German developer to build a new wind energy system in Texas

E.ON is bringing a new project to Texas to further wind energy goals E.ON, a leading energy developer based in Germany, has announced that it will be coming to Texas to build a new wind farm. The company has seen major success with its efforts in Germany, where wind energy has been growing at a very rapid pace. Texas, however, represents one of the fastest growing wind markets in the world and is home to the largest, and most successful, wind markets in the United States. E.ON sees significant promise…

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Siemens to develop new storage solution for wind energy systems

Engineer announces work on efficient storage solution for wind energy systems Siemens, a German engineering company, has announced that it has begun working on a thermal storage solution that can be paired with wind energy systems. The company hopes that this new storage solution will help make wind farms more efficient in the future. Like other forms of renewable power, wind energy systems have struggled with effective storage solutions. This has made them somewhat unattractive when compared to other energy systems. With efficient storage, this may change in the near…

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Wyoming seeks to increase a tax on wind energy

State lawmakers consider increasing a four-year-old tax on wind As one of the largest wind energy systems in the United States inches closer to beginning construction in Wyoming, state lawmakers are looking to increase taxes on one of the state’s most plentiful resources: Wind. Four years ago, state lawmakers effectively declared Wyoming to be the owner of the winds billowing throughout the state. In doing so, lawmakers instituted a tax on wind resources, generating approximately $15 million in tax revenue over the past four years. Now, legislators hope to increase…

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North Dakota dedicated large wind energy system nearly 13 years in the making

State continues to show support for wind energy systems North Dakota has dedicated a large-scale wind energy system that has been in the making for approximately 12 years. The energy system is being developed by Xcel Energy and is located in the northern part of the state. The Xcel Energy Border Winds Farm is set to cover 30 square miles of farmland. The project currently employs 11 people and has a 150 megawatt capacity. This is enough electricity to power approximately 78,000 homes. Large-scale system will help North Dakota make…

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General Electric to participate in Vietnam wind energy sector

GE to build new wind farm in Vietnam to expand country’s clean energy capacity General Electric has entered into an agreement with the Vietnamese government to develop a new wind energy system. The new wind farm will help expand the country’s clean energy capacity and enable it to distance itself from fossil-fuels. The agreement follows President Obama’s recent visit to Asia, during which time several commercial agreements were formed between companies in the United States and those in Vietnam. Some of these companies will be working with the Vietnamese government.…

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Google invests in wind energy

Google makes its 15th investment in clean power Google has made its 15th investment in renewable energy. The company announced earlier this week that it had pumped $75 million into the Panhandle 2 wind farm located in Texas. This is the second investment that Google has made into Texas’ wind energy sector, with the first being a $200 million investment into the Spinning Spur Wind Project. Google is quickly establishing itself as a leading supporter of renewable energy, especially as the company continues to acquire firms that specialize in clean…

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Wind energy makes up bulk of Spain’s power in 2013

Report highlights the capabilities of Spain’s wind energy systems Red Electra de Espana, a partly-state owned energy utility in Spain, has released a new report concerning the country’s use of wind power. Spain has been investing heavily in wind energy and clean technology over the past few years. Wind has been considered an ideal way to resolve some of the country’s economic problems. Indeed, many European countries that have suffered in the wake of the recent financial crisis have begun to turn to renewable energy, hoping to use it as…

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Wind energy may endanger the grid

Report sheds light on risks associated with wind power Wind energy has made strong progress in the U.S. and elsewhere, but its future could be in jeopardy due to the lack of an appropriate energy infrastructure. A new report from researchers from the North Carolina State University and Johns Hopkins University identifies a problem concerning the intermittency related to wind energy generation. The report suggests that this intermittency amplifies the problems associated with an existing energy grid and its ability to support electrical power generated by wind. Intermittency of wind…

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Colorado wind energy system reaches major milestone

Wind energy system attains another victory Xcel Energy, a leading wind energy company, has announced that its wind energy system in Colorado has reached a new milestone. Colorado has become something of an ideal home for wind energy projects, largely due to the support that the state government has shown for clean forms of energy. A great deal of effort has been made by Xcel Energy and similar companies to prove the merits of renewable energy. The new milestone may help add further momentum to the growing popularity of wind…

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Wind energy makes promising progress in the UK

UK wind energy reaches major milestone in 2012 Wind energy in the United Kingdom made phenomenal progress in 2012, according to the seventh annual “Small and Medium Wind UK Market Report” from RenewableUK. The report shows that the United Kingdom had a record year in 2012 in terms of wind energy capacity and production, as well as market value. The United Kingdom has been growing more aggressive with its interest in renewable energy in recent years and has begun focusing heavily on both solar and wind energy in order to…

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Wind energy gets a boost in Texas

Transmission lines to ferry wind energy to urban parts of Texas Texas has become somewhat renowned throughout the U.S. for its wind energy potential. The state is home to vast expanses of open land that is ideal for wind energy systems, and many of the country’s wind projects have found a home in the state over the past several years. Now, the state is weeks away from activating some 3,600 miles of transmission lines that will bring the electrical power from wind energy systems in the western part of the…

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GE unveils technology that could boost wind energy productivity

Wind energy becomes more attractive with help from GE technology General Electric has unveiled new technology for its wind turbines. The technology is designed to boost the energy production of the company’s turbines significantly, making wind energy a more viable alternative to more conventional forms o power. General Electric has become one of the biggest names in the wind energy sector and has wind projects under development in the U.S. and throughout the rest of the world. The company’s new technology may help boost the attention that wind energy is…

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New wind energy project taps into crowdfunding

Wind energy company turns to the crowd to fund new project Crowdfunding has proven itself to be a powerful tool for various creative pursuits, but it may also be valuable to the world of renewable energy. Tapping into the financial power of the general population has turned many dreams into a reality over the years. People around the world have shown that they are willing to invest in projects they are interested in, even if their investment is only enough to cover the fraction of the cost of an actual…

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Wind energy contracts issued by the Army Corps of Engineers

Wind energy systems to be installed at Department of Defense facilities The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it has awarded several new contracts to private companies that will be responsible for building wind energy systems at Department of Defense facilities throughout the country. A total of 17 contracts have been awarded to companies that specialize in renewable energy and clean technology. Together, these contracts are worth an estimated $7 billion and may help the Department of Defense move further away from fossil-fuels and help bolster its focus…

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New wind energy system could take root in North Dakota

Xcel Energy seeks approval for fourth wind energy system in the state Xcel Energy, a leading wind energy developer, has announced plans to build its fourth wind farm in North Dakota. The company has been working to transform the Midwestern U.S. into a wind energy hub and has managed to find significant success in this endeavor. Much of this success is backed by the U.S. federal government, which has attributed a great deal of support to renewable energy in general and wind energy specifically. New wind farm could power 750,000…

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Wind energy takes a big step forward in Iowa

Regulatory approval granted to ambitious wind energy project The Iowa Utilities Board has granted approval for a plan to boost the state’s wind energy capacity by 1.05 gigawatts by 2015. The organization has approved a plan that comes from MidAmerican Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the U.S. Winning this approval paves the way for the company to launch its $1.9 billion wind energy endeavor, which involves the establishment of several new wind farms throughout the state of Iowa. First wind farm to begin construction in September The…

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