In the News: Research and Development in Renewable Energy, Small Wind Markets

In the News: Research and Development in Renewable Energy, Small Wind Markets

The Gazette
Not-so-mighty wind projects welcome in Corridor
If you’re a rural resident looking to generate your own electricity, Linn and Johnson [Iowa] counties are ready. The counties are two of Iowa’s three Small Wind Innovation Zones, certified by the Iowa Utilities Board for consistent zoning standards and streamlined permitting for wind-turbine energy systems. The Iowa Legislature created the zones in 2009 to promote small-wind production.

Bloomberg Business Week
Iberdrola Urges Poland to Keep Support for Wind Power
Iberdrola SA, an owner of wind parks from Europe to the U.S., urged Poland not to cut financial support for the technology as the central European nation devises a new renewable-energy law.

Renewable Energy World
Saving Birds and Bucks: Wind States Its Case
Who says bipartisanism is dead in America? Look at the wind industry—which is struggling to save the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the tens of thousands of jobs that have been created because it—and you’ll see alliances coalescing around both sides of the issue.

On Clean Energy, Time To Follow Where Google, GE, Buffet Lead
Google is backing it. So is Warren Buffet, America’s most-watched investor. GE, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, is too. Each of these corporate icons is placing big bets and hundreds of millions of dollars on a future powered by wind and solar power. Apple just joined them, announcing plans to power its main U.S. data center in Maiden, North Carolina, entirely with renewable energy by the of this year. So why—yet again—are pundits making dire warnings about prospects for renewable energy?

Toronto Star
Controlling wind power could save Ontario consumers $225 million
Controlling the flow of wind power onto Ontario’s electricity grid could save consumers up to $225 million a year, says the province’s electricity system operator. And it warns that with thousands of megawatts of new wind power due to flow onto the grid over the next few years, the problem will only acute if rules are changed.

Bloomberg Business Week
EU Plans Guidance on Support Plans for Renewables, Draft Shows
The European Union [EU] is planning to prepare guidance on the overhaul of renewable energy support programs after curbs on state subsidies by some nations undermined investors’ confidence, a draft EU document shows.

Wall Street Journal
U.S. Sets Tariffs on Chinese Wind-Turbine Towers
The U.S. Commerce Department slapped tariffs on Chinese wind-turbine towers, the latest chapter in the clean-energy trade battle between Washington and Bejing.

Related (Blog) The Hill
Obama administration hits Chinese wind energy tower exports with new tariffs
The Commerce Department made a preliminary decision Wednesday to impose new tariffs on imports of wind energy towers from China, the latest volley in an escalating trade war between the two superpowers over expanding green technology markets.

Europe Power-Tight supply lifts spot prices
European spot electricity prices rose on Wednesday due to lower wind and solar power forecasts in Germany and ongoing nuclear tightness in France, traders said.

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