How Will President Obama’s Climate Change Plan Impact Renewable Energy?

Describing climate change as “no longer a distant threat,” President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a climate change action plan to combat carbon emissions by at least 3 billion metric tons by 2030.

In addition to authorizing $8 billion in loan guarantees, Obama’s broad proposal calls on the further deployment of renewable energy on federal lands, increased energy efficiency enhancements to appliances and federal buildings to curb carbon U.S. emissions, including pollutants from new and existing power plants.

Maine Project Launches First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in the U.S.

On May 31, 2013, the Energy Department recognized the nation’s first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine. Led by the University of Maine, this project represents the first concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine to be deployed in the world – strengthening American leadership in innovative clean energy technologies that diversify the nation’s energy mix with more clean, domestic energy sources.

Wind power’s benefits keep getting better

American wind power today is strongly positioned to build on its growth and status as a mainstream energy source, particularly by capitalizing on its many benefits. That was the consensus among participants on two separate panels of wind industry leaders and prominent wind energy users in a recent General Session at the WINDPOWER 2013 Conference & Exhibition.

By 2023, a Changed World in Energy

If you could close your eyes for just a moment like Rip Van Winkle, and blink them open in 2023, you might see a very different energy world.

Washington DC Government Agencies to be 100% Powered by Wind Energy

Washington D.C. has just announced a huge step forward in its quest to become America’s “greenest” city. The District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS) has signed a one-year contract that requires all government agencies to use 100 percent wind power for their electricity needs.

Rising Wind Farm O&M costs

The huge growth in wind farm installations since 2007 has led to a big increase in the number of turbines reaching the end of their manufacturer warranties. One of the critical issues now facing the industry, and the key factor pushing up O&M expenditures, is the rising cost of unscheduled maintenance.

U.S. electric utilities flock to lower-priced wind power

U.S. electric utilities are locking in fixed-price contracts for wind power, now more cost-competitive than ever, illustrating the success of a key federal tax policy in holding down rates for consumers.

Thin Snowpack in West Signals Summer of Drought

After enduring last summer’s destructive drought, farmers, ranchers and officials across the parched Western states had hoped that plentiful winter snows would replenish the ground and refill their rivers, breaking the grip of one of the worst dry spells in American history. No such luck.

2012 Was Hottest Ever in U.S.

The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.

Q3 Wind Speeds Were Below Average In North America

AWS Truepower LLC  has released reviews of wind resource performance based on AWS Truepower’s long-term simulated wind resource data set. Third-quarter key findings indicate that wind speeds varied throughout these regions.