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 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.
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.
Registration is now open for West Texas A&M University’s Fall 2010 Alternative Energy Courses!
Both courses will be offered online through WTAMU’s Continuing Education department. You must register with West Texas A&M University to sign up for these classes.
Classes begin AUGUST 30TH, 2010.
- College Credit Cost – Varies, depending on whether you are pay in-state or out-of-state tuition.
- CEU & Certificate Cost – $720
What Can You Get From the Course?
If you would be interested in taking these courses, please look at the following course summaries:
How to Register
Prospective students must register through WTAMU Continuing Education.
STEP ONE: Click the “Register and Pay” link on the Continuing Education web site.
STEP TWO: Select the “ENERGY” topic code and hit Submit (not the WIND code).
STEP THREE: Register for the course of your choice!
From the Amarillo Globe-News:
Cross Texas Transmission says the statistics are convincing and is asking the state Public Utility Commission what it thinks about the company’s preferred route for the first transmission line in the Panhandle solely devoted to moving wind energy.
Cross Texas applied Monday for permission to build the segment from a substation southeast of Childress to one southwest of Lefors. The PUC will include its choice for the route when it rules on the application. That choice does not have to be Cross Texas’ preferred route.
The distance between the points wind farms will plug into the system is 82.2 miles along a straight line, but avoiding obstacles and following existing rights of way stretched the preferred route to 94.9 miles. Some of the alternatives Cross Texas discarded were as long as 110 miles.
Click here for more information (and to see the map).
This one was found by our friends at Class 4 Winds. Here’s a story about T. Boone Pickens and his wind farm project from the Dallas Morning News.
T. Boone Pickens’ plan to build the world’s largest wind farm is off.
Instead, Pickens said he will build five or six smaller wind farms, in the Midwest and possibly Texas, though he hasn’t settled on locations.
Last year, Pickens announced that he would build a 1,000-megawatt wind farm in Pampa, Texas. The problem a lack of a transmission line to bring the juice to population centers, Pickens said in an interview last week.
“I don’t think the first place we build, though, is where we thought we would because we don’t have the transmission,” he said.
Remember that idea he had to build his own transmission line? “It was a little more complicated than we thought,” he said.
You can read the rest of the article (and other Pickens news) here.