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February 25, 2011

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!

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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.

Alternative energy forum draws turbine friends, foes

Filed under: National News,News,Wind Energy — Tags: , — Georgia Romig @ 11:02 am

From Tom Henry at the Toledo Blade:

For years, it’s been a phrase linked to debates over where to build nuclear power plants, steel plants, auto plants, coal-fired power plants, refineries, paint shops, coking facilities, and hazardous waste dumps — virtually anything people shudder at the thought of living near, even if they acknowledge it’s a trade-off for maintaining modern life.

Now, with the wind industry booming, there’s a new era of the NIMBY phenomenon. And it’s one in which the opposition isn’t pollution-based but encompasses anything from aesthetics to wildlife to property values to insomnia.

The wind industry produces 2 percent of the nation’s electricity. But it is growing so fast, in part because of government incentives, that it predicts that by 2030, wind will supply 20 percent of America’s power, the equivalent of what nuclear power produces. That has people from Maine to California envisioning thousands of more wind turbines across America’s idyllic countrysides and shorelines.

To some, those huge rotating blades are an adrenalin rush, a symbol of how the nation is finally pursuing more energy independence. To others, they are visual clutter, eyesores not worth the investment.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

February 4, 2011

Global wind power capacity increases by 22% in 2010

From REVE:

Global wind energy installations increased by 35.8 GW in 2010. Wind farm capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind turbines installed at the end of 2009.

This brings total installed wind energy capacity up to 194.4 GW, a 22.5% increase on the 158.7 GW wind farm installed at the end of 2009. The new capacity added in 2010 represents investments worth EUR 47.3 billion (US Dollars 65 bn).

For the first time in 2010, more than half of all new wind power was added outside of the traditional markets in Europe and North America. This was mainly driven by the continuing boom in China, which accounted for nearly half the new wind installations (16.5 GW).

Click here to read more.

American Wind Energy Association – Background on Texas Blackouts

Filed under: National News,News,Texas News — Tags: — admin @ 10:41 am

From REVE

Wind power played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind turbines was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW,

Many parts of the Texas experienced rolling blackouts, coinciding with unusually cold temperatures across many parts of the state. Millions of customers statewide appear to have been affected. Here are the facts as they are currently understood:

Wind energy played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind farm power was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW, roughly the amount it had been forecast and scheduled to provide. That is about 7% of the state’s total electricity demand at that time, or enough for about 3 million average homes.

Cold and icy conditions caused unexpected equipment failures at power plants, taking up to 50 fossil-fired power plants totaling 7,000 MW of capacity offline.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

January 28, 2011

It’s Not Just Oil: Wind Power Approaches 8% of Texas Electricity in 2010

Filed under: News,Texas News,Wind Energy — Tags: , , — admin @ 12:26 pm

From Repower America, by Ryan Koronowski, ACP Research Director:

When you think of Texas and the energy resources it possesses, the first image that might come to your mind is an oil derrick.

This is perfectly reasonable — Texas produces the most crude oil in the United States and more than twice as much as California. But oil isn’t the only energy resource Texas produces in large volumes.

In fact, Texas also leads the U.S. in wind power production. And business is booming for the companies and communities in the Texas panhandle wind corridor. Many farmers and ranchers love wind because when they allow the turbines on their land, the operators can pay landowners leasing fees and even a small percentage of revenues. A report released this week noted that wind power represented 7.8% of total electricity production for most electricity consumers in Texas last year. This is up from 4.9% in 2008 — a huge increase.

Click here to read the full article.

November 3, 2010

New Staff!

Filed under: Local People,News — Tags: — admin @ 10:02 am

We’ve made some changes to our staff! Check out our Staff Page for more info.

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