Wind Power News
- Transmission Tweak Promises Big Cost Benefits for Offshore Wind
Offshore wind development is being pushed further out into deeper waters, emphasizing longer, higher-capacity transmission systems. Most newer offshore wind farms from Europe to the U.S. are looking at hundreds of kilometers of transmission lines: the U.K. Crown Estate's Round 3 allocations, interconnection systems from Germany's North Sea to the U.K.'s National Grid Western Link, and the proposed Atlantic Wind Connector in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic.
- Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: March Update
After a rough January, the stock market recovered in February, while clean energy stocks partied like it was 2013.
- Renewable Energy in MENA Area to Double Next Year, Desertec Says
Clean energy assets in the Middle East and North Africa will more than double in capacity by the end of next year, the Dii GmbH industry association said.
- Japan May Set Higher Offshore Wind Subsidy, Reduce Solar Tariff
Japan plans to reduce incentives for solar power and introduce a higher tariff for offshore wind than onshore turbines to encourage installations.
- US States Boosting Wind Energy Output, Pipeline Filling Up
Wind energy continues to improve its standing in the U.S. energy footprint, generating over 167 million MWh in 2013 and accounting for more than four percent of electricity generation, according to the latest information from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind energy also has represented 30 percent of all new generating capacity over the last five years.
- Energy Price Concerns Resonate in EU Talks on 2030 Climate Goals
The European Union should ensure that future climate and energy policies do not undermine the competitiveness of its industry, already weakened by a price gap with the U.S., the bloc?s member states said.
- Survey: Distributed Generation an Opportunity, Not a Threat to Utilities
Distributed generation is the most disruptive technology to the utility business model, but rather than look at it as a threat, most utility executives perceive it as an opportunity, according to a survey commissioned by engineering firm Siemens.
- Delaware's Plan to Shepherd US Offshore Wind: Build Bridges
Offshore wind in the U.S. continues to find its sea legs: Cape Wind is tying off final funding, in a race with Deepwater to be the first to put steel in the water, while a number of pilot projects now await the Department of Energy's down-select to see who continues to get funding to progress their next phases. In the middle, where it sees a need to bring everyone's efforts, is a new group out of the U. of Delaware.
- Readers Respond Day 6: Can We Reach 100 Percent Renewable Energy?
Several countries have announced ambitious goals to be powered completely by renewable energy, while other nations set smaller, incremental goals. These high aspirations have sparked quite a debate amongst industry experts, and we here at Renewable Energy World are curious to hear what you, our readers, have to say.
- Japan Has More Potential to Harness Wind Power, Says GE
General Electric Co. considers Japan ripe for new investment in wind power as the resource-poor country diversifies energy supply in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three years ago.
- The US Department of Energy?s 2014 Budget Request: Implications for Renewable...
U.S. President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion compromise spending bill that funds the government through September 2014 on January 17, 2014. The bipartisan budget temporarily brought an end to forced budget cuts and constant infighting over funding in Congress. The new budget eases many of the sequester-imposed spending cuts while reducing the federal deficit by about a trillion dollars over the next ten years.
- Floating Wind Farms Venture Farther Out to Sea
There?s roughly enough wind off the West Coast to power all of the United States. Alla Weinstein is determined to harness as much of it as she can. Weinstein is chief executive officer of Principle Power, a Seattle company that has developed a ballast system that buoys wind turbines so they don?t have to be bolted to the seabed. On Feb. 5, Principle received approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior to build a 30-megawatt floating wind farm off Oregon?s coast, the nation?s first in the Pacific Ocean.
- The Rise of Distributed Generation Threatens Utilities
In the late 1980s, the band R.E.M. achieved pop music fame by claiming, it's the end of the world as we know it. Utilities should heed their warning. Distributed generation (DG) could be the end of utilities as we know them today. Or, as we at Morningstar like to say, DG could destroy utilities' economic moats.