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  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Sustainability in India through wind: a case study of Muppandal Wind Farm in India

    Sustainable development is closely associated with energy availability. It requires a continuous and efficient energy supply. Therefore renewable energy sources such as wind energy are vital for the Indian economy not only from supply side considerations but also for their environmental and social benefits. The current paper undertakes an empirical study of investments made at the Muppandal Wind ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Logistics Planning in Offshore Wind Farm Development

    “In the offshore wind power industry, logistics planning is the dominant driver to avoiding costly mistakes,” highlighted Jim Lanard, President, Offshore Wind Development Coalition. The technologies needed to set up offshore wind farms are available in the US, and what is needed the most is a focus on logistics that would make them happen efficiently, he added.  A speaker at the ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • Amassing Wind Information

    Wind is a variable resource, but not an indecipherable one. Second Wind encourages harnessing the full range of wind sensing technologies that are available today. When it comes to wind information, much attention is focused on the choice of wind measurement technology and data collection practices in wind resource assessment and project design. Right now, wind data plays a limited role in the ...


  • Community Wind Power for Renewable Income

    CONSIDERING its incredible history and environmental benefits, wind power is one of the most underutilized sources of renewable energy. Stretching back as early as 200 BC, communities have been harvesting the wind for power. However, the scale and popularity of wind power is only now starting to reach critical mass as concerns of climate change rise and energy usage continues to soar. While ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Prospect of offshore wind energy development in Japan

    In Japan, the cumulative capacity of wind turbine generation systems on land has increased steadily in recent years. To install a large number of wind turbines has inherent problems such as shortage of suitable land, and inadequate infrastructure such as power cables and roads. The necessity for development of offshore wind turbine generation systems has been recognised based on the above ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What’s the Future of R&D in the Wind Industry?

    When the wind industry finally reacted to the world’s financial crisis—it didn’t fully hit us until 2010—at once, we lost both an incredibly vibrant global wind market and sufficiently robust profit margins. The market recovery is rebounding nicely now, thanks largely to government incentives, but profit margins will probably never fully recover—at least, not to the ...


    By Renewable NRG Systems

  • Benchmarking platforms: why more knowledge means more leverage

    Greater plant owner demand for high speed computing and benchmarking data analysis platforms will cause rapid development of power upgrade packages and create a basis for further OEM innovation. High speed computing is making a major difference in wind data analysis. Today, major advances in time series and spatial analysis as well as the wake models used to estimate losses are possible because ...

  • Can we do without nuclear?

    James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, considers the options for investment in low carbon electricity The euphoric phase on low carbon energy is over. There is no solution that is clean and cheap and always on. Yet we must make major investments in energy. Old coal and nuclear plants will have to close. And climate change has to be tackled or it will result in costly economic damage. So ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Coal-fired power on the way out?

    The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is that they are changing the earth’s climate. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • A small island in the Indian Ocean offers big lessons on clean power

    The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025. As the sun sets on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, Danga Beru Haba begins weaving under the glow of a single incandescent lightbulb, the only one in her home. Although she is tired from working dawn to dusk in the fields surrounding her village of ...


    By Ensia

  • Over 170 Non-State Actors Have 80-100% Climate Commitments

    A report by CDP and The Climate Group reveals that over 170 major companies, states, regions, and cities around the world have committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-100%, or procuring 100% of their power from renewable sources. ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Zero Waste - Zero Waste - Zero Waste

    The Planning Group of the Zero waste International Alliance defines zero waste as: “Zero waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for other use.” I recently posted this question on ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • High wire act: electricity transmission infrastructure and its impact on the renewable energy market

    Renewable energy (RE)—electricity from wind, solar, and other naturally renewing energy sources— has drawn increasing attention in the quest to reduce greenhouse gases on a scale commensurate with the dictates of climate science. Renewables have the potential to substitute for a significant proportion of the conventional fossil fuels prevalent in today’s electricity generation. ...

  • Regional Roundup

    NATIONAL PRESS CLUB DIVERTS FOOD WASTEThe National Press Club (NPC) in Washington, D.C. started diverting its pre and postconsumer food waste to composting in September. Working with EnviRelation, an organics hauler, NPC has achieved a 75 percent volume reduction in waste, filling one instead of four 16-cubic foot containers per day with trash. This is expected to equal two tons of food waste ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Can the Internet save the planet?

    Last October, environmentally conscious Netheads everywhere got some excellent news. The pervasive use of broadband Internet connections and the tools and practices they enable could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 1 billion tons over the next decade, according to the American Consumer Institute. Widespread adoption of broadband in the United States alone would cut energy use by the ...


  • A long-overdue burial for the population vs. consumption question

    Enough about whether population, consumption or production is the problem. We need to get to work on all of them – now. When the topic of human population comes up, the reaction is often a knee-jerk one that reduces a complex conversation to a choice between fertility rates and overconsumption — as if they are mutually exclusive, when in fact they are part of the ...


    By Ensia

  • Rio+20: Seizing the opportunity for a sustainable future

    The 1992 Earth Summit was a bright moment for the environmental movement. For the first time, presidents and prime ministers—more than 100 in all—were “coming together to save the earth,” as a headline on the cover of Time magazine put it. What’s more, the U.N.-led conference in Rio de Janeiro yielded some genuine results. Among them were major global treaties on the ...

  • Renewable Energy Companies Continue Their Surge

    Firms make use of Renewable Portfolio Standards, farm-to-fuel investments and availability in lower-cost feedstocks to achieve better results.   THE FARM-TO-FUEL Investment Act was ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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