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Total US electricity consumption declined by a staggering 3.5% in 2009, representing the largest drop in the last decade. Electricity use by the industrial sector was down a staggering 12% from January to September of 2009. Although decreased demand is positive when considering the environmental implications, it does temporarily reduce the interest slightly in increasing green power sources. This tend is likely to last only as long as the slow economic climate, although increased emphasis on energy efficiency under the Obama administration may help mitigate the trend of electric demand increas... More →
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June Javelosa reports that renewable energy met a major milestone in the U.S., with wind powering over 50% of the U.S. electric demand....that is, for only a matter of a few minutes that is. The Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a grid operator responsible for powering 14 states, notes that while it may have been brief, the fact that the U.S. hit the mark even for a short period of time is notable, since it was the first a North American power grid to achieve the feat.

According to their report, wind power reached 52.1% last February, beating the previous record of 49.2%. Ten years ago, t... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the U.S. military is trying very hard to expand and incorporate alternative energy sources. The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) published an excellent review last year on Renewable Energy For Military Installations. But poorly-sited wind turbines continue to present problems to both flyovers and to radar and surveillance systems. Three-hundred and 500-foot-tall thin linear rotating structures can cause quite a few issues with aircraft and with long-distance remote sensing systems.

The America Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says these issues can be... More →
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In 2015, wind energy generated within California totaled 11,856 gigawatt-hours (GWh) or 6.06% of the in-state total power generation. Current operating wind energy power plants in California have an installed capacity of about 6,288 megawatts.

Note - Listings that showing CAISO In-State Wind Generation, indicate that an estimate has been used in place of WPRS (Wind Performance Reporting System) data. WPRS came into effect for the 2014 calendar year. Starting in 2015, CAISO generation data may be published as a preliminary estimate until validated WPRS data becomes available. The CAI... More →
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The U.S. wind energy market took a hit in 2010 with a decrease in investment compared with 2008 and 2009. That's according to the Department of Energy's "2010 Wind Technologies Market Report" (PDF) released yesterday. The report measures investment in terms of how much wind energy capacity was built and connected to the national electric grid. About 5 gigawatts' worth of wind energy farms were installed in the U.S. in 2010, representing an $11 billion investment, according to the Department of Energy report. That represents a decrease in wind energy installations overall when compare... More →
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Dr. Conca suggests that the stability of European electricity generation is at risk from the warped market structure caused by skyrocketing renewable energy subsidies that have swarmed across the continent over the last decade. This sentiment was echoed a week ago by the CEOs of the European largest energy companies, who produce almost half of the electricity generated. This group joined voices calling for an end to subsidies for wind and solar power, saying the subsidies have led to unacceptably high utility bills for residences and businesses, and even risk causing continent-wide blackouts.<... More →
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As part of the Obama comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources via wind and other sources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today held the 5th competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, which offered nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for potential wind energy development.

The provisional winners of the lease sale are RES America Developments Inc., which bid $880,715 for lease area OCS-A 0498 (160,480 acres), and US Wind Inc., which bid $1,006,2... More →
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Kristin Majcher reports that the recent setback for a massive wind farm proposed off the coast of Massachusetts highlights how the technology has expanded very slowly outside of Europe. Offshore wind farms are a particularly attractive way to generate renewable energy. Out of the way of densely populated areas, wind turbines on the ocean can be bigger than ones on land. And the wind blows harder and more predictably over the water.

Europe has been using the technology for years, but it has been harder to replicate elsewhere, especially in the U.S. Last December, prospects dimmed fo... More →
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Oliver Massmann, general director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC, reports that Vietnam can be seen as a strong international competitor in wind energy as it has significant potential for wind energy and a continuously increasing electricity demand.

However, the World Bank reported that only 8.6% of Vietnam territory has potential for the development of wind energy, in comparison with 2.9% in Laos, and just 0.2% in Cambodia and Thailand.

Although Vietnam possesses some potential for wind-power production and an energy sector with strong interests from domestic and foreign inv... More →
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An article in the autumn 2010 issue of WindStats looked at the performance of these - as well as some Swedish and British - wind farms, and found that their outputs were generally in line with expectations. However, a recent analysis by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) in the UK has suggested that the productivity of the Danish offshore wind farms has been declining significantly with age and also concludes that "few wind farms will operate for more than 12-15 years".

This analysis therefore updates the earlier WindStats review and examines the basis for the claim tha... More →
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The WNO reports that the Netherlands has one nuclear reactor generating almost 4% of its electricity. At least one large new unit is proposed. Its first commercial nuclear power reactor began operating in 1973.

A previous decision to phase out nuclear power has been reversed. Public and political support is increasing for expanding nuclear energy. Its main research reactor produces about 60% of European medical radioisotopes.

Nuclear power has a small role in the Dutch electricity supply, with the Borssele reactor providing about 3.9% of total generation - 2.9 billion kW... More →
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To stay abreast of the principal developments in renewable energy costs, this is a Google search dump that would be current with each access.

To ensure the current item is at the top, click Date and check date of entry at bottom of item.
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Kaibawhite reports that the Texas Senate passed the Senator Fraser anti-renewable energy Senate Bill 931. If passed by the House, this bill will abolish two of the Texas few renewable energy programs the renewable portfolio standard and building of competitive renewable energy zone transmission lines.

Job growth, economic development, stable business climate he thought those were conservative bread and butter. The wind industry should have earned the good graces of Texas lawmakers. Wind farms annually pay over 85 million dollars in taxes to rural Texas counties, plus about 65 mill... More →
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With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the intensifying Nevada cattle battle, and the new announcement about the additional Keystone pipeline delay, little attention is being paid to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy or any of the other 50 lapsed tax breaks the Senate Finance Committee approved earlier this month. But, despite the low news profile, the gears of government continue to grind up taxpayer dollars. The PTC is often the deciding factor in determining whether or not to build a wind farm. According to Bloomberg, wi... More →
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D. S. Brodie prepared a layman-level guide to the serious disadvantages of wind power, the main poster child of so-called renewables, written from a Scottish perspective but applicable to the entire UK. The facts have been drawn from a wide range of publicly accessible studies, reports and authoritative blogs, e.g. from energy analyst Euan Mearns Renewable Energy ... The Most Expensive Policy Disaster in Modern British History, the Civitas report Electricity Costs ... The Folly of Wind Power ... and the study by Mr Derek Partington on The Intermittency of UK Wind Power Generation. The subjecti... More →
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Anthony J. Alexander, Christopher M. Crane and Thad Hill indicate that last year the U.S. Congress allowed the production tax credit -PTC- for wind power to expire after more than 20 years and numerous extensions. Now some people in the wind industry want it resurrected, but it is clear that an extension is not warranted by any measure. As chief executives at some of the largest coal, natural gas, and nuclear companies, the authors indicate that they have a deep and abiding commitment to clean and reliable energy, with substantial interests in renewable energy resources, including wind, solar,... More →
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The U.S. wind industry experienced unprecedented growth in 2007, surpassing even optimistic projections from years past. This rapid pace of development has made it difficult to keep up with trends in the marketplace. Yet, the need for timely, objective information on the industry and its progress has never been greater. This report - the second of an ongoing annual series - attempts to meet this need by providing a detailed overview of developments and trends in the U.S. wind power market, with a particular focus on 2007.... More →
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A Los Alamos simulation shows why turbulent air flows are causing power losses and turbine failures in American wind farms. Denmark Horns Rev 1 offshore wind farm was observed just as weather conditions created fog in the wake of each wind turbine. The more turbulent downstream air can cause power losses and mechanical problems for turbines behind the front row. Modern wind turbines have a design life of 20 years and yet break down 2 to 3 times in the first 10 years.
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Ross Koningstein and David Fork report that renewable energy technologies will not save us. Starting in 2007, Google committed significant resources to tackle the climate and energy problems. A few of these efforts proved very successful - Google deployed some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world, purchased large amounts of renewable energy, and offset what remained of its carbon footprint. The boldest energy move was an effort known as RE-C, which aimed to develop renewable energy sources that would generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants. The company ... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that as renewables, especially wind, enter more of the energy market, the power grid has had to make some adjustments, particularly for the intermittency of the wind and sun.

Intermittency is all the rage with folks who do not want renewable energy, on economic grounds as well. They point out that it takes so much natural gas, hydroelectric and even coal plants to back-up, or load-follow, wind and solar that it skews the benefits of the renewables, albeit the costs, and hides the actual carbon footprint.

But a few write-off nuclear as being able to load-... More →
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Linda Paulson opines that wind power suffers from an important disadvantage that prevents it from ever becoming a dominant power source for the industrialized world in which we live. Wind is intermittent, thus it requires another, more reliable source of power, such as nuclear, hydroelectric, or fossil fuel. Some form of power must be available to pick up the slack when wind drops.

The power produced by a wind turbine relates to the cube of air speed. If the wind drops in half, the turbine output is cut by a factor of eight. And if the wind dies completely ...well, you already know... More →
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Jason Correia presents a powerful graphic comparing the energy density of nuclear to that of wind power. Wind power is dilute and variable, so some may argue this is not a representative comparison. Some wind turbines being built can supply energy for 300 homes. But such limited information creates a misleading impression that one turbine will produce that power continuously.

If wind power is compared to a yearly megawatt hour (MWh) figure that a nuclear plant can produce, the impression of what wind can power dramatically shifts. The numbers cannot be fully appreciated until they a... More →
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