NRG Systems’ Jan Blittersdorf named chair of American Wind Wildlife Institute

first_imgNRG Systems Inc,Jan Blittersdorf, CEO/Owner of NRG Systems ( is external)), was recently named chair of the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) ( is external)). As a first order of business, Jan attended a meeting in February with top White House officials to discuss new wind energy siting guidelines issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. â ¢ The development, with the Nature Conservancy, of a unique landscape assessment tool designed to identify sensitive wildlife habitat and areas that are likely to have low wildlife risk where wind energy development could be prioritized;â ¢ Launch of pilot study to build a comprehensive research information system, gathering existing wind-wildlife data to support critical scientific research and analysis;â ¢ The release of Enabling Progress ( is external)), a report that provides a review of current wildlife related mitigation practices employed in the United States and how those practices might relate to future wind energy development.‘From the outset, Jan’s collaborative style and vision have provided clear direction to this group,’ says Abby Arnold, AWWI executive director. ‘With her as chair, we will continue to benefit from her leadership and advance our vision of furthering wind energy and addressing potential wildlife impacts.’Jan Blittersdorf previously served as AWWI vice chair.The eight non-profit partner organizations of AWWI include: Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists. In addition to NRG Systems, the remaining ten AWWI industry and utility partners include: American Wind Energy Association, BP Wind Energy, GE Energy, Horizon Wind Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Pacific Gas & Electric, Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Ridgeline Energy, Shell WindEnergy, and Vestas Americas.For more information about American Wind Wildlife Institute, visit is external).About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’ wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg (VT) company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices. For more information on NRG Systems, Inc., visit is external).# # #last_img read more

BNEF: Offshore Wind to Hit 115GW Mark by 2030

first_imgThe global offshore wind market is set to grow at a 16 percent compound annual rate from 2017 to 2030, reaching a cumulative capacity of 115 gigawatts (GW) compared with 17.6GW today, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).The core markets of the U.K., Germany, Netherlands and China will drive installations, but in the next decade, Taiwan and the U.S. will also become gigawatt markets, according to the new report.Source: BNEFChina is expected to take over the U.K. and lead the offshore installations by 2022, according to the report.Looking at the U.S., BNEF increased the forecast by 85% in the new report based on new state targets, including the State of New York’s 2.4GW target by 2030.BNEF expects annual installations to peak in 2027. After 2028, the expiry of offshore wind subsidies and a lack of regulatory transparency will result in a slowdown, BNEF said.last_img read more

Petronas’ Bintulu LNG complex loadings normal following fire

first_imgLNG World News Staff Bintulu LNG (Image courtesy of Petronas)Malaysia’s Petronas said a fire broke out at on February 22, at its liquefied natural gas complex in Bintulu. The company noted in its statement the fire broke out at approximately 6:00 am at the sea cooling water outfall channel, outside of plant process area.“Our on-site Emergency Response Team was immediately mobilized to control the situation. The fire was successfully put out at 6.48 a.m. There were no injuries to any personnel or adverse effect to the nearby communities,” the statement reads.All relevant authorities have been informed and investigations are currently ongoing to identify the root cause of the incident.Citing industry sources, Reuters reports LNG loadings have been disrupted but have since returned to normal levels.Malaysia LNG operates the Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, the nine-train facility with a combined annual production capacity of about 30 million tonnes.last_img read more

Japanese Psychedelic rockers set to rock RCC

first_imgDD CULTURE: There are some incredible shows and acts lined-up across Donegal over the next number of weeks. A former RIVERDANCE star, a Turner-Prize nominated artist and Michael Bublé are just some of the upcoming cultural highlights you can enjoy over the next few weeks,RCC Letterkenny kicks off its wonderful Autumn music programme with a spectacular new traditional music and dance show and a veteran Japanese psychedelic group this week. Edges of Light starring former Riverdance principal dancer and choreographer Colin Dunne is a new show inspired by the sights and sounds of the Irish dawn. It features Colin’s dazzling feet along with leading Irish traditional musicians Tola Custy, Maeve Gilchrist and David Power. Edges of Light will be performed at the RCC this Wednesday September 21st as part of a national tour and starts at the unusual time of 8.25pm.The cosmic freak-out collective Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O play the RCC this Thursday September 22nd on route to the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Acid Mothers Temple are one of the most acclaimed live acts in the psychedelic scene and have collaborated with the likes of Gong and Guru Guru. The group can also boast one of the most incredible discographies in music, clocking in with over 70 studio albums and 38 live albums since 1996. Self-described as “extreme trip music”, their sound is a distinct mix of krautrock, noise and prog. Tickets for both gigs can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 0749120777 or online at’s Biggest Contemporary Art Commission It’s the last chance for Donegal audiences to experience the world premiere of Loose Ends at RCC Letterkenny, the contemporary video art installation by world-renowned, twice Turner Prize nominated, Derry/Donegal artist Willie Doherty, which must end this Saturday September 24th. Loose Ends, the biggest contemporary art installation ever staged in Donegal, involved totally rebuilding the RCC’s main gallery and feels like walking into Tate Modern.It consists of a large-scale two-screen video installation where Doherty uses the camera and spoken word (voiced by famous Donegal actor Sean McGinley) to focus on two very different locations – Dublin’s Moore Street and Donegal’s Gola Island, both associated with the 1916 Easter Rising. The exhibition is free of charge and open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. ‘In Conversation’ a free talk with the artist and CCA Derry Director Matt Packer is being held this Friday September 23rd at 7pm to mark the closing of the exhibition and everyone is welocome to attend. The project is commissioned by Donegal County Council and is one of only nine successful Arts Council ART:2016 projects from over 200 applications.‘Babe Rainbow’ in ChurchillDonegal people have the unique opportunity to visit a major exhibition of artworks from the British Council Collection by of some of the world’s leading artists on own doorsteps in the beautiful lakeland surroundings of the Glebe Gallery Churchill from now until October 2nd. The exhibition includes some of the biggest names of 20th century art like Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Lucian Freud together with famous Young British Artists (YBAs) like Tracy Emin,  Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. Babe Rainbow is open daily from 11am – 6pm (except Friday) and admission is free.Painting PeoplePhilip Mackey has been an artist all his life but is only now in his late 50’s having his first big solo exhibition at an Grianán Theatre in his hometown of Letterkenny. Philip says “I am delighted to receive this opportunity to display my work in such a renowned venue and I am thrilled for my family, friends and those who have supported me over the years. I see it as another very positive step forward in my career as an artist”. Having always had an interest in figurative art and portraiture in particular, Philip decided to turn his attention towards painting people and the exhibition features 17 superb portraits of well known local people like singer Hugo Blake, boxer Jason Quigley and the late Brian Friel as well as self portraits. Face to Face by Philip Mackey continues at an Grianán Theatre until November 4th.Major Live Film Events from around the the worldCentury Cinemas Letterkenny has an incredible programme of Live Film Events in the coming months that allows Donegal audiences the chance to experience the best of New York, London and beyond without leaving the county. The end of September alone boasts five massive shows starting with the National Theatre London’s The Threepenny Opera this Thursday September 22nd. Bertolt Brecht’s classic musical starring Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear is not for the faint-hearted and is said to contain filthy language and immoral behaviour. The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent music will also be screened on Thursday 22nd. Michael Bublé’s – TOUR STOP 148 provides a close up experience of the superstar’s phenomenally successful sold-out To Be Loved Tour, seen globally by over two million fans, on September 25th. A new production of Norma, Bellini’s classic opera by The Royal Opera will be screened live on Monday September 26th and Cymbeline Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will be screened live on Wednesday September 28th.Carnival Tme in Ballyshannon The spectacular Army Dreamers, this year’s Ballyshannon Carnival Parade will take place on Saturday October 8th as part of th 16th annual Donegal Bay and Blue Stacks Festival that runs from September 30th to October 9th. A jam-packed programme of theatre and music will be held in towns and villages across South and South West Donegal including Ballyshannon, Bundoran, Ballybofey, Donegal, Dunkineely, Killybegs, Glencolmcille, Ardara and Glenties. Highlights of the busy drama programme include; Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, by Askeraden Theatre Company Oslo at Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon on October 1st, Marie Jones Fly Me To The Moon, by Balor Rep Theatre Company at Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon (4th), Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey (5th & 6th), Halla Mhuire Glencolmcille (8th) and Heritage Centre Ardara (9th), and Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Donegal Drama Circle at Ardaghy Community Centre Inver (6th, 7th, 8th). Great gigs include Kate O’Callaghan with the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble at Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon (2nd), Zoe Conway, Máirtin O’Connor and Donal Lunny at Leghowney Community Hall (5th), The 4 of Us at Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey (8th) and the brilliant annual Donegal Fiddlers Weekend at Highlands Hotel Glenties (7th, 8th, 9th).Japanese Psychedelic rockers set to rock RCC was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Shaun HanniganShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Cultural EventsFeaturesjapanesenewsRCClast_img read more