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More wind farms in the works

As a variable resource, it doesn't produce the nonstop electricity flow of coal-or gas-fired power plants.... But rising natural gas prices have made wind more attractive. Wind developers also benefit from federal subsidies such as a production tax credit.
29 May 2006

Germany's wind farms challenged

However, some observers are now questioning whether all the investment in wind power makes economic sense....Alsleben's new wind farm is designed to supply electricity to 30,000 homes, but when the wind stops blowing, the blades stop turning and the power output falls to zero. Critics say this underlines one essential drawback: you can't depend on wind for energy. Even if you build wind farms you still need conventional power plants in case the wind fails.
29 May 2006

Kennedy's wind farm move yields local heat

Two months ago US Senator Edward Kennedy had Beacon Hill buzzing as he swooped down to address lawmakers at the State House for the first time in his 44-year career. But a large contingent of the same body that welcomed the state's senior senator with reverence and awe as he pledged his support for passage of landmark healthcare legislation is now giving Kennedy something he is utterly unaccustomed to receiving from Bay State Democrats: a cold shoulder.
28 May 2006

Wind farms gain popularity as natural gas costs rise

But it's not perfect, since windy periods don't necessarily match the peak demand for electricity. "It's not just that you can turn on a light as a customer, but that you can turn it on when you want," he said. Utilities have to plan electrical generation around highest demand, he said. "We have to cope with the wind blowing when the wind blows and maybe not necessarily when we need it," he said. "That's just the reality."
28 May 2006

Region takes lead role in wind farms

The increase is due to numerous reasons. They include a federal tax credit for production, actions by states like Pennsylvania to mandate that a percentage of in-state power be generated from renewable sources like wind, plus the influx of big companies with big money. Another is the nation's need for more electricity, which is forecast to increase by 1.6 percent per year through the year 2025, according to the Energy Information Administration.
28 May 2006

The Energy Challenge - Coal May Be Fuel of the Future, but Industry Battles Over Path

Coal, the nation's favorite fuel in much of the 19th century and early 20th century, could become so again in the 21st. The United States has enough to last at least two centuries at current use rates — reserves far greater than those of oil or natural gas. And for all the public interest in alternatives like wind and solar power, or ethanol from the heartland, coal will play a far bigger role.
28 May 2006

Warning: don't hug a wind turbine

As part of a new celebrity-backed campaign, lovers of renewable energy are throwing their arms around wind turbines to commune with green power....Anti-wind farm campaigners have catalogued hundreds of safety breaches, including turbines collapsing and lumps of ice thrown at high speed. Yesterday it was reported that ScottishPower had ordered a walker to leave the area around a wind farm in Argyll after chunks of ice began falling from the blades.
28 May 2006

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