January 24, 2012
Minnesota schools collaborate on wind research and training
The Mesabi Range College and University of Minnesota have formed a partnership in wind-energy research, education and technology advancement. The goal of the partnership is to develop nationally recognized opportunities within Minnesota for future wind energy educators, technicians, engineers, business leaders, and innovators… click here to view full article
200 MW Wind Farm to Boost Ohio Clean Power
The Ohio Power Siting Board, the state utility regulatory agency, has given the green light to start building the Black Fork Wind Farm, a 200-megawatt facility that will be capable of generating enough clean electricity to power 10,000 homes… click here to view full article
August 10, 2011
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.
Classes begin AUGUST 29TH, 2010.
If you would be interested in taking these courses, please look at the following course summaries:
August 3, 2011
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.
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
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 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.
March 25, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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February 25, 2011
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.
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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.
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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.