Category: Wind

Trump finds new adversary in wind power

Donald Trump is taking aim at wind energy, in a series of charged tweets and a threat to pull his investment in a planned Scottish hotel that would overlook an offshore wind energy project.  More »

IEA: Renewables will surpass natural gas for power generation by 2016

Hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources will generate more power than natural gas and twice as much as nuclear in just three years, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday.  More »

IEA: Renewable energy making global gains, but so is coal

Renewable energy grew at an extraordinary pace worldwide in 2012, but it’s not enough to curb the march of climate change, because coal has continued to dominate growth in power generation around the world, the IEA said in a report this week.  More »

Study finds no problems with Vt. wind project

An independent study of noise generated by a Sheffield wind project commissioned by the Vermont Department of Public Service found that noise levels from the turbines were below state limits outside the home of a family that felt their health was threatened.  More »

Houston to buy half its power from renewable sources

The city says its $2 million agreement with Reliant Energy make Houston the largest municipal purchaser of renewable energy in the nation. “We are committed to becoming the alternative energy capital of the world,” said Mayor Annise Parker.  More »

Austin Energy could sign 2 large-scale wind deals

Austin Energy hopes to finalize two wind contracts in another step toward a goal of getting 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.  More »

Opinion: How to attract private investment in clean energy

Like a fresh wind setting in motion the blades of a giant turbine, a new idea for encouraging the development of clean energy has blown into the U.S. Congress.  More »

Colorado officials talk secession over renewable energy law, other issues

Three county commissioners in Colorado have threatened to try to create a state called “North Colorado”, pointing to new laws that hike renewable energy standards and limit gun rights.  More »

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 »