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Alternative Energy / Wind Power

  • This Might Be A Multi-Billion Opportunity For Oilfield Services

    Big oil and renewables don’t always have to be adversaries, and nothing speaks to this more than the emerging offshore wind opportunity in the U.S. that could see offshore oilfield service providers fill the gap in the slump by shifting to renewables. Unlike in Europe, where offshore wind farms provide 11,027 MW to the power grid, the United States has no offshore wind production to speak of. But that is about to change as the Deepwater Wind project offshore Rhode Island gears up to come online later this year. The Block Island Wind Farm heralds the birth of an entirely…

  • The Next Big Trend In Wind Energy?

    A new take on wind energy is starting to emerge and it could fill the sails of wind power backers. Traditional wind energy relies on turbines to create power from wind, but a new group of companies is increasingly looking at variations on an old children’s toy to generate power; the kite. Proponents of the new technology are looking at using batteries of kites flying offshore to generate power. Kites present a number of important advantages over turbines. First of all, despite the general interest from environmentalists in alternative energy sources, many environmental groups also have a NIMBY attitude and…

  • Will Floating Wind Farms Be A Panacea For UK's Energy Quagmire?

    The United Kingdom is an energy-hungry island that is currently perched on the horns of a dilemma because its needs for electricity are outstripping its supply.With a population of over 64 million including England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a number of heavy industries requiring ample power, the UK is constantly challenged to balance its demands for electricity with its supplies, which come from six sources: coal (28 percent) natural gas (29 percent) nuclear (17 percent) renewables (18 percent), interconnectors (electricity linkages with France, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands - 6 percent) and other sources (1 percent).Demand is…

  • Germany Now Faced With Thousands Of Aging Wind Farms

    Germany has long been a pioneer in the field of renewable energy, generating a record 78 percent of its power consumption from renewables in July of this year. In fact, Germany is one of the very few countries in the world that is actually struggling with too much renewable energy. The latest testimony to this fact is the new issue of decommissioning its old wind farms.2011 was a turning point for the European giant as it started moving away from nuclear energy (post Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster) and began to replace it with renewables. However, wind energy made its foray…

  • Wind Energy Could Blow U.S. Coal Industry Away

    It’s not enough to say that fossil fuels have to go or nuclear is hopeless (which are both probably true statements). The question is: What will replace them? Furthermore, how long will it take? An intriguing headline appeared in CleanTechnica on August 4: Wind Could Replace Coal As US’ Primary Generation Source, New NREL Data Suggests. Wouldn’t that be nice? Is it even possible? (The article originally appeared in The Handleman Post on July 26.)Though solar energy has become the poster child for renewable energy generally, the strongest player in the game, for now, is wind. Wind leads solar energy…

  • The $5 Billion Vote Of Confidence In Wind Power

    Philip Anschutz has an audacious plan to build the country’s largest wind farm and he is backing the plan with $5 billion of his own money. The plan would create the country’s biggest wind farm deep in Wyoming, part of which would be built on the billionaire’s 312,170 acre ranch.Under Anschutz’s plan, the wind power generated in Wyoming would be run along a dedicated purpose-built set of transmission wires south to Las Vegas. From there it would connect to the California electric grid.The scale of the project is massive and ambitious, even for a billionaire to accomplish. The plan would…

  • The Best Play In Wind Energy Right Now

    Let’s face it; investing in wind power in any meaningful way is difficult. Everything points to serious growth in the industry over the next few years, not least the fact that, despite falling costs and profitable operations from many in the business, the industry still receives generous treatment and subsidies from most governments around the world. You only have to read one of the many reports such as this from the U.S. Department of Energy or read that three American states now meet over 20 percent of their energy needs from wind to start salivating as an energy investor. That…

  • Top Wind Energy Stocks For Renewables Investors

     Solar power appears to be hitting some technological hurdles, if the slowing rate of innovation in that industry is any indication. This apparent slowdown could well afford the wind sector the ideal opportunity to gain some momentum in the renewables space, spread further across the United States while also attracting more investment. Currently wind power is generating roughly 5% of the overall power for the country as a whole, and considerably more than that in the Midwest where a lot of wind farms are concentrated. States like Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa are generating 15 to 30% of their power from…

  • Post-Fukushima Japan Turns To Wind As Solution For Energy Crisis

    The kamikaze pilots that flew bombing raids and suicide missions against the Allies in World War Two were inspired by a “divine wind” that they believed was keeping their planes aloft in the service of the Japanese Empire. Legend has it that the divine wind from which the word “kamikaze” is translated, referred to a typhoon that saved the Japanese islands from invasion by a Mongol fleet in 1281. Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, nature continues to exert a powerful influence on the Japanese nation, and we only have to look back four years to…

  • Christie’s White House Ambitions Block NJ Wind Project

    New Jersey’s plans for offshore wind energy have been stymied so far by a Catch-22 and backers blame Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions for blocking the project. The recent storm over Christie’s intervention to accept a much smaller settlement in a long-running pollution case against Exxon Mobil – the state settled for $225 million on a claim of $8.9 billion has confirmed for many that Christie is putting campaign donations for a White House bid ahead of his original vision for the state. The irony is that Christie has framed his eventual national appeal on his ability to win elections…

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