Category: Wind

Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.  More »

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.  More »

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »

Republicans urged to reject wind tax credit in lame duck

Fiscal conservatives want Republican leaders to hold firm against proposals to extend a wind energy tax credit this year.  More »

ERCOT: Texas grid should have sufficient supplies through winter

Increased electric resources should keep the Texas power grid sufficiently supplied through the expected colder-than-normal winter season, officials for the state’s grid operator said Friday.  More »

Crowdfunding sites inspire amateur energy inventors

Online crowdfunders like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have produced a few successful technology and media startups. But the sites are also home to thousands of amateur inventors with big ideas that ultimately fail.  More »

Oklahoma reconsiders wind subsidies as industry power grows

Now that wind turbines stand tall across many parts of the nation’s windy heartland, some leaders in Oklahoma and other states fear their efforts succeeded too well, attracting an industry that gobbles up huge subsidies, draws frequent complaints and uses its powerful lobby to resist any reforms.  More »

Wyoming wind farm plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that – even in Wyoming – wind doesn’t blow all the time.  More »

Dresser-Rand among companies proposing $8 billion wind farm to power Los Angeles

The group of four companies said they plan to submit the project proposal to Southern California power officials next year.  More »

Policy uncertainty could undermine future of renewables, agency says

Power generation from renewable resources like wind, solar and hydroelectricity could slow unless policymakers offer more clarity about future markets, according to a report.  More »

Pattern Development acquires Texas wind farm development

Pattern Energy Group LP announced Tuesday it had acquired a planned 200 megawatt wind project southwest of Dallas that will sell more than half the power it produces to Wal-Mart.  More »

Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]  More »

GE in Texas wind farm deal

General Electric’s Energy Financial Services unit and E.ON Climate and Renewables North America are forming an investment partnership to own and operate a Texas wind farm.  More »

Should wind power blow free through Texas power lines?

The state’s electricity regulator is looking into who should pay for transmission lines that mostly carry wind-generated power.  More »

Energy Department announces $4 billion renewable energy loan program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced unveiled a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  More »
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