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- The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025
Jun 16, 2016 - irena.org
Increasing economies of scale, more competitive supply chains and further technological improvements will continue reducing the costs of solar and wind power. The same factors will also boost the availability of these key renewable power sources at night and in varying weather conditions.
- Solar and Wind Energy From the Same Device
Jun 2, 2016 - Charles Q. Choi - spectrum.ieee.orgA device that can simultaneously harvest energy from both the sun and wind might one day help generate power for "smart cities," researchers say. Now scientists at the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a flat device that can harvest energy from both the sun and wind at the same time.
- Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels
May 18, 2016 - Tom Randall - bloomberg.com
While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.
- Global Wind Energy Insight: Wind Leading the Charge in Transformation of Power System
May 3, 2016 - Steve Sawyer - renewableenergyworld.com
The wind power industry set new records across the world last year, and wind is leading the charge in the transformation of the global power system, long overdue and very necessary to achieve the objectives agreed by 186 nations in Paris last December. After installations broke through the 50 GW barrier for the first time in a single year in 2014, we reached yet another milestone in 2015 as annual installations topped 63 GW, a 22 percent increase on the 2014 annual market.
- First Wind-Solar Hybrid Streetlight Installed in Caribbean
Apr 12, 2016 - PennEnergy Editors - renewableenergyworld.com
Irish company airsynergy’s wind and solar powered off-grid Remote Power Unit (RPU) has become the very first renewable hybrid streetlight to be installed in the Caribbean island country of Grenada. Jim Smyth, CEO of airsynergy said: “We are excited that our revolutionary, award-winning technology is making history. Our aim and mission is to provide people almost anywhere with a reliable, affordable renewable power source which, until now, has been only a dream.
- 2015 Sets Record for Renewable Energy, New IRENA Data Shows
Apr 7, 2016 - Timothy Hurst - irena.org
Renewable generation capacity increased by 152 gigawatts (GW) or 8.3% during 2015, the highest annual growth rate on record, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 2015 was a record year for both wind and solar due in large part to a continued decline in technology costs.
- Mexico awards 1,720MW of wind and solar in first power auction
Apr 5, 2016 - Danielle Ola - pv-tech.org
The Mexican government hosted its first electricity auction in the wake of controversial energy reforms. Securing a long-term supply of clean energy, a total of seven wind and solar organisations won electricity contracts and clean energy certificates (CELs) and are set to produce 1,720MW of power.
- Minnesota's utilities commission approves cross-border hydroelectric power transmission line
March 8, 2016 - Michael Harris - http://www.renewableenergyworld.com
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave its unanimous approval for the proposed Great Northern Transmission Line last week, largely clearing the way for the 500 kV connector that will allow for the import of Canadian hydroelectric power into the United States.
- Mar 2, 2015 - Joshua S Hill - cleantechnica.com
The cumulative installed capacity of the global wind energy market increased by 15.6% in 2015, and is expected to continue to grow and reach 703.4 GW by 2020.
- Jun 25, 2014 - Katherine Tweed - spectrum.ieee.org
The United Kingdom’s Department for Energy and Climate Change approved the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm last week, paving the way for the construction of the world’s largest wind farm.
- Prairie Wind Transmission, LLC.: New transmission 'super highway' connects west, east Kansas and improves reliability.Jun 5, 2014 - GlobeNewswire - Nasdaq.com
Topeka, Kan., June 5, 2014 - Kansans are a step closer to benefitting from a more robust electric transmission system with a portion of the Prairie Wind Transmission line now in service. About 78 miles of the 108-mile, double circuit 345 kilovolt transmission line is complete and moving electricity between Wichita and Medicine Lodge. The line was energized Wednesday. The remainder of the Prairie Wind project, which will take the line from Medicine Lodge south to the Kansas/Oklahoma border, is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2014.
- May 5, 2014 - Todd Woody - theatlantic.com
The news from the wind industry last week didn’t look good. The booming business of minting money out of thin air had imploded between 2012 and 2013, as this chart from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) shows.
- Apr 28 2014 - Kevin Bullis - technologyreview.comWind power is booming on the open plains of eastern Colorado. Travel seven miles north of the town of Limon on Highway 71 and then head east on County Road 3p, a swath of dusty gravel running alongside new power lines: within minutes you’ll be surrounded by towering wind turbines in rows stretching for miles. Three large wind farms have been built in the area since 2011. A new one is going up this year.
- EIA: Twelve states responsible for majority of U.S. wind power in 2013
Apr 15, 2014 - power-eng.com
In 2013, 12 states were responsible for 80 percent of U.S. wind power, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly report.
- Apr 7,2014 - Tom Randall - bloomberg.comWind was responsible for 4.8 percent of America’s electricity used in January. That’s the highest January total ever, breaking the record from last January, which broke the record for the January before that, and so on. The chart below shows the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Association.
- Wind Energy: On the grid, Off the CheckerboardApr 1,2014 - Jason Bardi - aip.orgWASHINGTON D.C., April 1, 2014 -- As wind farms grow in importance across the globe as sources of clean, renewable energy, one key consideration in their construction is their physical design -- spacing and orienting individual turbines to maximize their efficiency and minimize any "wake effects," where the swooping blades of one reduces the energy in the wind available for the following turbine.
- Austin, Texas Approves Wind Power Agreement to Achieve Utility's Renewables Goal Four Years Early
Mar 3, 2014 - Wayne Barber, GenerationHub - renewableenergyworld.com
The Austin, Texas, City Council approved a wind power contract Feb. 27 that enables Austin Energy to achieve its goal of delivering 35 percent of all of its electricity from renewable sources four years ahead of its goal, the utility said in a news release.
- Google, 3TIER colloborate on wind and solar data project
Mar 3, 2014 - Renewable Energy Focus
3TIER’s global wind and solar datasets now freely available through Google’s popular Map Gallery platform.
- Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows
Feb 24, 2014 - iea.org
Transformation of power systems is necessary to guarantee flexibility over long term, but this will be more difficult in some markets than in others
- Wind Shatters Records, to Be the Leading Source of Electricity, For Which Country?
Jan 21, 2013 - sustainablebusiness.com
There is now one country in the world where wind energy is the primary electricity source - you'd expect it to be Denmark, but it's Spain.
- Siemens awarded largest onshore wind power order to dateDec 16, 2013 - Hamburg - Siemens.com-Siemens to supply 448 wind turbines with a total capacity of 1,050 megawatts and provide service for several years-The customer, MidAmerican Energy, will equip five wind power projects in the U.S. state of Iowa with Siemens wind turbines-Clean energy for nearly 320,000 American households-Siemens has received an order from the U.S. energy company MidAmerican Energy for the supply of 448 wind turbines. With a total capacity of 1,050 megawatts (MW), this represents not only the largest order for onshore wind turbines for Siemens, but also the largest single order for onshore wind power awarded globally to date. The wind turbines, each with a nominal rating of 2.3 MW and a rotor diameter of 108 meters, are to be installed in five different projects in Iowa. Siemens will also be responsible for service and maintenance of the wind turbines.
- 3TIER makes wind and solar data open access
Dec 9, 2013 - renewableenergyfocus.com
Renewable energy forecaster 3TIER has made its wind and solar annual averages available via the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Global Renewable Energy Atlas, an open-access online platform.
- Wind generation sets record in Southwest Power Pool
Oct 14, 2013 - Jim Landers - cleanmarketswork.com
Electricity produced from wind set a record for several hours on Thursday, according to data from the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization that covers Oklahoma and eight other states. Despite the wind record, coal continues to be the dominant fuel for the region.
- Securing the World’s Largest Wind Turbine
Oct 1, 2013 - Jim Bell, Managing Director, FoundOcean - renewableenergyworld.com
At 7 megawatts (MW), Samsung Heavy Industries' S7.0-171 is the world's largest offshore wind turbine. The 196-metre tall structure is being installed 20 metres offshore in Fife, Scotland, with a connecting walkway to enable visitors to get up close to the structure.
- GE, Sandia National Lab discover path to quieter, more productive wind turbines
October, 2013 - altenerg.com
GE Global Research, the technology development arm of General Electric, has announced research that could significantly impact the design of future wind turbine blades.
- David Cameron opens world’s largest offshore wind farm
Jul 5, 2013 - RenewableEnergyFocus.com
UK prime minister David Cameron has officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the London Array, located in the Outer Thames Estuary.
- Norway Approves $3 Billion for Wind Power Plants to Triple Capacity
Aug 26, 2013 - Mikael Holter, Bloomberg - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Oslo, Norway -- Norway has awarded concessions to build eight new onshore wind farms for about 20 billion kroner ($3.3 billion) in a bid to triple the country’s capacity to more than 2 gigawatts by 2020.
- New Analysis Shows India’s Huge Offshore Wind Power Potential
Aug 19, 2013 - Tildy Bayar, Associate Editor - Renewable Energy World
LONDON -- India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published a report detailing the significant potential for offshore wind energy in the country.
- Another Very Strong Year for U.S. Wind
Aug 9, 2013 - Bill Sweet - spectrum.ieee.org
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) have issued their latest authoritative report on the status of U.S. wind energy.
- Energy Dept. Reports: U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Reaches Record HighsAug 6, 2013 - energy.gov
WASHINGTON – The Energy Department released two new reports today showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market -- increasing America’s share of clean, renewable energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs nationwide. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets. In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity for the first time – representing 43 percent of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. investment.
- Sioux tribes plan large-scale wind energy projectJul 2, 2013 - Kristi Eaton - Yahoo.com
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A group of Sioux tribes in South Dakota are hoping to pump some much-needed revenue into their economies with an ambitious wind project, but some wind industry experts question whether the tribes understand the hurdles they face with such a large-scale development.
- Texas and Inner Mongolia Need Transmission to Integrate Wind
Feb 19, 2013 - Herman K. Trabish - greentechmedia.com
A Texan and an Inner Mongolian wind developer walk into a bar…
- GDF SUEZ to build Africa’ largest wind farm in Morocco
Feb 7, 2013 - By Samira Arabi - Morocco News Tribune
Agadir, Morocco — Morocco and French GDF Suez utility are to build a 300MW wind farm in Morocco, Africa’s largest wind farm, as the kingdom is seeking to demonstrate its commitment to investing in renewable energy.
- Eco-Economy Indicators - Wind Power
Apr 02, 2013 - J. Matthew Roney - Earth Policy Institute
After Record 2012, World Wind Power Set to Top 300,000 Megawatts in 2013
- Wind to Double and Solar to Triple in 6 Years, Says IEA
Chris Nelder - July 10, 2013
And a lot of it will be deployed in developing countries.
- Firm Proposes 'Backbone' to Bring Offshore Wind Power to MarketFeb 26, 2013 - Lauren Gardner - rollcall.com
Among the many roadblocks that have prevented offshore wind farms from proliferating off the Atlantic coast is how to get the electricity generated from the Outer Continental Shelf to the mainland.
- Japan plans world's largest wind farm
Japan is moving away from reliance on nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, and plans to plans to build the world's largest offshore wind farm.
- 1st Part of Offshore Wind Power Line Moves Ahead
Jan 14, 2013 - nytimes.com - Matthew L. Waid
WASHINGTON — An audacious plan to lay a multibillion-dollar wind power transmission spine under the seabed from southern Virginia to the New York City area will take a step forward on Tuesday with an announcement of plans for the first leg, a 189-mile segment running from Jersey City to a spot south of Atlantic City.
- China completes wind power transmission project Nov 6, 2012 - English.news.cn - xinhuanet.comBEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- An expansion project for a power converter station that will allow power to be transmitted from northeast China to north China has been completed, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) said Tuesday.
- Morocco sees first wind–hydrogen system installed in Africa
Oct 05, 2012 - renewableenergyfocus.com
The first African initiative to generate hydrogen from water using renewable energy has been installed in Morocco. The completion of Africa’s first wind–hydrogen system is a collaboration between the Pure Energy® Centre in Scotland, Sahara Wind Inc, and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.
- August 24, 2012 - Manfred Ertel and Gerald Traufetter - spiegel.de
Hailed as a "miracle of modern politics," Denmark consistently earns top marks for its efficient governance, innovation and transparency. Nowhere is this more apparent than with its successful embrace of wind power, making it a role model for the world.
- The rise–and possible fall–of U.S. wind power
Aug 14, 2012 - Brad Plumer - washingtonpost.com
It’s getting harder and harder to call wind power a niche source of electricity in the United States. Last year, wind turbines represented one-third of all new generation capacity built in the country, behind only natural gas. At this point, wind provides 3 percent of the country’s electricity. In a few states, such as South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, wind provides more than 10 percent of all electricity.
- Energy Report: U.S. Wind Industry Surges in 2011
Aug 15, 2012 - eere.energy.gov
The Energy Department released a new report on August 14 highlighting strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market in 2011. According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, the United States remained one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011.
- Germany Plans 3800-Kilometer, $25 Billion Transmission Network for Wind Power
May 30, 2012 - Dave Levitan - spectrum.ieee.org
Fresh off the record-setting solar weekend in Germany, the country's transmission operators say plans are in the works for a huge transmission line buildout to accommodate growing wind power resources.
- South Africa has great wind energy potential
Mar 22, 2012 - newtoday.com.bd
There exists great wind energy potential that remains to be tapped in South Africa, experts said, reports Xinhua.
- U.S. wind generation increased 27% in 2011
Mar 21, 2012 - eia.gov
Generation from wind turbines in the United States increased 27% in 2011 compared to 2010, continuing a trend of rapid growth.
- Minnesota Electricity Could Be 100% Renewable, 100% Local
Mar 21, 2012 - John Farrell - renewableenergyworld.com
A new report released today by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research shows that Minnesota can meet 100% of its electricity needs with in-state wind and solar power, and (with ample energy efficiency investments) at a comparable cost to its existing electricity supply.
- U.S. solar and wind industries expand
Mar 21, 2012 - Wendy Koch - usatoday.com
Despite last year's bankruptcies of several solar manufacturers, including government-backed Solyndra, the U.S. solar and wind industries continue to expand in the face of obstacles this year.
- Mike’s energy plan blowin’ in the wind
Mar 2, 2012 - Cynthia R. Fagen - pressdisplay.com
The next hurricane could power your apartment.
- Marshaling the Winds of Mongolia
Mar 1, 2012 - Dylan Walsh - green.blogs.nytimes.com
Construction is to begin in March on Mongolia’s first wind farm, and its backers hope it will be the beginning of a renewable energy boom.
- Renewable energy passes nuclear as U.S. power source
Feb 8, 2012 - Steven E.F. Brown - bizjournals.com
Renewable energy sources -- wind, water, solar and others -- passed nuclear generation as a share of U.S. power in September, according to the Energy Information Administration.
- Solar, wind and geothermal power seen solution to energy crisis
Feb 2, 2012 - Nisar Mahmood - thenews.com.pk
PESHAWAR: After hydroelectricity, the solar, wind and geothermal power is the best alternative for thermal power to overcome the deepening energy crisis in the country, said experts at a seminar here on Sunday.
- Wind Could Become Brazil's Second Power Generation Source in 2015
Jan 31, 2012 - Ivan Castano - renewableenergyworld.com
BRAZIL -- It's one of those stories everyone's talking about, at least in Brazil's wind energy space. And it should come as no surprise. Under its newly launched energy expansion plan, the government intends to boost installed wind power generation capacity to 11.5 GW by 2020 from a mere 1.5 GW now, bringing new and exciting investment opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs.
- Xcel sets world record for wind power generation
Nov. 15 2011 -Mark Jaffe -Denverpost.com
Early on the morning of Oct. 6, Xcel Energy set a world record for electricity from wind power.
- Wind, Water, and Solar Power for the World
Oct 20, 2011 - Mark Delucchi - spectrum.ieee.org
We don’t need nuclear power, coal, or biofuels. We can get 100 percent of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power. And we can do it today—efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically.
- ND wind power set for big expansion
Oct. 19, 2011 - Christopher Bjorke - bismarcktribune.com
North Dakota's wind energy capacity will likely grow by more than a third in 2012, driven by renewable energy standards and the uncertain future of a federal incentive.
- Abu Dhabi hosts Africa meeting on renewable energy
Oct. 7, 2011 - Michael Casey - boston.com
African governments should consider investing in renewable energies like wind, solar and hydro power to help feed the continent's growing energy demands and combat threats of climate change, the head of a new international energy agency said Friday.
- IRC Paper Addresses Renewable Energy Integration Challenges
Oct 6, 2011 - Angela Beniwal - renewgridmag.com
A recent briefing paper on variable energy resources (VERs) has proposed various remedies that independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) can implement when incorporating increasing amounts of renewable energy resources onto their grids.
- World Will Install 44 Gigawatts of Wind Power in 2011
Oct 5, 2011 - Dave Levitan - spectrum.ieee.org
The World Wind Energy Association released its mid-year report for 2011, and showed an increase in installations over the same period a year earlier. A total of 18,405 megawatts of wind power were installed in the first half of this year around the world, up from 16,000 MW in 2010.
- Iberdrola and Areva to develop offshore wind projects in France
Sept. 23, 2011 - oilandgasobserver.com
The partners will compete for two of the country's five offshore zones offered in a first phase of bidding.
- UK Ford facility on 100% wind power
Sep 21, 2011 - Kari Williamson - renewableenergyfocus.com
The Ecotricity wind turbine could generate close to 5 million units of energy annually. It joins two other wind turbines that have been operational since May 2004.
- Wind energy in Ontario on pace to create thousands of jobs, billions in new investment
Sept. 16, 2011 - dcnonl.com
OTTAWA, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Wind energy developments in Ontario will create more than 80,000 person years of employment and attract more than $16 billion in private sector investments in the next eight years, according to the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the economic impacts of the wind energy industry in the province. The report, 'The Economic Impacts of the Wind Energy Sector in Ontario 2011 - 2018', by ClearSky Advisors, was commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) to quantify the projected jobs and economic benefits associated with the rapidly growing wind energy industry in Ontario.
- Wind doing just fine
Sep 1, 2011 - Bill Opalka - energybiz.com
The U.S. wind industry declined by half last year, but a new report puts the development slowdown in a different. Yes, 2010 wasn't so great, but the U.S. is still a world leader for the technology.
- ABB wins $1 billion order for offshore wind power connection
Sep 1, 2011 - abb.com
Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 2 2011 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $1 billion from the Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to supply a power link connecting offshore North Sea wind farms to the German mainland grid.
- Increasing its Nation-Leading Wind Capacity: Texas Announces New Wind Developments
Sep 1, 2011 - energyboom.com
Located on 30,000 acres of leased land just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Los Vientos I Windpower Project will be Duke Energy's fourth wind farm in Texas.
- Midwest power transmission project targets Kansas wind
Jul 2, 2011 - Jefferey Tomich - stltoday.com
A Houston company is in the early stages of planning one of the largest energy infrastructure projects the Midwest has seen in years - a $1.7 billion high-voltage transmission line connecting Kansas wind farms with consumers in St. Louis and throughout the Ohio River Valley.
- BPA Decision To Curtail Wind Power Sends 'Chilling Signal' To Industry
Jun 29, 2011 - Jennifer Runyon, Managing Editor - renewableenergyworld.com
The decision discriminates against wind power, violates contracts and favors its own narrow interests, according to AWEA reps and other wind industry insiders.
- All-Energy: Scotland aims for 100% renewable energy
Jun 23, 2011 - renewableenergyfocus.com
Salmond said in the opening session: "Because the pace of development has been so rapid, with our 2011 target already exceeded, we can now commit to generating the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's own electricity demand from renewable resources by 2020. By then we intend to be generating twice as much electricity as Scotland needs – just over half of it from renewables, and just under half from other conventional sources.
- Asia Wind Market Takes Flight
Jun 15, 2011 - Stephanie Aldock - renewableenergyworld.com
London, UK-- The Asia-Pacific region currently leads the global market in annual wind capacity installations and will account for at least 45 percent of total megawatts added globally through to 2025. In recent years, exponential growth in regional wind power demand, coupled with improving state and local incentives, has encouraged local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to scale up their sales strategies.
- 6 amazing facts about electricity transmission in China
Jun 11, 2011 - greenbang.com
It’s well known that China has been going gangbusters on developing its energy infrastructure, rapidly building everything from not-so-green new coal-fired power to a massive solar photovoltaics manufacturing base to large deployments of wind power. While its energy resources have been growing, though, its transmission capacity has some serious catching-up to do.
- China Leads Push to Go Green
June 4, 2011 - Associated Press - nytimes.com
AMSTERDAM — Denmark earns the biggest share of its national revenue from producing windmills and other clean technologies, and the United States is rapidly expanding its clean-technology sector. But no country can match China’s pace of growth, according to a new report.
- Offshore renewable energy storage
June 4, 2011 - renewableenergyfocus.com
Canadian Thin Red Line Aerospace has developed the Energy Bag, which will see a prototype anchored to the seabed off the coast of Scotland this summer as part of a renewable energy research project led by Professor Seamus Garvey of the University of Nottingham, UK. The project is being supported by E.ON.
- Renewables integration
May 25, 2011 - John R. Johnson - intelligentutility.com
As more emphasis is put on going green and weaning the U.S. off expensive and dirty fossil fuels, utilities continually find themselves at the focal point of green energy initiatives.
- Proposal would route 500-mile wind energy line near Q-C
May 22, 2011 - Jennifer DeWitt - qctimes.com
A lack of transmission capabilities is slowing the growth of wind energy projects in Iowa and Illinois, according to a Houston-based company with plans for a multi-billion-dollar transmission line that would deliver the renewable energy across the Midwest.
- NREL Highlights 2010 Utility Green Power Leaders
May 22, 2011 - National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar.
- A Buoyant Future for Floating Wind Turbines?
May 22, 2011 - Andrew Williams - renewableenergyworld.com
London, UK -- In recent years there have been two significant trends in the wind industry: developers seeking higher quality wind resources and turbines growing in size. In response to these developments, the idea of 'floating' offshore wind turbines is becoming increasingly popular. Because they float, these turbines can provide developers with better access to offshore wind resources, unconstrained by water depth. Done right, they include a support structure able to accommodate today's large, and tomorrow's even larger turbines.
- Can You Run a Wind Farm From a Cell Phone?
May 22, 2011 - energycentral.com
Half a billion euros, GL Garrad Hassan (GL GH) Business Development Manager John Macaskill said, are lost every year around the world by wind farm operators who, inundated with unassimilated data, do not reach achievable levels of availability and operating efficiency.
- Falklanders to reap wind energy -- with their car batteries
May 14, 2011 - energycentral.com
The Falkland Islands could become the world's first territory to be mainly powered by a revolutionary combination of wind power and electric car batteries.
- Renewable Energy Passed Up Nuclear in 2010
May 11, 2011 - Zachary Shahan - cleantechnica.com
It seems that total cumulative installed power capacity from renewable sources passed up nuclear for the first time in 2010, according to the draft version of a new report coming out soon by the Worldwatch Institute, The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011.
- Goldwind: Will Wind Be China’s Next Big Export to the US?
May 11, 2011 - greentechmedia.com
The U.S. CEO of the Chinese giant says he’s building jobs here, too.
- China grids to connect 90 mln kilowatts of wind power by 2015
May 11, 2011 - energycentral.com
China's electrical grids will connect 90 million kilowatts of wind power capacity by 2015, said China's largest power grid company on Friday.
- UA looking at air-storage system as alternative green-energy source
May 08, 2011 - energycentral.com
Solar power and wind energy are popular in the green movement, but when there's no wind or sun, there's no power.
- Duke Energy to Deploy Energy Storage Technology at Texas Wind Farm
May 08, 2011 - energycentral.com
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) intends to store electricity generated at its Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas using an energy storage and power management system developed by Austin-based Xtreme Power.
- Can You Run a Wind Farm From a Cell Phone?
May 02, 2011 - Herman K. Trabish - greentechmedia.com
European wind engineering giant GL Garrad Hassan’s WindHelm does that—and could be worth a half billion euros a year.
- Iowa largest percentage wind generator
May 01, 2011 - Dan Piller - desmoinesregister.com
Iowa leads the U.S. in the percentage of its electricity that comes from wind, with 15 percent, according to the annual report of the American Wind Energy Association.
- Dominion Virginia Power Announces Study of Offshore Transmission Power Line
Mar 30, 2011 - energycentral.com
Dominion Virginia Power, a subsidiary of Dominion , is initiating a study of what it would take to build a high-voltage underwater transmission line from Virginia Beach into the Atlantic Ocean to support potentially multiple offshore wind farms.
- Wind power becomes Spain's leading electricity source in March
Mar 30, 2011 - energycentral.com
Wind energy became Spain's leading source of electricity for the first time in March, surpassing the contribution from nuclear energy, according to figures released Thursday by Red Electrica de España, Spain's power-generating authority.
- Platina unveils Cyprus’ First Wind Farm
Mar 27, 2011 - renewableenergyfocus.com
The €170 million project will reportedly provide 8% of the island’s electricity generation capacity.
- Wind and solar could supply 25% of Oahu's power by 2014
Mar 27, 2011 - staradvertiser.com
Oahu could satisfy one fourth of its electricity demand with wind and solar energy by 2014, including power from proposed wind farms on Lanai and Molokai that would transmit power to Oahu via undersea cables, according to a report released today.
- Seeking Wind Power Innovation: Europe's Largest Wind Turbine Test Facility Now Open
Mar 19, 2011 - Andrew Williams - renewableenergyworld.com
London, UK -- Early last month, an innovative new wind turbine prototype testing and certification site, the largest of its kind anywhere in Europe, opened its doors for business.
- ETI shows viability of vertical axis offshore wind turbines
Mar 13, 2011 - Isabella Kaminski - renewableenergyfocus.com
Vertical axis offshore wind turbines could provide an alternative to conventional horizontal turbine designs, according to the Energy Technologies Institute.
- Wind Power Becoming Competitive with Coal
Mar 06, 2011 - STATE DEPARTMENT RELEASE/Contentworks - energycentral.com
The U.S. government is pushing for large-scale wind power development and the timing may be just right.
- Why develop wind in Wyoming
Mar 05, 2011 - WindPower Engineering - windpowerengineering.com
Wyoming is one of the top wind sites in the U.S., according to an NREL report “Wind Powering America.” The state is home to one of the oldest developed wind sites in the region, Medicine Bow online since 1982. Here, the Department of Energy funded research of wind energy production, particularly from large turbines.
- Linking the West with wind
Mar 05, 2011 - WindPower Engineering - windpowerengineering.com
What good is producing wind energy if you can’t get it to people who will use it? Transmission lines are the critical link between generation facilities and the market place, and Wyoming’s got them. According to the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, there are about 15,000 MW of new transmission capacity in development bringing power generated the state to load centers in the western states such as California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. This development represents a potential $30 billion investment in transmission and generation facilities.
- Wind energy experts: regulations slow development
Feb 26, 2011 - The Associated Press
Clearing up the regulatory hurdles that are slowing development of electricity transmission lines would provide a significant boost to U.S. wind power development, industry officials said Wednesday.
- China supplants U.S. as country with most installed wind-power capacity
Feb 13, 2011 - energycentral.com
China in 2010 became the country with the most installed wind-power capacity, supplanting the United States, industry officials said Wednesday.
- Empire State Building to Meet Electricity Needs Through Wind Power
Jan 25, 2011 - Suzanne Goldenberg - guardian.co.uk
Deal secures more than double the amount of renewable power purchased by any other commercial customer in New York City.
- 10 States Sign the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative
Dec 14, 2010 - Paul Magnette - EUtrio.be
Friday December 3, as a prelude to the Formal Council of European Energy Ministers, 10 States have signed a MOU in order to proceed further with the development of offshore windfarms of the North Seas (North Sea, the Channel, Celtic Sea, Irish Sea) covering a surface area of about 760,000 km². This Memorandum is an important step in the boom of renewable energies, considering that the energy capacity from the European offshore is bigger than that from the oil capacity in the Middle East.
- Japanese Firm, Russian Institute to Produce Hydrogen Using Wind Power
Dec 6, 2010 - Associated Press - Energy Central
The Tokyo-based company, where hydrogen researcher Yasukazu Saito, honorary professor at the University of Tokyo, serves as a board member, and the Vladivostok-based Far Eastern Center for Strategic Research on Fuel and Energy Complex Development are expected to establish a joint venture for the project possibly by the middle of 2013.
- Wind Power Could Provide a Fifth of World's Electricity by 2030: Study
Oct 29, 2010 - EERE
A new study by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International reports that wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22% by 2030.
- China’s future wind power could equal 13 Three Gorges Dams
Oct 22, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
In 2009, China led the world in newly installed wind-energy devices, reaching a capacity of 13.8 GW (10,129 turbines) – a rate of one new turbine every hour. In terms of overall capacity, China ranks second, at 25.8 GW.
- Kansas could see large wind energy export market
Oct 20, 2010 - Dan Voorhis -The Wichita Eagle - McClatchy-Tribune
Kansas has the realistic potential to see its wind power generation rise eight-fold -- if the regulation and infrastructure are put in place.
- World's largest wind farm opens off UK coast
Oct 18, 2010 - The Associated Press
The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England on Thursday, as part of the British government's push to boost renewable energy.
- Offshore Wind Power Line Wins Backing
Oct. 12, 2010 - New York Times
Google and a New York financial firm have each agreed to invest heavily in a proposed $5 billion transmission backbone for future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic Seaboard that could ultimately transform the region’s electrical map.
- 2010: GWEC looks to 200 GW mark
Oct. 12, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
With close to 40 Gigawatts (GW) of new capacity added this year, the world’s installed wind power capacity is expected to approach 200 GW by the end of this year, predicts the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
- Country 'Has Enough Wind for 35 Percent of Electricity Supply'
Aug 24, 2010 - Business Day/All Africa Global Media - Wind - energycental.com
A University of Cape Town doctoral study has found that SA has more than enough wind to provide a consistent feed of electricity into the national grid.
- Energy companies to build largest wind farm in Australia
Aug 24, 2010 - energycentral.com
Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) on Thursday signed an agreement with New Zealand renewable energy company, Meridian Energy, to build the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere in Victoria of Australia.
- Siemens signs strategic cooperation on renewable energies in Russia
Jul 26, 2010 - energycentral.com
Siemens has signed a partnership agreement for cooperation in the renewable energy sector with the two Russian companies Rostechnologii and RusHydro.
- ADB plans to build wind power projects in 5,000 villages nationwide
Jul 12, 2010 - Asia Pulse Data Source
The Asian Development Bank plans to put up small wind power projects in about 5,000 villages in the country.
- Hawaii Weighs Undersea Cable to Deliver Wind Power
Jun 23, 2010 - Katherine Tweed - greentechmedia.com
Hawaii needs to carry wind across an ocean to meet its renewable energy goals.
- Unleashing the Wind Tiger
Jun 22, 2010 - Jackie Jones - renewableenergyworld.com
India has featured as one of the world's top five countries for wind power development for years. Will new policy initiatives open up India's wind sector?
- Swedes welcome Europe's largest wind park:
Jun 21, 2010 - Johan Nylander - The Swedish Wire - McClatchy-Tribune
While community opposition often blocks or hampers new wind power projects, Sweden has managed to break ground for Europe's largest wind park counting more than 1,000 giant turbines, with barely a whisper of protest.
- Brownfields' Bright Spot: Solar and Wind Energy
Jun 21, 2010 - NREL - Energy Central
Wind turbines are rising from abandoned toxic industrial sites.
- Salazar Signs Agreement with 10 East Coast Governors to Establish Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium
Jun 21, 2010 - Interior Department Documents and Publication
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the governors of 10 East Coast states today signed a Memorandum of Understanding that formally establishes an Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium to promote the efficient, orderly, and responsible development of wind resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.
- As wind power booms, so do the challenges
May 24, 2010 - The Seattle Times
Along the ridge-top flanks of the Columbia River, hundreds upon hundreds of wind turbines rise from wheat fields and sagebrush.
- Wind Industry Wants 25 Percent of Energy to Be Renewable
May 24, 2010 - Business Day - All Africa Global Media - Energy Central
The South African wind industry has called on the government to set an ambitious 25% renewable energy contribution to electricity consumption by 2025.
- Wind Maps and Wind Resource Potential Estimates
May 17, 2010 - windpoweringamerica.gov
Wind Powering America provides high-resolution state wind maps and estimates of the wind resource potential that would be possible from development of the available windy land areas after excluding areas unlikely to be developed.
- Bangladesh Renewable Energy Society for Wind Energy
May 17, 2010 - energybangla.com
Bangladesh Renewable Energy Society (BRES) yesterday emphasised the need for increased use of wind energy to meet the ever-increasing demand of power in the country.
- Wind turbine installation guide
May 14, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
A consumer guide for installing wind turbines has been launched by RenewableUK (former BWEA).
- Wind farm power grid advances
May 14, 2010 - Matthew Brown - AP - Spokesman.com
Good news on two fronts for energy firm
- TVA Activates 300 Megawatts of Renewable Wind Power
May 14, 2010 - PRNewswire - energycentral.com
Brisk winds across the Illinois plains are now blowing clean, renewable energy into the Tennessee Valley Authority service region.
- How Wind Turbines Work
May 14, 2010 - eere.energy.gov
Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth's surface, and rotation of the earth.
- National Grid and Cape Wind Sign Power Purchase Contract
May 12, 2010 - BUSINESS WIRE
In a landmark move, National Grid and Cape Wind will file a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Monday under which National Grid will buy clean power from the nation's first large-scale, off-shore wind farm.
- Mitsubishi uses wind power to charge electric vehicles
Mai 3, 2010 - AsiaPulse - energycentral.com
Mitsubishi Corp. (TSE:8058) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a method to use excess wind power produced at night to charge electric vehicles.
- Utilities adjust to use wind
Mai 3, 2010 - Larisa Brasss - News Sentinel - energycentral.co
Wind is becoming a more widespread resource for electricity generation, but utilities tapping the breezes for power also must learn how to manage an energy source with a mind of its own.
- Treasury Harnesses The Power Of Wind
Mai 3, 2010 - The Associated Press
To mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that beginning July 31, 2010 the main Treasury building and the Treasury Department annex will use wind power to supply 100 percent of their energy demand.
- First U.S. Offshore Wind Project Finally Gets Green Light
Mai 3, 2010 - POWERnews - powermag.com
The Department of the Interior (DOI) today gave its approval to the first U.S. offshore wind farm, a long-disputed and much-delayed project on federal submerged lands in Nantucket Sound.
- Gamesa launches online wind forecaster
Mai 3, 2010 - .renewableenergyfocus.com
Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has launched an online wind forecasting tool for wind farms, the Mega system.
- Military officials say wind turbines can stir up problems for bases
Apr 30, 2010 - Dave Montgomery - Fort Worth Star
Giant wind turbines dotting the Texas landscape have made the Lone Star State the nation's leader in the development of wind power, but they may also pose a hazard to military installations by interfering with crucial radar operations, state lawmakers were told Tuesday.
- Brazil puts 399 wind farms, 79 other energy projects out for bids
Apr 30, 2010 - EFE
The Brazilian government put 399 wind farm projects and 79 other renewable energy projects up for bidding, with the auction expected to be held in two months, the state-owned Energy Research Corporation, or EPE, said.
- Call to build wind farms
Apr 30, 2010 - Mandeep Singh Gulf Daily News
More wind farms could be on the way in Bahrain if one of the country's top scientists gets his way.
- Siemens launches its first direct drive turbine
Apr 26, 2010 - James Quilter - Windpower Monthly
Siemens has launched its new direct drive turbine, the SWT-3.0-101, at the European Wind Energy Conference.
- Renewable Energy Past and Present in California's Tehachapi
Apr 26, 2010 - Herman K. Trabish - renewableenergyworld.com
The Tehachapi Mountains in central California's Kern County are a wind energy museum. Four generations of turbines are distinguishable on their slopes and ridges, with an installed capacity of more than 800 megawatts of wind power.
- Wind: 50% of EU electricity in 2050
Apr 20, 2010 - EWEA
Wind energy will meet 50% of the EU’s electricity demand in 2050, top wind energy personalities told Europe’s largest wind energy conference and exhibition.
- China Overtakes Germany In Wind Power
Apr 14, 2010 - usnews.com
BRUSSELS—China overtook Germany last year to become the world's second largest producer of wind power behind the United States, global wind energy producers said Monday.
- From Oil Sector to Wind Power in Norway
Apr 14, 2010 - Claude R. Olsen - The Research Council of Norway
Eying the vast potential for establishing wind farms at sea, companies along Norway's west coast are making the leap from offshore oil to offshore wind power.
- Researchers Propose US Offshore Wind Grid
Apr 13, 2010 - Elizabeth Boyle, UDel and Leslie Taylor, SoMAS
The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity.
- 3,000 Megawatts of Renewable Energy Planned for Montana
Apr 9, 2010 - intelligentutility.com
Grasslands Renewable Energy LLC (Grasslands) today announced that it has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting regulatory approvals needed to advance its innovative Wind Spirit Project.
- Installed wind power capacity in north China region grows over 40 times
Apr 8, 2010 - Xinhua
The installed capacity of wind power in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region grew over 40 times to 7.3 million kilowatts by the end of March from 170,000 kw in 2005, figures released Thursday by a local power company showed.
- UD study: Taming wind just takes a 'backbone'
Apr 6, 2010 - Aaron Nathans - The News Journal
Linking offshore farms could eliminate need for backup power
- Constellation NewEnergy Signs Agreement to Supply New York Stock Exchange with Wind Energy
Mar 31, 2010 - Business Wire
Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) announced today that its subsidiary, Constellation NewEnergy, Inc., has entered into a green electricity purchase agreement with the New York Stock Exchange,
- Wind Power Soared Past 150,000 Megawatts in 2009
Mar 30, 2010 - J. Matthew Roney - earth-policy.org
Even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, the global wind industry posted another record year in 2009 as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 megawatts.
- Putting wind-generated power where it’s needed
Mar 28, 2010 - Julie Wernau - chicagotribune.com
Wind energy is gaining interest and funding, but delivering the electricity it generates requires more transmission lines
- US Wind Developers Struggle To Ink Power Contracts
Mar 23, 2010 - Dow Jones
The number of wind-power projects coming online in the U.S. is expected to decline this year, even with an influx of cash from the federal government, as developers struggle to find buyers for the electricity.
- Offshore Awakening: US Investment Flows to Offshore Wind
Mar 22, 2010 - Elisa Wood - renewableenergyworld.com
The US is starting to look beyond the initial cost of offshore wind energy and consider its huge long-term benefits.
- India & Turkey on Track To Be Wind Powers
Mar 19, 2010 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
India and Turkey are both poised to become world players in the wind industry thanks to good wind resources, growing demand for electricity and emerging political frameworks to support the development of gigawatts of wind projects in the coming years.
- Integrating Wind in the Southwest
Mar 18, 2010 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
States in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region can reliably obtain 40 percent of their electricity from wind energy, incurring only minor costs associated with operating the power system differently than it currently operates.
- Wind farm plans stir up storm over military radar
Mar 18, 2010 - Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press
The U.S. military is growing increasingly concerned that proposed wind farms can disrupt or block radar designed to detect threats and protect America's skies, a problem that is stalling the alternative energy projects around the country.
- US Governors: more support for wind energy
Mar 17, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
A bipartisan group of state governors want President Obama and Congress to adopt a set of recommendations that will develop wind energy across the United States.
- Danes Hail Lidar Breakthrough in Wind
Mar 16, 2010 - Eize de Vries - renewableenergyworld.com
The world’s largest independent rotor blade manufacturer, LM Glasfiber of Denmark, and two Danish partners are developing a laser-based wind sensing system integrated into a wind turbine’s blades and spinner.
- New Wind Power Maps
Mar 12, 2010 - windpowermaps.org
Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (NWSEED) launched the Northwest Wind Mapping Project in mid 2001 in partnership with the Last Mile Electric Cooperative, a group of rural public utilities working to develop cost-based wind generation.
- Wind towers and solar panels help power Jacksonville strip mall
Mar 11, 2010 - The Florida Times-Union
The twin 30-foot-high towers in front of a strip mall on the south side of Atlantic Boulevard near St. Johns Bluff are hard to miss -- especially when the wind is blowing and both structures are spinning and generating power.
- Renewable energy can meet 100% of demand: US study
Mar 9, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
A study in North Carolina suggests that solar and wind energy could supply 94% of the electricity needs in the state.
- Will Politics Slow the Wind?
Mar 8, 2010 - Peter Behr - Climatewire - scientificamerican.com
Not many years ago, there wasn't enough wind power coming from the Great Plains to worry about. Now there is, and lots of people are worrying.
- West Texas breezes push wind power to set a record on the grid
Mar 2, 2010 - Jack Z. Smith - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
With strong breezes blowing early Sunday afternoon in West Texas, wind-power generation hit a record 6,242 megawatts on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' grid, which serves most of the state.
- Report: Offshore Electricity Grid Needs Coordinated Approach
Mar 1, 2010 - North American Windpower
An offshore North Sea and Baltic Sea electricity grid could be in place within 10 to 15 years, but its development is being slowed by political and regulatory differences between countries bordering both bodies of water, according to a report published by the OffshoreGrid consortium.
- Asia's first sea wind power plant completes installation in Shanghai
Feb 27, 2010 - Xinhua
Asia's first sea wind power plant completed the installation of its 34 windmills Saturday afternoon in Shanghai.
- US utilities see future for solar and wind
Feb 23, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
Wind energy projects are underway or planned by 79% of utilities in the USA within the next five years, while solar energy is planned by 73% within that time horizon.
- New Wind Potential Estimates for the US Based on AWS Truewind's windNavigator System
Feb 23, 2010 - North America Clean Energy
Albany-based AWS Truewind, LLC has announced the release of new wind potential estimates for the lower 48 states based on windNavigator, the firm's proprietary, high-resolution wind resource dataset. The estimates were produced in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) under the auspices of the US Department of Energy (DOE). They mark the first comprehensive state-level assessment of the onshore wind resource potential since 1993.
- Wind energy potential upgraded in Dakotas
Feb 23, 2010 - AP
The American Wind Energy Association says there is more wind energy potential in the Dakotas than previously estimated.
- Study: Iowa wind energy potential four times previous estimate
Feb 22, 2010 - Dave DeWitte The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Iowa could produce four times the wind energy previously thought because of improvements in wind turbine technology and more refined wind measures, a new study says.
- Potential for US wind energy is 10.5 GW
Feb 19, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus.com
Wind turbines on the continental USA could generate 37 PWh a year, according to a new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
- New Wind Resource Maps and Wind Potential Estimates for the United States
Feb 19, 2010 - U.S.Department of Energy
Accurate information about the wind resource and the wind energy potential in each state is required for federal and state policy initiatives that will expand the use of wind energy in the United States.
- AWEA Statement on New NREL U.S. Wind Resource Assessment
Feb. 18, 2010 - AWEA
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today issued the following statement from AWEA CEO Denise Bode on a new assessment from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory showing that U.S. wind resources are larger than previously estimated:
- 40% wind energy in the Falklands
Feb 18, 2010 - Rnewable Energy Focus
The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic have commissioned three new wind turbines that will supply 40% of the settlement’s electricity.
- New Study: Cape Wind Will Reduce Regional Electricity Prices by $4.6 Billion
Feb 10, 2010 - Busniness Wire
Cape Wind will reduce wholesale electric prices for the New England region by $4.6 billion over 25 years, according to a new report published today by Charles River Associates, a leading economic consulting firm.
- Study boosts notion of offshore wind production
Feb 9, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Timothy B. Wheeler The Baltimore Sun
Offshore wind energy can furnish Marylanders with as much as two-thirds of the electricity they currently use, and if aggressively developed, could turn the state into a net exporter of power, a new report by the Abell Foundation says.
- Wind power tops new EU electricity
Feb 8, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
Wind power represented the largest share of new electricity generating technology installed in the European Union in 2009.
- 3TIER Releases New Wind Performance Maps
Feb 4, 2010 - nawindpower.com
3TIER has released maps that plot how average wind speeds in the U.S. differed from their long-term averages in 2009 and that illustrate the impact of El Nino, which contributed to a decrease in wind power production in several important wind power regions.
- More Wind Power Capacity Installed Last Year in the EU Than any Other Power Technology
Feb 3, 2010 - Energy Central
More new wind power capacity was installed in the EU in 2009 than any other electricity- generating technology, new statistics published today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reveal. 39% of all new capacity installed in 2009 was wind power, followed by gas (26%) and solar photovoltaics (16%). Europe decommissioned more coal and nuclear capacity than it installed in 2009. Taken together, renewable energy technologies account for 61% of new power generating capacity in 2009.
- Tables of Renewable Tariffs or Feed-In Tariffs Worldwide
Feb 1, 2010 - Paul Gipe - wind-works.org
These tables summarize tariffs for different technologies in different countries, and various states and provinces. The tables may also provide an overview of program details.
- Schneider Power Advances Two Caribbean Wind Projects
Feb 1, 2010 - Energy Central
In two separate developments, Schneider Power Caribbean Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Schneider Power Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SNE) today announced the achievement of important new milestones on respective wind projects in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.
- China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy
Jan 30, 2010 - Keith Bradsher - New York Times
TIANJIN, China — China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year.
- NREL Study Shows 20% Wind is Possible by 2024
Jan 27, 2010 - EERE News
As much as 20% of the power connected to the grid could come from wind by 2024, according to a new study by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
- US wind energy industry installs 10 GW in 2009
Jan 26, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
The wind industry in the United States has broken all previous records by installing 10 GW of new capacity last year.
- US electricity from wind energy exceeds share from petroleum or biomass
Jan 26, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
Wind energy generated 55.4 TWh of electricity in 2008, an increase of 60.7% from the 34.5 TWh in 2007, according to federal data.
- California ISO Wind Forecasting Improves by 20 Percent
Jan 26, 2010 -- BUSINESS WIRE
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO) reports a 20 percent improvement in forecasting wind generation based on the results of a year-long forecasting competition. The improvement represents a significant advancement in the ability of the power grid to integrate fluctuating wind power. The ISO is making its findings public in a study recently posted to its website. http://www.caiso.com/2726/2726d0e26480.pdf
- US Continues Breaking Records, Installs 9922 MW of Wind in 2009
Jan 26, 2010 - Graham Jesmer - Renewable Energy World.Com
In early 2009, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and industry experts predicted that the year would see a drop in the amount of wind capacity installed in the United States. The continuing recession, lack of tax credit financing and a reduction in demand for energy were expected to cause a drop in installations by as much as 50% from 2008 levels. However, yesterday after the numbers were tallied, it turned out to be another record breaking year for the U.S. wind energy industry with nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) put in the ground.
- China may Add 10,000MW Wind Power Installed Capacity in 2010
Jan 21, 2010 - SinoCast Daily Business Beat
Shi Pengfei, Deputy President of the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), yesterday estimated that China's newly-added wind power installed capacity could reach 12,000MW in 2009, but that for 2010 would slightly reduce to 10,000MW or so.
- NREL Study Shows 20 Percent Wind is Possible by 2024
Jan 20, 2010 - NREL
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study (EWITS). This unprecedented two-and-a-half year technical study of future high-penetration wind scenarios was designed to analyze the economic, operational, and technical implications of shifting 20 percent or more of the Eastern Interconnection’s electrical load to wind energy by the year 2024.
- Charles River Associates' SPP Wind Integration Study Identifies Challenges
Jan 19, 2010 - LITTLE ROCK - ARKANSAS
Wind Integration Task Force (WITF), found that enhanced electricity reserves and major transmission reinforcements are needed to integrate higher levels of wind generation into the SPP transmission system and energy markets.
- No wires, no juice
Jan 19, 2010 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz
After nearly two years of speeches, announcements and attention from all parts of the energy and other media, oilman and wind power booster T. Boone Pickens last week shelved his plans for a massive wind-power project in Texas when he cut his order for GE turbines in half, from 667 units to 333. So I asked a transmission group what it would take to get projects like Pickens and others moving again. After all, large, sometimes multi-state transmission projects are what's needed to deliver energy from massive wind farms to load centers. Naturally, we focused on a discussion of pending federal energy legislation and regulations, which will also be considered at the EnergyBiz Leadership Forum.
- Antarctic wind farm reduces bases' reliance on diesel
Jan 18, 2010 - Reuters
The world's southernmost wind farm has been opened in Antarctica, the first in what could be a number of renewable energy projects aimed to lower the frozen continent's reliance on diesel for power.
- Iran plans new renewable energy plants: minister
Jan 18, 2010 - Stanley Carvalho - Jason Benham - Reuters
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Opec member Iran plans to develop new renewable energy power plants over the next five years with capacity totaling 2,000 megawatts (MW) to meet energy demand, its deputy minister for electricity said on Sunday.
- Wind project on Navajo Nation moving forward
Jan 16, 2010 - The Associated Press
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and the tribe's utility authority have signed legislation to establish leases and financing agreements for the development of a wing energy project at the Big Boquillas Ranch.
- Wind turbines don't operate in cold
Jan 15, 2010 - Beth Wischmeyer - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Though wind turbines utilize North Dakota's plentiful gusts to generate energy, some agency officials say they are shut down in times of extreme temperature.
- Iberdrola Renewables Signs Its Largest PPA Ever with TVA, Power to Come from Illinois' Largest Wind Farm
Jan 14, 2010 - Business Wire
Iberdrola Renewables, the largest provider of wind power in the world, today announced its biggest power purchase agreement (PPA) ever with a new customer, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). TVA will purchase 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy from Iberdrola Renewables' Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Power Project under construction near the villages of Odell and Emington, Illinois, south of Chicago.
- Wind farms in Mexico to generate green power for Cemex cement company and the Wal-Mart retail chain
Jan 11, 2010 - focus.com
The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has approved US$102 million in partial financing for two wind facilities in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which will establish a critical mass of renewable energy in the country and generate jobs in low-income rural communities.
- UK Takes Energy Leap With Huge Offshore Wind Projects
Jan 08, 2010 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc
The U.K. took a massive step forward towards boosting its renewable energy capacity Friday after announcing plans to develop 32 gigawatts of new offshore wind energy--cementing its position as the world leader in the sector.
- Portugal boosts use of wind energy
Jan 06, 2010 -- BBC Monitoring
For every 100 watts of electricity used last year in Portuguese homes, 15.03 watts came from wind energy - a figure which moves the country from third to second in the world in terms of the use of wind energy. Portugal is now behind Denmark and Spain.
- Wind farms could create thousands of new Neb. jobs
Jan 3, 2010 - Nate Jenkins - Associated Press
Harnessing Nebraska's largely untapped wind-energy resources could create up to 40,000 jobs over the next two decades if a federal goal is met, according to a report.
- Wind energy can meet 65 percent of tabled 2020 emissions cuts by rich nations: GWEC
Dec 14, 2009 - Xinhua
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Monday released calculations showing that wind energy alone could achieve up to 65 percent of the emissions reductions pledges by industrialized nations.
- Smallest State Could Big Impact on US Offshore Wind
Dec 11, 2009 - Renewableenergyworld.com
Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri said that even though his state might be the smallest in the union, it expects to have a big impact on in the U.S. offshore wind market. The state may be home to the first commercial project off Block Island.
- China Challenging the United States for World Wind Leadership
Dec 10, 2009 - J. Matthew Roney - Earth Policy Institute
Leadership of the global wind market is about to change hands. The United States—the birthplace of the modern wind industry—has held the top spot in new installations since 2005, growing at 50 percent a year and adding a record 8,540 megawatts of wind generating capacity in 2008. But if the credit-crunched U.S. industry adds only 8,000 megawatts in 2009, as anticipated, China’s new installations of some 10,000 megawatts will make it the world leader in annual additions. Having doubled its installed capacity in each of the last five years, this relative newcomer is now poised to dominate the wind energy industry for years to come.
- FPL to spend $2 billion on wind energy in 2010
Dec 6, 2009 - Steve Gelsi - Market Watch
Lewis Hay III, the chairman and chief executive of FPL Group Inc., plans to steer the electricity giant toward a $2 billion investment in wind energy in 2010, despite uncertainty surrounding a pending rate case involving the big power company.
- Integrating Wind Power in Portugal
Dec 4, 2009 - Pedro S. Moura - Renewable Energy World.Com
With a major increase in installed wind capacity planned for Portugal, here are the options available for the successful integration of wind energy into the country's electricity system.
- Denmark, climate summit host, tops table of fighting climate change with wind power
Dec 4, 2009 - Europeon Wind Energy Association
In the run-up to the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has published a league table showing which EU countries are best at exploiting CO2-cutting wind energy.
- PG&E Agrees to Purchase and Operate Major California Wind Energy Project
Dec 3, 2009 - EnergyCentral
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it has contracted with Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., the U.S. arm of the world's largest provider of wind power, to purchase and operate a major wind generating plant to be built in Southern California to serve the utility's electric customers.
- Coal plant's demise could create wind opportunity
Dec 3, 2009 - Dirk Lammers - Associated Press Writer
A regional power-grid agency is trying to salvage the transmission line portion of a defunct coal plant project in northeastern South Dakota by encouraging wind developers to replace the lost megawatts.
- Berkeley Lab Study Finds No Widespread Impact of Wind Power Projects on Surrounding Residential Property Values in the U.S.
Dec 2, 2009 - Berkeley Lab
Over 30,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity are installed across the United States and an increasing number of communities are considering new wind power facilities. Given these developments, there is an urgent need to empirically investigate typical community concerns about wind energy and thereby provide stakeholders involved in the wind project siting process a common base of knowledge. A major new report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory evaluates one of those concerns, and finds that proximity to wind energy facilities does not have a pervasive or widespread adverse effect on the property values of nearby homes.
- Duke Energy to Harness Wind Power With 20 MW Energy Storage Project
Nov 30, 2009 - Clean Edge News
Duke Energy recently said it intends to match a $22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to design, build and install large-scale batteries to store wind energy at one of its wind farms in Texas.
- Wind industry calls for improved transmission pricing and planning processes in comments to FERC; also requests reconsideration of harmful FERC order
Nov 24, 2009 - AWEA
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in two separate filings on related transmission issues.
- Acciona completes assembly of LatAm's largest wind farm
Nov 23, 2009 - Energy Central
Spain's Acciona Energia said Monday it completed the assembly of the Eurus wind farm in Mexico, an energy facility with total potential generating capacity of 250.5 MW and costing $550 million.
- Dallas investor, Chinese partners propose U.S. wind turbine plant
Nov 18, 2009 - Jim Landers - The Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON - Dallas investor Cappy McGarr said Tuesday that his Chinese partners in a $1.5 billion West Texas wind energy farm proposed last month have agreed to build a turbine manufacturing plant in the United States.
- Wind energy companies looking for lines
Nov 13, 2009 - UPI - DES MOINES, Iowa,
Proposed multistate transmission lines carrying wind-generated electricity from the Midwest are a vital next step in U.S. energy efforts, experts say.
- Bulgaria set for Massive Growth in Wind Power
Nov 10, 2009 - Sofia, Bulgaria, - PR Newswire Europe
Bulgaria is set to dramatically expand its wind power output in the next 10 years, delegates at a workshop on integrating wind power in Bulgaria heard today. From the current 330 MW installed to over 3,000 MW by 2020, wind energy will meet 13.5% of Bulgaria's electricity demand.
- Study: Offshore winds a mega-resource
Nov 10, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Alex Kuffner and Peter B. Lord The Providence Journal, R.I.
There is more than enough wind off the mid-Atlantic seaboard to power every coastal state from North Carolina to Massachusetts, according to a new study presented in Rhode Island.
- Wind Energy Generation Breaks Record In Spain
Nov 10, 2009 - North American Windpower
Wind generation broke a record in Spain on Nov. 8, delivering 53% of the electricity demand from 3 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with a total production of around 10,170 MW, according to La Asociacion Empresarial Eolica (AEE), the Spanish wind industry alliance.
- Bulgaria set for massive growth in wind power
Nov 10, 2009 - EWEA
Bulgaria is set to dramatically expand its wind power output in the next 10 years, delegates at a workshop on integrating wind power in Bulgaria heard today. From the current 330 MW installed to over 3,000 MW by 2020, wind energy will meet 13.5% of Bulgaria’s electricity demand.
- Mapping wind resources in South Africa
Nov 3, 2009 - Renewable energy focus.com
Risø DTU has produced a detailed map of the wind resources in South Africa showing the best locations for wind turbines and is a prerequisite for funding wind farms.
- Wind energy's success creates a power grid challenge
Oct 29, 2009 - Matthew Preusch - Oregon Live.com
The rows of white turbines spinning over wheat fields and ridgelines in eastern Oregon are ample evidence that renewable energy from wind is real and growing.
- Wind could provide quarter of India’s power by 2030
Oct 28, 2009 - Renewable energy focus.com
Wind could also attract US$10 billion in investment every year and create 213,000 green collar jobs, says the industry.
- California and Texas: Renewable energy's odd couple
Oct 17, 2009 - Kate Galbraith - The New York Times
Texas cares little for environmental niceties. Its governor, Rick Perry, bashes the Environmental Protection Agency at every opportunity, and recently branded the climate bill that passed the House of Representatives a “legislative monstrosity.”
- Innovative wind turbine design triples output
Oct 14, 2009 - World of Renewables.com
From the first flight at Kitty Hawk, it took about 50 years to engineer the switch from spinning propellers to more efficient jet engines. Now wind technology could be about to make a similar design leap, barely a decade after the commercial industry’s birth in the U.S.
- Members Of World Energy Cities Partnership Sign Climate Change Accord
Oct 12, 2009 - North American Windpower
Mayors and representatives of nine international cities have signed an accord that commits to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets for individual municipal operations and wider communities.
- Soros to Invest $1 Billion in Clean Energy, Form Advisory Group
Oct 12, 2009 - Katherine Burton and Jim Efstathiou Jr. - First Enercast Financial
Billionaire George Soros, looking to address the “political problem” of climate change, said he will invest $1 billion in clean-energy technology and donate $100 million to an environmental advisory group to aid policymakers.
- Shakopee Mdewakanton raise 386-foot-tall turbine
Oct 7, 2009 - The Associated Press
A wind turbine as tall as a 38-story building is now standing on Shakopee Mdewakanton (med-WAH'-kuh-tuhn) Sioux Community land in Shakopee.
- Wind expert: Maine needs transmission upgrades
Oct 6, Glenn Adams - The Associated Press
A wind energy expert on Tuesday added his voice to those who say upgrading Maine's power transmission system is critical for the state to reach its wind-power potential.
- E.ON Climate & Renewables Completes World's Largest Wind Farm
Oct 01, 2009 - PRNewswire
Today, E.ON Climate and Renewables (EC&R) announced the completion of the world's largest wind farm near Roscoe, Texas. The Roscoe wind complex has an installed capacity of 781.5 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 230,000 homes.
- China Sees Unfulfilled Potential in Wind
Sep 28, 2009 - USA Today
Among the many people with concerns about the enormous wind turbines being built here, count Jing Xiuwan.
- World's First Floating Wind Turbine Swtiches On
Sep 21, 2009 - Philip Proefrock - ecogeek.org
The energy company Statoil has begun operation of the first full-size Hywind floating wind turbine at a location 10 kilometers off the Norwegian coast. What is remarkable about this turbine is that is is floating in the water, rather than being rigidly attached to the ocean floor.
- Denmark inaugurates world's largest offshore wind farm- 209 MW horns Rev 2
Sept 17, 2009 - Matthew McDermott - Treehugger
The world has a new largest offshore wind farm: The 209 MW Horns Rev 2 project, located 30 kilometers off the west coast of Jutland in the North Sea, was inaugurated today by Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik. Constructed by DONG Energy, the project consists of 91 Siemens turbines and is expected to produce about 800 GWh of electricity per year -- enough for 200,000 households.
- Potential for Wind-Generated Electricity in China
Sep 11, 2009 - Sciencemag.org
Wind offers an important alternative to coal as a source of energy for generation of electricity in China with the potential for substantial savings in carbon dioxide emissions.
- Study says wind could meet half of China power needs by 2030, cutting emissions by 30 per cent
Sept 10, 2009 - Henry Sanderson - The Associated Press
China could cut its emissions by 30 per cent in the next two decades if it switches to wind power to meet about half of its electricity demands, a U.S. study published Thursday said.
- States sharing the sea for wind industry
Sept 9, 2009 - Evan Lehmann - The New Yorkk Times
BOSTON -- Plans are brewing to promote a network of offshore wind farms all along the East Coast connected by a transmission "spine" and shared shipping ports where local turbines will embark for deepwater power fields over the horizon.
- 27 companies exploring area's wind potential
Sept 8, 2009 - Jessica Cejnar - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Solar may be at the forefront of alternative energy exploration in the Mojave Desert, but a myriad of companies are also looking at the potential of wind as another clean source of electricity.
- Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Launches Renewable Energy Gateway
Sep 4, 2009 - North American Windpower
The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO) has launched the Renewable Energy Gateway, an information hub focusing on renewable energy sources in the Midwest ISO region. The site looks at renewable sources such as wind, biomass and hydro and provides information supporting integration of these resources into the region.
- How much surface area would it take to power the world completely with solar or wind?
Sept 2, 2009 - Ariel Schwartz - Fast Company
Ever wonder how much space we would need to use to power the entire world with solar energy or offshore wind power? So did the good people at the Land Art Generator, who created two infographics that show the amount of surface area required to power our planet with renewable resources.
- No access to N.B. transmission lines could hamper P.E.I. wind power export plans
Aug 25, 2009 - Teresa Wright - Charlottetown Guardian - The Associated Press
A P.E.I. plan to export wind energy to New England may be in jeopardy now that New Brunswick says it has no room for Island power on its transmission lines.
- Kenya to build Africa's biggest windfarm
Aug 21, 2009 - evwind
A 300 megawatt windfarm, coined the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, is being developed in Kenya. A total of 365 wind turbines are slated for installation.
- Wind and natural gas: frenemies forever
Aug 18, 2009 - Russell Gold - The Wall Street Journal
Is natural gas a friend to – or foe of – renewable energy? Earlier this month, at the big clean energy summit in Las Vegas, a parade of dignitaries praised natural gas for generating electricity with about half the carbon emissions as coal. And Energy Secretary Steven Chu called T. Boone Pickens’s plan to use wind and natural gas to displace coal a transition to a renewable energy future.
- AWEA, WOW Oppose Transmission Policy Change in Upper Midwest
Aug 13, 2009 - Energy Central
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Wind on the Wires (WOW) filed a protest today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing a proposal by the utility transmission system operator in the Midwest that, if approved, will discourage the development of wind resources in a region that has been termed “the Saudi Arabia of wind.”
- New Record As Wind Power Meets 39 Percent of Electricity Demand
Aug 06, 2009- Irish Times
A new record for the amount of electricity generated by Ireland's wind farms was achieved last weekend, according to figures released by EirGrid.
- China builds wind energy observation network
Aug 03, 2009 - Xinhua
China has established a national network to observe wind power, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said Monday.
- Wind Power: U.S. Wind Installations Keep On Coming
Jul 28, 2009 - Keith Johnson - Wall Street Journal
Mark Twain famously complained that rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated. The same could be said of the U.S. wind-power industry
- West Texas wind power waits for power lines
Jul 25, 2009 - Jason Whitley - WFAA
For decades, the census brought bad news to Sweetwater. The population of this West Texas town about 40 miles west of Abilene had been sliding since the sixties.
- Residents and Dignitaries Join GDF SUEZ to Celebrate the Grand Opening of the West Cape Wind Farm on PEI
Jul 23, 2009 - CNW
More than 100 residents, community leaders, business executives, and government officials today joined GDF SUEZ in O'Leary on Prince Edward Island to mark the grand opening of the expanded West Cape Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in Atlantic Canada.
- United States Leads Wind Power Market
Jul 20, 2009 - United Press International
The United States dominated the world's fast-growing wind power market for the fourth consecutive year, federal energy officials said.
- Study Suggests Wind Power Potential Is Much Higher Than Current Estimates
Jul 16, 2009 - John Loring - The New York Times
Global wind energy potential is considerably higher than previous estimates by both wind industry groups and government agencies, according to a Harvard University study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
- Intermittency not a problem for wind power, say reports
Jul 14, 2009 - Sam Bond - edie newsroom
Sometimes the wind blows, and sometimes it doesn't. This has, for a long time, been one of the key hurdles for the widespread adoption of wind power but, according to a flurry of reports, it's an argument that does not hold water.
- Nigerian president approves wind power generation project
Jul 14, 2009 -- BBC Monitoring
In an effort to further diversify Nigeria's sources of power generation, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has given approval for the commencement of an electricity generation project from wind.
- N.M hydrogen power plant planned
Jul 17, 2009 - The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico-based energy-technology company announced plans Wednesday to develop in southern New Mexico what it calls the world's first utility- scale, zero-emissions hydrogen power plant.
- Pikens paring down wind farm project
Jul 7, 2009 - Elizabeth Souder - National Wind Watch
T. Boone Pickens’ plan to build the world’s largest wind farm is off.
- China's first of 7 mega wind farms ready to start rolling
Jul 7, 2009 - Chinadaily
China will start constructing a 10-gW wind farm in Jiuquan, Gansu province on Friday, the first in a batch of similar mega wind power projects the country has planned for over the next few years to increase the share of clean energy sources in its power consumption mix.
- MDU Resources Intends to Help Develop Green Power Express Transmission Project
Jul 7, 2009 - Business Wire
MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE:MDU) announced today that it intends to participate with ITC Holdings Corp. in developing the Green Power Express transmission project, which would transport renewable energy from wind-rich Plains states to major metropolitan markets.
- Iberdrola Renovables builds three new wind farms in the US
Jun 29, 2009 - Datamonitor
Spanish clean power company Iberdrola Renovables is consolidating its position in the US by starting the construction of new wind farms in Illinois, North Dakota and Oregon.
- How utilities integrate wind energy
Jun 29, 2009 - Jeff Anthony - Renewable Energy World.com
The U.S. wind energy industry in 2008 shattered previous records by installing 8,435 MW of new generating capacity (generating enough electricity during a year to serve more than 2 million homes), making wind power a mainstream generating technology for electricity. New wind projects completed in 2008 accounted for more than 40 percent of the entire new power-producing capacity added nationally last year. U.S. wind energy generating capacity stands at 25,246 MW, producing enough electricity each year to power the equivalent of some 7 million households and strengthening the nation's energy supply with a clean, inexhaustible, homegrown source.
- Global potential for wind-generated electricity
June 26, 2009 - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US
The potential of wind power as a global source of electricity is assessed by using winds derived through assimilation of data from a variety of meteorological sources. The analysis indicates that a network of land-based 2.5-megawatt (MW) turbines restricted to nonforested, ice-free, nonurban areas operating at as little as 20% of their rated capacity could supply >40 times current worldwide consumption of electricity, >5 times total global use of energy in all forms. Resources in the contiguous United States, specifically in the central plain states, could accommodate as much as 16 times total current demand for electricity in the United States. Estimates are given also for quantities of electricity that could be obtained by using a network of 3.6-MW turbines deployed in ocean waters with depths <200 m within 50 nautical miles (92.6 km) of closest coastlines.
- Offshore wind power catches some air
Jun 23, 2009 - Ben Geman - Scientific American
The Interior Department today issued first-time "exploratory" leases for wind projects off New Jersey and Delaware, allowing developers to locate data-gathering towers aimed at supporting planned commercial wind farms.
- Hywind: Siemens and StatoilHydro install first floating wind turbine
Jun 11, 2009 - Energy Central
StatoilHydro and Siemens installed the world’s first large-scale floating wind turbine. The turbine is located approximately 12 km south east of Karmøy in Norway at a water depth of about 220 meters. The Hywind project was developed by StatoilHydro, and Siemens supplied the SWT-2.3 MW wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 82 meters. Over the next two years the floating wind turbine will be tested to provide a thorough analysis of this innovative concept. The Hywind turbine will be connected to the local grid and is expected to start producing power in mid-July.
- Mexico signs deals for two wind farms
Jun 10, 2009 - EFE
Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, said it has signed separate contracts with a unit of Spanish power utility Iberdrola and a Mexican consortium for the construction of two wind power plants in the southern state of Oaxaca.
- NextGen research sees global wind power generating capacity surpassing 318 Gigawatts by 2013
Jun 9, 2009 - Centredaily.com
The emission-neutral energy provided by wind power represents a unique opportunity to help the world end its reliance on expensive, polluting fossil fuels, and to spur the economy by creating millions of “green collar” jobs. Wind power has followed an evolutionary path over thousands of years that has transformed it from an efficient method for grinding grain into the world’s fastest-growing, most cost-competitive, sustainable energy source.
- Indian tribes discuss wind power
Jun 6, 2009 - The Associated Press
Wind turbines could be a clean, cost-effective way of powering tribal casinos, medical clinics and even tribal administrative projects, speakers said at an American Indian symposium.
- Mass. putting final touches on ocean planning map
May 31, 2009 - The Associated Press - Steve LeBlanc
As the nation increasingly looks to its oceans for energy, Massachusetts is putting the final touches on a vast regulatory map designed to plot out where wind farms, and other offshore projects, can be located in its coastal waters.
- China ranks world's fourth in wind power-intalled capability: official
May 24, 2009 - Xinhua
With total installed capacity of 12 million kilowatts, China has become the world's fourth country in wind power-installed capacity, an official said on Saturday in Beijing.
- Transmission for wind power eyed in South Dakota
May 9 - Scott Waltman - The Associated Press
ABERDEEN, S.D. - As the number of wind turbines scattered along the South Dakota skyline continues to grow, moving the energy they provide out of the state requires a fundamental change.
- Two Years Later, Greensburg is Officially Green - with NREL's Help
May 8, 2009 - energycentral.com
The same natural force that annihilated Greensburg, Kan., two years ago soon will be illuminating the town that has been rebuilt into America's most energy-conscious community.
- Study: Kansas could be exporter of renewable energy
Apr 28, 2009 - The Associated Press
Kansas has the potential to become a major exporter of renewable energy, producing many new jobs and new tax revenue, a national study found.
- Wind power has potential to generate 31,500MW electricity: Cheema
Apr 26, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source
Managing Director Energy Management Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Tahir Bashir Cheema has said that Wind power has potential to generate 31,500 MW electricity in the country.
- N. China region strives to build more wind power plants
Apr 20, 2009 - Xinhua
HOHHOT - The wind power, once used only by herdsmen for cooking and lighting, will spread from remote cottages to the vast countryside in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
- AWEA welcomes findings of NERC integration study
Apr 16, 2009 - Energy Central
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is pleased with the findings of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC’s) Integrating Variable Generation Task Force (IVGTF) report. This is an excellent roadmap for the grid planning and operations changes needed for America’s future electric generation portfolio.
- China Bets Heavily on Nuclear, Wind Power
Apr 8, 2009 - SinoCast Daily Business Beat
China, one of the biggest power consumers worldwide, has paid much attention to clean energy, and particularly, it has decided to greatly boost nuclear and wind power generation.
- New Google maps to guide solar, wind placement
Apr 7, 2009 - Adam Hadhazy
Where should new solar and wind power facilities go? Seems many of the best potential sites, including rugged, windswept regions in the Rocky Mountains to the sun-baked Mojave Desert, contain swathes of land legally set aside as national parks, or support what remains of an endangered species' dwindling habitat, for example.
- Salazar: Eastern Wind Could Equal Coal for Power
Apr 6, 2009 - The Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- If wind power were fully developed off the East Coast, windmills could generate enough electricity to replace most, if not all, the coal-fired power plants in the United States, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday.
- Secretary Salazar: U.S. Offshore Wind Resources Could Lead America’s Clean-Energy Revolution
Apr 2, 2009 - www.doi.gov
U.S. offshore areas hold enormous potential for wind energy development near the nation’s highest areas of electricity demand – coastal metropolitan centers, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said today.
- Irish firm to invest $1 bn in Chilean wind farms
Mar 26, 2009 -EFE
Ireland's Mainstream Renewable Power plans to invest more than $1 billion in Chile over the next five years to build wind farms, the company's co-founder and CEO, Eddie O'Connor, said.
- UK announces plans to plug offshore wind into electricity grid
Mar 24, 2009 - New Energy World Network
Plans to connect vast amounts of future UK offshore wind energy to the national grid were firmed up, with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Ofgem announcing a new regulatory framework to connect offshore renewable projects to the onshore grid.
- Wind farms speed up on Molokai and Lanai
Mar 18, 2009 - Mark Niesse - The Associated Press
Three energy companies announced plans Tuesday to team up and build wind farms on Hawaii's more rural islands to feed electricity to the urban core in Honolulu.
- China to build four power stations with renewable energy
Mar 13, 2009 - Xinhua
China will construct two hydropower stations and two wind farms with a total capacity of 2,001 megawatts, a move to develop clean and renewable energy, the country's top economic planner has said.
- Study Finds Wind Power Economically, Environmentally Advantageous When Coupled With Grid Improvements
Mar 12, 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Wind-generated electricity from the upper Midwest will become cost-competitive with power generated from more conventional fuel sources like coal, while providing substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions when connected to the nations electricity grid via new extra-high voltage transmission lines, a new study by The Brattle Group (www.brattle.com) has concluded.
- Transmission 2.0
Mar 10, 2009 - Peter Dupey - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Clean Power and the Political, Economic and Environmental Imperative for a New Energy Infrastructure by Peter Dupey, CEO, Acciona Energy North America
The United States is already one of the world's most attractive wind energy markets and despite signs of a slow down, the sector could achieve far, far more. With a new administration in the White House comes an opportunity to address some of the key barriers to continued wind sector growth. Obama has already more than hinted at a programme of accerated grid development and more renewables, and here, Peter Duprey explains, the development of a new type of transmission system must indeed be a priority.
- Salazar pushes for wind energy
Mar 9, 2009 - Dina Cappiello and H. Josef Hebert- Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the waters off the Atlantic coast hold some of the country's greatest wind energy potential, and he promised to move aggressively to develop plans to exploit the resource.
- Regional wind-energy proposal gets mixed reaction
Mar 9, 2009 - The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - A proposal for a high-voltage power line that would transmit wind energy from sparsely populated areas of the gusty Midwest to some less-windy parts of the country is getting mixed reaction in Minnesota.
- Wind Power Calculator Launched
Mar 5, 2009 - Birmingham Post
Birmingham (UK) - The Carbon Trust has launched a new online tool to help businesses and consumers considering installing a wind turbine to work out how much power it could generate alongside the cost and carbon savings.
- Airtricity Obtains Consent to Build Offshore Wind Farm in North Sea
Feb 26, 2009 - Datamonitor
Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy, has obtained consent from the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management for the construction of the Breeveertien II offshore wind farm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.
- Dell to use windpower for OKC facility
Feb 24, 2009 - The Associate Press
Dell Inc. has announced plans to power its 240,000 square-foot Oklahoma City campus with 100 percent wind energy.
- Scottish Turbines Power Antarctic Base
Feb 17, 2009- Scotsman
Wind turbines from a Scottish micro-generation company are supplying electricity to the first Antarctic base powered only by renewable energy.
- Transmission for 20% Wind Would Save Consumers $12B Annually: Study
Feb 13, 2009 - Wind Energy Weekly
An investment in the power grid to enable wind to supply 20% of the electricity needs of the eastern U.S. would save consumers $12 billion annually, recovering capital costs in as little as seven years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making the power grid more reliable, according to a study released this week.
- GDF Suez continues wind energy developments in Latin America
Feb 13, 2009 - Datamonitor
French power and natural gas major GDF Suez has announced that it is continuing its expansion in renewable energy through developments in wind power in Latin America.
- New Study Provides Insight on the Cost of Transmission to Access Increasing Quantities of Wind Power
Feb 9, 2009 - terrawatts.com/wind-trans.html
Berkeley, California – The rapid increase in the deployment of wind energy in recent years has been paralleled by increasing consideration of wind in transmission planning studies. A new report released today by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory assesses the cost of new transmission for wind through a review of 40 detailed transmission studies that involve wind energy.
- Study pinpoints West's windy, sunny resource areas
Feb 7, 2009 - Matt Joyce - Associated
CHEYENNE, Wyo. The Western Governors' Association is working to identify the windiest and sunniest areas of the West - in other words, those areas best suited for major renewable energy projects.
- New forecasts aim to help with wind energy
Feb 4, 2009 - The Associated Press
DENVER - Federal researchers are developing pinpoint forecasts to help utilities predict which way the wind blows - and how strong - so they'll know how much electricity their wind turbines will generate.
- U.S. becomes top wind producer, solar next
Feb 2, 2009 - Reuters
LONDON () - The United States overtook Germany as the biggest producer of wind power last year, new figures showed, and will likely take the lead in solar power this year, analysts said on Monday.
- Benefits of Wind Energy Are Mapped Out
Jan 31, 2009 - The Scotsman
A government study says onshore wind energy could offer great economic and community benefits for the Western Isles - less than a year after ministers rejected plans for Europe's biggest wind farm in the islands.
- Environmental study to inform location of future offshore energy developments
Jan 26, 2009 - Dept of Energy and Climate Change (UK National)
A new study of the UK's shores, published today, recommends there's scope for between 5,000 and 7,000(1) more offshore wind turbines, enough to power the equivalent of almost all the homes in the UK and make a massive contribution to renewable energy targets.
- China Wind Power Installed Capacity Tops 10,000MW
Jan 16, 2009 -- SinoCast Daily Business Beat
Beijing- China had completed wind power installed capacity of more than 10,000MW by the 2008-end, ranking No.5 around the world, said Zhang Guobao, director for the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's macro-economy regulator.
- Wind, solar power capacity in 27 nations to quadruple by 2020
Jan 14, 2009 -- AsiaPulse
Tokyo - The capacity to generate electricity through wind and solar power systems in 27 nations, excluding Japan, will increase four- to fivefold from 2008 to 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by research firm Fuji Keizai Co.
- New technique 'banks' wind farm energy
Jan 8, 2009 - UPI
Milwaukee - A high-tech way of "banking" extra energy from high winds can improve wind power's ups and downs and make it more efficient, U.S. university researchers said.
- High-Voltage Transmission for Wind Moving Forward in Kansas, Oklahoma
Dec 15, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
Two high-voltage transmission lines that could integrate up to 5,800 MW of wind power took a significant step forward recently with approval of the projects’ transmission rate incentives by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
- Land of Windchantment
Dec 11, 2008 - Robert Foster - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
New Mexico, nicknamed the Land of Enchantment, is rapidly becoming the "Land of Windchantment." There is a veritable wind land rush taking place in the state, with a plethora of wind developers signing wind power leases with ranchers across the eastern plains.
- 3TIER Releases 5 km Wind Map of the World
Dec 5, 2008 - Clean Edge News
3TIER, a provider of global renewable energy assessment and forecasting, recently unveiled a 5 kilometer resolution global wind map based upon what it claims is the most accurate, consistent and comprehensive dataset ever created of global wind resources and their spatial and temporal variability.
- Econcern to lead $1 bln China wind farm investment
Dec 02, 2008 -- Reuters
LONDON - Clean energy company Econcern will partner with China National Offshore Oil Corp and Sinohydro to invest 863 million euros ($1.09 billion) to build four Chinese wind farms, the companies said on Tuesday.
- Wind power possibilities on Navajo Nation studied
Nov 17, 200 - The Associated Press
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz - San Diego company has installed five wind meters on the western part of the Navajo Nation as it studies the possibility of putting a wind farm in the area.
- China 08 Wind Power Installed Capacity to Top 10,000MW
Nov 05, 2008 -- SinoCast
BEIJING - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) jointly announced that China's total installed wind power generation capacity would beat 10,000MW by the end of 2008, two years ahead of schedule.
- IBERDROLA RENEWABLES Releases First Company-Wide Avian and Bat Protection Plan Calling for Wildlife and Habitat Protection
Oct 29, 2008 - Business Wire - energycentral.com
PORTLAND, Ore., IBERDROLA RENEWABLES today released the wind industry's first company-wide Avian and Bat Protection Plan. The IBERDROLA RENEWABLES plan is modeled in part after the 2005 Avian Protection Plan template developed by some 30 electric utility companies, numerous electric cooperatives and rural utilities, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to address impacts of transmission and distribution lines on birds. The IBERDROLA RENEWABLES plan applies those principles to its wind fleet and addresses bats as well as birds.
- India to invest US$27 billion in wind power in next four years
Oct 23, 2008 - Asia In Focus - Energy Central
With the thrust on renewable sources of energy increasing, investment in wind power generation will touch Rs 1320 billion (US$27 billion) in the next four years, says Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA). "The installed capacity of wind power in the country by the end of year 2012 would reach 22,000 MW, at an investment of Rs 1320 billion," IWTMA chairman D V Giri told reporters here.
- South Dakota Wind Farm Begins Operations, Allowing First Two Midwest Universities to Be 100% Powered By Renewable Energy
Oct 15, 2008 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
Babcock & Brown and Heartland Consumers Power District announced today that South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds dedicated the Wessington Springs Wind farm, located just south of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. The 51-megawatt (MW) Wessington Springs Wind Farm will provide clean and renewable energy to the University of South Dakota (USD) and South Dakota State University (SDSU), which become the first universities in the Midwest to be powered with 100% renewable energy.
- Suzlon Green Power Commits USD 5 Billion to Renewable Energy
Sep 24, 2008 - PRNewswire
Suzlon Green Power Ltd. announced today a commitment to bring 3,500 megawatts of electricity to nearly 10 million people with the development of $5 billion in green energy assets over five years, primarily in India and China. Of the $5 billion total project value, Suzlon Green Power will provide approximately $1.5 billion in equity. Suzlon Green Power, a closely held enterprise owned 100 percent by India's Tanti family, made the announcement today at the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
- E.ON Delivers First Phases of the Worlds Largest Wind Farm
Sep 22, 2008 - U.S. Newswire
E.ON Climate & Renewables officially opened the first two phases of its wind farm in Roscoe, Texas, today. The wind farm can now generate 335.5 MW of electricity, enough to power over 100,000 homes. Once all four phases are completed in mid-2009, Roscoe will be the worlds largest wind farm with 627 wind turbines and a total capacity of 781.5 MW enough to power 265,000 Texan homes.
- Wind Power - Green Revolution in Energy (pdf)
Sep 11, 2008 - Dr. Rudolf Rechsteiner - Member of Swiss Parliament
A PowerPoint presentation on the abundance of wind power, the growth in installed wind capacity and feasibility of powering our energy needs with wind.
- OU to be powered completely by wind by 2013
Sep 10, 2008 - Murray Evans - The Associated Press
The University of Oklahoma's Norman campus will be completely powered by wind by 2013, OU President David Boren said Wednesday, calling the plan one of the largest renewable energy commitments ever made by a public university in the U.S.
- Minnesota Power's Wind Energy Project Reaches Milestone
Sep 8, 2008 - Business Wire
Minnesota Power's plan to harness wind energy from the plains of North Dakota and transmit it to customers took an important step forward with the signing of an agreement to purchase an interstate transmission line and phase out a long-term contract to buy coal-generated electricity.
- Wind shifts, finally, in Romania
Sep 5, 2008 - New World Publishing
Construction is expected to begin this month in Romania on what backers claim will be Europe's largest onshore wind farm with an expected capacity of 600MW.
- Thanks to Wind Developers, Wyoming-Colorado Intertie 70% Subscribed
Aug 29 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
- Wind developers led the way in securing capacity on the Wyoming-Colorado Intertie (WCI) Project in an open-season auction that sponsors deemed a success, saying the project will continue to move forward.
- Govt initiates new scheme to tap wind energy
Aug 17, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source
New Delhi - Government today said it has initiated a new scheme for wind power generation in a bid to tap the 45,000 mega watt power potential of the non-conventional resource.
- Wind farm lease in place for tribe
Aug 16, 2008 - The Associated Press
Lower Brule, S.D. - Studies are under way and a lease has been signed with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and some nearby landowners to develop a wind farm, described as the first such project on the tribe's land.
- Clipper Windpower and BP to develop 5050 MW wind farm in US
Jul 30, 2008 - Thomson Financial
Clipper Windpower and BP Alternative Energy have entered a 50:50 joint venture to develop one of the world's largest wind farm projects in the USA.
- Chile to be site of Latin America's biggest wind farm
Jul 30, 2008 - EFE
Spain's Grupo Enhol energy firm and Chilean developer Haciendas Talinay announced Wednesday that they plan to spend more than $1 billion building Latin America's largest wind farm in this Andean nation.
- Wind Power Waiting on Transmission-Line Boom
Jul 25, 2008 - Dave Englander - greentechnmedia.com
Transmission lines are becoming the single-largest obstacle to the continuing growth of U.S. wind power. But some investors, such as T. Boone Pickens, view the barrier as an equally large opportunity.
- Triple whammy for wind as Europe's biggest onshore project goes ahead
Jul 21, 2008 - BWEA
Clyde Wind Farm to provide electricity for 250 000 homes, London Array back on track - and wind overtakes hydro as leading source of renewable electricity in the UK.
- UK Government: North East set to be manufacturing hub for offshore wind
Jul 21, 2008 - M2 Presswire
Expansion in offshore wind could create up to 30,000 new jobs in manufacturing and bring GBP3 billion of investment to the North East, Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks will say during a visit to Gateshead and Northumberland.
- NASA Satellite Could Make Floating Ocean Wind Farms Possible (UPDATED)
Jul 11, 2008 - Jeremy Elton Jacquot - Treehugger
With all the talk about expanding the world's existing wind capacity, there is still surprisingly little attention being paid to the tremendous potential offered by ocean winds -- save for the occasional offshore wind park. Enter NASA: It turns out scientists have been using its QuikSCAT satellite for years to create maps of areas with strong wind activity.
- Wind power super-grid plans
Jul 7, 2008 - The Press Association
Ireland could form part of an electricity super-grid on the western fringes of Europe supplying offshore wind power to millions of homes.
- Texas grid owners form consortium to build wind transmission projects
Jul 2, 2008 - Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) - Power News
Barely a week after the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) selected a $4.9 billion scenario, a number of transmission providers have formed a consortium and filed to jointly build the new transmission lines and facilities proposed to enhance the state's massive wind power potential.
- Massive wind farm boost puts Scotland on target
Jun 26, 2008 - Stewart Paterson - The Herald
A huge increase in the number of wind turbines across the UK will be signalled today as part of a "radical" £100bn blueprint to boost renewable energy.
- Iberdrola and Gamesa in Huge Windfarm Deal
Jun 20, 2008 - The Herald
The renewable energy subsidiary of ScottishPower owner Iberdrola yesterday said it was buying a raft of global windfarm projects from Spanish turbine maker and developer Gamesa for euro65m (GBP51m), including three potential sites in Scotland.
- China's Wind Power Industry: Blowing Past Expectations
Jun 16, 2008 - Lou Schwartz & Ryan Hodum - renewableenergyworld.com
At the end of 2007, China's installed base of wind power totaled just over 6 gigawatts (GW), making China the fifth largest producer of wind power, after Germany, the U.S., Spain and India. As a consequence of the rapid build-out of wind power projects in China, in April 2008 the National Development and Reform Commission revised its 11th Five Year Plan Period plan for wind power development from 5 GW to 10 GW by 2010.
- 3TIER adds 5km wind map of Mexico
Jun 9, 2008 - renewableenergyfocus.com
HOUSTON, TEXAS - 3TIER, an independent provider of wind, solar and hydro energy assessment and power forecasting has added Mexico to its FirstLook Assessment mapping tool, at 5km resolution.
- South Africa switches on 1st wind farm amid electricity crisis
May 23, 2008 - Clare Nullis - Canadian Business Online
South Africa's energy minister inaugurated the country's first wind farm Friday, acknowledging that the government has done too little to harness the gales that lash its coastline and the sun that scorches its interior.
- Coming to America: Siemens, Vestas Wind Research Centers to be in Colorado, Texas
Jun 16, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
Both Vestas and Siemens announced plans related to wind energy research centers to be located in the U.S., with Vestas identifying Houston, Texas, as the location for its previously announced center and Siemens announcing a facility to be located in Boulder, Colo.
- Eneco submits permit application for second North Sea wind farm
Jun 10, 2008 - Datamonitor
Dutch utility Eneco has submitted a permit application for the environmental impact assessment for the construction of its second offshore wind farm in the Dutch part of the North Sea.
- China: Nation's wind power capacity set to triple in two year
Jun 9, 2008 - IPS/GIN
China plans to triple its wind power capacity over the next two years, according to a senior policy development official.
- Siemens to supply 140 wind turbines for the world's largest offshore wind farm Greater Gabbard
May 15, 2008 - Siemens News Release
Siemens Energy has received an order for the supply of 140 wind turbines with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) each. They will be delivered to the future world's largest offshore wind farm Greater Gabbard located 25 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk in Great Britain. The order also includes a five year service and warranty agreement. The purchaser is Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd, owned by Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE). The delivery of these turbines is scheduled in 2009 and 2010. The order volume for Siemens Energy is approximately EUR800 million.
- Major New Technical Report Finds Wind Can Provide 20% of U.S. Electricity Needs by 2030
May 12, 2008 - Business Wire
Wind power is capable of becoming a major contributor to America's electricity supply over the next three decades, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy. The groundbreaking report, 20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply, looks closely at one scenario for reaching 20% wind energy by 2030 and contrasts it to a scenario of no new U.S. wind power capacity.
- Pure Power - Wind Energy Scenarios Up to 2030
May 2, 2008 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
In its latest report the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) outlines the road towards large-scale wind energy. Presenting three development scenarios for 2010, 2020 and 2030, the report examines in detail the probable impact on electricity, greenhouse gas emissions and the EU economy.
- New Ohio Law Expected to Spawn 5,000-7,000 MW Wind Market
Apr 28, 2008 - Wind energy Weekly
Following unanimous Senate concurrence with an Ohio House bill, legislation to establish a 12.5%-by-2025 renewable electricity standard (RES) is headed to the desk of Governor Ted Strickland (D). The governor is expected to sign the bill, but has offered no public statement regarding the final legislation.
- Rock Port declares itself 100 percent wind powered
Apr 19, 2008 - The Associated Press
Officials in this northwest Missouri town christened a four-turbine wind farm this week, making Rock Port the first U.S. city to get all of its electricity from wind power.
- Environmentally Friendly Wind Generator Available for Rural Africa
Apr 16, 2008 - Voice of America News
An environmentally friendly source of energy is now available in Africa. A wind generator is on display in Cape Town, South Africa and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was created by the California-based group "Pac-Wind," which was founded to meet the need for generator systems that are practical, quiet and reliable and can operate in low wind.
- Texas Study: Benefits of Wind Transmission Outweigh Costs
Apr 11, 2008 - Michael Goggin - AWEA - renewableenergyworld.com
A long-awaited study identifying the transmission infrastructure needed to link wind-rich areas in western Texas with population centers in the central and eastern parts of the state concludes that such transmission could be built at modest cost to ratepayers.
- EU's Piebalgs says grid infrastructure needed quickly for offshore wind energy
Mar 31, 2008 - Thomson Financial News
BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said a maritime grid infrastructure must be developed quickly for the development of offshore wind energy.
- Government gives green light to micro wind
Mar 12, 2008 -
BWEA, the trade association representing the UK’s micro- and small-wind industry, today welcomed the Govt’s decision to relax planning rules for onsite household wind turbines.
- Portugal's rush to renewables places it in front line of EU's energy makeover
Mar 11, 2008 - Barry Hatton - The Associated Press
Broad fields of giant solar panels as big as houses tilt toward the sun in this torrid patch of the Iberian peninsula.
- Texas Study: Benefits of Wind Transmission Outweigh Costs
Apr 11, 2008 - Michael Goggin - AWEA - renewableenergyworld.com
A long-awaited study identifying the transmission infrastructure needed to link wind-rich areas in western Texas with population centers in the central and eastern parts of the state concludes that such transmission could be built at modest cost to ratepayers.
- China's Guangdong to build nation's largest off-shore wind farm
Mar 3, 2008 - Xinhua
South China's Guangdong Province plans to build the nation's largest off-shore wind farm, in a bid to quench its power thirst.
- Helping developers map out renewable energy source
Mar 3, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Angel Gonzalez - Seattle Times
Remember the thrill of checking out your house from outer space with Google Earth? Now a Seattle company wants you to know whether there's enough wind to power it with renewable energy.
- State Seeks to Test Windy Areas
Feb 28, 2008 - Deseret News
In an effort to enhance the state's wind energy program, the Utah Geological Survey is looking for participants to help determine the best potential sources of wind energy around the state.
- China To Build 400 Wind Towers To Survey Wind Resources
Feb 27, 2008 - iNSnet.org
China will build 400 wind towers of 70 meters and 100 meters high in regions where there is abundant wind energy to carry out a detailed survey and evaluation of the country's wind resources and potential. Gansu Weather Bureau's Wind and Solar Energy Evaluation Center will be responsible for building 17 70-meter high wind towers and two 100-meter high wind towers in Gansu's Hexi Corridor, Baiyin and Qingyang, to offer data support for the region's wind power plant construction.
- Texas power grid operators narrowly avoid rolling blackouts
Feb 27 - R.A. Dyer - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
Operators of the Texas power grid scrambled Tuesday night to keep the lights on after a sudden drop in wind power threatened to cause rolling blackouts, officials confirmed Wednesday.
- Move Over, Oil, There’s Money in Texas Wind
Feb 23, 2008 - Clifford Krauss - New York Times
Sweetwater, Tex. — The wind turbines that recently went up on Louis Brooks’s ranch are twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, with blades that span as wide as the wingspan of a jumbo jet. More important from his point of view, he is paid $500 a month apiece to permit 78 of them on his land, with 76 more on the way.
- Lassoing Panhandle Wind - Oilman Plans Huge Complex
Feb, 2008 - Gary Stern - energy central
Boone Pickens is nobody's fool. Pickens, who has a net worth of $2.5 billion and is ranked as the 131st wealthiest person in the United States by Forbes, is not prone to invest in pipe dreams. Then why is Pickens, who runs BP Capital Management, a private equity firm, and Mesa Power, building a 4,000-megawatt wind energy facility in Pampa, Texas, in the Panhandle section about 70 miles from Amarillo, which could cost as much as $10 billon?
- China posts 95-per cent growth in wind power generation
Feb 8, 2008 - BBC Monitoring
China made remarkable progress in wind power development in 2007 and the industry will expect further regulatory boost in the coming years.
- FERC approves incentive rates to accommodate renewable energy projects
Feb 8, 2008 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Documents and Publications/ContentWorks
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today granted Xcel Energy Services, Inc.'s request for incentive transmission rates as part of its plan for six transmission upgrades to meet state renewable energy generation standards and serve increased power demand in the Upper Midwest.
- Spain a pioneer in wind power
Feb 6, 2008 - EFE
Spain, the United States and China were the world leaders last year in wind power, an alternative energy source whose global installed capacity grew 27 percent, according to Global Wind Energy Council, or GWEC, figures.
- The Denmark Challenge - Lessons from an Emerging Wind Power (pdf)
January/February 2008 - Martin Rosenberg - Illustration by Stan Shaw - EnergyBiz
The people of Denmark have a story to tell in their own Nordic unassuming way. You hear it from quietly proud Per Volund, an engineer, as he takes a group of Americans out on a small boat to tour the Middlegrunden wind farm in Copenhagen harbor. Volund, the vicechairman of the cooperative that runs the 20 turbines, pointed out at the arc of units standing in the tides one recent wintry day, providing the Danish capital with 4 percent of its electricity since 2000. “We solved all the problems to make it happen and proved that this is possible and not too complicated,” he said.
- Islands Seek Aid for Subsea Green-Power 'Export' Link
Jan 30, 2008 - The Scotsman
FUNDING is being sought to build a subsea power cable to take green energy from the Western Isles to England and southern Scotland.
- U.S. Wind Power Surges 45%, Again Shatters Records - AWEA
Jan 21, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
Shattering all of its previous records, the U.S. wind energy industry installed 5,244 MW in 2007, expanding the nation’s total wind power generating capacity by 45% in a single calendar year and injecting an investment of over $9 billion into the economy, AWEA announced January 17.
- Enel, GE Soar to New Heights at Texas Wind Farm with Tallest Turbine Towers in US
Jan 10, 2008 - Business Wire
SNYDER, Texas - Enel SpA, through its subsidiary Enel North America, Inc., announced today the completion of a wind farm in Texas with the tallest utility-scale wind turbines in the United States as well as investments by an affiliate of GE Energy Financial Services, the energy investing unit of GE (NYSE: GE - News).
- Wind Energy Center requires transmission line
Jan 6, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kevin Bonham Grand Forks Herald, N.D.
The $250 million Langdon Wind Energy Center near here could not begin to deliver wind energy throughout eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota without a new $10 million transmission line.
- More Farmers Seeing Wind As Cash Crop
Dec 11, 2007 - Chicago Tribune
At a time when most people choose to avoid the harsh winter winds that roar past corn stubble and whip up billowing dust clouds over table-flat fields, farmers in the Thumb of Michigan now talk about catching the wind and all the money that comes with it.
- Britain seeks to build enough wind turbines to power all UK homes by 2020
Dec 10 - Raphael G. Satter - The Associated Press
Lopngdon - Britain unveiled plans Monday to generate enough electricity through offshore wind farms to power every home in the country by 2020, increasing production more than 60-fold and changing the look of the country's coasts.
- Sweden proposes fourfold increase in windmills - to up to 6,000
Nov 30, 2007 - The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Sweden's energy officials on Friday proposed a more than fourfold increase in wind power, which would mean building thousands more windmills in the Nordic country - in a move to meet EU goals for increasing renewable energy.
- Fortis and BBVA to Lead $185 Million Senior Secured Financing for New 164 MW Wind Farm
Nov. 30, 2007 - /PRNewswire/
NEW YORK - Fortis and BBVA, today announced that they have been selected to be Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Arrangers for a $185 million Senior Secured Financing that will support construction and operation of NedPower Mount Storm LLC (the "Project"), a new 164 MW wind farm in Grant County, West Virginia. Shell WindEnergy, a division of Royal Dutch Shell , one of the largest wind farm owners in the world, and Dominion one of the largest producers of energy in the U.S., are sponsoring the Project and will own it on a 50/50 basis. Fortis will also act as Administrative Agent and Security Agent for the Project.
- Iberdrola Renewable's Unit IPO Set For Dec 13
Nov 22, 2007 - Dow Jones News
MADRID -(Dow Jones)- Shares in Iberdrola Renovables, the renewable energy unit of Spanish power utility Iberdrola SA (IBE.MC), are set to start trade Dec. 13, in one of the biggest initial public offerings in Spain.
- State's Largest Wind Farm, Transmission Line Dedicated
Nov 13, 2007 - Business Wire
Minnesota's largest wind farm and the state's largest transmission line built to carry wind power into the Twin Cities were dedicated today and will soon become fully operational, subject to final approvals by the regional transmission operator.
- Wind farm supporters say coal-plant decision dooms their projects
Nov 12, 2007 - The Associated Press
As many as 13 potential wind-farm projects in western Kansas could be in danger because of the state's decision to reject two coal-fired generating plants near Holcomb, proponents of the wind farms said.
- Wind energy trade group raises forecast
Nov 08, 2007 - AP
U.S. wind energy providers are on track to add 4,000 megawatts of generating capacity in 2007, enough new electricity to power more than 1 million homes, the industry's trade group said Wednesday.
- Government of Canada Invests in Canada's Largest Wind Energy Project
Nov 8, 2007 - Marketwire
The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, was at the Prince Wind Energy Farm today to announce more than $53 million in funding, over ten years, for the largest wind energy project in Canada. Minister Clement, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, was joined by Mr. Harry Goldgut, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Power, to make the announcement.
- U.S. Winds Morph into a European Power Play: EU Firms Are Attracted to Open Space and Generous Subsidies for Green Energy
Nov 8, 2007 - International Herald Tribune
The European Union has taken the lead on many climate change issues - from ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to passing laws to require and encourage the development of renewable energy. Why, then, are so many European energy companies looking to invest in the United States?
- Italy to Build 500 New Wind Plants
Nov 7, 2007 - Xinhua News Agency
Italy plans to build 500 more wind plants to become the biggest producer of wind energy, Italian NewsAgency ANSA reported on Tuesday.
- Wind Turbine Supply Will Catch Up with Demand - Panel
Nov 6, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
lobal supply and demand for wind turbines and related components should begin to balance out in 2009 and into 2010, although the industry value chain is still significantly hindered by policy uncertainty, said panelists in a session that tackled supply chain issues at the AWEA 2007 Wind Energy Fall Symposium.
- Wind and Solar Energy: Renewable Energy to Create Thousands of New Jobs
Oct 26, 2007 - Business Wire
Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Randy Swisher, President of the American Wind Energy Association, guests at separate Executive News Roundtables sponsored by Energy Policy TV, said the renewable energy industries will be large creators of new jobs in the U.S. in the coming years. Videos of their appearances are available at no cost on Energy Policy TV's Solar and Wind Channels, respectively.
- Internet-like energy system becoming reality
Oct 9, 2007 - Paul Hanley - The StarPhoenix
Several years ago, the futurist Jeremy Rifkin predicted the world would build an energy system that would resemble the Internet. The Internet is, of course, the worldwide, publicly-accessible series of interconnected computer networks that consist of millions of smaller domestic, academic, business and government information networks. People everywhere can link to the Internet, put information in and take it out.
- Interstate Transmission Vision for Wind Integration
Oct 9, 2007 - American Electric Power
American Electric Power, working at the request of, and in partnership with, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), presents a high-level, conceptual interstate transmission plan that could provide a basis for discussion to expand industry infrastructure needs in the future. AEP believes that expansion of Extra High Voltage (EHV) interstate transmission systems provides increased reliability, market efficiency, environmental optimization and national security for the benefit of electric customers across the United States.
- $5B windfarm planned for Australia
Oct 8, 2007 - UPI
A massive wind farm planned for southeastern Australia would provide as much electricity as a large coal-powered plant.
- Texas CREZ Plan Could Become National Model
Oct 8, 2007 - Wind Energy Weekly
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) on October 2 issued an interim final order in its high-profile "CREZ" case, designating five"Competitive Renewable Energy Zones" in West Texas and the Texas Panhandle and authorizing development of transmission lines needed to deliver electricity produced in those windy areas to customers throughout Texas.
- Alberta 900 MW Cap on Wind Power Lifted
Oct 4, 2007 - Randyn Seibold - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Alberta, Canada's self-imposed wind generation cap of 900 megawatts (MW) has been lifted following the government's completion of an interconnection and transmission study. Wind intermittency and maintaining constant balance between supply and demand within the provincial grid system were the major reasons cited for the cap.
- Texas Decision Could Double Wind Power Capacity in the U.S.
Oct 4, 2007 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
CREZ Plan could become national model. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) issued an Interim Final Order yesterday that could enable construction of up to 22,806 Megawatts (MW) of new wind power in Texas. A final order, transmission plan, and budget are still pending before the Commission but are expected to be finalized in early 2008.
- Taiwan to Expand Its Wind Power Capacity
Sep 28, 2007 - International Herald Tribune
Taiwan may spend more than 100 billion New Taiwan dollars, or $3 billion, during the next three years to increase wind power capacity tenfold and cut coal and gas imports. "Renewable energy can help us reduce dependence on overseas resources," Wang Yunn-ming, the deputy director general of Taiwan's energy bureau, said Thursday.
- Inner Mongolia Installs Wind Generators with 1000MW Capacity
Sep 28, 2007 - SinoCast
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a pioneer of clean energy development in China, announces that the combined installed capacity of all wind power generator sets in the region exceeds 1000 megawatts, the biggest in the country.
- China to Build Tens of Millions Kilowatt Wind Farms
Sep 21, 2007 - SinoCast
Beijing - China is likely to build 10,000-megawatt-class wind farms in the future, revealed Wu Guihui, deputy director of the Energy Bureau of the National Development and Reform Commission at the Southern China International Energy Summit held in Guangzhou on September 19.
- Researchers create N.S. wind map to assist growth of energy source
Sep 18, 2007 - The Assciated Press
The Nova Scotia government has mapped the province's wind potential and is hoping to lure investors to what it claims are some of the most promising wind sources in the world.
- EDF enhances its wind energy capacity in Greece
Sep 18, 2007 - Datamonitor
EDF Energies Nouvelles has announced the entry into service of two new wind farms in Greece, developed by its Greek subsidiary EEN Hellas.
- Everything is Big There: Texas Now Tops in Wind
Aug 25, 2007 - Oakland Tribune
Recent Texas developments suggest that California's lead in one alternative energy area may be gone with the wind. The wind turbine, that is. Last year, for the first time ever, an industry association reported that Texas surpassed California as the country's No. 1 generator of wind energy. Not only did the Lone Star State blow past the Golden State again in this year's report, but Texas regulators in July voted to designate eight zones for production of some 20,000 megawatts of wind energy.
- Wind Power Stars in U.S. Renewable Energy Gains, EIA Finds
Aug 21, 2007 - NGI's Power Market Today
Preliminary numbers out from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) are enough to bring at least small smiles to the faces of environmentalists and conservationists.
- Hydro Tasmania, CLP and China Datang to build wind farm
August 15, 2007 - Angela Macdonald-Smith - Bloomberg News
Roaring 40s Renewable Energy, a wind energy venture between Hydro Tasmania and CLP Holdings, agreed with China Datang to build what may be one of the world's largest onshore wind farms. The first 400-megawatt stage of the project, to be built by early next year, will supply enough energy for almost one million homes.
- Inner Mongolia Plans 33,000 MW of Installed Wind Power
Aug. 9, 2007 - MARKET WIRE
Inner Mongolia is one of the provinces (regions) with the richest wind resources in China. However, utilization of wind power is quite limited.
- Where the Wind Blows
Jul 26, 2007 - Economist
A grandiose plan to link Europe's electricity grids may recast wind power from its current role as a walk-on extra to being the star of the show
- Siemens successfully completes erection of 25 offshore wind turbines in Great Britain
July 10, 2007
Siemens Power Generation (PG) has successfully completed installation of 25 wind turbines for the Burbo Offshore Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay. The turbines with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts (MW) each were erected in less than 1.5 months, well ahead of schedule. Following commissioning and connection of the offshore wind farm to the power grid the wind turbines will start commercial operation by the end of the year, supplying environmentally friendly power to more than 80,000 households. The Burbo offshore wind farm has a total capacity of 90 MW and will be operated by SeaScape Energy Ltd., a company owned by the Danish utility DONG Energy A/S.
- Energy shifts are in the wind
Jun 27, 2007 - Alex Shebar - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
The proposed purchase of the parent of Rochester Gas and Electric could help New York state move toward achieving its renewable energy goals, participants in the deal said Tuesday. Iberdrola SA, a major Spanish utility, has agreed to pay $4.5 billion to acquire Energy East Corp., parent of RG&E, New York State Electric and Gas, and other Northeast power companies. Iberdrola is the world's top producer of wind power and provides other types of renewable energy, including solar and hydropower.
- Opportunity to invest in wind energy in Jordan is more promising now
Jun 15, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kahlid Neimat Jordan Times, Amman
The opportunity to invest in wind energy in the Kingdom is more promising now than before, the World Bank said in a statement issued on its website this past week
- Western states poised to meet 30,000-MW clean energy goal
Jun 25, 2007- Wind Energy Weekly
Western states are on track to surpass a 2004 goal of adding 30,000 MW of "clean and diversified" energy generation in the region by 2015, according to a report from the Western Governors’ Association.
- Towers of wind power, made in Pa.: A Spanish firm's big investments in Pennsylvania are a signs of the economic potential of renewable energy in the Rust Belt
Jun 20 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Jeff Gelles The Philadelphia Inquirer
If wind energy ever plays a big role in Pennsylvania's economy, a little-noticed 2003 recycling conference in Bilbao, Spain, may merit some of the credit.
- Texas oil tycoon plans largest wind farm
June 20, 2007 - The Associated Press
2,000 turbines over 200,000 acres at cost that could reach $6 billion
LUBBOCK, Texas - Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is planning to cash in on the wind energy boom by building the world's largest wind farm in West Texas.
- Opportunity to invest in wind energy in Jordan is more promising now
June 15, 2007 McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kahlid Neimat Jordan Times, Amman
The opportunity to invest in wind energy in the Kingdom is more promising now than before, the World Bank said in a statement issued on its website this past week
- Mexico's State Power Utility To Build Lines For Wind Projects
May 16, 2007 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-owned electric utility Comision Federal de Electricidad, or CFE, said it plans to build transmission lines to carry power from private wind-driven projects under way in southern Mexico.
- India Sees Wind as Partial Answer to Its Perennial Energy Shortages
May 14, 2007 - New Delhi - Voice of America News/ContentWorks
The Asian Development Bank is helping to finance a 100-megawatt wind energy plant in India as part of a drive to promote renewable energy sources in Asia. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, India has emerged as the world's fifth-largest producer of wind energy.
- Tax Credits, Transmission Lines Considered Key For Wind Farms
May 14, 2007 - By Dirk Lammers - The Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS, S.D Companies looking to build large wind farms and the electrical transmission lines to carry the power need more stable tax credits if they're to invest in the alternative energy source, a Department of Energy official said Monday.
- NAEG Reports Breakthrough for its Wind and Solar Projects
April 25, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall
FOREST HILLS, N.Y. - Native American Energy Group, Inc. (the "Company," or "NAEG") (Pink Sheets: NVMG), an independent energy company, reported today that the newly proposed construction of a 203-mile-long transmission line tying Alberta into the U.S. power grid in Montana may be the solution that allows NAEG to tap the potential for wind and solar generation in Montana.
- Power Plan Sets Lofty Wind Goal
Apr 25, 2007- Missoulian
When Bill Drummond caught wind of the notion that energy analysts were considering ways to blow a whopping 6,000 megawatts of wind power onto the regional grid, he thought it was so much pie in the sky. No way, he thought, can that much wind power be generated and transmitted in the Pacific Northwest. "But today," Drummond said, "I'm convinced it may be on the low end" - not only of what's possible, but of what's likely.
- Wind energy cuts Taiwan CO2 emissions by 250,000 tons a year
Apr 22, 2007 -- BBC Monitoring
The number of wind turbines along Taiwan's west coast now surpasses 100, and the renewable energy generated by these units is sufficient to prevent the emission of 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, energy officials said Sunday.
- California regulator approves transmission projects for wind power
March 28, 2007 Refocus
The California Public Utilities Commission has approved two projects to construct transmission to reach areas with high potential for green power resources.
- Spain's wind energy generation reaches new high, exceeding all other forms
Mar 20, 2007 The Associated Press
Taking advantage of a particularly gusty period, Spain's wind energy generators this week reached an all-time high in electricity production, exceeding power generated by all other means, the nation's electricity network authority said Tuesday in a statement.
- Two Oil Giants Plunge into the Wind Business
Mar 2, 2007 - The Boston Globe
Two of the world's leading oil producers have almost overnight joined some of the biggest players in wind power in the United States, accelerating a trend of large corporations investing in the rapidly growing alternative-energy field.
- Wind Farms Caught in a Catch-22 Situation
Mar 1, 2007 Energy Central
The Press; Christchurch, New Zealand: Wind-farm proposals will not be able to provide much-needed power to the rest of New Zealand unless Central Otago has new transmission lines, Transpower says.
- New Zealand utility plans $2 billion in green projects
Feb 28, 2007 - Refocus.net
Contact Energy will invest NZ$2 billion to develop green power from wind and geothermal facilities over the next five years.
- NYRI official: project could lead to more upstate wind farms
Feb 27, 2007 Devlin Barret - The Associated Press
A high-voltage transmission line running through Central New York could spur the creation of environmentally friendly wind farms across the state, according to an official with the company that hopes to build the line.
- Transmission Loop to Bring 4,200 MW of Wind Energy to Texas
Feb 19, 2007 renewableenergyaccess.com
A consortia backed by Airtricity has committed to the construction of a 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission 'loop' in the Texas Panhandle Plains region: The $1.5 billion 'Panhandle Loop' will be a 800-mile 'looped' transmission project bringing 4,200 megawatt (MW) of wind energy to more than one million homes.
- Report: Windy S.D. not reaching its potential
Feb 12, 2007 The Associated Press
South Dakota should start working hard on wind power because it's the worst of the major wind resource states in churning out wind energy, according to the author of a study about future energy needs.
- Developer Eyes California to Buy Canadian Wind Energy
Jan 22, 2007 California Energy Markets
Katabatic Corp. is hoping California will have an interest in buying power generated from the 3,000 MW Banks Island wind project slated for a 120-mile parcel of land along the northwest coast of British Columbia.
- Largest Onshore Wind Farm Given the Green Light
Jan 20, 2007 The Independent, London
Scottish & Southern unveiled plans yesterday to build the UK's largest onshore wind farm - capable of powering a quarter of all homes in Scotland - in the Shetland Islands.
- Wind for Power Has Big Hurdle: It Doesn't Blow on Demand
Dec 28, 2006 Interntional Herald Tribune
Wind, almost everybody's best hope for big supplies of clean, affordable enectricity, is turning out to have complications.
- Canada's cutting-edge energy model
Dec 21, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor
ELMIRA, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND - If you want a glimpse of this province's energy future, drive the winding country roads to its eastern tip, take a left at the sign for the village of Elmira, and follow the red dirt track to the right. You can't miss it. Ten wind turbines stand along the trail, each 26 stories tall, with blades as long as 125 feet. When workers finish the last one this month, the new Eastern Kings Wind Farm will generate 30 megawatts of electricity - 7.5 percent of the province's power - by harnessing the strong winds that buffet the island's northern shore.
- Southern California Edison Signs Largest Wind Energy Contract in U.S. Renewable Industry History
Dec 21, 2006 - Business Wire
New renewable contracts will supply SCE customers with equivalent of two major power plants.
ROSEMEAD, Calif., - Southern California Edison (SCE), the nation's leading purchaser of renewable energy, today signed a ground-breaking wind energy contract that will provide the utility’s customers with a major new source of emission-free power.
- Experimental Wind-to-Hydrogen System Up and Running
Dec 14, 2006 - NREL Press Release
Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory today unveiled a unique facility that uses electricity from wind turbines to produce and store pure hydrogen, offering what may become an important new template for future energy production.
- Denmark to Increase Wind Power to 50% by 2025, Mostly Offshore
Dec 5, 2006 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Findings released from eight-year study on offshore wind farms in Denmark show projects "operate in harmony with the surrounding environment."
- National Audubon Society Shows Support for Wind Power
Nov 13, 2006 - Wind Energy Weekly
National Audubon Society Shows Support for Wind Power Pointing to the link between global warming and the birds and other wildlife that scientists assert it will kill, the National Audubon Society said that it "strongly supports wind power as a clean alternative energy source."
- Wind energy development a boon to rural areas - Wind farms spell big benefits for small towns
Oct. 25, 2006 - Canadian NewsWire
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – An increasing number of small rural communities, many facing economic challenges, are now tapping into one of Canada’s truly bountiful resource, wind, and reaping the benefits of harnessing a clean and renewable power source. Two new case studies released today by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) show that wind energy is helping to boost the economy of rural communities through local investments, job creation, land lease fees, new local tax revenues and tourism income.
- FPL Energy dedicates 735 MW Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center – the world’s largest wind farm
Oct 19, 2006 - Business Wire
FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group (NYSE: FPL) today hosted about 200 guests near Abilene to dedicate the world’s largest wind farm – the 735 MW Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center located in Taylor and Nolan County, Texas.
- FERC Eyes Transmission Reforms That Could Help Wind
Oct 16, 2006, Wind Energy Weekly
On October 12, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a hearing to examine reform of the 10-year-old Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) which govern the rates, terms, and conditions of transmission service in much of the country. AWEA was represented on a panel by Don Furman, Senior Vice President of PPM Energy, who said, “The biggest impediment to investment in wind generation is the lack of adequate firm transmission capacity.” This hearing comes after two rounds of comments on draft rules in a reform effort that the Commissioners and the industry see creating new services and new opportunities for transmission, especially in the West.
- China and India trying to harness the power of wind
Sep 19, 2006 - Angela Macdonald-Smith - Bloomberg News
Global scramble to develop alternative sources of energy has industry executives focusing on emerging markets
China and India are accelerating development of wind power, luring companies including the turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, as restrictions hamper wind farm construction in traditional markets like Australia. A venture, partly owned by CLP Holdings of Hong Kong, earlier this year scrapped more than $400 million of projects in Australia, where quotas on renewable energy have almost been met, in favor of China and India. Vestas Wind, the world's biggest wind turbine maker, and Suzlon Energy of India, Asia's largest wind turbine maker, are expanding in China.
Govt to optimise utilisation of renewable energy source
Sep 18, 2006 - Business India News
Bangalore - Government has stepped up efforts to make India, holding fourth place in wind energy generation after the US, Germany and Spain, scale up the ladder by optimum utilisation of renewable energy sources, a top official of Union Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources said.
The capacity of wind energy generation in the country is 5,600 mw, V Subramanian, Secretary, Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources told a news conference after the annual general body meeting of the Wind Power Association (WPA) here today.
- Energy companies blown away by wind farm demand; Turbines gain an air of popularity
Sept 15, 2006, Adam Wilmoth, Business writer
Oklahoma's power companies continue to convert one of the state's most abundant resources into environmentally-friendly electricity.
- Wind could install 1,200 GW to meet shortfall in fossil fuels
Sept 14, 2006, Jessica Woolliams - Refocus Weekly
The world's wind industry could install 1,200 GW of turbines by 2030 to meet the shortfall in oil and gas supplies, suggests the Global Wind Energy Council and Renewable Energy Systems.
- Wind's Economic Value
September 11, 2006 - Ken Silverstein, EnergyBiz Insider, Editor-in-Chief
Xcel Energy's experience with wind energy is whipping up support for alternative fuels. A new study says that energy consumers in Colorado will save more than $251 million over the next 20 years because of the utility's current fleet of wind plants.
- Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center Now Largest Wind Farm In The World
September 8, 2006, Clean Edge News
FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, announced that as of the end of August it had completed 662 megawatts of the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in Texas, making it the largest wind farm in the world. When the last phase of the project is complete later this month, the Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center will have a total capacity of 735 megawatts.
- Mali Turns to Windpower
Aug 23, 2006 - Appropriate Technology
Mali is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Its electrification rate is just 9 per cent nationwide and less than one per cent in rural regions. In 2001 the country's total electricity generation capacity was 140 MW, with half accounted for by hydroelectric power plants.
- Wind power's gusty forecast
Aug 21, 2006 - Heather Green and Mark Scott - BusinessWeek/online
Propelled by the twin pressures of global warming and high energy costs, wind energy's growth is picking up speed. In the U.S., wind farms were the second-largest source of new power generation last year, after natural gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.
- Investing In Clean Power, Paying For Dirty Three New Projects Could Sextuple Oregon's Wind Power
Jul 4, 2006
Two new wind-power projects approved by the Oregon Department of Energy on the Columbia Plateau eventually will triple the capacity of wind power in the state.
- Wind Energy Goes Mainstream With New Residential Small Wind Generator
Jun 27, 2006 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
A new small residential wind generator from Southwest Windpower will give homeowners a new weapon in the fight against rising electricity costs.
- China to assess its wind and solar energy potential
June 20, 2006 SciDev.net
China has opened a new centre to assess its potential to generate wind and solar energy.
- CanWEA applauds Ontario's call for transmission investments to support wind energy
Jun 13, 2006 - newswire.ca
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased that the Ontario Government's "Integrated Power System Plan Directive" to the Ontario Power Authority today called for strengthening the transmission system to facilitate the development and use of wind energy where the most significant development opportunities exist. Specifically, the need for expanded transmission capacity from Bruce County and surrounding area was identified as a priority.
- Pan-European Wind Energy Grid Proposed
June 01, 2006 - Watthead
As more wind energy projects go online in Europe, concerns remain that additional wind generation will require backup generation from other electricity production to balance out times when the wind isn't blowing.
- Westman Wind Power Company announces $1.5 billion in wind projects in Manitoba
Mar 8, 2006 - Westman Wind Power
Westman Wind Power Company announced today that it is developing eight wind power projects in Manitoba.
- Renewable energies to transform farmers into energy moguls within 20 years.
Mar 1, 2006 - Refocus Weekly
CAMBRIDGE, UK, Farmers will move into a strategic position in world energy markets within two decades, concludes a British research analysis.
- Wind Energy Riding High
Jan 13, 2006, Eneergy Central.com
High gas prices and a concerted effort to curb global warming are breathing new life into the wind industry. About 2,500 megawatts of wind power have been added to the United States' generation mix in the last 12 months, which equates to roughly 9,200 megawatts of total generating wind capacity here.
- LADWP Moves to Accelerate Renewable Energy Goal
Dec 22, 2005 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Los Angeles, California - The Board of Water and Power Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) took the first step this week toward increasing renewable energy sources to 20 percent of the City's power mix by 2010 -- seven years ahead of the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goal that was adopted by the Board and the City Council earlier this year.
- Province approves 9 green energy projects
Nov. 21, 2005 - Canadian Press
A at least a thousand new wind turbines will soon dot Ontario’s landscape after the province approved nine renewable energy projects.
- McGuinty Government Approves New Green Power Projects Eight New Wind Projects And One Hydro Project Enough To Power 250,000 Homes
Nov 21, 2005 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
QUEEN'S PARK - The McGuinty government has approved nine clean, renewable energy projects that will provide enough power for more than 250,000 homes, Energy Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
- New Study on Integrating Wind into the Power Grid
May 26, 2005 renewableenergyaccess.com
How wind impacts the operating costs of the non-wind portion of a power system is the focus of a recently released assessment on integrating wind generation into utility power systems. The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) introduced the document's findings that design and operation are essential at the IEEE Power Engineering Society Transmission and Distribution Conference in Dallas.
- SWERA -- Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment
May 24, 2005 - Development Gateway Foundation
The SWERA clearinghouse provides information about solar and wind energy resources in thirteen partner countries around the world.
- Giant Turbine Sails to Moray
The world's biggest offshore wind turbine was last night sailing to its destination in the Moray Firth - paving the way for a revolutionary multi-million pound wind farm.
- Wind Energy from Bering Sea to Power St. Lawrence Island
Oct 20, 2004 - RenewableEnergyAccess.com
Waitsfield, Vermont - Remote villages in Alaska are used to power provided by diesel generators or wood fires, but soon the people living there will get power from the wind as well. Northern Power Systems was awarded a US$1.9 million contract from Anchorage-based Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) to provide seven of the company's NorthWind 100 kW wind turbines.
- Wind Energy Growth Was Steady in 2000; Outlook for 2001 Is Bright
May 2001 - American Wind Energy Association
Some 3,800 megawatts (MW) of new utility-scale wind energy generating capacity were brought online worldwide during the year 2000, making total installed capacity about 17,300 MW at the end of the year, enough to generate some 37 billion kWh of electricity each year, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
- Global Survey Finds Wind Energy's Explosive Expansion Continuing
February 9, 2001
Industry Added Enough Generation in 2000 To Supply 1.3 Million California Households
- North Sea's Wind Resources
January 11, 2001 - Greenpeace
A report released November 6  in Amsterdam said five North Sea countries (Germany, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark) have an offshore wind resource that is three times their total electricity consumption.
- Oregon-Washington Border Gets Wind Farm
Jan 10, 2001 - Gillian Flaccus - The Associated Press
The world's largest wind farm is about to be built on the Oregon-Washington border — 450 wind turbines that will generate enough power for 70,000 homes in 13 Western states.
- Policy, not cash, main block to wind power growth
Dec 15, 2000 - Matthew Jones - Planet Ark - World Environment News
The average high street bank manager may look askance at being asked to finance a wind farm, but it tends to be government policy which holds back growth more than lack of finance.
- Wind integration issues can be resolved, experts say
The technical, reliability, economic, and policy issues presented by the variable nature of wind power are solvable and dwarfed by wind power's benefits. Experts at a technical symposium April 20-21 in Washington, D.C agreed.
- DOE plans 12% wind power purchases for New Mexico's Sandia Labs
Dec 6, 2000 - Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
The Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories will buy wind-generated electricity in an effort to encourage the wind power industry in New Mexico, labs officials announced Tuesday.
- Energy Department urges New Mexico to inherit the wind
Dec 6, 2000 - John Fleck - Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
The Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories will buy wind-generated electricity in an effort to encourage the wind power industry in New Mexico, labs officials announced Tuesday.
- Need More Electricity? The Answer Is Blowin' in the Wind: More windmills popping up across America
Nov 26, 2000 - Douglas Jehl - New York Times
Lake Benton, Minn. - For generations, the bittersweet question around the Schardin family table was this: What in God's name was Theodore Schardin thinking in 1884 when he stopped his wagon here, on a desolate ridge blasted by every last gust of wind that swept across the prairies?
- Farmers embrace power of state's steadiest wind
Nov 21, 2000 - Don Behm - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
FPL Energy plan for wind towers draws leases
Addison - Wind is a constant companion of farmers working in fields and pastures on the broad limestone escarpment east of Allenton.
- North Sea's Wind Resources Could Combat Climate Change
Nov 6, 2000 - dewi - Greenpeace
A report released November 6  in Amsterdam said five North Sea countries (Germany, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark) have an offshore wind resource that is three times their total electricity consumption.
- Farmers discuss harvest of wind
Sep 21, 2000 - Al J. Laukaitis - Lincoln Journal Star
Nebraska farmers facing a harvest of depressed prices for corn may have a brighter future in the coming decades with an alternative crop: wind turbines.
- Customers willingly pay more for wind-generated power
Jan 2, 1997 - Associated Press - North County Times
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Dick Dell’Acqua says he believes in doing business the environmentally friendly way, even if it costs a bit more. So when the local utility sought volunteers to pay extra for power generated by a windmill, Dell’ Acqua signed up.