahoman who is now an economist at Kansas State University argues the best approach for the nation’s energy policies is to be diversified—not the approach that is taken by President Biden and his administration. The arguments were made over the weekend by Dennis Weisman, a professor emeritus of economics who wrote his …

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Natural gas prices hit NextEra Energy in first quarter

  With at least 17 wind energy centers located in the state of Oklahoma, NextEra Energy Inc. reported a first-quarter loss of $451 million or 23 cents a share. The Juno Beach, Florida-based company had a profit of $1.67 billion or 84 cents a share a year ago reported Reuters. Click here for Reuters