Southern Power has secured a 12-year power purchase agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm in Kansas, confirming plans to build the project. It will co-build the project with Renewable Energy Systems, likely beginning in the second quarter of next year.
MHI Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Vestas are participating in a research project with the Danish wind industry to bring standardization to the turbine design and production process. "The industry needs to find common ground on future cost reduction," according to the Danish Wind Industry Association.
Selsam Innovations' US Windlabs has secured a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a floating offshore wind turbine that features a single vertical tube and "spar buoy" top. The company says the technology is already in use in European territory.
PJM Interconnection has the time and resources to conduct its own review of grid reliability and should be able to do so without the government stepping in, CEO and President Andrew Ott told a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing Thursday. In the interim, Ott says he doesn't support a proposed bailout for aging nuclear and coal-burning power plants.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory at the Energy Department has launched a request for proposals seeking higher education institutions to participate in a 2020 wind competition. The agency's Collegiate Wind Competition will feature 10 to 12 teams and take place at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference in 2020.
Officials in Nodaway County, Mo., hosted a meeting on Thursday to gather feedback and share information about Tradewind Energy's planned 238-megawatt White Cloud Wind Project. Tradewind officials say the company will work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and take other precautions to mitigate any concerns regarding the project.
The Energy Department says it will limit Chinese imports of civil nuclear technology from the US over fears of improper use. "The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China's efforts to obtain nuclear technology outside of established processes of US-China civil nuclear cooperation," says Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
A federal appellate court on Tuesday decided not to rehear a case against Illinois' nuclear subsidies. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals' refusal suggests other states can pursue similar subsidies.
The city of Jacksonville, Fla., saw its credit rating downgraded on Thursday by Moody's, citing the city's ties to JEA and the Plant Vogtle expansion project. Moody's specifically takes issue with the city's participation as a plaintiff in JEA's lawsuit against the Municipal Energy Authority of Georgia.
Former SCANA CEO William Timmerman wasn't required to submit progress reports or provide updates on his consulting work while under a $1.8 million contract related to the failed V.C. Summer project. The company says it didn't ask Timmerman for any work-related documents during the five-year contract.