E.ON connects two battery storage units in Texas

Two battery storage facilities have been put into operation in the US by E.ON. The Texas Waves energy storage units, which have a capacity of 10MW each, are capable of reacting quickly to fluctuations in the power grid. They will provide ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market and are directly connected […]

Amazon switches on giant wind farm in Texas

Amazon has powered up its largest ever wind farm in Texas. It consists of 100 turbines and is part of the web giant’s target of delivering 100% renewable energy for its data centres. It takes the company’s clean energy projects to 18 across the US, with the firm now generating enough clean electricity to power […]

Toyota takes the LEED on green building in Texas

  One of Toyota’s offices in the US has achieved a green building certification. Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) headquarters campus in Plano, Texas has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the most widely used green building rating system in the […]

Siemens Gamesa to repower wind farms in Texas

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been chosen to repower two wind farms in Texas. The unspecified projects, owned by NexEra Energy Resources, currently feature Siemens SWT-2.3-93 model turbines. The repowering programme will upgrade them to the SWT-2.3-108 model. That’s expected to deliver up to 25% more annual power production, boost efficiency and extend their […]

E.ON breaks ground on Texas energy storage project

E.ON has started building its energy storage project in US. The Texas Waves project is being built on the sites of the pre-existing Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas. The energy firm says the batteries, which will be directly connected to the wind farms and have a total capacity of 20MW, will be […]

Explosions at US chemical plant after Hurricane Harvey

Two explosions have been reported at a flooded chemical plant in the Texas. Chemicals from the Arkema complex have been released into the atmosphere as heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey led to the facility losing its ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that need to be kept cool. The facility manufactures organic peroxides used in construction […]

GE locks in $13m wind farms cybersecurity deal

GE Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to provide cybersecurity for wind farms in the US. It aims to secure the entire existing fleet of turbines as well as future wind farms for Invenergy by digitally upgrading and protecting them from hackers. The 10-year, $13 million (£10m) deal is said to be “one of the […]

France’s Total invests $1.7bn in Texas petrochemicals

Texas is launching a $1.7 billion (£1.3bn) petrochemical joint venture in Texas as it wants to profit from the “business-friendly environment” in the US. It plans to build a one million ton per year ethane steam cracker in Port Arthur and a new polyethylene unit on the US Gulf Coast – chemicals used for plastics […]

Rick Perry sworn in as US Energy Secretary

Rick Perry, the former Governor of Texas, has been sworn in as Secretary of the US Department of Energy (DoE). The climate change denier previously pledged to scrap the department, which manages the nation’s energy policy and nuclear weapons programme, during his failed presidential campaign in 2012. Mr Perry has also previously called for a less regulated […]

E.ON to build 20MW battery unit in Texas

E.ON has announced it will build a 20MW energy storage unit in Texas. The move comes as the firm increasingly strives to establish itself as an energy storage provider for the US market. Project Texas Waves forms the next step in E.ON’s industrial-scale battery business expansion – it will be made up of two batteries, […]