Wind

  • A possible flaw in Vermont's renewable energy rules -- one not found in New York's system -- that allows renewable energy production to be "double counted" by utilities has sparked a challenge to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • DTE Energy's Echo Wind Park has reached commercial operation and company officials celebrated its dedication today in the shadow of one of 70 wind turbines in the park.
  • This 50 State Report update highlights the following notable advances: renewable energy is now responsible for over 20% of electricity generation in six western states, and the region saw the addition of nearly 4 GW of new renewable energy capacity in 2013 alone.
  • Once fully up and running the wind farm will be able to generate up to over 160 GWh per year, the equivalent of the electricity needs of about 60,000 Chilean households, and will therefore avoid the emission of over 130,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • Iberdrola Renewables today announced a 10-year contract to supply Roseville Electric, the municipal electric utility of Roseville, California, with a package of renewable energy products. Roseville is seeking to increase the amount of energy it receives from renewable resources to 33% by 2020.
  • Green energy company Energix Renewable Energies Ltd. (TASE: ENRG) is seeking to expand in the field of wind energy, and today announced the completion of an investment and acquisition of control deal in a 155 megawatt capacity wind farm project in the Golan Heights.
  • The construction of the Lotnisko wind farm will be conducted by Alstom, which was awarded the contract in June 2014.
  • After more than a decade of rapid growth in Oklahoma, the wind industry is like a teenager that might need some guidance as its developments grow closer to populated areas and conflicts arise.
  • Highland Township Road Commissioner Mark Harlow can remember the days when driving down certain country roads would end with a black, tar-covered vehicle.
  • A state representative and a senator told a Wichita Republican audience Friday that they think they'll have more success next year in repealing a law that requires Kansas public utilities to get some of their power from wind.
  • Regulators should take care of the fledgling solar industry in Oklahoma so they don't repeat the mistakes of other states when implementing new utility tariffs for users of rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines.
  • An energy company is seeking an agreement with the city to conduct a five-year study to determine the feasibility of installing wind turbines north of Lake Herman Road.
  • A Conversation with Elliot Mainzer

    Sep 14, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The Bonneville Power Administration was launched in the 1930s to help harness the electric power potential of the Columbia River and power the Northwest. Today, its concerns include wind power and the fate of the August salmon. We recently discussed the agency’s evolving mission with Elliot Mainzer, who became BPA’s administrator in January.

  • Latin America wind energy market overview
    Sep 02, 2014 | Jesse Broehl

    The global wind industry added 36,134 MW in 2013, the first time in eight years that the wind power industry has installed less in a given year than the year before. The size of the annual market declined 20 percent year on year in 2013, compared to market growth of 18.6 percent in 2012. The market decline was not unexpected. Negative conditions in several key countries, particularly the U.S. and Spain, were a drag on market growth. The U.S. will recover through the 2014-2015 cycle with over 12 GW expected, but Spain, once a pillar of the global wind market, will languish following a collapse of its renewables policies.

  • APPA’s Kelly on Emissions, Cybersecurity

    Aug 31, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    America’s public power utilities in more than 2,000 communities are wrestling with the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposals to curb carbon emissions, and at the same time they are joining other energy companies trying to make our grid more secure. Sue Kelly, the new president and chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, discusses the challenges ahead. 

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  • The View from the West

    Aug 24, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    The Western Area Power Administration service territory encompasses a transmission system spanning 15 states and 1.5 million square miles, serving 700 preference customers and numerous open access transmission customers who rely on the existing infrastructure for their power.

     

     

    We recently caught up with Mark A. Gabriel, agency administrator, to discuss some major challenges ahead.

  • Xcel Reveals Winds of Change
    Aug 19, 2014 | Frank Prager

    Frank Prager, vice president of policy and strategy at Xcel Energy, writes about how a decade of growth in wind energy holds valuable lessons for the future of solar.

  • With so many day-to-day concerns vying for attention, many farmers may not have the time to stop and research alternative ways to address their energy needs and rising utility costs. While having heard that renewable energies, such as solar or wind energy, are becoming increasingly popular, there does not seem to be a way for them to reap the benefits without a significant amount of capital available.
  • Vermont’s Mary Powell

    Aug 10, 2014 | Martin Rosenberg

    Small energy companies are the labs of change, harbingers of the new ways of business soon to transform decades of business practice, according to Mary Powell, the chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. We sat down with her at a recent energy conclave in Boston.