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

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

Bloomberg, Renewable Energy World
Romney’s Energy Plan Ignores the Success of Solar and Wind: View
Mitt Romney sets an ambitious goal with his pledge to achieve U.S. energy independence by 2012. It’s just too bad his plan relies most entirely on fossil fuels and largely ignores the solid promise of clean energy.

Renewable Energy World
3TIER Selected by NREL to Update National Wind Integration Dataset (Press Release)

3TIER, a global leader in renewable energy rick analysis, today announced that it was selected through a competitive solicitation process by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to update the U.S. wind integration dataset. The integration of high penetrations of wind energy on the U.S. electrical grid poses special challenges given the variable nature of wind generation. The updated foundational dataset is a massive undertaking and will be used directly by NREL to explore the potential of integrating large quantities of wind energy onto the U.S. electrical grid.

Bloomberg, Renewable Energy World
Extend Wind-Power Tax Credit Now, So It Can Eventually Die
Since U.S. President Barack Obama brought it up, repeatedly, last week during his campaign swing through Iowa, wind power has emerged as one of the most clear-cut issues of the political season.

Boulder County Business Report
Wind-firm Vestas cuts jobs in Brighton
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has laid off a small number of manufacturing workers at the factory in Brighton. The cuts represent 1 percent of Vestas’ total workforce of more than 3,000 in the United States and Canada, Vestas said Tuesday. The company did not release exact figures, but the percentage amounts to around 30 workers. The number of people employed at the plant could not be immediately ascertained.

The Hill (blog)
Colorado senators pin layoffs on wind energy tax credit uncertainty
Colorado’s senators on Wednesday blamed congressional inaction on a tax credit benefiting wind power producers for a recent round of layoffs in their state. Democratic Sens. Mark Udal and Michael Bennet said Congress needs to extend the 2.2-cent per kilowatt-hour wind power production tax credit, known as the PTC, to stem wind energy sector job losses.

Think Progress
EIA: ‘Natural Gas, Renewables Dominate Electric Capacity Additions In First Half of 2012’
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that most of the new electric generation capacity added in the first half of 2012 used either natural gas or renewable energy.

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