Wind Energy

These blog posts will introduce you to the powers of wind as an energy source.

States Share Electricity Between Texas and the Southeast

Fri, 2014-06-06 09:11

A California-based energy company plans to build a 400-mile transmission line, connecting renewable energy resources in Texas to states in the Southeast. The company, Pattern Energy, recently won approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Texas is the nation's largest wind energy generator with more than 12,000 MW of wind energy capacity.

Honda’s 'Wind'ow of Opportunity

Tue, 2014-01-21 15:30

Last week, Honda Motor Company made the announcement that ConEdison Solutions, the energy services division of Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED), is now providing electricity from two wind turbines to a Honda Motor Co. factory in Ohio, reducing the site’s demand from local power companies.wind-turbines

Positive Developments in Wind Energy

Wed, 2014-01-08 09:48

As the U.S. wind industry faces uncertain times with the year-end expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), recent studies show positive signs that wind energy still has the strength to endure through the uncertainty. Upon reviewing several reports that addressed controversial wind industry issues including noise disturbance and health impacts, home values, project costs, and domestic job creation, findings in each study supported wind’s viability as a clean alternative energy source.

Contaminated Sites Identified for Energy Use

Tue, 2013-10-01 09:16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for the renewable energy potential of 66,000 contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative was started in 2008 to encourage renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.

A Shift in the Winds

Mon, 2013-07-22 09:18

A new network of offshore wind power is planned to be constructed along the East Coast. The key to this design is the creation of a main line that would serve as a “backbone” connecting wind farms together and alleviating the hassle of running individual power lines from each individual farm itself to the coast. The main transmission line is supposed to reach from New York all the way down to Southern Virginia when completed. The first leg of this project to be completed is a 189-mile segment off the coast of New Jersey.

Wind Potential - All About the Data

Wed, 2013-05-22 08:27

When it comes to the deployment of wind power, data plays an important role in the design and operations of a wind farm. Is there enough wind? Where should the turbines be placed? How will the placement of turbines impact performance? Are the turbines in need of maintenance? Data collected from technologically advanced monitoring devices answers these questions. Data analysis helps to advance wind power as a renewable energy source.

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East Coast Wind Energy

Mon, 2013-02-11 09:38

Over the past decade, there have been copious amounts of research done in the environmental field on offshore wind farms and the viability of having them off the coast of the eastern part of the U.S. Much of the research has been optimistic toward the access of this renewable energy source off our coasts, yet legislation and lack of any real action has held up any proposed projects. Recently, however, news has developed out of North Carolina. On January 22, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory voiced his opinion in a letter written to the U.S Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Wind Energy Tax-Credit Extension

Fri, 2013-01-04 11:58

After weeks of deliberation, Congress brokered a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, significantly impacting the renewable energy industry. In particular, the deal allows for the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which will help further the development of American wind energy resources.

The tax-credit extensions will:

• Provide tax relief to U.S. wind farms that begin construction in 2013

• Support the manufacturing of wind turbines and components in America

• Sustain growth in the industry, and;

Local Ownership Optimizes Wind Benefits

Tue, 2012-12-18 15:07

According to a third quarter report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. surpassed 50,000 megawatts (MW) of total installed electrical generative capacity for the first time this past August.

The Nature of Wind Farms

Thu, 2012-11-08 12:26

Over the past few years, growth in the renewable energy sector has significantly increased relative to growing global energy demands. The influx of solar and wind energy production, in particular, will continue to drive reliable clean energy forward. Although there are substantial inroads that need to be made within renewable energy, specifically cost and efficiency, there remain countless applications of renewable energy sources both in the U.S. and abroad.