Wind Power News
- Massachusetts City Leads by Example with 1.8-MW Brownfield Solar Project
Today government officials commissioned a 1.8-MW solar project on what is classified as a ?superfund? site ? an abandoned plot of land that harbored hazardous waste affecting the environment and population ? in New Bedford, an economically depressed coastal city in southeastern Massachusetts. What was once a toxic lot is now a shining example of how renewable energy can transform the environment and local economies, according to government officials at today?s dedication.
- New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies
The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.
- US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, But Boon for Storage?
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected a claim by Chicago-based Exelon that its Texas Panhandle wind farms are entitled to favorable pricing. The wind farms sell power to Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy subsidiary.
- Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage: Fantasy or Reality?
Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage (UW-CAES) ? a step beyond underground energy storage in caverns ? may soon offer conventional utilities a means of long-duration load shifting for their large-scale electrical grids, and niche microgrid operators a means of reducing their fossil-fuel dependence, say its advocates.
- Exploring Finance Options: Yield-cos Don?t Fit the Bill for Many Renewable En...
Yield-cos have been grabbing headlines lately. Typically, large utilities spin off their high-yield alternative energy operations into separate smaller companies called yield-cos. These new companies are then taken public to attract individual and institutional investors.
- India Makes Plans To Spur More Renewable Energy Development
India plans to ask power generators to invest in clean-energy projects as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to accelerate the nation?s shift away from the troubled coal industry.
- 2030 Outlook: A Trillion Dollar Taxpayer Bailout for Electrical Utilities
After bailing out Wall Street in 2008, are Americans ready to provide a one trillion dollar bailout to our electric utilities in 2030? Even though worldwide demand for energy is estimated to rise 41 percent by 2035, Barclays recently downgraded their outlook for utilities. The question we should ask ourselves is what does it mean when you downgra
- Obama?s International Climate Strategy: More Grease for Renewables
It was good news for renewable energy when President Barack Obama in June proposed carbon dioxide restrictions on existing power plants. It is even better news now that he may use the plan to leverage an international climate accord.
- Norway May Miss Out on $6 Billion Wind Power Boom
Norway, which aims to triple wind capacity by the end of the decade, has erected one turbine for every seven installed in Sweden since the countries signed a pact to share renewable production two years ago. Norway, western Europe?s biggest oil and gas producer, has so far installed less than 10 percent of what it?s expected to complete by 2020 under the accord.
- Scotland Independence Could Put $23 Billion of Renewable Projects at Risk
A vote for independence in Scotland may halt work on renewable power projects that support 14 billion pounds ($23 billion) of investment and 12,000 jobs by raising questions about how developers would get subsidies, an energy supplier said.
- Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Update and Thoughts on the Finave...
Clean energy stocks and the market in general rebounded strongly in August. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, rose 4.5 percent, returning to positive territory up 1.7 percent for the year. My clean energy benchmark PBW also jumped back into the black with an 11.1 percent gain for the month and 10.8 percent for the year to date.
- China Clean Energy Defaults Loom Amid Record Debt Loads
President Xi Jinping?s clean-energy strategy is suffering more growing pains as China?s renewables companies face record bond repayments and Sinovel Wind Group Co. said it may struggle to meet obligations.
- UK Offshore Wind Installations Forecast to Soar
New analysis reveals that the UK continues to lead the global market in terms of offshore wind power capacity, with significant growth forecast through 2020 and set to drive installations from the 3.7 GW in 2013 to 11 GW by then.