Southeast Directional Drilling today announced that it has acquired the assets of Frontier Pipeline, a Minnesota-based horizontal directional drilling (“HDD”) company. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “This acquisition represents the first of several anticipated capacity additions planned to meet the growing demands of our customers,” said Steve Ugrich, CEO of Southeast Directional Drilling. “We have great financial... Read more..
Goodrich Corporation’s Sensors and Integrated Systems team in Burnsville, Minn. has donated an icing wind tunnel to Iowa State University. The tunnel will be the university’s first wind tunnel to be able to perform icing physics research and will be housed in Iowa State’s wind simulation and testing (WiST) laboratory. The WiST lab is a state-of-the-art experimental facility for conducting research, education, consulting, and outreach... Read more..
Horizon Wind Energy, owned by EDP Renovaveis, the fourth largest wind energy producer in the world, fully commissioned over 500 megawatts (MW) in December of 2008. The 201 MW Meridian Way Wind Farm, located in north central Kansas in Cloud County, the 102.9 megawatt (MW) Rattlesnake Road Wind Farm located near the city of Arlington in Gilliam County, Oregon, and the first phase (201.3 MW) of the Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm, located in Iowa along the... Read more..
An economic study released today shows a regional cap-and-trade policy would severely handicap Minnesota’s economy, causing sharp increases in energy prices and reducing net employment in Minnesota by 21,000 jobs by 2015. The report, titled “Economic Analysis of the Impact of a Midwest Regional Climate Policy on Minnesota,” was written by CRA International (CRA) and commissioned by Partners for Affordable Energy (PAE) along with... Read more..
Puget Sound Energy last week completed the $240 million purchase of a 310-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Longview, Wash., the latest step in the utility’s long-range effort to ensure a reliable, cost-effective energy supply for its growing customer base in Western Washington. PSE signed an agreement in September to buy the 11-month-old “Mint Farm” power-generating facility from Minnesota-based Wayzata Opportunities Fund, LLC. A November... Read more..
Leaders of CHS Inc., one of the nation’s leading energy, grains and foods companies, attributed strong 2008 performance to maintaining financial stability and disciplined-growth during a period of unprecedented market volatility. “After five consecutive years of record results — the combination of our own hard work, growth and what the market has handed us — we must be realistic and ready to respond,” said John Johnson,... Read more..
Greenline Industries, provider of clean-tech energy platforms, announced today that SunPower BioDiesel of Cumberland, Wis. has chosen Greenline’s waterless biodiesel platform. Greenline’s biodiesel platform allows SunPower to produce biodiesel on a smaller scale, supplying local distributors in a 200 mile radius. Benefits to the community include engineering and manufacturing jobs, a new market for oil seed crops, and clean burning, sustainable... Read more..
Cummins Power Generation, a division of Cummins Inc., announces price increases for its commercial generator set products between 15 kW and 2700 kW. Prices of generator sets and transfer switches in North America will rise between 2 and 7 percent and are effective Jan. 1, 2009. This increase is due primarily to rising commodity and fuel prices as well as the consequence of the current industry dynamics. Cummins Power Generation commercial generator... Read more..
EDF Energies Nouvelles announces the signature of an agreement with Xcel Energy to build two wind farms, namely a 201 MW facility in Minnesota to be delivered in 2010 and a 150 MW wind farm in Dakota to be delivered in 2011. The agreement between enXco, the US subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Xcel Energy, the leading producer of wind-generated power in the United States, covers the development and construction of the 201 MW Nobles wind farm... Read more..
The City of Mankato marked the opening today of Sibley Park’s Story Book Farm, and announced that the CHS Oilseed Processing plant, Mankato, is donating $100,000 to develop two other Sibley Park attractions. The CHS sponsorship will be used to construct a pergola and to develop the existing rock garden. CHS operates soybean crushing and refining facilities at Mankato and Fairmont, Minn., annually processing nearly 90 million bushels of soybeans... Read more..