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Alternative Energy / Wind Power

Do Flying Wind Turbines have a Future?

Jun 05, 2012 at 17:04 | Climate Progress

I like site visits—there’s nothing like seeing a company’s innovations in person.  In the case of Makani Power, I harboured some core misconceptions about their technology, and the visit…

Now the U.S. Attack Chinese Wind Towers with Tariffs

Jun 01, 2012 at 16:25 | Environmental Finance

The US Commerce Department has once again imposed anti-subsidy penalties on Chinese renewable energy imports, this time of utility-scale wind towers.The department issued a preliminary ruling on Wednesday…

Sky Falls for Wind Energy

Apr 30, 2012 at 17:05 | Daniel J. Graeber

A study featured in the journal Nature suggests that the latest victim of the green-versus-clean debate is the wind turbine. Researchers looking at wind farms in Texas found that overnight…

China Now World's Leader in Wind Power

Mar 27, 2012 at 18:07 | John Daly

While Western analysts remain transfixed by China’s seemingly inexhaustible voracious appetite for the world’s hydrocarbon resources, a quiet green revolution has been taking place in the Celestial Kingdom. According…

Wind Industry Starts to Panic as Tax Credits Come to an End

Feb 13, 2012 at 17:56 | MasterResource

If you haven’t heard from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), you probably will. Ominous, scary ads are running nationwide warning of the crushing blow to American jobs if Congress…

Global Wind Power Capacity up 21% in 2011

Feb 09, 2012 at 10:06 | James Burgess

On Tuesday the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released statistics that claim a total of over 41 gigawatts of new wind power were installed around the world in 2011. This…

Forget Wind Turbines - a Completely New Type of Wind Farm is in Development

Feb 01, 2012 at 16:52 | Energy Digital

A design firm from New York, Atelier DNA, has developed a concept that uses cattail like stalks instead of traditional turbine blades for harnessing the power of wind. Planned for…

U.S. - China Energy Trade War Imminent?

Jan 31, 2012 at 17:40 | John Daly

Washington loves free trade – if it produces a surplus for the U.S. In an election year, with a modest economic recovery underway, American politicians are trumpeting their credentials…

Why Wind Power Doesn’t Live up to its Environmental Promises

Jan 17, 2012 at 19:33 | MasterResource

“I cannot abide the suggestion that we must sacrifice our environment in order to save it. This is an absurd argument enabling this energy imposter’s invasion of delicate habitat with…

Uruguay Seeks Investments in Wind Power - With Price Caps

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:59 | John Daly

The good news for potential investors in Uruguay is that two months ago Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining Ramon Mendez, commented that by 2015 Uruguay could have $1.3 billion…

China Wind Power - Good Time to Invest?

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:54 | John Daly

With the ongoing financial turmoil in western markets nervous investors are looking more and more to overseas opportunities in order to protect their capital and few markets are more alluring…

Canada's Wind Future Take a Tumble

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:50 | John Daly

Edgy energy investors seeking to diversify their portfolio away from Big Oil and nuclear have taken a revived interest in renewables, especially projects in investor-friendly countries with progressive governments. At…

Are Offshore Wind Farms a Feasible Option for the Future?

Jan 12, 2012 at 17:30 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Britain is the pioneer in offshore wind energy, with more turbines placed out at sea than by any other nation. However, constructing such offshore wind farms is far tougher and…

A Look at Some of the Obstacles Facing Wind Energy in the U.S.

Jan 05, 2012 at 18:05 | Gail Tverberg

In the United States, we have been working on scaling up wind energy but not getting very far. In 2010, wind energy supplied only 2.3% of electricity purchased. Such slow…

Brazil Bets Big on Wind Power

Dec 15, 2011 at 20:00 | John Daly

Looking towards the future, one of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) is seriously investing in wind power. According to the Brazilian Association of Wind Energy ABEEolica, Brazil is already…

Wind Energy Breakthrough: Japan Designs New Wind Turbine With Triple the Output of Traditional Models

Dec 05, 2011 at 07:32 | Energy Digital

In light of recent events, Japan has been urged to pay more attention to renewable energy sources. Coincidently, in the same month as one of the world's worst nuclear crises…

The Windscraper - New Building Design Harvests the Environment for Energy

Nov 29, 2011 at 17:13 | Peter Sinclair

Designed by HollwichKushner (HWKN), the Windscraper is the winning entry for the Piraeus Tower competition (held in 2010) to complete and modernize the Piraeus Tower in Greece. Called the Sleeping…

The Changing face of Wind Power - New Turbine Designs

Nov 22, 2011 at 07:45 | Tyler Hamilton

There was a time not so long ago that seeing a single wind turbine spinning in the distance was a novel experience for most people. Not so much any more.…

Wind Power to be Competitive with Natural Gas by 2016

Nov 14, 2011 at 07:42 | Mark Nicholls

Falling costs mean that the average onshore wind farm will be competitive with natural gas-fired power generation by 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The London-based analysis company…

Texas Wind Power - Good Money After Bad?

Nov 10, 2011 at 17:44 | MasterResource

The cost of building transmission for expensive wind power in Texas is coming in nearly 40 percent higher than initially promised. Instead of $4.9 billion, as estimated in 2008, the…

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