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May 18, 2011

Welcome, New AEI Staff!

AEI welcomes its new staff members:

  • Secretary – Katie Perkins
  • Data Assistant – Miguel Grijalva
  • Field Assistant – Taehee Jung
  • Field Assitant – Jeff Ludlum

We also say goodbye to the following people:

  • Jennifer – Previous Secretary
  • Abhijit – Previous Field Assistant

All of the new staff members are student workers. You can find out more about them on our staff page, and be sure to check out the new staff photos on Facebook!

March 25, 2011

Weekly Renewable Energy News Round Up

Here is this week’s Renewable Energy News Round Up! This is a collection of new, important or offbeat renewable energy news we’ve found throughout the week.

Report: U.S. solar $6 billion industry in 2010

By Candice Lombari at CNET GreenTech

The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research.

California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current (MWdc), followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. Others on the Top 10 list in order of greatest installations included Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas.

Click here to read the rest of the story!

Austin legislators push solar energy measures

Texas is the top-producing state for wind-generated electricity just 12 years after a legislative deal jump-started the industry.

The Legislature is now debating whether Texas should provide a similar subsidy for other renewable energy sources that, according to proponents, would kick-start solar, geothermal and biomass as job-producing industries. The goals also would be to diversify the state’s renewable energy base and help the environment.

Click here to read the rest of the story!

PUC approves line route to transmit wind energy

The pace of wind energy transmission approvals for the Panhandle is building from a breeze to a gale with another route finalized and the last two moving along.

The Public Utility Commission approved a line route from near Lefors to the Panhandle area on Friday that could cost $62 million for about 40 miles of high-voltage transmission. That will put the cost of the three segments Cross Texas is building at more than $200 million, according to the company.

Click here to read the rest of the story!
What did you think of this week’s Renewable Energy News Roundup? Anything else you think we should have covered? Comment on our fan page or tweet us and let us know!

March 2, 2011

Local News: College receives $800K for solar energy program

Filed under: Local News,Local People,News,Solar Energy — Tags: , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 12:22 pm

Local News by Brandon Carpenter from The Ranger (Amarillo College’s student newspaper):

The renewable energy department has recieved a three-year grant of more than $800,00 from the National Science Foundation to develop a solar energy program.

Part of the money from the grant has been used to hire Arthur Schneider as a director of renewable energy technology and instrumentation technology.

“We are going into some unknowns, and we want to see what other programs are doing,” said Jack Stanley, chairman of the Sciences and Engineering Division.

“The grant will allow us to travel to Austin, Houston, places in New Mexico and Colorado to see the many different programs out there.”

To read the rest of the story, check out the print edition of this week’s AC Ranger! Visit The Ranger’s web site for info on how to subscribe.

February 25, 2011

National News: In 2010, wind energy competitiveness greatly increased

Filed under: National News,News — Tags: , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 2:57 pm

National News from REVE:

The cost of wind turbines on the main international wind farm markets fell below one million euro per MW, which is the lowest wind power generation cost that was ever registered.

Oversupply and increased manufacturing efficiency. According to the most recent edition of the Wind Turbine Price Index published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, this is why in 2010 all major wind farm markets registered a sharp fall in prices of onshore wind turbines.

The Bloomberg NE index examined more than 150 sale contracts of onshore wind turbines, for a total of nearly 7,000 MW in 28 countries around the world, focusing on Europe and the Americas. It was found that in the first half of the year the average price of wind turbines for the buyer was 980,000 €/MW (with peaks of 900,000), recording a 7% decrease over the previous year and a 19% drop compared with the peak reached in 2007-2008.

Click here to read more.

National News: Obama Administration Signals High Priority of Renewable Energy

National News from International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development:

US President Barack Obama proposed on Valentine’s Day to boost funds for clean energy research and deployment in his 2012 budget by slashing subsidies for fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. The announcement comes at a time of great sensitivity on issues related to government support for clean energy, following the US launching of a WTO dispute against China’s support for wind power manufacturing and Japan’s WTO challenge against Canadian green energy subsidies (see Bridges Trade Biores, 24 January 2011 and 24 September 2010 respectively).

But despite these conflicts and resistance from lobby groups, Obama has maintained his focus on the importance of the industry, including clean energy technology among a few singled out as part of “our generation’s Sputnik moment” in his State of the Union address.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

International News: Kenya to increase use of renewable energy

Filed under: International News,News — Tags: , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 2:30 pm

International News from Capital FM Kenya, by Simon Ndong’a

The government is committed to reducing carbon gas emissions through the use of various renewable forms of energy, President Mwai Kibaki has said.

He pointed out that currently, large scale investments in geothermal and wind energy production programmes and forestry restoration programmes are underway in the country.

“The green climate funding that was generally agreed to and the global environment facility should support developing countries in transitioning towards green growth,” he stated during the opening of the 26th Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Ministerial Forum.

The President further said that a lot of effort was being exerted in tackling electronic waste in the country.

“My government has also supported a draft decision on electronic waste. We believe that a harmonised approach beginning with a clear assessment of the challenge would be a good start,” he stated.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

February 21, 2011

Staff Page Updated! (And New Staff!)

Filed under: Local News,Local People,News — Tags: , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 1:49 pm

Our Staff Page has been updated to better clarify Student Worker and Graduate Research Assistant positions, as well as to announce the newest member of our staff, Jordan Eason!

Click here to visit.

February 8, 2011

75% of Consumers Have a Favorable View of Solar Power and Wind Energy

Filed under: National News,News,Solar Energy,Wind Energy — Tags: , , — Georgia Romig @ 11:14 am

Here’s an article from REVE we thought you might like.

According to a new survey from Pike Research, consumer support for renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and wind power, is extremely high.

The future of the U.S. energy supply is a topic of fierce debate in the political and business arenas, and consumer opinion is a vital component of the broader discussion about the pros and cons of various paths toward a clean energy future.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Teachers learn about wind energy

Filed under: News,Wind Energy — Tags: , — Georgia Romig @ 11:12 am

Here’s a neat article we found by Michelle Mitchell at The Desert Sun. Here’s an excerpt!

About 30 Coachella Valley teachers spent their Saturday learning how to incorporate lessons on wind energy into their classrooms.

Representatives from the KidWind Project presented the workshop, which taught educators the principles of wind energy, provided ways to include these lessons in the curriculum and gave them materials to build miniature, working windmills.

“My goal is to have teachers become more aware of this form of renewable energy,” particularly because of the visible presence of wind turbines in the Coachella Valley, said Larry McLaughlin, who heads College of the Desert’s Energy Enterprise Center in Palm Springs where the training was held.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Solar & Wind Energy News of the Last Week (or So)

Great blog post from CleanTechina! Here’s an excerpt.

Ted Turner’s Solar Plant Begins Commercial Operation

Founder of CNN Ted Turner has announced that the 30-MW solar power plant developed and built by First Solar that he jointly owns has now started commercial operation. Here’s a little more from CalFinder Solar:

Built on more than 364 acres next to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico, presumably on private land since the project faced no environmental-review hurdles, the Cimarron Solar Project will feed power to Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a non-profit wholesale power dealer, and its 44 member electric cooperatives.

The project was first announced at the recent climate conference in Cancun and the electricity produced by it is expected to be enough to power 9,000 homes.

Go, Ted!

Click here to read the rest of the post at CleanTechina.

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