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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 25, 2008 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

SSE to enters two JVs for wind farm development in Portugal

Scottish & Southern Energy’s renewable division, Airtricity, has entered into two joint ventures to further its wind farm development plans in Portugal, totaling 400 mega watts of potential capacity. The first agreement, which could see construction beginning by the end of year, is with Riviera, a Portuguese real estate and property development company, under which the companies will jointly develop a number of wind farms totaling approximately 250 mega watts (MW). Airtricity will hold a 60 percent share in the . . . Complete story »

April 3, 2008 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plans

A wind farm with 21 turbines to be built in Aljezur, providing energy for around 148,000 houses, is currently under public consultation. The renewable energy farm, which is estimated to produce 113.400 megawatts per year, is planned to be constructed in the Serra do Espinhaço do Cão in Aljezur Câmara. An environmental study carried out on the Parque de Monte do Tolo, part of the serra where the farm is due to be constructed, is under public consultation at Aljezur . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2008 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Staking all on a renewable future

What does the Iberian wolf think about renewable energy? Not much, it seems. Three packs of wolves range across the mountains above the Minho valley in northern Portugal, just beside zones marked out for the biggest wind farm in Europe. The wolves had to be tracked by satellite to see what they got up to once the building work started. Not surprisingly, they were frightened off. As the first wind turbines were finished and a measure of peace returned to . . . Complete story »

September 17, 2007 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Galp's Ventinveste consortium, govt to sign wind power contract tomorrow

Galp Energia SGPS’ Ventinveste consortium is expected to sign tomorrow the contract with the Portuguese government to produce 480 megawatts of wind power, said a source close to the process. Economy minister Manuel Pinho and Galp’s CEO Manuel Ferreira de Oliveira are expected to be present at the signing in Aveiro, the source added. The Ventinveste consortium was awarded a total of 480 MW of capacity in the second phase of the Portuguese government’s recent wind tender. Ventinveste’s main members are . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2007 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

EDF EN to build two wind farms in Portugal in 500 mln eur investment

EDF Energies Nouvelles said it has arranged 500 mln eur in project financing in order to build two wind farms in Portugal. The investment involves a development at Alto Minho costing 325 mln eur and with a planned ouput of 240 MW, and another at Arada costing 175 mln eur and with a output of 112 MW. These two wind farms are due to enter service in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The Alto Minho project will be the largest wind farm in . . . Complete story »

June 9, 2007 • Portugal, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial Wind Turbines, Infrasound and Vibro-­Acoustic Disease (VAD)

Excessive exposure to infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN, defined as all acoustical phenomena occurring at or below the frequency bands of 500 Hz) can cause vibro-acoustic disease (VAD). [1] Research into VAD has been ongoing since 1980, conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists led by pathologist Nuno Castelo Branco, MD. In March 2007, for the first time, the Portuguese National Center for Occupational Diseases gave 100% professional disability to a 40-year-old flight attendant who had been diagnosed with . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2007 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Airtricity the major power behind £800m wind farm

Airtricity, the renewable energy company, has entered into an £800m joint venture to develop 400-600 megawatts of onshore wind farm projects in Portugal. The Irish company, led by Eddie O’Connor, is taking a 90pc stake in the partnership with local company Enerbaca-Energias Renovaveis. It is understood that the turbines alone will cost around £600m, with labour and land access rights making up most of the rest. While the company declined to give a breakdown of the way the project will . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2007 • Portugal, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Portugal's EDP to buy U.S. Horizon Wind Energy

Energias de Portugal (EDP) said it has agreed to buy U.S. wind-park company Horizon Wind Energy from Goldman Sachs to enter the U.S. market and strengthen its position in renewable energy. EDP did not give a value for the deal, but said the equity of Horizon totaled about $2.15 billion and it has debt of around $180 million. The acquisition would be adjusted for investments, which are estimated at $600 million, EDP said. EDP said the acquisition would be funded . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2006 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Portugal launches major windfarms project

Portugal launched a €1.6 billion (US$2 billion) windfarms project Tuesday, part of the country’s effort to reduce its heavy reliance on imported energy. Economy and Innovation Minister Manuel Pinho laid the foundation stone of the project which will include seven factories to build wind turbines and the creation of 48 windfarms. A consortium called Eolicas de Portugal won the public tender to produce 1,200 megawatts of clean energy. The government plans to open another tender soon inviting bids to produce . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2006 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

EDP wins 1,000 mw wind farm auction

Manuel Pinho, the economy minister, will announce in the next few days that EDP – Energias de Portugal SA has won the auction of 1,000 megawatts in wind farm capacity, Diario Economico reported, cited sources involved in the process. A consortium headed by Galp Energia, which was the other shortlisted bidder in the 1,000 mw tender, has been given a month to revise its proposal for a further 400-600 mw of wind energy capacity, according to Jornal de Negocios. Two other . . . Complete story »

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