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No, Wind Development Is Not a National Security Threat

The military already has the means to assess potential effects of new turbines

Posted on Jan 16 2018 by Christian Haig

Note: This is fourth and last in a series of blogs highlighting recent progress in onshore and offshore wind energy and examining some of the opportunities, challenges and threats the industry faces. The series was originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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  1. Air Force Space Command

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U.S. Onshore Wind: Building on a Strong 2016

Wind is now the largest source of renewable power in the U.S.

Posted on Dec 14 2017 by Anonymous

Note: This is part one of a series of blogs highlighting recent progress in onshore and offshore wind energy, as well as discussing some of the continued opportunities, challenges and threats the industry faces in the near term. The series was originally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Tax Bill Would Deal a Blow to Renewables

Parts of the GOP bill would scale back incentives for wind and solar

Posted on Dec 12 2017 by Scott Gibson

Republican tax bills now in the hands of congressional negotiators would weaken a variety of federal incentives for renewable energy, but a lot is riding on a final version of the bill the GOP hopes to pass by the end of the year.

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An Unlikely Bastion of Renewable Energy

Led by a Republican mayor, a Texas city defies politics and goes all-renewable

Posted on Oct 19 2017 by Scott Gibson

Texas is conservative oil and gas country, but that hasn't prevented city officials in Georgetown, Texas, including its "good little Republican" mayor, from moving the city-owned electric utility to an all renewable future.

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  1. Matt Turner via Flickr

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Accounting for Renewable Electricity Savings

Is saving energy generated by renewable sources as important as saving energy generated by fossil fuels?

Posted on Jan 10 2017 by Anonymous


How much does it matter if energy efficiency programs like Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. or appliance energy standards save electricity generated by renewable resources like wind and solar, rather than from fossil fuel power plants? Certainly from the perspective of reducing carbon pollution, there’s a strong case that saving renewable electricity is not as valuable as saving energy generated from burning fossil fuels.

As the role of renewable electricity in the nation’s electricity supply grows, this question will become increasingly important to think through.

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Three Offshore Wind Projects Advance

Pilot projects in Maine, Atlantic City, and Lake Erie all are eligible for millions in fresh federal aid

Posted on Jun 1 2016 by Scott Gibson

Pilot projects designed to test three different approaches to anchoring offshore wind turbines have won backing from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOEUnited States Department of Energy.), making each eligible for as much as $40 million in new funding.

In an announcement, the department said that projects in Maine, on Lake Erie and in the Atlantic Ocean off Atlantic City, New Jersey, all show "significant progress toward being successfully completed and producing power."

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Smart Meters, China Wind, Renewables in Massachusetts, Building Workshops

A roundup of recent developments in green building

Posted on Feb 5 2016 by Scott Gibson

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Small-Scale Wind Hopes to Follow Solar’s Footsteps

United Wind raises $200 million to expand a lease program for small wind generators, hoping to copy solar’s path to success

Posted on Jan 25 2016 by Scott Gibson

United Wind is hoping to do for small-scale wind what third-party installers already have done for solar.

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U.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time Low

A study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that the cost of wind-generated electricity has dropped below 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour

Posted on Aug 12 2015 by Scott Gibson

Declining costs for utility-scale wind turbines are one factor that has helped drive the price of wind-generated electricity to its lowest point ever, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says in its annual Wind Technologies Report.

The report said that utility purchasers were offered an average price of less than 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in contract negotiations in 2014, a year in which wind installations reached 4.9 gigawatts of new capacity. New projects were valued at a total of $8.3 billion.

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Floating Wind Turbines Hit Rough Seas

In Oregon, two utilities object to proposed rates in a pilot wind project and put federal funding at risk

Posted on Jul 8 2015 by Scott Gibson

A pilot project to bring floating wind turbines to the Oregon coast hit a snag when two investor-owned utilities balked at the above-market rates they would have had to pay for the electricity, according to a report by the website

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