Category: Wind

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 »

Virginia offshore advocates seek to speed process

Wind power advocates are working to hasten the construction of wind turbines that could supply power to 700,000 Virginia homes and at a price ratepayers can afford.  More »

Highlighting Some Trends in Global Renewable Generation

For the last couple of months I’ve been digging into the hydrocarbon space and studies from LNG exports to NGVs to gasoline, so it seemed a prudent time to go off on a tangent and take a random walk through something non-fossil fuel-ish. So here are ten tidbits I have garnered on my recent travels […]  More »

Renewable energy complaint tests utilities’ pull

Third-grade teacher Donya Bengert and her students learned a real-life lesson when they undertook a yearlong project to build a wind turbine in 2010 at their small southern Indiana school.  More »

Mass. Gov. Patrick: I’d back wind turbine health study

Gov. Deval Patrick says he would back a proposal calling for an “independent scientific study” of the health effects of wind turbines.  More »

Google becoming big energy player

Through more than $1 billion in investments and through large contracts for renewable power, Google has become the most significant player in the energy business outside of actual energy companies and financial institutions.  More »

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 »