NREL Calculates Emissions and Costs of Power Plant Cycling for Increased Renewable Energy

Economic research on renewable energies like wind and solar will provide an advanced foundation for the development and expansion of viable sustainable energy programs. Read the following press release from NREL. New research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantifies the potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on the operators of fossil-fueled power plants in the West. To accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, utilities must ramp down…

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Wind Turbines Don’t Negatively Affect Property Values In The US (New Report)

The presence of wind turbines and wind farms near residential properties has no effect on the value of said properties, according to new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The findings are the result of an analysis of the sales of more than 50,000 homes — located near 67 different wind energy facilities, spread throughout nine different US states. “This is the second of two major studies we have conducted on this topic [the first was published…

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Distributed Wind Energy Is Taking Off

Localized, distributed wind energy is becoming increasingly common in the US, according to a new report from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The report makes it clear that it’s becoming increasingly common for Americans to simply install wind turbines directly on — or very close to — their homes, farms, or businesses, for the purpose of generating their own energy. The new report — The 2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications — is essentially the first comprehensive analysis…

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Solar News & Wind News

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Solar News & Wind News (Electric Slavery, Insanity In Congress…)

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First Wind and Avista Celebrate Milestone at Palouse Wind Project

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, and Avista today commemorated the generation of 150,000 megawatt hours (MWh) by the Palouse Wind project since its start of commercial operations in December 2012. Since the Palouse Wind project went online, it has brought significant long-term tax revenue to Whitman County while generating enough clean energy to power the homes of about 30,000 Avista customers.

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Wind Power Forecast: Industry Will Add Over 241 Gigawatts of Capacity from 2012 to 2017

With the addition of 44.9 gigawatts in new installations in 2012, world wind power capacity grew to approximately 285.7 GW, an increase of 18.6 percent in the total wind power installation base. Average annual growth over the past 5 years has been 17.8 percent, achieved during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, even with traditionally large markets for wind power in economic recession in both North America and Europe.

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Wind Energy Evolution

Schmitz, an Iowa State graduate student of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and Sri Sritharan, Iowa State’s Wilson Engineering Professor and leader of the ‘s College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative, were trying to answer some basic questions about using concrete panels and columns to build wind turbine towers using prefabricated, easily transportable components.

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Cold Climate Wind Energy Showing Huge Potential

Wind energy capacity is growing rapidly in the cold climates of the world. According to the latest forecasts, between 45 and 50 gigawatts of wind energy will be built in cold climates by 2017, which would mean an increase of as much as 72 per cent since the end of 2012 and investments amounting to approximately EUR 75 billion.

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Largest Federal Wind Farm to Be Built by Siemens

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (Siemens) to construct the federal government’s largest wind farm. The Pantex wind farm is expected to save an average of $2.9 million annually over the 20-year contract term. The installation will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex plant in Amarillo.

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Introducing 3M Wind Blade Protection Coating W4600

Awareness is growing in the wind industry about the severe impact that erosion on the leading edge of wind blades can have on turbine output. Erosion can lead to a significant loss in annual energy production, costing owners and operators thousands of dollars. Blade repair and protection can help provide significant annual energy production improvements, reduce costly downtime, and protect the integrity of the blade.

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D.C.’s Union Station Now Powered by 100 Percent Wind Energy Provided by Washington Gas Energy Services

Union Station will transition to 100 percent wind power for its electricity load of 18,943,964 kilowatt hours annually. This is equivalent to avoiding the consumption of more than 1,400,000 gallons of gasoline or taking more than 2,700 cars off the road for one year. The world’s fastest-growing energy resource, wind power displaces conventional power, reduces carbon dioxide and helps eliminate air pollution.

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