In the News: research and development in renewable energy, small wind markets

In the News: research and development in renewable energy, small wind markets

Energy Biz
Google’s Business Approach to Building Wind Energy
Wind energy just got a nice bump. It came after a key federal agency authorized a project funding in part by Google to lay the groundwork for an underwater power line. The off-shore wind deal, known as the Atlantic Wind Connection, could start putting steel in the ocean by 2014.

Denver Post
U.S. energy chief pushes for extension of tax credits for renewables                                        U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, in Denver on Wednesday, called on Congress to act on extending clean energy tax credits, which he said will help American companies create jobs and produce clean, renewable power.

Market Watch
BP and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Announce Plans to Develop Hawaii Wind Farm
(Press Release)
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy today announced plans to jointly develop the Auwahi Wind farm in Hawaii. This is the fifth project developed under a strategic partnership between the two companies that includes more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind generating capacity in operation or under construction.

Renewable Energy World
India wind report gives confidence to market
Following interviews with experts from the Indian wind industry, Wind Energy Update have compiled a “State of the Industry” report, which is now available to download. The report features with three industry experts and highlights where the challenges lie and what the future prospects are for wind energy in the medium to long term.

Small Wind Energy Goes Urban in Italy, Korea, Brazil and Texas
Streetlights usually operate at electricity rates like the ones we pay in our private homes. About one-third of a municipality’s electrical costs are for street lighting. So having that energy provided by some form of renewable energy, means that every cent is saved for municipalities, whose budgets are being squeezed, that’s something serious to consider.

Small Wind Farms to Grow as U.S. Tax Incentives Expand
Installations of wind farms with less than 20 megawatts of capacity may rise to a record this year if lawmakers expand a federal tax credit. At least 44 wind farms were built last year to sever individual U.S. communities, often with financial support from local residents. They made up 6.7 percent of the total capacity installed, up from 5.6 percent in 2010 and the most to date, according to data compiled by the American Wind Energy Association.

Renewable Energy World
Saudi Arabia Launches Massive Renewable Program with Hybrid FiTs
While North America continues to dawdle on the road to the renewable revolution, the conservative, oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has proposed one of the most sweeping and massive moves to renewable energy on the planet.

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