Wind energy PTC set to expire today

Key federal incentives for wind power are set to expire today as fiscal cliff negotiations stretch into the final hours of 2012. The production tax credit provides a 2.2-cent tax break for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced from large-scale wind farms. The wind energy industry supports manufacturing and construction jobs in Pennsylvania, according to the … Continue reading Wind energy PTC set to expire today

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MidAmerican Wind announces completion of 300-megawatt Pinyon Pines Wind I and II projects

MidAmerican Wind, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables, announced completion of its 168-megawatt Pinyon Pines Wind I and 132-megawatt Pinyon Pines Wind II projects, formerly known as Alta Wind VII and Alta Wind IX. “The completion of the Pinyon Pines Wind I and Pinyon Pines Wind II projects bring MidAmerican Wind’s renewable energy portfolio to 381 … Continue reading MidAmerican Wind announces completion of 300-megawatt Pinyon Pines Wind I and II projects

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Solar power sparks innovation in Qatar

Solar energy is abundant in Qatar. All that untapped solar power could create a new energy economy in this oil-rich nation. Researchers are already testing solar-powered cooling systems and water desalination plants. Researcher Nesrin Ozalp slides on a pair of big, black, UV resistant sunglasses and enters her lab in the research facility at Texas … Continue reading Solar power sparks innovation in Qatar

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Uruguay could become the world leader in wind energy generation by 2015

Out of the total 90 percent of renewable electricity, 45 percent will come from hydropower, 15 percent from biomass and the remaining 30 percent will come from wind energy. The figures would put Uruguay above Denmark, which generates 26 percent of its electricity from wind, as the world leader in wind energy generation. Uruguay, the … Continue reading Uruguay could become the world leader in wind energy generation by 2015

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Nissan and BMW Spearheading Wireless EV Charging Technology

Even though recent years have seen an increase in the numbers of electric vehicles as well as charging stations, these are still not the most popular choice as people harbor fears of getting stranded far away from home if they run out of electrical power. This has paved way for car makers such as Nissan … Continue reading Nissan and BMW Spearheading Wireless EV Charging Technology

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Geothermal Energy Industry Ends 2012 on a High Note

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) recounts top stories of 2012 in projects, international developments, technological advancements, policy and geothermal community events, plus 2013 outlook. The past 12 months saw continued economic challenges for many American industries, including those in the renewable energy field, but the country’s geothermal community witnessed a year of growth, both domestically … Continue reading Geothermal Energy Industry Ends 2012 on a High Note

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Geothermal energy could replace nuclear power in Japan

Iceland’s ambassador to Japan, Stefan Larus Stefansson, lectured in Tokyo not too long ago about the enormous potential for geothermal energy in Japan. He pointed out that if the geothermal potential of the country could be fully invested in and tapped, about 25 nuclear reactors could be replaced. He cited his home country’s example in … Continue reading Geothermal energy could replace nuclear power in Japan

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Wind energy: Sen. Grassley provides Q&A on PTC

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) offers his thoughts on the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) in a Q&A column published yesterday in the Toledo (Iowa) Chronicle newspaper. Some excerpts: – “The idea [of establishing the PTC] was to try to level the playing field with coal-fired and nuclear electricity generation. Both of those energy … Continue reading Wind energy: Sen. Grassley provides Q&A on PTC

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China: A revolution is here, and clean energy is the spark

China faces particular challenges and responsibilities in safeguarding future As the world’s fastest-growing economy and as the nation with the largest population, China is experiencing diverse and profound political, economic and diplomatic challenges. Among the most acute of these are to do with energy and the environment. Even as China draws the benefits and accolades … Continue reading China: A revolution is here, and clean energy is the spark

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Pakistan: Wind energy sector needs encouragement

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Friday lauded government, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Fauji Fertilizer Company Energy Limited (FFCEL) for promoting wind energy in Pakistan. All the stakeholders have played a very positive role in introduction of wind energy in the country facing acute power shortages which has sent very positive signals, said Dr … Continue reading Pakistan: Wind energy sector needs encouragement

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Nissan Leaf gets battery warranty boost

Almost 18,000 Leaf owners complained of battery capacity loss and poor performance in their vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. Therefore Nissan decided to replace those batteries and also extend the warranty coverage. With this action, Nissan becomes the first and only manufacturer in the automotive industry to provide limited warranty coverage for battery capacity loss for electric … Continue reading Nissan Leaf gets battery warranty boost

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Vestas signs first 17 MW as part of a 184 MW onshore wind energy agreement in Denmark

Vestas has signed a framework agreement to deliver 184 MW over three years with a long-term Danish customer, with the first 17 MW now firm and unconditional. The deal represents the largest single onshore customer framework agreement in Vestas’ history in Denmark and points to a positive future for the Danish wind market. The first … Continue reading Vestas signs first 17 MW as part of a 184 MW onshore wind energy agreement in Denmark

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Vestas receives 54 MW wind energy order in Mexico

Vestas has received a 54 MW order for 30 units of the V100-1.8 MW wind turbine in Mexico. The contract comprises delivery, transportation, installation and commissioning of the turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system as well as a 15-year service and availability agreement. Delivery of the turbines is scheduled for the second quarter of 2013 … Continue reading Vestas receives 54 MW wind energy order in Mexico

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Cuba embarks on wind energy program

Cuba reopened a 100-year-old hydro power station recently in its west after some repair work, embarking on a long-term program to promote green energy. The electricity-generating capacity of the station, built in 1912 next to the small town of Pilotos in del Rio province, could reach 270 kw/h, the official daily Juventud Rebelde quoted energy … Continue reading Cuba embarks on wind energy program

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Huaneng Power International, Inc. announces recent completion of Changtu Taiping Wind Farm phase I

Huaneng Power International, Inc. (“HPI” or the “Company”) (NYSE: HNP; HKEx: 902; SSE: 600011) today announced that the construction project at Phase I of Huaneng Changtu Taiping Wind Farm (which is wholly-owned by the Company) in Liaoning Province, having an aggregate generation capacity of 49.5MW, had completed trial run recently. To date, the Company’s total … Continue reading Huaneng Power International, Inc. announces recent completion of Changtu Taiping Wind Farm phase I

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China Sunergy begins manufacturing in Turkey

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: CSUN) (“China Sunergy” or the “Company”), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, today announced that the company has set up a new manufacturing facility in Istanbul, Turkey with local partner Seul Energy Investment Corp (“SEUL Energy”), a leading solar system provider, solar project developer and installer in Turkey. In … Continue reading China Sunergy begins manufacturing in Turkey

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Enel Green Power: three new wind farms enter service in Romania

With more than 206 MW of total installed capacity, the new wind farms will be able to generate around 560 million kWh per year once fully up and running Enel Green Power has therefore reached around 500 MW of wind power fully operational in Romania. Enel Green Power (EGP) has connected to the grid three … Continue reading Enel Green Power: three new wind farms enter service in Romania

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Sempra US Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy Complete Hawaii Wind Farm

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy today announced the full commercial operation of the 21 megawatt (MW) Auwahi Wind facility. The power project includes eight new wind turbines on the southeast ridge of Maui’s Haleakala volcano. “We are very pleased to complete construction of Auwahi Wind both on time and on budget,” … Continue reading Sempra US Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy Complete Hawaii Wind Farm

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First Wind Community Outreach Program through DonorsChoose.org Provides Assistance to Classroom Teachers

Since expanding community outreach programming earlier this year, First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, has partnered with teachers in 35 local classrooms within the company’s host communities to make contributions toward local education projects. First Wind established a strategic partnership with DonorsChoose.org earlier in the year to enhance the company’s community giving in … Continue reading First Wind Community Outreach Program through DonorsChoose.org Provides Assistance to Classroom Teachers

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Secretary Salazar Announces Milestone on McCoy Solar Energy Project

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the McCoy Solar Energy Project, a proposed 750-megawatt facility in Riverside County that would be one of the largest solar energy projects on public lands in … Continue reading Secretary Salazar Announces Milestone on McCoy Solar Energy Project

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