Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Facebook are leaders in the technology industry that have set goals for renewable energy and are powering some of its Texas-based data centers with wind energy. Wind powered energy has taken off in Texas and the state is now a leader in this industry. Texas generated 36 million megawatt-hours of wind-powered electricity…Read More
After nearly two years of planning and development, the first ever U.S./Mexico cross-border wind farm has opened in Tecate, Baja California. This initiative, operating under the name of Energia Sierra Juarez 1, was led by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and features 47 wind turbines that occupy 13,100 acres. The project cost $300 million…Read More
As of late June, four utilities nationwide have applied for permission to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as ‘drones’ to assist in the evaluation of its energy equipment including power lines, wind turbines and other equipment. Consumers Energy, a utility in Michigan, says it is using the UAVs to evaluate equipment especially after…Read More
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working on a new regulation that will cut carbon emissions from coal and gas power plants for the first time and boost demand for clean power such as wind. Indiana is one of the states at the top of the list to see an increase in their wind farms.…Read More
On the eve of Super Bowl 2015, most people are making plans for watching the big game and eating wings. Here at energytrends.org we are taking a look at the carbon footprint of this annual, all-American tradition. The National Football League (NFL) has made efforts in recent years to offset the energy consumed at the…Read More
A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recognized the western states with the most potential for renewable energy projects. With states’ renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requirements all reaching maturity by 2025 it looks beyond and predicts who will be the renewable energy leaders to come.
The primary renewable energy resources that were investigated were wind power, solar and geothermal. Not surprisingly, Wyoming was listed as one of the top producers of wind power especially when you consider their new wind energy project. Additionally, New Mexico was highlighted as a wind power giant. According to Thomas Stackpole, “By 2025, New Mexico could be producing twice the amount of renewable energy as its required to, meaning it could start selling it to other states.”Read More
The Department of Energy claims that you can reduce your electricity bills by 50%-90% by installing a small wind power system. 50%, let alone anything more, is enough to get most people’s attention. So what are small wind power systems and will they be the next revolution in home energy conservation?
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) small wind power systems are small wind turbines that act as electric generators by using the energy of the wind to produce clean, emission-free power for individual homes, farms and small businesses. The small wind power systems produced today typically consist of two or three fiberglass blades with the frame providing the structure for the rotor, generator and tail. The turbine is then mounted on a tower, which averages a height of 80 feet, but can range in heights of 30-140 feet since experts recommend the tower reach at least 30 feet above nearby obstructions in order to have top performance.
Of course, it would seem this could be a problem in urban or even suburban settings where neighbors would be more averse to having a large tower obstructing their view or creating congestion.Read More
Renewable energy projects on military installations are increasing – to 679 in 2012, up from 489 just a year earlier. All of the new projects were for solar or wind energy, according to Federal Times.
The Defense Department is turning its attention away from geothermal energy, which produced 74 percent of all renewable energy used by DoD facilities in 2011. Still, a new $7 billion multiple-award contract focused on geothermal was announced in May. TheRead More
Students at a Rockport, Maine High School Earn Prestigious Award from President for Successful Green Energy Project
Students at Camden Hills High School in Rockport, Maine successfully installed a wind turbine on the school’s campus and were awarded the 2012 Presidential Environmental Youth Award (PEYA). Margo Murphy, a science teacher at the school and leader of the project, also just received the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for her effective leadership on the successful green energy project. The President of the United States and the EPA have given the prestigious PEYA to young people who protect the nation’s air, water, land, and ecology since 1971. The administrator of EPA’s New England office said, “Bringing in renewable energy will improve overall efficiency and reduce energy costs in the school. I am impressed by the dedication and commitment it took to complete this project.”
The project included installation of a wind turbine on the school’s campus that is expected to produce 100,000 kWh in the first year, amounting to approximately ten percent of theRead More
A bold, new wind energy project in Wyoming is bringing to light the difficult landscape for regulating renewable energy in the United States.
The plan by Wyoming investors would build two of the nation’s largest wind farms, and immediately make Wyoming the nation’s wind energy leader. Driving the plan, and the investments, is the promise of building new electric transmission lines to bring the generated power to population centers, like Las Vegas and California. The developers say their project aligns with regional transmission development objectives signed by the governors of Wyoming, California, Nevada and Utah in 2005.
The problem with the plan is that California’s utilities, regulators and decision makers do not seem to be inclined to purchase the power, even though projectRead More