While renewables’ overall contribution to worldwide energy production may still be relatively small compared to traditional sources of power, they have generated no small amount of buzz and hype by always managing to outsize themselves with some newer, bigger and better model that sets the standard
More Americans are installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a report by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
The owners of Swauk Creek Ranch, a privately owned 3,865-acre reserve in Kittitas County, Wa., have partnered with Seattle-based energy and facility services firm McKinstry to develop and construct five wind turbines that will generate electricity for consumption in Kittitas County.
As the renewable power revolution carries on, wind power continues to lead the way. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the trade association for the U.S. wind energy industry, 2011 was a year of many milestones, and 2012 promises more of the same.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) formed an alliance focused on preventing worker exposures to electrical, crane and fall hazards in the wind-energy industry.
All the policies, rhetoric and tax incentives may be finally starting to pay off. New statistics reveal that wind power and other renewables are showing sustained and consistent growth, a sign that they may have reached a new stage of maturity in the American energy market.
The saga of Massachusetts’ Cape Wind Project has progressed slowly and painfully. Proponents will take it. After a decade of bureaucratic and legal wrangling, the embattled project has crossed some major thresholds. In October, U.S.
The road from potential to actual is often long, winding and windy. Add controversial, and you have the path taken by offshore wind to becoming a viable source of electricity for America’s energy markets.
Despite the controversies around its benefits and drawbacks, offshore wind is seen by one coastal state as a viable source of renewable power. The state, New Jersey, is willing to make a sizable investment of public resources to tap into its full potential.
In August, the new Greenway Self Park garage in downtown Chicago was dedicated. It uses the powerful winds coming off Lake Michigan, other green elements and stunning architecture to demonstrate what practicality and sustainability are all about.