wind power

Judge Cuts Hours for Massachusetts Wind Turbines

Posted on March 02,2015 by ScottG in utility-scale wind

A Massachusetts judge has ordered fewer operating hours for two municipally owned wind turbines that have been blamed by neighbors for a variety of health problems.

Firm Wins Auction for Deepwater Wind Rights

Posted on March 02,2015 by ScottG in industrial wind

In the first auction of its kind in the U.S., a Rhode Island-based company has agreed to pay $3.8 million to lease offshore wind sites off Massachusetts and Rhode Island where it will install 200 turbines with a total capacity of 1,000 MW. According to a Bloomberg News report, power production could begin in 2018.

Fire Knocks Out a Maine Wind Turbine

Posted on March 02,2015 by ScottG in wind energy

Fire has destroyed a 3-megawatt turbine that's part of the 44-turbine Kibby Mountain wind farm near the Canadian border, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News. The newspaper published the article on April 23 but said the fire actually had taken place on Jan. 16, noting that wind farm operators in Maine are not required to report turbine fires to any state agency.

Commercial-Scale Wind Power

Posted on March 02,2015 by AlexWilson in wind

Last week I wrote about the challenges of small wind turbines and the difficulty of successfully integrating wind power into buildings. This week, I’ll look at larger-scale commercial wind power developments.

Wind Power: Why it Doesn’t Make Sense Everywhere

Posted on March 02,2015 by AlexWilson in building-integrated wind

At least in our neck of the woods, wind power is very much in the news these days. The Vermont legislature is debating whether to institute a three-year moratorium on what detractors refer to as “industrial wind power,” and debate is raging in the nearby towns of Windham and Grafton, Vermont about a potential wind farm. I figured I should weigh in.

Buildings Will Play a Big Role in the EU’s Carbon-Reduction Plan

Posted on March 02,2015 by Fretboard in energy efficient homes

The European Union has mandated that greenhouse gas emissions over the next 38 years be cut by 80% from 1990 levels. That goal puts significant pressure on many sectors – transportation, utilities, urban planners, and builders, among others – to get their carbon-reduction act together soon. But the building industry, which is cited as a major source of emissions, will have to be especially agile in addressing energy efficiency if the EU is going to meet its target, a recent analysis points out.

Wind Power Getting Cheaper, Turbines More Efficient

Posted on March 02,2015 by Fretboard in wind

Back in 2007, the output capacity of utility-scale wind turbines in the U.S. was a little over 16,500 megawatts – a tiny fraction of what would be required to meet overall demand, but still enough to make the wind industry a viable, emerging player in electricity generation.

Germany’s Plus-Energy Town

Posted on March 02,2015 by Fretboard in clean economy

Sometimes it really does take a village. In 1997, the residents of Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian farming community of about 2,600 people, identified goals for revenue generation, local business development, and infrastructure. The idea was to proceed carefully, avoid massive debt, and let the rewards accumulate gradually over the coming decades. By May 2011, the town was not only on its way to realizing all its goals, it had generated about $5.7 million in revenue.

What Makes a Job ‘Green’?

Posted on March 02,2015 by Fretboard in alternative energy

Green sure is a handy word. Over the past few years it has become one of the building industry’s most heavily used catchphrases, salted with marketing potential and earnest ecological concern.

Backyard Wind Turbines

Posted on March 02,2015 by user-756436 in renewable electricity

Manufacturers of small wind turbines are enjoying a boom. Fascinated by the idea of generating their own electricity, many rural homeowners have invested thousands of dollars — sometimes tens of thousands of dollars — in a backyard wind generator.

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Posted on March 02,2015 by AlexWilson in wind power

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at a few power-generation technologies: pumped hydro, landfill gas, and nuclear. This week, we’ll examine another option that’s been in the news a lot over the past few years: wind power.

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