Two Duke Energy wind power projects recently under construction in Pennsylvania and Wyoming are now online and generating clean, renewable electricity. Duke Energy also announced that Siemens Industry Inc.
With lingering, albeit dwindling, controversy over an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound as a backdrop, a recently released study envisions wind power playing a greater role in the future of New England.
Its recent problems notwithstanding, California continues to light a path to the rest of the nation for policy change. In this case, the path would be lit with a device that uses considerably less power.
For some innovations, such as calculators and computers, the key to success was in finding a way to make things smaller. The future of concentrated solar power, on the other hand, depends on making the product deliverable on a grand scale.
When Bob Wian opened a 10-seat hamburger stand in Glendale, Calif., in 1936, he couldn’t have predicted how famous the logo of the smiling little boy in the checkered overalls would become. But Big Boy has become part of American fast-food culture.
As the national dialogue continues about the uses of alternative power, at least four states have added or increased their requirements on utilities for the production of electricity from renewable sources.