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

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.

Wind Power's Future May Depend On Gas Fracking's Fate: Panel
After suffering a punishing year because of low natural gas prices, the wind power industry is keeping close watch on the prospect that water pollution from hydraulic fracturing may lead to regulation of shale gas drilling.

How Green is Your Utility? NREL Rates the Top Ten
Clean Technica
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory came out with its Top Ten list for renewable energy programs by utilities last week, and it indicates some strong points of growth in the green energy sector. The report looked at 850 utilities that offer voluntary green power programs, which offer customers a chance to earmark their energy consumption for wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy.

New U.S. Institutes Help Tackle Cleantech Workforce Shortage
Solve Climate News
Training academies are cropping up to steer students and professionals into clean energy industries that lack manpower to match growing opportunities.

State Clean Energy Mandates Have Little Effect on Electricity Rates So Far
While there's room for more study, the estimated impact on electricity rates is a fraction of a percent in most cases and just over 1 percent in two states.

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