DOE to recast landmark 20% wind energy report; Study looks back, ahead.383492013-05-15T23:08:56Z2013-05-15T23:08:56ZThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program is revisiting the conclusions from its 2008 study that contemplated the technological and regulatory road map for the U.S. wind industry to achieve 20% wind energy by 2030.Latest cleantech funding woes spark fears of industry slide.383382013-05-11T17:38:26Z2013-05-11T17:38:26ZThe problem, he said, is that those big investment firms tend to focus on mature companies that are generating significant revenue, and there are few of those in cleantech. Meanwhile, more government investment seems increasingly far off as congressional Republicans demand answers about the failure of Fisker Automotive.Oil and gas drillers make technological leaps, while renewable energy industry struggles.382772013-05-04T15:50:27Z2013-05-04T15:50:27ZBut the outlook for wind, batteries and biofuels is as dim as it's been in a decade. Global greenhouse gas agreements have fizzled. Dazzling discoveries have been made in laboratories, and some of these may yet develop into transformative products, but alternative energy technologies haven't become cheaper or more useful than fossil fuels. ..."In many cases, renewables aren't ready for primetime yet." Earth Day postmark stirs up wind opponents.382422013-04-30T11:49:19Z2013-04-30T11:49:19Z"We are VERY unappreciative of this symbol being used by the USPS for Earth Day," Marie McNamara recently emailed postal officials in Washington. "Thanks for putting us on record as strongly objecting to the symbol of industrial wind turbines as a postmark. Thanks for putting us on record as wanting to see the postmark go away immediately." BPA plan would share costs of wind-power shutdown.380982013-04-18T17:46:26Z2013-04-18T17:46:26ZThe Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) this week released a new proposal to share the "oversupply costs" that pile up when there is not enough demand for all the electricity produced by hydroelectric dams and wind-power producers.
During these oversupply periods, when wind-power producers may be asked to shut down, the plan would compensate them for lost revenue, according to Doug Johnson, a BPA spokesman.BP selling its entire U.S. wind power Business; will focus on oil and gas for future growth.152492013-04-03T23:00:00Z2013-04-03T23:00:00ZâBP has decided to market for sale our U.S. wind energy business as part of a continuing effort to become a more focused oil and gas company and re-position the company for sustainable growth into the future.â BP said that selling its entire U.S. wind operations would make the company more profitable.
BP puts U.S. wind farm arm up for sale.379482013-04-03T13:18:35Z2013-04-03T13:18:35ZBP (BP.L) has put its U.S. wind farm operation, one of the largest in the country, up for sale, marking the continued retreat of big oil companies from renewable energy investments while oil and gas projects offer them better returns.Forecast dims for wind power.378772013-03-27T21:50:46Z2013-03-27T21:50:46ZDespite a recent report trumpeting a record year for wind power in 2012, the numbers are not as encouraging as they seem.
Because even though total wind power capacity grew by 30 percent last year, with 13,000 megawatts in new wind turbines, the actual portion of our electricity coming from wind energy did not increase proportionally.New date set for Chokecherry state permit.377922013-03-20T18:40:22Z2013-03-20T18:40:22ZPCW originally planned to file the application on Jan. 21, but decided to wait to apply to see what would happen with Senate File 49, which, if passed, would have required projects requesting a permit from the ISC to spend 25 percent of anticipated project funds during the first two years of the project.Cape Wind construction could begin off Massachusetts coast by year-end.377882013-03-19T16:49:35Z2013-03-19T16:49:35ZBTMU is providing a significant amount of debt capital that will be used to pay for development and construction of the project, Cape Wind said. The company could not say how much BTMU was expected to raise.Where is the wind energy market headed?.377822013-03-19T13:31:17Z2013-03-19T13:31:17ZSome companies - including GE, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer in terms of megawatts installed in 2012 - have expressed concerns about where the wind power market is headed for the remainder of 2013, as the PTC's eleventh-hour extension came too late.Feds approve 3 major renewable energy projects in West.377272013-03-13T02:26:07Z2013-03-13T02:26:07ZThe approvals were for two solar and one wind projects, including NextEra Energy Inc's 750-megawatt McCoy Solar Energy Project in Southern California, the 150-megawatt Desert Harvest Solar Farm proposed by EDF Renewable Energy, also in Riverside County, and the 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project in Nevada, south of Las Vegas. Searchlight, which is being developed by Duke Energy Corp, will use Siemens wind turbines.The Hot Air in Wind Power.376072013-03-04T15:07:27Z2013-03-04T15:07:27ZWhile wind power could help retard climate change by reducing carbon emissions, the authors-one at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the other at Harvard-note that it actually generates some warming of its own through its effect on wind and turbulence. Rethinking wind's impact on emissions and cycling costs.375712013-03-01T19:30:47Z2013-03-01T19:30:47ZRecent reports by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and others suggest that the emissions-reducing benefits of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar may have been overstated and the cost of cycling fossil-fueled plants underestimated. These findings may change how utilities and policymakers weigh the costs and benefits of wind and solar energy.Ralls sues to void U.S. wind-farm purchase Obama blocked.372032013-01-30T15:05:05Z2013-01-30T15:05:05ZRalls is asking U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to declare the Ralls-Terna transaction invalid and block Terna from selling collateral because of Obama's order. The Ralls lawsuit challenging Obama's power to block the Oregon wind project also is before Jackson. Colorado Energy Office misspends millions in stimulus funds.372162013-01-30T04:40:47Z2013-01-30T04:40:47ZTwenty of 22 contracts administered by the agency contained incorrect or missing information in the state contract database, with six missing performance elements and another 13 missing contractor progress reports. ...The audit also discovered that as many as 16 travel and other expenditures "lacked appropriate approval and justification documentation." This included a line item for a $25,000 expenditure listed only as "2008 Membership."Altamont Pass turbines kill fewer birds.371872013-01-29T20:53:25Z2013-01-29T20:53:25ZThe tall, grassy hills, raked by stiff winds in spring and summer, offer prime hunting territory for owls, hawks and eagles. Focused on spotting prey, many birds soar straight into the spinning blades of turbines.
But efforts to curb the bloodshed may be starting to work.