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

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

Renewable Energy World
Wind Farm Operators Adjust to Noise Responses
Over the past several years, wind farm developers have been facing increasing complaints about wind turbine noise. After many years of successfully placing turbines in proximity to homes in far or ranch country, where typical setbacks of 800 to 1,200 feet, and noise levels of 50dB or more, were well tolerated, wind energy companies are finding that residents in rural areas in the upper Midwest and Northeast are far more likely than farmers and ranchers to respond negatively to turbine sound of 40dB or even less.

North American Windpower
Exclusive: Sen. Udall Calls for PTC’s Immediate Extension
Since he pledged to fight for the extension of the federal production tax credit (PTC) back in June, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has taken to the floor of U.S. Senate to illustrate how the status of this key incentive for wind impacts U.S. states.

Reve Wind
Wind Power: Small business bill stalls; PTC extension not considered
A bipartisan effort by three U.S. Senators to have an extension of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) considered by the full Senate was thwarted yesterday, when the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act (S. 2237) failed to receive enough votes to move forward.

Sustainable Business
Renewable Energy Just Got Easier to Tie to the Grid
The U.S. Federal Energy Commission (FERC) has passed a rule that gives renewable energy great access to the grid and takes steps to level the playing field with fossil fuels.

Bloomberg News
U.K. Proposes New Renewable Tariffs for Small Wind, Hyrdo Plans
The U.K. energy department proposed new incentive rates that cut support for small-scale wind projects while making little change to small hydroelectric projects.

Anchorage Daily News
Wind power towers take shape in Anchorage island
Look hard to the west from mainland Anchorage. The horizon is changing fast. Tall towers are rising up on Fire Island as Cook Inlet Region Inc. builds its long-talked-about wind farm. By the end of September, it is expected to be producing electricity—the first megawatt-scale wind project in Southcentral Alaska.

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