Officials break ground on wind farm for nuclear weapons plant

Source: E&E • Posted: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Construction starts today on the largest federally owned wind farm in the country — which is being positioned next to the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly plant. The 1,500-acre wind farm near Amarillo, Texas, will have five 2.3-megawatt turbines capable of generating enough electricity to power 3,500 homes each year.

More of America’s wind turbines are actually being built in America

Source: By John Upton, Grist • Posted: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The equipment that’s powering America’s wind energy boom is increasingly being made right at home. In 2007, just 25 percent of turbine components used in new wind farms in the U.S. were produced domestically. By last year, that figure had risen to 72 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. And exports of such equipment rose to $388 million last year, up from $16 million in 2007.

‘It’s time to stop entertaining the climate change deniers’ — Reid

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Clean energy investors, entrepreneurs and proponents shouldn’t be shy about discussing the effects of climate change and shouldn’t fret about those who doubt evidence linking human activities to rising temperatures and fierce weather, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today. Speaking at the opening of his sixth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, the Nevada Democrat said increasingly severe Western wildfires exemplify the need to combat climate change on all fronts and to aggressively highlight the nature of the problem.

Texas could be a renewable energy leader, says former Energy secretary

Source: E&E • Posted: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Houston has the potential to be the nation’s leader in a much-needed renewable energy future, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson told a group of officials and business leaders while speaking in the city Thursday.

Flodesign’s Jet-Engine Turbine Will Change The Way You Think About Wind Power

Source: BY: JON GERTNER, Fast Company • Posted: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

FloDesign effectively began as a theory. In the sleepy town of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, two semiretired aerospace scientists named Walter Presz and Michael Werle had set up a skunk works for exploring jet-engine propulsion technologies. When I met with them there several years ago, Presz told me that around 2004 the two started to think: Rather than putting energy in for propulsion, what if you took energy out and turned the engine into a wind turbine?

Local wind power at heart of industry’s 2012 growth — report

Source: Henry Gass, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

With the American wind market showing record growth and offshore wind farms gaining support, a new report commissioned by the Department of Energy shows that the bulk of this increased capacity is coming from a small-scale, local, decentralized sector known as distributed wind power. The report, prepared by DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), takes stock of the growth in distributed wind power in 2012, which is used independently of utilities to power smaller facilities like farms, small businesses and homes.

Utility will build wind turbines in 5 Iowa counties

Source: AP • Posted: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a $1.9 billion project from the state’s largest utility to install hundreds of wind turbines by the end of 2015, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday. Branstad called the Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company’s plan a “win-win” for the state.

New Iowa wind farms coming in Madison, Marshall, Grundy, Webster and O’Brien counties

Source: by William Petroski, Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

id American Energy said Monday it plans to build its new Iowa wind energy farms, costing up to $1.9 billion, in Madison, Marshall, Grundy, O’Brien and Webster counties. The utility company’s announcement of the sites follows an order issued Friday by the Iowa Utilities Board that allows it to develop up to 1,050 megawatts of additional wind energy in Iowa by the end of 2015. “We are excited about this. It is a huge project, and it is a win-win for everybody,” Branstad said.

Wind farms creating an environmental divide

Source: By Erin Ailworth | GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 11, 2013, Boston Globe • Posted: Monday, August 12th, 2013

Timothy Danyliw is the type of guy whose truck has a “No farms, no food” bumper sticker, who owns a T-shirt proclaiming “Renewable energy is American security,” and who moved into a weathered, wood-framed house in the Berkshires for a quiet life amid nature. His friend Larry Lorusso, a river guide and photographer, is much the same. His car runs on biodiesel, he’s a fan of solar panels, and he heats his home with wood gathered from the forest around his house.

Wind still struggles to reach New England customers during peak demand

Source: E&E • Posted: Monday, August 12th, 2013

While last month’s heat wave forced utilities in New England to crank up generation of power from expensive and dirty sources, at least two wind farms in Maine and Vermont were forced to reduce the amount of electricity they produced. The weak rural system that links wind turbines to the power grid causes wind companies to be routinely taken offline or have their output scaled back.