Category: Wind

Republicans attack landmark offshore wind power plan

The Interior Department unveiled details for the nation’s first-ever federal sale of offshore wind energy leases on Tuesday, even as Republican lawmakers complain the approach is misguided.  More »

Google buys output from Swedish wind farm for Finnish servers

Google Inc. (GOOG), which has invested more than $1 billion in wind- and solar-energy projects, said it will buy the entire output of a new wind farm in Pajala, northern Sweden, to run its data center in Hamina, Finland.  More »

Interior approves renewable energy sites in West

The Interior Department has approved three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona that officials say will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes.  More »

Prototype offshore wind turbine launched in Maine

What’s called the first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine in North America is being launched in Brewer, Maine.  More »

Google makes big bet on ‘kite power’

Google has made yet another energy investment, acquiring a startup that makes kite-like airborne wind turbines. Check out photos and videos of the “kite power” technology.  More »

Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has found.  More »

Clean technology investors shift focus to drilling

A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance companies that would help eliminate the world’s dependence on oil, natural gas and coal.  More »

Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags

Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected.  More »

Clean technology investors shift focus to drilling

As profits from wind, solar, biofuels and other alternatives have fallen short of expectations — and as the fossil fuel business boomed — venture capitalists have stretched the definition of clean technology to fuel clean technology investment funds.  More »

Wind energy trade group names new CEO

Tom Kiernan, longtime president of the National Parks Conservation Association, has been named CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.  More »

States turn against renewable energy as natural gas price plunges

More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are considering ways to pare back those mandates after a plunge in natural gas prices brought on by technology that boosted supply.  More »

Pa. wind energy soars in 2012, but total is small

Wind energy installations almost doubled in Pennsylvania last year, but the industry still provides only about 1 percent of the state’s electricity, far behind Iowa, Texas and others.  More »