TAG: Wind energy

BP to Sell US Wind Power Operations

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The energy giant BP is looking to sell off its wind power operations in the United States and focus more on the core of their business, which is gas and oil. BP’s wind operations in the U.S., some 2600 MW in capacity, are estimated to total about $1.5 billion USD, and the company is one of the only oil giants that has made inroads into wind power development. The move into wind power came as the company believed that a natural synergy existed between wind and natural gas (used for power when wind speeds drop), but BP has now determined… read more

U.S. Approves 1100 MW in Clean Energy Projects

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Three major renewable energy projects on public lands in the U.S. got the green light from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar yesterday, and are expected to be able to deliver 1100 MW of clean power to the grid when completed and operating. These approvals are part of the current U.S. “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, which aims to increase domestic production and capacity. “In just over four years, we have advanced 37 wind, solar and geothermal projects on our public lands – or enough to power more than 3.8 million American homes. These projects are bolstering rural economies by generating good jobs… read more

Smart Choice Wind Panels

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Wind energy has come a long way since the introduction of windmills and towering turbines. While these remain a dominant source of wind energy, there have been innovations in wind energy design that are more environmentally and the economically practical. One of the most interesting is the Vibro-wind Panel, which is currently being developed by a team of professors and undergraduates at Cornell University. Vibro-wind is a form of micro-generation that harnesses motion and utilizes the resulting vibrations of its foam oscillators. Just as leaves flutter when the wind passes through them, the oscillators dance and twirl as breezes swoops around… read more

Wind Tax Credit Extended

Wind tax credits extended

As part of the midnight deal resolving some of the tax issues dubbed the “fiscal cliff,” Congress extended the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) for one year. More importantly, the bill’s tax extenders package granted the $0.022 per kilowatt-hour tax credit to the electricity wind projects generate over the first ten years of their production service to wind farms which are “under construction” by the end of 2013. The same debate will have to happen in a year, but the wind industry could definitely utilize the extra time. This is a critical change from the previous language in the PTC… read more

Obama Wants Smarter Windows

President Backs Smart Window

In the first quarter following his re-election, President Obama’s administration is working to emphasise its ‘green’ credentials. President Obama has come up with a Better Buildings national energy efficiency initiative, and building windows are front and center in the plan. Windows have been a thorn in the side of energy efficient building designs, and though they have gotten better at insulation, they are still not at a capability which can be accepted. The Department of Energy is leading the way, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (APRA-E), which is part of the DOE, has awarded a grant of $3 million to… read more

Green Collar

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The creation of new ‘green jobs’ has been a frequent policy topic, yet it is not always made clear where to find these  jobs, or even what they entail. For anyone who is curious about green jobs or thinks they may want to employ their skills in the green sector, the following may be of help. What Constitutes a Green Job? Essentially, a green job can be any conventional job, from marketing and sales to engineering. The difference is green sector employees work for companies that make efforts to improve the environment. This is further illustrated by the U.S. Department of Labor, who define green jobs as: “jobs in businesses that produce… read more

Portable Wind Turbine

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Wind turbines are generally static. Once they are assembled and in place they have to work in the varying conditions of that environment – high winds and often extreme temperatures. However, Uprise Energy, a California based startup has developed a wind turbine that is portable. The concept is cool and far easier to maintain as it works without the requirement of any ground digging and is easily transportable. The installation of a static wind turbine is a difficult process as each huge part arrives at the location separately and is assembled using large machines. They require a smooth and flat… read more

A Change In The Wind

A Change in the Wind

A couple of days before Thanksgiving last year, the Red State Renewable Alliance (RSRA) gave wind power supporters something for which to be thankful. Led by John Feehery, a Republican Washington insider, the RSRA backed wind power as it fights for a wind power production tax credit extension, despite the Republican Party talking points promoting the contrary. Feehery has had stints as the communications director for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, along with former Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Individual elected Republicans have stood up in support of the wind energy tax credit, and have found themselves aligned with groups such… read more

Solar Industry Growth

Solar industry growth

Fueled by falling solar panel prices, job growth in the U.S. solar industry will outpace employment in wind energy, according to a new report issued by CleanEdison Inc. Wind energy is facing the expiration of federal wind credits at the end of the year, which has contributed to the rise in solar industry employment, along with diminishing confidence in the wind industry—making the wind industry weaker. CleanEdison expects around 36,000 people will be certified as technical employees in the U.S. solar industry in 2020, including the incredibly important position of installer. If these estimates are correct, then there will be… read more

Wind Powered Charger

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Using an electric car is really cool and now there is yet another reason to be uber-cool, as the world’s first wind powered electric vehicle charging station was installed successfully last month. “Sanya Skypump” is a collaborative effort of Urban Green Energy and General Electric; it is the world’s first EV station which charges cars with the help of wind. Sanya Skypump uses the technology of both organizations – the vertical tower is from Urban Green Energy (UGE 4K) and EV charging technology is from General Electric. Together they form an all-in-one power generation and charging station. The vertical axis… read more