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Alternative Energy / Wind Power

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…

Sunny Egypt Interested in... Wind Power

Nov 03, 2011 at 08:59 | John Daly

Egypt currently has a total electricity capacity of about 23,500 megawatts, which the government hopes to increase to 58,000 megawatts by 2027. A prime potential element in increasing this electrical…

Soaring U.S. Wind Power Sector Growing Nervous Over Tax Incentives

Oct 27, 2011 at 07:32 | Environmental Finance

The US wind power sector is soaring thanks in large part to a tax policy that makes it attractive to investors, but the uncertainty surrounding those very incentives is casting…

Turkey: Betting on Wind Power, One Village at a Time

Oct 25, 2011 at 07:26 | Eurasianet

Akbiyik, a village with 365 residents in Turkey’s western Bursa province, has a head start on the country’s plans to increase domestic energy production. The reason is simple -- it…

Wind Energy Lies and Turbine Noise Pollution

Oct 20, 2011 at 08:46 | MasterResource

“When will the environmentalist community writ large wake up to the unintended micro consequences of their increasingly futile macro policy of forced energy transformation?” Herkimer County, New York, is the…

Race to Build America’s First Offshore Windfarms

Oct 17, 2011 at 07:54 | David Gabel

Plans for large commercial-scale wind farms have been on the table for years, but constantly held up by environmental permitting issues, financing concerns, or local objections based on aesthetics. States…

Wind Power Takes a Hit as Charlestown Rhode Island Bans Wind Turbines

Sep 15, 2011 at 08:05 | Andy Soos

Wind mills are a clean alternative energy supply but not everyone agrees. The Rhode Island General Assembly’s newly enacted laws facilitating the siting, construction and power-purchase agreements for commercial-grade renewable…

High Altitude Wind Energy: Why the Future of Wind Farms May be in the Sky

Sep 01, 2011 at 08:33 | Jess McCabe

Using kites and balloons to tap the strong, consistent winds more than two kilometres in the air could avoid many of the pitfalls of more down-to-earth wind farms, according to…

Brazil's Wind Energy Boom: Wind Power Cheaper than Natural Gas

Aug 25, 2011 at 08:05 | Christopher Cundy

Generating power from the wind in Brazil is less costly than using natural gas or hydro, according to the results of a government tender to supply electricity this week. National…

Wind Energy Sector to Collapse in 2013?

Aug 09, 2011 at 08:02 | Gloria Gonzalez

The US wind energy sector is continuing to recover from the credit crunch with turbine installations on the rise in 2011, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), but…

The Natural Limits of Wind Energy

Jul 11, 2011 at 08:22 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The amount of energy available in the Earth system to be extracted by wind-turbines is limited, and if sufficient energy is removed the world climate will be affected. These striking…

Google Puts More Money into Giant Californian Wind Farm

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:30 | Gloria Gonzalez

Google and investment bank Citi have boosted their investments in the largest wind farm in the US. The companies will finance a second phase of the Alta Wind Energy Center…

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