Wind Power News
- 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.)
- We Can Do Better: The Unintended Consequences of EPA?s ?Clean Power Plan?
Most people agree that it is time to seriously reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). EPA is actually required by law to reduce power and industrial GHG emissions in the U.S., and they certainly deserve an ?E? for effort so far. But effort without good outcomes doesn?t really count. Sadly, the EPA?s rule as proposed would create unin
- Giant Energy Storage Project Aims at Renewable Energy's Holy Grail
At a windy mountain pass on the edge of the Mojave Desert, North America?s most potent collection of batteries used for storing unused power is humming its way toward an electricity revolution.
- Norway Approves First Direct Electricity Link to Germany
Norway approved the construction of the first direct electricity cable to Germany and granted a license for a link to the U.K. to aid power trading between the nations.
- City Poised to Adopt First-in-the-Nation Partnership with Energy Utilities
Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis (MN) would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, last Monday the Minneapolis City Council held a hearing on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between the city and Xcel Energy and Cent
- China Finally Acknowledges Unfair Pricing, To Sharply Lower Renewable Tariffs...
Lofty targets contained in a new report show that China intends to push ahead with ambitious plans to build up its renewable energy sector. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this new report is word that Beijing finally intends to sharply reduce the inflated state-set fees now paid for solar and wind-produced power, in one of the sharpest
- Prost! 5 Breweries Embracing Renewable Energy
Love it or hate it, summer is gone and cold weather is creeping its way into our lives. Here in New England, fall brings all sorts of activities, from apple picking to pumpkin patches to football. But at REW, we?re most excited for one quintessential fall event: Oktoberfest. The changing leaves also bring about changing brews, so we decided to high
- Buffett's MidAmerican to Invest Another $280 Million in Iowa Wind Energy
MidAmerican Energy Co., which has already committed about $15 billion to renewable energy, plans to invest an additional $280 million in Iowa wind farms.
- Will an Energy Proposal in New York Institutionalize Power Monopolies?
Co-written with Natara Feller. On August 22, the New York Public Service Commission (NY PSC) issued a proposed rule on the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative and comments were submitted throughout September. In short, the PSC intends to transform NY?s utilities into Distributed System Platform Providers (DSPPs), which will create, operate
- Latin America Report: 7 Renewable Energy Stories Worth Reading
The renewable energy market is fast-paced and growing with each passing day. It?s hard to keep up with every industry announcement and insight, so we decided to highlight interesting developments that took place during the past few weeks, and some valuable insights that are worth revisiting.