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

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.

First Hybrid Power Plant Will Combine Solar, Wind and Natural Gas
Popular Science
A new hybrid power plant to be built in Turkey will combine a traditional gas-fired steam turbine with solar thermal power and wind power, according to GE. It’s a step toward integrating renewable sources into the traditional power grid, using steam and mirrors.

Report: Renewable Energy To Be Major Investment Priority For U.S. Military
North American Wind Power
Increased access to clean and reliable energy has become a leading priority for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and military agencies around the world, according to a new report from Pike Research.

AWS Truepower: Wind Trends Favorable For Canada, U.S.
North American Wind Power
More than half of North America experienced normal or above-normal wind speeds compared to the long-term average, according to AWS Truepower LLC's latest installment of its Wind Trends Bulletin, a quarterly analytical wind report.

Small wind turbine cumulative capacities have grown from 105.9 MW in 2006 to 275.8 MW in 2010
The small wind turbine industry is a small component of the much larger wind energy market, but the pace at which the market is growing means it will be worth around 0.48% of the market by 2020, according to a new report released on

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