Category: Wind

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 »

Gamesa wins first U.S. order for new low-wind turbine model

Gamesa Corp. Tecnologica SA, Spain’s biggest wind turbine maker, said it won its first U.S. order for a new medium-and low-wind turbine model.  More »

Study reveals significant number of eagle deaths by wind farms

A new scientific study is one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation’s growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming.  More »

Talking windmills herald gust of U.S. productivity growth

At the Top Crop farm in Dwight, Illinois, 200 turbines rise from a sea of corn and soybeans, their blades gently turning day and night to spin up wind energy. They talk to one another, unheard by the human ear, seeking to keep pace with their neighbors’ output.  More »

Wind energy company launches $320 million IPO

A San Francisco-based wind power company that is building a 218 megawatt wind power facility in the Texas Panhandle is reaching out to public markets with a $320 million initial public offering.  More »

Renewable power falls as Texas wind underperforms

U.S. renewable power generation fell 4 percent in August, compared with the same month a year ago, as Texas wind and other resources underperformed, according to an analysis from research firm Genscape.  More »

The Economic and Political Consequences of the Last 10 Years of Renewable Energy Development

I’ve been privileged to be an editor of TOD over the past several years, and am glad to have been invited to do a final post as the site moves to an archive status. When I started writing about energy on the blogs in 2003/2004, I was writing mostly ab…  More »

Dominion wins US offshore wind auction

Dominion Virginia Power was declared the provisional winner of the federal government’s second-ever offshore wind auction on Wednesday, likely securing the rights to build a commercial installation in Atlantic waters near the Virginia coast.  More »

Americans want more wind, less costs

Americans overwhelmingly want more wind energy, but projects that could make that happen have been mired in controversy and concern, experts said at a Houston conference on Tuesday.  More »

Wind turbine makers poised for return to profitability

Wind-turbine makers are poised to make their first profit in years after shutting underused factories and abandoning a drive for growth at all costs.  More »

Trump takes Scotland to court over offshore wind farm (video)

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump said he has filed a lawsuit against the nation of Scotland over its plan to erect 11 offshore wind turbines near his new 1,400-acre golfing destination.  More »

Our Clean Energy Future

Like most of you I was disappointed to learn that The Oil Drum will be closing its doors in the not-too-distant future. While it has been some time since I last wrote for the site, I was pleased to be allowed the opportunity to post one last article be…  More »

Construction begins on Texas Panhandle wind power project

San Francisco-based renewable power producer Pattern Energy Group said Tuesday it has started building a 218 megawatt wind power facility in the Texas Panhandle.  More »

Green energy fees disappearing from utility bills

Four years after raising customers’ bills to meet mandates to sell cleaner power, Michigan’s biggest utilities are eliminating the fees or slashing them significantly.  More »

Solar, geothermal projects touted at Vegas summit

But nuclear power nearly stole the show after a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission violated federal law by failing to approve or reject a decision on whether to issue a license for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository some 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.  More »
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