Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.
Wind industry sees big potential for little turbines
Wind turbines are getting bigger and bolder, but bigger isn't always better. Some say turbines small enough for a backyard or rooftop offer the most unrealized potential to slash emissions, especially in remote areas.
Clean Energy Investment Fell 34% as Incentives Cut in Europe, BNEF Says
New investment in renewable energy dropped to the lowest in two years in the first quarter, weighed down by low natural gas prices in the U.S. and subsidy cuts in Europe, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.
Wind Power A New Texas Stadium Feature
The University of North Texas (UNT) will soon have bragging rights as the first university in the state to sport wind turbines on campus. Three turbines are to be installed near the University’s new football stadium, which is wrapping up construction and due to open this September. According to a statement from HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, who is handling the stadium design, the turbines should be up and running by the end of this year.
Solar and wind energy could power your traffic lights
Here’s one way of making sure the traffic light is always “green”: a team of researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is working on a three-year green energy project that would use wind and solar energy to power street and traffic lights, while integrating excess electricity into the municipal power grid.
Wind Industry Takes Step to Protect Wildlife
The wind energy industry has joined forces with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service(Service) to develop a wind energy habitat conservation plan for the Midwest Region. Harm to animals, especially birds, has been a concern of people opposed to wind energy. Today, the group that includes the American Wind Energy Association(AWEA), has signed an agreement to develop a plan that will outline measures to conserve threatened and endangered species that may be affected by wind farm developments. In particular, the plan calls for conservation of Indiana bats as well as other protected species in eight states including Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
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