A year after surpassing California as the nation’s leader in wind power capacity, Texas’ lead is solid and growing. In 2006, the Lone Star state marked the second year in a row that it led the nation in wind power production.
The wind turbine pictured above is turned on its side, but it isn’t broken. The 11-foot blades are suspended just above the ground at one end with a 2,000-pound counterbalance pitched into the air at the other.
Lementing its role as the nation’s wind power leader, Texas is taking on two new wind farm developments on a scale that would make the state proud. In July, Shell WindEnergy Inc. and Luminant, a subsidiary of TXU Corp., announced a joint development agreement for a wind project in Texas.
Offshore wind power on the Atlantic coast experienced another gust of positive news. As projects are being considered in states such as Delaware, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a recent study adds Georgia to the list of locales with great potential for development.
Things are looking good for the wind power industry. According to the first annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program on the wind power industry, the U.S. wind market is the fastest growing in the world. The report, “Annual Report on U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Denmark’s Risø National Laboratory, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), signed an agreement to cooperate on improving wind energy technologies.
A market is opening for alternative energy
You electrical contractors better get with the program, or you are going to lose a huge corner of the market in alternative energy,” said Lori Ryker, describing the marketplace as it relates to electrical contractors and the increasing demand by consumers.
GEORGIA POWER launched its Green Energy program in October. Designed to produce electricity from environmentally friendly sources such as the sun, wind, water and landfill gas, customers can buy green energy in 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks, which requires a 12-month subscription.
GOVERNOR EDWARD RENDELL announced on October 5 that Pennsylvania is investing $6.4 million in 16 clean energy projects that will create 316 permanent and up to 280 construction jobs in the commonwealth, as well as to leverage more than $38 million in private funds.
Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) increased its wind power portfolio by nearly four times when it signed an agreement with Midwest Renewable Energy Projects LLC (MRE Projects) to build an 18-turbine, 30 megawatt wind farm near Mason City, Iowa.
“There are millions of dollars at stake for our guys, and the industry could benefit greatly from the work it would give us and the guys off the bench,” said Glenn Kingsbury, Boston Chapter executive of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), about Cape Wind—an off-shore electricity