Category: Wind

Construction begins on landmark Panhandle wind project

New wind projects are starting to crop up to take advantage of the new West Texas transmission lines, which link the Panhandle to the state’s main grid, as they near their scheduled completion by the end of this year.  More »

Statoil pulls offshore wind project in Maine

Statoil announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning a proposed $120 million wind project off the coast of Maine, which industry officials once said could make Maine a leader in offshore wind power, after Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration maneuvered to reopen the competitive bidding process.  More »

California spends big money on alternative energy

California has spent billions of dollars in recent years on alternative energy programs, even as education, public safety and other spending was cut, a newspaper reported.  More »

Clean energy investment headed for another annual decline

Clean-energy investment fell 14 percent in the third quarter from the prior three months as Europe curbed subsidies and cheaper U.S. natural gas lured investment.  More »

Germany sees sharp rise in energy subsidy costs

The cost to Germans of subsidizing renewable energy is set to rise nearly 20 percent next year — highlighting a problem for the government as it manages the country’s exit from nuclear power.  More »

More patents issued for renewable energy tech than for fossil fuels

New patents for renewable energy technology have spiked in recent years to levels never seen for fossil fuel patents, illustrating a worldwide effort to innovate in the field.  More »

Gulf Coast beckons wind farms when West Texas gusts fade

Fickle West Texas breezes are pushing wind power generators to the state’s 367-mile coast.  More »

Commentary: From China to California, signs of a lower carbon future

Although it is easy to get caught up in the vastness of the volume of fossil fuels we continue to consume, we are increasingly being presented with positives as we move – albeit slowly – along a path toward a lower carbon-emitting future. So here are a few hat-tips towards said precedents of progress from […]  More »

Congress weighs future of wind energy tax credit

Wind energy advocates on Wednesday pleaded with Congress to renew a tax break they credit with sending turbines spinning across the United States, amid opposition from critics who insist the industry no longer needs the help.  More »

eBay powers Utah data center with clean energy

E-commerce giant eBay Inc. is doubling up a data center in South Jordan and deploying new technology to power it.  More »

Power plan offers sunshine all the time

Green Mountain Energy’s new retail electricity plan lets customers purchase solar-generated power exclusively.  More »

Annual solar installs to beat wind for first time

Solar power capacity installed around the world this year will beat wind for the first time driven by stronger policy support in key markets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  More »

Nation’s largest wind farm proposed for West Texas

A Dallas-based wind-power developer has proposed an array of as many as 650 wind turbines for 190 square miles of the Texas South Plains.  More »

Benefits of more renewable power offset burdens, study finds

A high level of wind and solar use would not increase costs or emissions from power plants that have to start and stop frequently to balance the grid, according to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  More »

Texas purchase marks Google’s biggest energy deal yet

In its largest energy-industry deal so far, the Internet behemoth is buying the output of a future North Texas wind farm that will be about half the size of its current renewable power production.  More »
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