By ClimateBiz Staff
NOVI, Mich. — ITC Holdings this week filed paperwork representing the first step in a major new electricity transmission project that will bring renewable energy from wind-rich but low-population areas to regions with high demand, especially major Midwest cities like Chicago and Minneapolis.
ITC’s “Green Power Express” will be able to transmit 12,000 megawatts of power over a network of transmission lines from wind farms in North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa to cities in the Midwest. The project marks a much-needed advance in upgrading the country’s electric infrastructure to accommodate the shift from the hub-and-spoke model developed to deliver energy from centralized power generation plants to the more dispersed and smaller-scale model of renewable energy generation, whether from wind, solar, biomass or other sources.
“The Green Power Express is in many ways the true definition of a ‘smart grid’,” said Joseph L. Welch, the CEO of ITC Holdings. “According to a study by CRA International, efficient movement of up to 12,000 MW of wind power through the Green Power Express would result in a reduction of up to 34 million metric tons in carbon emissions, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of about seven to nine 600 MW coal plants, or nine to eleven million automobiles.” (more…)
09/10/2008: IBERDROLA RENOVABLES opens the wave energy plant at Santoña (Cantabria)
-The installation, located four kilometres from the coast at Santoña, has no visual impact and its first phase consists of a 40kW buoy
-The opening ceremony was attended by the Environment Secretary of the Cantabria Regional Government, Francisco Martín; the Secretary for Industry and Technological Development, Javier Del Olmo; the Mayor of Santoña, Puerto Gallego and IBERDROLA RENEWABLES Director for Spain, Víctor M. Rodríguez, among other personalities
-The installation, the first of its kind to be installed in Europe, should be able to cover the annual electricity consumption of some 2,500 homes
IBERDROLA RENOVABLES has opened the first buoy of the pilot wave power plant at Santoña (Cantabria), which became the first of its kind in operation in Europe.
The opening ceremony, held today in the Cantabrian town, was attended by the Environment Secretary of the Cantabria Regional Government, Francisco Martín; the Secretary for Industry and Technological Development, Javierl Del Olmo; the Mayor of Santoña, Puerto Gallego the Deputy Director General of the SODERCAN Group, Francisco Royano, and the Director for Renewable Energies of the IDAE, Jaume Margarit, among other personalities.
For IBERDROLA RENOVABLES, the Director of the Company in Spain, Víctor M. Rodríguez, and the head of Business Development in Spain and President of IBERDROLA Energías Marinas de Cantabria, Javier García, were in attendance. (more…)
Wave energy prototype test successful, OSU says
Tuesday October 14, 2:18 pm ET
Oregon State University researchers say wave energy prototype test successful
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University researchers say a test of the newest prototype of a wave energy buoy succeeded. (more…)
Wave energy regulatory war brews
By Susan Chambers, Staff Writer
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Two federal agencies battle for jurisdiction over ocean projects
COOS BAY — There’s a renewed fight brewing over wave energy, but it’s not between the fishing industry and developers.
This time, it’s between two federal agencies. (more…)