Wind Energy News Archive

  • Wind energy milestone

    Wind energy milestone

    The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced that the total energy output from utility-scale wind farms in the U.S. has reached the 50,000 megawatt milestone.  Those utility-scale wind farms are located in 39 states.  Adding the energy output from all the residential and community-scale wind turbines would considerably increase that total energy output. To put [...]

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  • Wind energy basics

    Wind energy basics

    Thinking of installing a wind turbine at your house, and interested in getting the most bang for your buck?  There are several things to consider, and it will probably be a little more complicated than installing solar panels.  OK, depending on your particular situation, it may be considerably more complicated than installing solar panels. Fortunately, there is [...]

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  • China’s massive wind energy goals

    China’s massive wind energy goals

    China appears to be determined to generate as much of their rapidly expanding electricity demand from renewable sources as possible.  In addition to their solar and hydroelectric goals, China has very ambitious goals for wind generated electricity. China plans to increase wind energy generation from 40 gigawatts currently to 200 gigawatts in 2020, 400 gigawatts in [...]

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  • Community wind helping small wind turbine sales

    Community wind helping small wind turbine sales

    Global sales of small wind turbines are projected to increase from $235 million in 2010 to $634 million in 2015.  That more than double growth is being partly driven by the increase in community wind turbine installations. Community wind turbines are generally considered to be the intermediate-sized turbines, which are somewhat larger than residential-sized turbines and smaller than [...]

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  • Small wind turbine installations jump

    Small wind turbine installations jump

    According to the American Wind Energy Association, the amount of installed small wind turbine generating capacity in the U.S. increased by 26% in 2010.  Admittedly, the percentage increase in capacity is from a small base.  But, it is still a one quarter increase in a single year. No doubt the installations have been helped out by the 30% [...]

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  • Unprecedented wind energy breakthrough

    Unprecedented wind energy breakthrough

    In an industry with technology as mature as the wind energy industry, improvements  in wind turbine efficiency of even 5% to 10% would be considered dramatic.  What if a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment could improve wind turbine efficiency 200% to 300%? I realize that sounds like the beginning of a late-night infomercial, but a Japanese [...]

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  • Is a wind turbine a good investment for you?

    Is a wind turbine a good investment for you?

    An article by Dan Chiras in Mother Earth News provides guidance for that question by high-lighting some of the potential pitfalls related to residential wind turbines, and has links to three reference sites to help determine if a wind turbine is right for you.  In the article, Mr. Chiras discusses the primary issues that can make a [...]

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  • Not blowing in the wind

    Not blowing in the wind

    A recent article in Slate should be read by anyone considering installing a residential size, tower-mounted wind turbine at their home in a suburban or urban location.  For despite the sometimes generous government and utility incentives being offered for the installation of residential wind turbines, you’d still want the turbine to produce a reasonable amount [...]

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  • AWEA grows by going small

    AWEA grows by going small

    Confirming the growing importance of the small wind turbine (read: distributed wind energy) industry to the renewable energy industry and the national energy mix, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has recently announced the formation of the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA). DWEA will focus on promoting distributed wind energy by advocating and educating on the [...]

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  • Welcome to the 2010 Windpower Conference and Exhibition – Not

    Welcome to the 2010 Windpower Conference and Exhibition – Not

    The 2010 Windpower Conference and Exhibition is currently being held in Dallas.  Does it sound like a great place to learn more about wind energy and all the various products offered by the small wind turbine manufacturers?  Well, no.  They really don’t want the general public on the exhibition floor or at the equipment demonstrations. Oh, [...]

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