Industry News


Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.
In the news: Small and Large scale wind turbines are making a difference

Small is Beautiful - the benefits of distributed energy generation
Greenenergynet.com
The Electricity Market Reform White Paper may have grabbed all of the headlines when it was published on 12th July 2011, but another document published by DECC at the same time also made for interesting reading. The Renewable Energy Roadmap sets out how the UK Government, along with the devolved administrations, hopes to achieve an increase of more than four-fold in the consumption of renewable energy by the end of the decade. It looks at the actions to tackle barriers to the wider rollout of renewables and identifies the key technologies - including wind, biomass and heat pumps - which it believes have the greatest potential to help meet targets. Read more »

In the news: Smart grid, tech and local initiatives boost wind industry

In this week’s news, we noticed new projections for global wind by Pike Research, while smart grid technology took the focus of the Department of Energy (DOE). Here are our top five picks of the week for renewable energy news. Read more »

In the news: Research and developments in renewable energy, small wind markets

An iPhone app that alerts you how to manage power
Economic Times
A team at the University of Arkansas and the University of San Francisco, led by an Indian-origin computer science researcher, has developed an iPhone automated energy-management system that monitors energy generation and consumption in off-grid and grid-tied homes that use solar energy or wind power. Read more »

In the news: Small wind’s strong market, value for business and the community

Sales of wind turbines for home use are going strong
USA Today
A growing number of people are investing in small electricity generating wind turbines for residential use, despite the bad economy, and backers of wind power say they expect advances in technology and manufacturing to make them even more popular. Read more »

In the news: Advancements in wind energy standards, funding and grid connection


WindMade label for companies makes U.S. debut

USA Today
WindMade, the first global consumer label for companies using wind energy, made its U.S. debut in New York City on Wednesday June 15, designated as Global Wind Day. The concept would create a standard that requires participating companies to source at least 25 percent of their electricity demand from wind power. The idea is that the standard would give companies an extra incentive to green their electricity portfolios. Read more »

In the news: Removing barriers, increasing investment for clean tech

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

Removing Barriers for Clean Technologies
Today's Energy Solutions
A new joint principles document has been created by the Electricity Storage Association (ESA) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) to help level the playing field for clean energy technologies. Both organizations advocate for public policies that will remove barriers and increase market access for emerging clean energy technologies such as wind. In the current climate, it has been challenging for clean technologies to compete with established energy sources. Another challenge? Energy storage. Read more »

In the news: Renewable energy trends, growth and incentives

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

10 Clean Energy Trends to Watch in 2011 and Beyond
Fast Company
As the clean energy industry emerges from a challenging period caused by the global economic downturn, it is entering a stage of rapid change in which business models are being transformed against a backdrop of regulatory uncertainty. In several key sectors, the market is shifting back toward business structures and technologies that were once abandoned, but are now being revived. A new white paper from Pike Research identifies 10 key trends that are part of this transformation. The paper, which includes commentary and predictions about the state of the clean energy industry in 2011 and beyond, is available for free download on Pike Research's website. Read more »

In the news: New government leadership, renewable energy policy and incentive push

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

Industry leaders rely on policy stability to make decisions
SmartBlog on Leadership
Policy instability can affect the decisions of business leaders, regardless of their industry. With energy policy on the forefront in Washington, D.C., businesses want to know the policy landscape ahead so they can make the right choices today. The same is true for associated service businesses, said Wanda Reder, vice president of power-system services at S&C Electric. Read more »

In the news: Wind industry grows with more jobs, leadership, subsidies and cost reduction

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

U.S. Wind Power Increasingly American-made (Creating U.S. Manufacturing Jobs)
CleanTechnica
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that wind power is growing fast in the United States (and worldwide). Under the Bush administration, a goal of getting 20% of our electricity from wind by 2030 was set and we are currently ahead of schedule on that. However, a lot of people wonder, where are these wind turbines being made? Is this creating jobs in the U.S. or in China? Read more »

In the news: Harnessing wind, jobs and top green ratings

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

Earth's Next Generation
The Wall Street Journal
Using wind to generate power is not a new concept. The Babylonians were using wind to pump water to irrigate crops 4000 years ago. What is new, however, is the idea that wind can be harnessed in such a way that it can form a genuine alternative to fossil fuels. This dream is becoming closer to reality. Read more »