Category: Wind

Buffett’s big wind buy boosts confidence in turbines

The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa indicates that turbines are becoming profitable without subsidies and that the drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.  More »

Clean energy boosters blast feds’ forecast

Clean energy enthusiasts on Monday said the government is lowballing the industry’s potential.  More »

US to allow eagle deaths, to aid wind power

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.  More »

China doubles pace of adding renwables amid pollution cut

China is on course by 2035 to add more electricity generating capacity from renewables than the U.S., Europe and Japan combined, according to the International Energy Agency.  More »

Obama sets high target for federal clean energy use

Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.  More »

Texas biggest earner from wind tax credit, study finds

Texas wind power producers earned far more money from the federal production tax credit than the state paid out to support the renewable energy policy, according to a study by the Institute for Energy Research released this week.  More »

Renewable energy leads growth for Texas’ electric grid

Renewable energy from windy West Texas has outpaced the growth of coal, natural gas and other power resources feeding Texas’ electric grid, according to a recent report by the Energy Information Administration.  More »

Pioneering offshore wind project faces deadlines

As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm must reach fast-approaching benchmarks or risk missing out on hundreds of millions in critical funding.  More »

Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles.  More »

Texas expands clean energy jobs

In October, three new wind energy projects and a smart grid expansion have already beaten out the state’s clean energy developments in the third quarter, according to a recent report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, an environmental advocacy group.  More »

Shell computer scare came from wind turbine

Cybersecurity threats against energy companies have come from unexpected sources, including a wind turbine in a remote region of West Virginia.  More »

Google adds to big energy spending with new solar projects

Google is investing another $80 million in renewable energy, likely pushing its total spending on green power close to $1.5 billion.  More »

Japan starts up offshore wind farm in shadow of Fukushima

Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore.  More »

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 »
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