Wind Industry

A HIGH-RENEWABLES TOMORROW, TODAY: SAMSØ, DENMARK

By | Thursday, October 24, 2013|, , , , |

(Editor's Note: Samsø is an example of what a community can do when it works together. Unfortunately, this is not the usual model in the United States. Click on this link to access a comparison of the two models.) On a small island off the coast of Denmark, a group of potato farmers have turned [...]

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN ACCOUNTS OF GERMANY’S RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

By | Wednesday, August 28, 2013|, , |

I recently wrote about—and debunked—the renewables “disinformation campaign” that spreads misinformed and falsely negative stories about the growth of renewable energy. A special focus of such disinformation has been reportage on Germany’s efficiency-and-renewables revolution. The impressive success so far of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround) is an important existence proof for the world, because Germany is cloudy, high-latitude, heavily industrialized, highly competitive (it [...]

US WIND POWER PRICES DOWN TO $0.04 Per kWh

By | Sunday, August 11, 2013||

Anyone who tells you wind power is expensive is bad-shit crazy. Wind power is the cheapest option for new electricity generation in many if not most places in the world, including much of the US. That would indeed help to explain why the US installed more wind power capacity than power capacity from any other source in [...]

UPDATE ON UTILITY-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS IN THE DESERT

By | Monday, July 22, 2013|, |

Although distributed generation continues to chart a sustainable path to produce clean energy, many poorly-sited renewable energy projects threaten to continue the fragmentation and industrialization of our southwestern deserts.  If all of the projects are built, they would rival the destructive impacts of climate change and urban sprawl on desert species.  As long-time readers of this blog [...]

UK PRIME MINISTER LAUNCHES WORLD’S LARGEST OFFSHORE WINDFARM

By | Friday, July 5, 2013||

It’s been a long time in the making — 12 years to be precise — but the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, is officially up and running. At a launch event today in Margate, Kent, UK Prime Minister David Cameron called the project “A win for Kent… a win for renewable energy… [...]

EUROPE CONTEMPLATING GOAL OF 100% RENEWABLE BY 2050

By | Tuesday, June 25, 2013|, |

European legislators have been urged to set a 100% renewable energy target for 2050 by the Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy. The Alliance, launched in Europe recently, criticised the EU legislators for not setting aggressive long-term renewable energy targets. Alliance members, which include World Future Council, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and [...]

SPANISH DOWNTURN SEEN AS DISASTER FOR GREEN ENERGY

By | Tuesday, June 25, 2013|, |

Spanish downturn a disaster for green energy (via AFP) Spain’s wind turbine manufacturers are laying off workers and farmers who installed solar panels are facing ruin as austerity policies afflict the long-coddled green energy sector. Further cuts are expected this summer. State subsidies to clean energy… […]

MERKEL PROMISES TO CUT RENEWABLE ENERGY SUBSIDIES POST-ELECTION

By | Tuesday, June 18, 2013|, |

(The Following article was written by Mridul Chadha and originally published on Clean Technica) If Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to power after elections in September, Germany may become the latest European country to curb support for renewable energy infrastructure. Amidst the poor economic environment in Europe, a number of countries have pulled back support for the renewable [...]

UK FINDS WIND ENERGY DOES NOT NEED FOSSIL FUEL BACK-UP

By | Friday, June 14, 2013||

(The Following article was written by Joshua S Hill & published in Clean Technica; Image Credit: UK onshore wind turbines via Shutterstock) An incidental note at the bottom of a wildlife article covering the culling of badgers in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph could have explosive results for the energy industry. According to the addendum, a measly four paragraphs [...]

Wind Turbine Syndrome is not Hilarious

By | Sunday, May 12, 2013|, , |

(Image above: The Campo WInd Farm, where preliminary reports indicate a 68% sleep deprivation rate. The suspected - not proven - cause is WInd Turbine syndome. - courtesy East County Magazine) Craig Morris of Renewable Energies just released a clever, albeit misleading, video about Wind Turbine Syndrome. (To watch it, click here) The part I found [...]