America can do better with its essential transmission infrastructure

A coalition of groups representing a broad spectrum of US manufacturing, construction, energy and environmental workers, are calling for Congress to include electric transmission provisions in any proposed infrastructure legislation and streamline expansion of US electrical infrastructure.

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New IEC standard sees acceptance for wind lidars in wind turbine power curve testing

Zephir IEC standardThe International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published a new standard to deliver the technical basis for the acceptance of lidar measurements for wind turbine power performance testing and wind resource assessments. The release of the new standard, IEC 61400-12-1:2017, is formally allowing lidar as a supplementary or alternative measurement technique to mast-mounted cup anemometers.

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Taiwan sets goal of 20% electricity from renewables by 2025

President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Taiwan's commitment to have 20 per cent of the country's energy supply provided by renewables by 2025. In 2016 the percentage of renewables in Taiwan’s energy mix was 4.8%.

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Wind industry could drive a quarter million US jobs by 2020

American wind power expansion is poised to drive 248,000 jobs and US$ 85 billion dollars in economic activity over the next four years, according to new analysis released by Navigant Consulting. American wind industry jobs grew nearly 17 per cent during 2016, and Navigant expects wind job growth to continue. By 2020, the consultant expects a total of 248,000 wind-related American jobs, including induced jobs.

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Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades.

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US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 per cent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 per cent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 per cent in 2015.

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