In The News: Research and developments in renewable energy, small wind markets


In The News: Research and developments in renewable energy, small wind markets

 

Barnstable-Hyannis Patch
The cape Wind Project, intended to be the first offshore wind farm in the US, is now in the preliminary stages of being purchased by the energy utility NStar. After more than a decade of turmoil and unrest due to large electricity rate increases and tourism industry damage, the project is now being guided my the US Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The DPU is proposing several changes to the initial structure of the Cape Wind project, in favor of the ratepayers. 
 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Mexico’s ambitious yet tangible goals for achieving the production capabilities of 12,000 megawatts (15% of Mexico’s utility demand) will not only create over 45,000 jobs, but will push the Latin American country to the forefront of wind energy production. 
 
Wind Energy is one of America’s fastest growing avenues for new energy production capabilities. Iowa was the first US state to utilize wind energy for over 20% of its total utility production, and having used wind industry to create 5,000 new jobs. Other states are looking to Iowa’s model to develop successful wind utility projects.
 
EWEA Blog
According to a report focused on the wind energy market of 2011, the global capacity of wind energy continued to rise. Although there were several seemingly inhibiting factors to the success of wind farm developments, such as European financial uncertainty, Europe remains on top of the year’s global wind energy growth.
 
Global Energy Watch
Scotland’s energy council was recently given the green light to estate a series of hydropower renewable energy generators. Scotland has a vast resource of ocean currents, which are capable of creating currents as fast as 16kts. The energy potential is immense and until recent years, unharnessed.
 
Global Energy Watch
The City of Montpelier Vermont is partnering with Green Mountain Power to install an electric vehicle charging station. The Station will be located directly behind City Hall. The State of Vermont hopes that this will set an example for other communities throughout Vermont and across the nation. 
 

 


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