Wind

Students See Clean Energy in Action on IAP Wind Turbine Tour

February 10, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Wind Turbine Tour

On one of the coldest days in January, a group of MIT students and staff boarded a bus to the small peninsula town of Hull, Massachusetts, for an MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) wind turbine tour during the Institute’s Independent Activities Period (IAP).[read more]

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Generating Capacity in 2015 from Renewable Sources

February 9, 2016 by Tom Schueneman

New Generating Capacity and Renewables

It was quite a year for renewable energy. 2015 set the record for new electrical generation placed in service from solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects.[read more]

Sharing Clean Energy With Our Neighbors Is Saving Us Millions

February 9, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

Sharing Clean Energy

One challenge for the grid operator these days is upgrading the electric system so that we don't have to throw away as much clean energy. Sometimes we have to shut down production of clean renewable energy just because our electric grid needs enhancements in order to absorb all the clean energy we are producing.[read more]

Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources Expected to Grow 9% This Year

February 8, 2016 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Renewables and Electricity Generation

Electricity generated from utility-scale renewable plants is expected to grow by 9% in 2016, based on projections in the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. Much of the growth comes from new installations of wind and solar plants and increases in hydroelectric generation after a relatively dry 2015.[read more]

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

February 5, 2016 by Dennis Wamsted
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Green Corporate Efforts and Utility Response

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own.[read more]

Trending Topics: Four Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of the Wholesale Power Market

February 3, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Whole Power Markets in 2016

Electricity from competitive wholesale power markets keeps the lights on for two-thirds of all Americans, but things may be about to change. 2016 will be a turning point for policymakers, clean energy providers, and wholesale market operators to modernize America’s regulated wholesale power markets.[read more]

Vermonters Say They Want Industrial Wind to Go the Way of the Billboard

January 25, 2016 by Rod Adams

As a native of South Florida, I’ve probably logged at least a million miles driving on its interstate and U.S. highways. Most Americans have probably had at least a small taste of that experience.[read more]

Trending Topics: After Paris, The State of America's Electricity Sector Emissions

January 6, 2016 by America's Power Plan
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Electricity Sector Emissions

With the Paris talks just ending and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it is a useful time to review the current status of the United States power sector emissions and energy trends that will be shaping the next decade.[read more]

Cleantech IPOs: Predictions Revisited, 2015 Winners, 2016 Picks

December 31, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

IPO Reviews and Predictions

An Initial Public Offering (IPO) or acquisition is the promised land for venture capital-funded startups -- but the fact is that most cleantech companies require a longer time frame, a bigger budget, and a different set of investor skills to go public, compared to other fields.[read more]

U.S. Wind Capacity Tops 70 Gigawatts

December 29, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Wind Energy Expansion

More than 70 gigawatts of wind power is installed around the U.S., according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association. The milestone was hit in November. It took three years to get from 60 gigawatts to 70 gigawatts due to the temporary expiration of the Production Tax Credit in 2013.[read more]

Virginia Wind and Solar Companies sSay Tax Credit Extensions Cue Up a Happy New Year

December 24, 2015 by Ivy Main

Virginia and Renewable Tax Credits

Congress included a welcome gift to the wind and solar industries in last week’s package of goodies that made up the year-end spending bill. For the wind industry, the renewal of the expired production tax credit (PTC) with a five-year phase-out finally ends the guessing game.[read more]

Wind Power Saves New Yorkers Money on Electricity After Unexpected Shutdown of Indian Point Nuclear Unit

December 21, 2015 by Kit Kennedy
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Wind Power and Energy Replacement

Wind energy came to the rescue of New York's electricity consumers this week, as a unit at the Indian Point nuclear power plant located in Westchester County unexpectedly went off-line on Monday evening, most likely due to an electrical disturbance.[read more]

A Grand Compromise on Energy?

December 17, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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The idea of a Congressional "grand compromise" on energy has been debated for years. A decade ago, such an agreement might have opened up access for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in exchange for "cap and trade" or some other comprehensive national greenhouse gas emissions policy.[read more]

Year in Review: Top 10 Advanced Energy News Stories of 2015, Part 1

December 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy over the past year.

Advanced energy makes news, and 2015 was proof of that. From American offshore wind finally breaking water to energy storage gigafactories to fundamental changes in the way utilities make money, businesses big and small had impact on the way the world generates and uses energy.[read more]

Horizontal Integration in CleanTech

December 8, 2015 by Nick Blitterswyk

CleanTech Business Model

Over the last few years, vertical integration has grown to be the go-to strategy for renewables and cleantech companies that are looking to expand. How can organizations benefit from the more traditional business approach of horizontal integration?[read more]