Category: Wind

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 »

Ikea to buy wind farm in Ireland from Mainstream Renewable

Ikea Group, the world’s biggest home-furnishings retailer, plans to buy a wind farm in Ireland from Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. as part of plans to invest $2.3 billion in wind and solar by 2015.  More »

Wind farm coming to Texas nuclear weapons plant

America’s only plant for disassembling and assembling nuclear weapons will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm.  More »

Richardson: Texas could take the lead on climate change

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson praised the City of Houston for promoting renewable energy use, following the city’s announcement in June that it would supply about half of anticipated electricity demand with renewable power.  More »

Texas breezes along as US wind power leader

An Energy Department report out Tuesday says Texas added about 1,826 megawatts in new wind power capacity in 2012 – leading the nation with about twice as much new wind power as California, which ranked second.  More »

Book review: Texas leads the way in wind energy

In “The Great Texas Wind Rush,” Kate Galbraith and Asher Price tell the strange, inspiring and at times funny story of how a culture known for Big Oil came to embrace Big Wind.  More »

BP drops plan to sell wind farms

BP has dropped its plan to sell its U.S. wind business, nearly four months after the British energy giant announced it wanted to focus on oil and gas operations.  More »

Deepwater Wind LLC wins auction for first U.S. offshore wind leases

The closely held company, which is backed by the hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co., plans to put 200 turbines in the water with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, according to a statement. Construction could begin in 2017, and power production in 2018, the Providence, Rhode Island-based company said.  More »

A&M engineer floats plan to harness offshore wind power

For most of the country, the greatest potential for wind energy lies offshore. Developers are pushing ahead with projects on the East Coast and elsewhere despite environmental concerns about fishing habitats, migratory bird paths and even the seaside views valued by tourists and coastal residents alike.  More »