A New Hampshire program that provides financial incentives to homeowners for installing solar- or wind-power generating systems may be a victim of its own success. Public officials are taking steps to prevent its demise.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware (UD) announced they will work to facilitate the potential establishment of a test site for commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast.
The energy needs of the world could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity by means of wind turbines. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural fluctuations in wind direction and strength.
Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal recently announced proposals for wind energy for his state, the most controversial of which is a $3 per megawatt-hour excise tax, the first of its kind in the United States.
A new poll released by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis found that, while Massachusetts electric utility customers generally support wind energy, this support erodes rapidly if wind projects contribute to an increase in electric bills.
President Barack Obama should be pleased to hear the news: Despite the criticism on many fronts about the federal government’s historic intervention in the nation’s economy, at least some of that investment appears to be paying off in dividends.
Officials from EDP and EDP Renewables, a generator of wind energy, announced that the company intends to devote approximately $4 billion through 2012 to building new wind farms in the United States. In 2009, the company installed 800 megawatts (MW) of wind energy on $1.5 billion of investment.
In a pilot project designed to harness the power of the ocean breezes along North Carolina’s coast, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and Duke Energy announced they have signed a contract to place up to three demonstration wind turbines in the Pamlico Sound.
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.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported the U.S. market for small wind turbines with 100 kilowatts (kW) capacity or less grew 78 percent in 2008, with a total of 17.3 megawatts (MW) of new installed capacity, offering evidence that consumer demand for clean energy options is rising.