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

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

EPA, NREL Launch Tools to Site Renewables on Brownfields, Parking Lots, Vacant Land

EPA estimates there are some 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties in the U.S., many of which are appropriate to site renewable energy on. “Tapping sun and wind power at brownfield sites, rooftops, parking lots, and abandoned land could provide untapped gigawatts of clean energy,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. 

Va. Study makes economic case for renewable energy
CBS Money Watch
Pursuing a portfolio of renewable power sources such as solar, biomass and wind power to satisfy Virginia’s energy appetite through 2035 would create tens of thousands more jobs than relying on either coal or natural gas, a George Mason University study concludes.

Green energy vital, says David Cameron
The Independent

Prime Minister David Cameron backed the growth of renewable energy as “vital” to the UK’s future this week--- but warned green power sources had to be financially sustainable. Cameron stated that the UK was now one of the best places in the world for green energy, investment and jobs.

GE PulsePOINT* Technology Helps Wind Operators Reduce Costs and Achieve Optimal Energy Production (Press Release)

GE announced on Friday a new technology that can help give wind farm operators a competitive edge by identifying problems with wind turbines before they can cause downtime or major failures. Using advanced software, GE’s innovative PulsePOINT* Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostic Services help operators reduce costs and achieve optimal energy production by increasing wind turbine reliability and availability.

At 50% Renewables, PG&E’s “Green Option” Looks to Offer Customers More Clean, Renewable Power

More than 50 [percent] of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) now comes from energy sources with greenhouse gas emissions of zero, but the pioneering power utitlity isn’t stopping there. PG&E on Tuesday announced it has requested California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) regulators for approval of its Green Option program.

Offshore Renewables Investment Map
Power Engineering
The Scottish Government’s commitment to renewable energy is already producing thousands of jobs across the country and will generate tens of thousand more, First Minister Alex Salmond said Tuesday as recent investment announcements in offshore wind, wave and tidal power were highlighted in a newly-published map.

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