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NextEra opens steele flats wind energy center in Nebraska

NextEra Energy Resources LLC a unit of NextEra Energy Inc. announced the official dedication of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center, located in Jefferson and Gage counties, Nebraska.

The new wind energy facility is capable of generating 74.8 MW of wind power, enough electricity to meet the energy needs of 19,000 Nebraska homes.

All of the power generated by the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center is being provided to Nebraska Public Power Districtunder a long-term contract. BD is purchasing a portion of the renewable energy credits generated from the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center for the next 20 years to offset 75 percent of the electricity use at its manufacturing facilities in Columbus and Holdrege, Neb.

The Steele Flats Wind Energy Center is located on about 10,500 acres of privately owned agricultural and ranch land. The wind facility is comprised of 44 General Electric turbines that each has the capacity to generate 1.7 MW of energy. The facility entered service in November 2013, two months ahead of schedule.

The project represents a $138 million capital investment and is expected to contribute millions in property taxes and land lease payments over the first 20 years of the plant’s life. The project is owned and operated by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.

Since breaking ground in July 2013, the project employed about 200 construction workers and now supports five full-time jobs. In addition, many local Nebraska businesses contributed to the project through services ranging from materials, equipment, utilities, labor, housing, and food and beverage.

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Global wind power forecast to more than double by 2020

The world’s cumulative wind power capacity is to more than double by 2020, according to a new report.

Despite an overall slump in installations in 2013, the report from analysis firm GlobalData predicts that worldwide wind capacity will grow from 319.6 GW at the end of last year to 678.5 GW by 2020.

Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, GlobalData’s alternative energy analyst, said, “The slump in 2013 was largely a product of a decrease in installations in the US and Spain. While there are likely to be further slight falls in annual capacity additions in 2015 and 2016, overall industry growth will not be affected as global annual capacity additions are expected to exceed 60 GW by 2020.”

China, the largest single wind market since it overtook the US by adding a whopping 18.9 GW in 2010, was responsible for 45 per cent of total global annual capacity additions in 2013, the report found. The nation is expected to remain in the lead, with a cumulative wind capacity of 239.7 GW by 2020.

Nagatham commented, “China doubled its cumulative wind capacity every year from 2006 to 2009 and has continued to grow significantly since then. Supportive government policies, such as an attractive concessional program and the availability of low-cost financing from banks, have been fundamental to China’s success.

But, he added, “While China will continue to be the largest global wind power market through to 2020, growth for the forecast period will be slow due to a large installation base.”

Meanwhile, the US is expected to remain the second-largest global wind market, growing from 68.9 GW in 2014 to 104.1 GW in 2020. This growth will be driven primarily by renewable energy targets in several US states, notably Alaska, which aims to get 50 per cent of its power from renewables by 2025, and Texas, whose 2025 goal is 10 GW of installed renewable capacity.

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Suzlon receives 100.8MW wind farm contract from ReNew

Suzlon Group has received a contract from ReNew Wind Power Ventures for a 100.8MW wind farm.

The project is planned to be executed at the Bhesada wind site in Dist Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Under the agreement, Suzlon Group will supply 48 units of its S97-120 WTG’s and will oversee operations, maintenance and service of the wind site over the contracted period.

Expected to change the dynamics of the wind energy business, the S97-120 WTG design is a combination of lattice and tubular structure designs, making it the tallest wind tower in India.

In addition to boosting optimal available wind resources, the towers will deliver higher energy productivity, which in turn ensures higher ROI to customers.

ReNew Wind Power chairman & CEO Sumant Sinha said, “This deal reinforces our commitment to developing sustainable energy solutions for India.”

Suzlon Energy sales & marketing president Ishwar C Mangal said, “This order is indeed a reaffirmation of our capabilities that allow us to offer customised solutions for our customer’s in accordance with market conditions.”

Suzlon Energy Chairman Tulsi Tanti said that the company aims to make profitable and efficient wind energy accessible within the country.

Tanti said, “Leveraging on our leadership position within the country, we continue to have a strong focus on the Indian market as it offers a favourable renewable energy environment especially now with the new government in place.

“We continue to create innovative and reliable products as with the S97-120m which is specifically made for low wind sites.”

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