Wind Power News
- Australia Seeks to Reduce Renewable Energy Target to ?Real? 20 Percent
Prime Minister Tony Abbott?s government will negotiate with the opposition to cut Australia?s renewable energy target and exempt industries such as aluminum and copper smelting.
- California?s Conservation Proposal Kneecaps Utility-scale Solar
Six years in the making, state and federal agencies released five options with a ?Preferred Alternative? draft for the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP), potentially kneecapping development in the best solar region in the U.S. by cutting off previous access to public lands and reducing eligible acreage by two thirds.
- Designing Reliable, Cost-effective Wind Turbine Shaft Systems
A wind turbine?s main shaft requires a reliable bearing for operation. Some bearing designs have been known to fail prematurely resulting in costly maintenance repairs. Recent upgrades and advances in bearing designs increase reliability, and ensure main shaft stability. Selecting the proper bearing is beneficial to a wind turbine?s overall performance.
- The Next Revolution: Discarding Dangerous Fossil Fuel Accounting Practices
The green revolution and, in particular, renewable energy products such as solar power, wind turbines, geothermal and algae-based fuels are not waiting for viable technology ? it already exists in many forms. What they are waiting for is a massive sea change in our antiquated financial accounting systems.
- The 51st State: What?s Your Ideal Energy Market?
Imagine a place where there is no electricity market. No rules, no policies, no market. A clean slate. This is what the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) calls the 51st State, a new initiative to get people to think outside the box when it comes to utility design and infrastructure.
- New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium ? And Clean ...
Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years ? and perhaps ever ? to directly ask residents their views of the now six-year-old de facto moratorium on fracking.
- Vestas Wind Plans China Push with New Models, Component Content
Vestas Wind Systems A/S., the world?s biggest wind turbine maker, will extend its push into China with plans to use more component contents from Chinese suppliers while also bringing models suited for varying wind conditions to the country.
- European Commission Studies Renewable Costs
New analysis commissioned by the European Commission concludes that renewables such as onshore wind and solar PV are close to that of conventional technologies like coal, gas and nuclear in terms of costs and subsidy levels.
- UK Green Bank Set to Draw Offshore Wind Investors to $1.6 Billion Fund
The U.K. Green Investment Bank is set to tie up the first investments in a $1.6 billion fund by the end of March, part of Britain?s push to cement its dominance in offshore wind power.
- New Software Modeling Tool a Boon for Wind Industry
Wind energy is blowing away skeptics ? it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030.
- Putin Strengthening China-Russia Ties for Renewable Energy Development
China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year ? a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries? economic interests and the world stage ? that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant.
- Germany?s Clean Electricity Costs Decline for First Time
German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.
- Offshore Wind Power Can Save US Billions On Electricity, Recent DOE Study Finds
Offshore wind power isn?t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America?s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. That?s right: $7.68 billion annually. (If utilities and grid operators pass those savings onto consumers, that?s about $100 a year per family of four.)