Monthly Archives: April 2011

Google blows $100m on wind farm

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The web giant said it will invest $100m ($61m ) in Shepherds Flat, which is projected to be the largest wind farm in the world. It will be able to generate 845MW and supply enough energy for 235,000 average US homes when it comes online in 2012.

GE Energy Financial Services and Caithness Energy are existing owners of the project near Arlington, Oregon, which will take up about 30 square miles.

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Batteries hold promise for Wyoming wind power

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A $44 million large-scale battery system proposed for a wind farm in Texas could be a “game-changer” for wind energy, an industry spokesman says.
Yet others in the wind power industry and the natural gas power industry, which provides a lot of fill-in power for wind energy, aren’t quite as excited.
The 36-gigawatt battery system — the largest known system tied to a wind farm — is slated for installation at the Duke Energy Corp.-owned 153-megawatt Notrees wind project.

Such a system can store energy produced during times of lower electricity consumption and then pump that energy into the grid during peak demand times — smoothing out the flow of electricity into the grid.

That might prove to be an important innovation for Wyoming, where several companies, including North Carolina-based Duke, are operating and developing wind farms to harness the state’s unceasingly world-class winds.

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As Greenpeace Knocks IT Sector For Bad Energy Habits, Google Buys More Wind Power

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Greenpeace published a study on energy consumption and choices made by IT companies including Akamai, Amazon.com (Amazon Web Services), Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, entitled “How Dirty Is Your Data?”. The study roundly criticizes the sector, especially Facebook, for using “dirty energy” — power produced from hydrocarbon based sources, especially coal — to meet growing IT demand. It also criticized companies for concealing details about their own, overall energy footprint and practices.


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Is the ‘cloud’ green or not? Greenpeace scrutinizes 10 giants

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In my time as a chronicler of things green and sustainable, I have seen Greenpeace take on several very high-level issues — including a push for sustainable seafood harvesting practices that has helped change the polices of almost 20 high-profile grocery and special food retailers.


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Dubai seeks to become LNG trading hub

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Emirate is looking to develop export capacity.  Dubai is looking into developing its capacity to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the intention of turning the emirate into a gas trading and transport hub serving the Asian market.

We have begun to talk about how we might form a gas hub, said Paul Mason, manager of government-owned Dubai Supply Authority (Dusup), told delegates at the Dubai Global Energy Forum.

We have the ability to import LNG but not the ability to export, so that might be the logical next step, he added.


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Trading Natural Gas

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When commodities trading it is often important to understand the commodity you are planning to trade, particularly who makes it, who buys it, and what factors are likely to affect supply and demand.

This will frequently drive the price. It pays to do a little homework, especially if you are thinking of trading anything other than oil or gold, which tend to be the most popular commodity spread bet markets.

In this article we take a closer look at what has been powering prices for natural gas recently. Natural gas is readily available for commodities trading as a spread bet or CFD contract. Usually, natural gas prices rise over the winter months in the northern hemisphere, and then fall in the spring, but the earthquake in Japan has not only profoundly shaken the country causing massive damage and loss of life, the fallout from what is happening with its nuclear power stations is also spilling into global commodities trading.

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Argus Equals Record in Leading UK Company League Table

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International energy price reporting agency Argus has gained a place in the “The Sunday Times PwC Profit Track 100” for the fourth time, a record-equalling achievement. Only two other companies have appeared in the rankings four times. This annual league table ranks Britain‘s leading 100 private-sector companies with the fastest-growing profits, based on their latest three years of available accounts. The league table is published in full in today’s Sunday Times.


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Google And Facebook’s Latest Renewable Energy Forays

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Google has announced yet another major wind power investment and Facebook is dipping its toes into solar power.

  Google announced yesterday a $100 million investment in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon. The massive wind power facility, expected to be the largest onshore plant in the world upon completion, will generate 845 MW of clean electricity – enough to power more than 235,000 homes.

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Bright outlook for SSE subsidiary

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cottish & Southern Energy has landed a contract to maintain thousands of street lamps, bollards and traffic signs for Knowsley council on Merseyside.
The 25-year deal has been awarded to the Perth utility’s Tay Valley Lighting subsidiary under a private finance initiative. Some 70 per cent of the fixtures are set to be replaced during an initial four-year investment period. Colin Hood, chief operating officer of SSE, said: “SSE is well established as the UK’s leading street lighting contractor and this contract will build on that.”

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