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Wind Energy Pilot Project on TN Coast

The New Indian Express

CHENNAI: Planning to tap offshore wind energy, the Centre has  identified Tamil Nadu and Gujarat coasts to launch two pilot projects through a joint venture company.  Sites for the proposed projects would be selected by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), according to Alok Shrivastava, Joint Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The move comes …

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India advances offshore ambitions

Recharge News

India will finalise sites for its first offshore wind farms by the end of the year, a senior government official told media in the country in what appears to be an acceleration of its ambitions in the sector.

The Indian government is already in talks with state authorities over two pilot projects totalling 100MW off the coasts of Tamil Nadu …

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A Clean Energy Future Is Technically Feasible, But Is It Politically Possible?

Huffington Post

If we assume that human civilization will continue for at least another 1000 years, then we will eventually arrive at a 100 percent renewable energy system. Whatever you believe about the existing reserves and undiscovered sources of fossil fuels and other combustible or radioactive minerals, they will eventually be exhausted or too expensive to extract.

Policymakers often act as if …

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Brazil Windpower 2014: operations and maintenance are key focus as installations reach 5GW

Windpower Monthly

The issues now for wind power in Brazil are enviable, said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council. With over 140 wind projects due to start this year, the supply chain is under pressure to deliver, there will be pushback from incumbent generation suppliers who see their share being taken away, and with hydro sources in …

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European wind leadership at risk

Recharge News

Europe has been the technology and market leader in the wind industry for more than 30 years.

Enlightened leadership in Denmark, Germany, Spain and at European level, bolstered by strong public support for action on climate change and local economic development, has ensured that the continent with arguably the fewest wind resources has led the world.

Strong local markets supported technology …

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Met Office alert for Germany


The UK’s Met Office is now offering its renewable energy services in Germany to help the nation deliver on its offshore wind ambitions.

The BIS agency said it “hopes to provide a solution to some of the challenges faced in the German market place, including construction methods, high capital expenditure, operational costs and future feed …

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IN DEPTH: Brazil’s local discontent

Recharge news

Serious questions are being asked in Brazil as to whether turbine makers will be able to meet the strict new local-content rules that come into force at the start of 2016.

The scramble for local parts will lead to “substandard components at inflated costs”, says Global Wind Energy Council boss Steve Sawyer. This will …

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Copenhagen to Be the World’s First Carbon-Neutral Capital


While other countries debate whether to install wind turbines offshore or in remote areas, Denmark is building them right in its capital. Three windmills were recently inaugurated in a Copenhagen neighbourhood, and the city plans to add another 97.

“We’ve made a very ambitious commitment to make Copenhagen CO2-neutral by 2025,” Frank Jensen, the mayor, says. “But going green isn’t …

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Straight talking: Another country must take on climate leadership

Windpower Monthly

WORLDWIDE: I was back at UN headquarters in New York in June for the first Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL), part of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s initiative to achieve universal access to modern energy and double the efficiency and renewable-energy penetration in the global energy supply, all by 2030.

The goals are ambitious enough, yet they also reflect the …

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India Lays Foundation for National Wind Energy Mission

Clean Technica

India’s ongoing National Solar Mission has reaped very encouraging results. The country saw about 2,500 MW capacity being added in just four to five years with hundreds of megawatts set to be commissioned over the next few months. Now, the government is set to launch a similar national mission for wind energy.

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