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August 10, 2011

FALL 2011 CLASSES: Course Listing

Fall 2011 courses will be starting soon at West Texas A&M University’s!

There will be two courses related to Renewable Energy this semester and three more Engineering Technology classes. The topics include Materials, fabric, metals, ceramics and individual study.

Both renewable courses will be offered online through WTAMU’s Continuing Education department. Ken Starcher will be teaching the renewable courses. Byungik Chang will be teaching the other ET classes. You must be registered with West Texas A&M University to sign up for these classes.

Start Date

Classes begin AUGUST 29TH, 2010.

Course Summaries

If you would be interested in taking these courses, please look at the following course summaries:

August 3, 2011

Winds changing for Bushland energy research laboratory

Filed under: Local News,Local People,News,Texas News,Wind Energy — Tags: , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 8:55 am

Here’s some more news on the end of the research lab at Bushland, by Kevin Welch at the Amarillo Globe-News.

Some types of energy projects have been spinning at Bushland’s Conservation and Production Laboratory for more than three decades, but they’ll start slowing to a stop in two years.

“Our national research program office said it wanted a stronger emphasis on biofuels, and we are the only solar/wind program so we kind of stuck out,” acting lab director Terry Howell said. “But there will be no impact on federal funding or personnel. The only people who will be affected by the transition work for West Texas A&M.”

All the soil and water conservation, feedlot, crop management and plant variety improvement work at the lab will continue.
It’s part of a change of concept and philosophy by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced four more biomass projects in several states, but not Texas, to use non-food crops such as wood, oil seed or switchgrass to create fuel.


Click here
to read the full article on the Globe-News web site.

For more on Bushland, check out this NewsChannel10 Amarillo interview.

USDA ending wind program in Bushland

NewsChannel 10 Amarillo posted a video this weekend about the end of the USDA wind research program in Bushland. AEI’s Ken Starcher was interviewed for this story.

Click here to view the video on the NewsChannel 10 web site.

For more on Bushland, check out this Amarillo Globe-News article.

July 25, 2011

AEI’s Former Director in Texas Monthly

Filed under: Local News,Local People,News,Texas News — Tags: , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 12:11 pm

Texas Monthly will be publishing an article featuring the Alternative Energy Institute‘s former director, Dr. Vaughn Nelson. Nelson was also a professor at West Texas A&M University and recently authored the book Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment.

Here is a brief preview of the article A Mighty Wind (by Kate Galbraith and Asher Price).

One cool Lubbock afternoon in 1979, Father Joe James made a kite. He nailed together a small wooden cross, glued paper across it, and on the long tail of twine tied streamers every five feet. Then he walked out of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the energy-saving, below-ground house of worship he had designed, climbed up a modest slope, and launched the contraption above the church’s school and football field. Staring up at the fluttering streamers, he could gauge which way the wind was blowing and where it blew hardest.

To read more, click here. Texas Monthly requires you to subscribe in order to read it’s full articles.

Thank you Class 4 Winds for giving us a heads up on this!

July 18, 2011

Local News: Xcel to move idle turbine to Tucumcari

Filed under: Local News,News,Texas News,Wind Energy — Tags: , , , — Georgia Romig @ 9:32 am

More local news via the Amarillo Globe-News! This article is by Kevin Welch.

Xcel Energy plans on moving an idle turbine from near Borger to Tucumcari, N.M., to provide backup power there. The unit has provided additional power during peak demand using natural gas, said Xcel spokesman Wes Reeves, but the company will convert it to run on diesel fuel.

For more, click here to read the full article.

Local News: Ex-WT prof writes energy textbook

Local News by Yann Ranaivo from the Amarillo-Globe News:

Some time in the future, Earth will run out of the fossil fuels available for producing energy.

Vaughn Nelson, a retired West Texas A&M University physics professor, stresses that point in “Introduction to Renewable Energy,” a textbook released this year that discusses how renewable sources can be used to help the world rely less on coal, natural gas and oil in the future.

The work in the textbook stems from lessons Nelson taught during a WT course on renewable energy last year, he said.

“As I told my students all along, the first thing is conservation and energy efficiency and the second priority is renewable energy,” he said. “We’re going to have to shift that way, especially given all the money we send overseas for imported oil.”

Nelson’s book is part of a much greater push to increase the use of energy from wind, the sun, water and biomass.

To read the rest of the story, click here! To find out more about Nelson’s book, Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, check it out on Amazon.

July 5, 2011

2011 Mini-CDs for Sale!

Filed under: Products,Solar Energy,Wind Energy — Tags: , , , , , , , — Georgia Romig @ 2:44 pm

The 2011 Edition of our educational Mini-CDs are now for sale! They include:

Click the links above for more information on each CD. These CDs can be purchased through the WT Bookstore and are currently $25 plus $2 in shipping. For international rates, check out the Mini CD Pricing page on our web site. There are only 54 in stock (18 of each), so order now while supplies last!

If you would like to order a large CD (for Macintosh or for personal use), please contact us and we’ll gladly make one for you! As noted on the Prices page, they are $30 each.

Combo CDs are not available at this time. Trainer CDs have been discontinued for the time being.

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!

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.

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