Category: Wind

Microsoft to use Texas wind power to fuel data centers

Microsoft has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy Texas wind energy from RES Americas, as it joins Intel and Google in the technology race for carbon neutrality.  More »

Xcel wins approval for four wind farms

Xcel says the projects will boost its wind power capacity in the region by 42 percent.  More »

Cost of West Texas power lines could shock ratepayers, author says

The cost of the transmission lines to West Texas may come back to haunt ratepayers across the state, while their importance to the grid has diminished, an industry expert said at a luncheon sponsored by the Gulf Coast Power Association.  More »

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 »
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