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

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

DOE: Renewable grant program was a big jobs creator
Politico Pro
Some tens of thousands of jobs have been spurred by a $9 billion grant from the Obama administration, according to a report released by the Energy Department on Friday, which concluded that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) supported an average of 52,000 to 75,000 construction and installation jobs over the last three years.

Brazil’s CPFL Energia plan PV test site in São Paulo state
CPFL Energia, a Brazilian energy company, plans to build a $7.6 million PV project in São Paulo-- a project, which will be tested alongside a small wind turbine as part of various trial technologies.

Wind power: Renewable, job-creating, less polluting
The Baltimore Sun (blog)
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D-Md.) wind bill is receiving some flak due to it’s direct effect on residential electricity rates, causing a $1.50 increase per month, however, the legislation is being pushed as a benefit for the state and the global renewable energy economy and environmental protection.

Massive wind farm southwest of Wichita has official launch
The Hutchinson News
BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officially launched construction of a Harper County, Kan.-based 419-megawatt wind farm on Thursday. State government officials are deeming the event as an “important component to achieving balance in our country’s energy production.”

Pickens Reviving Plans for Texas Wind Power at Smaller Scale
T. Boone Pickens, head of hedge fund BP Capital Management, has plans on building a 377-megwatt wind farm in Texas, some three years after shelving plans for a project about ten times as big that would’ve been the world’s largest to date.

Reservation’s remotest corners get light with small-scale, solar-wind systems
The Durango Herald
By means of a grant through the Navajo Nation, a rent-to-own small hybrid solar-wind system was recently installed in the New Mexico portion of the Navajo reservation providing enough energy to power a small fridge, a few lights, and even a TV.

Wind Energy to Cost More Than Fossil Fuels in Massachusetts
NStar, a power company, has agreed to buy power from the Cape Wind Project, a proposed wind farm in on the Horseshow Shoal in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod. The power company has proposed a 15-year, $1.6 billion contract, adding just over $1 to resident's monthly bill.

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