In the News: Research and Development in Renewable Energy, Small Wind Markets

In the News: Research and Development in Renewable Energy, Small Wind Markets

U.S. Dept. of Energy
Pennsylvania Wind for Schools Project Celebrates its First Wind Turbine Installation and Welcomes Three New Host Schools
The Pennsylvania Wind for Schools project, coordinated by Penn State University, is celebrating its first wind turbine installation at one of its host schools, Northwestern Area School District in Albion, Pennsylvania, just outside of Erie.

Bloomberg News
The Supposed Decline of Green Energy
Here’s a surprising new fact about energy in the United States: the percentage of our electricity coming from the greenest sources --  that is, the non-hyrdoelectric renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass – has doubled in just four years to nearly 6 percent.

Fierce Energy
A&M home to largest vertical-axis wind turbine install
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi can officially say that it now operates the largest vertical-axis wind turbine installation of its kind in the United States. To earn this distinction, the $1.2 million project uses three 75-feet tall, 20 kW vertical axis wind turbines which are the largest in the nation and will product an estimated 217,946 kWh of electricity.
Shale gas dominates energy efficiency conference
The steady development of Ohio’s shale gas is pumping hundreds of million of dollars into the state’s economy and creating a manufacturing renaissance. That has some questioning why Ohio should continue on its course to mandate electrical energy efficiency and require power companies to embrace renewable energy such as wind and solar – all of which cut into utility sales and drive up rates.

Power Engineering
Beginning of wind power generation
It is now a matter of switching the button to allow the country’s first wind power project to go into generation to produce 50mw of electricity and put into the national grid hopefully in October 2012, said Lt. Gen. Naeem Khalid Lodhi, the Chief Executive of the project in an interview.

Brazil Expects Wind Energy to Rise 11-Fold by 2012
Wind capacity in Brazil will rise 11-fold through 2021, faster than any other power source, according to a government draft energy report.

Renewable Energy Realities: US Energy Transparency Infographic
During this year’s presidential campaign, the renewable energy industry and the tax credits that support it receives have become a hot political topic. Renewable energy enjoys broad support in the US where people expect the government to support emerging clean power technologies and the 2012 Global Consumer Wind Study would make useful reading for both candidates.

Mother Nature Network (blog)
How to spark a ‘renewables revolution’
Ditching fossil fuels makes economic sense despite what many U.S. politicians say, energy guru Amory Lovins told a group of business and government leaders in Atlanta last week. And while Lovins continues his 40-year push fro efficient, renewable energy in America, he sees more momentum on the other side of the planet.

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