Archive: Wind

TVA wind turbines on Buffalo Mountain in East Tennessee Source: TVA

Wind Power Faces a Post-PTC ‘Valley of Death’

Wind power capacity in the U.S., whose explosive growth has tripled since 2008—even overtaking hydropower to become the nation’s largest source of renewable electricity—could face a period of stagnation once the production tax credit (PTC) is phased out in 2021. Analysts at WINDPOWER 2018 in Chicago last week called the period between 2021 and 2026 […]

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Gas-Fired Generation Will Top 2018 Capacity Additions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) latest report on the nation’s power generation inventory expects 32 GW of new capacity will enter commercial service this year, the most in at least at decade. And for the first time in five years, renewable energy sources will not make up the majority of that new generation. Nearly […]

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivering the keynote in the opening plenary session during All-Energy 2018 Glasgow.

Commitment to Cutting-Edge Renewable Energy Solutions on Display in Scotland

All-Energy 2018 Glasgow, the UK’s largest renewable and low-carbon energy exhibition and conference, began on May 2 having broken a record even before the doors opened. For the first time in the show’s history, four government ministers were scheduled to speak with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, delivering the keynote in the opening plenary […]

North Anna Generating Station, Dominion. Source: Commons

More Gas, Renewables in Dominion’s Future

Dominion Energy plans to build eight new natural gas-fired power plants and speed the pace of its renewable energy efforts, according to the utility’s integrated resource plan (IRP) filed with Virginia regulators on May 1. The company also said its future plans focus on regulations on carbon emissions in part because Virginia is considering joining the […]

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Offshore Wind May Finally Be Here (Really)

New low prices for offshore wind energy projects in Europe have excited policymakers up and down the East Coast about prospects in the U.S. and emboldened some to finally pull the trigger on long-mooted plans

Transmission lines distribute power from Encina Power Plant to the regional electric utility grid supplying power to San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, to Arizona and Las Vegas. (Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Flickr)

Power Mix Comes Down to Cost

It’s not a secret that the North American power mix is changing. Renewable energy and natural gas are picking up market share while coal-fired generation shrinks and nuclear power remains stagnant at best

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Vattenfall Pioneers Innovative Offshore Wind Foundations

The first commercial-scale suction bucket jacket foundation has been installed at Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland. The pioneering foundation, which weighs

RNLI Redcar drill 12-07-14. Redcar Lifeboat Station, Royal National Lifeboat Institution drill. The lifeboats are joined by a RAF Search and Rescue Sea King. Courtesy: flickr / Archangel12

Offshore Wind Has Taken Off in Europe

A sharp surge in new, larger offshore wind installations in Europe throughout 2017 dramatically shows the viability of a technology that has truly come of age. As costs fall and generation capacity increases

RNLI Redcar drill 12-07-14. Redcar Lifeboat Station, Royal National Lifeboat Institution drill. The lifeboats are joined by a RAF Search and Rescue Sea King. Courtesy: flickr / Archangel12

Helicopter Market Encouraged by Growth in Offshore Wind Farms

Waypoint Leasing, a global firm that claims to be the world’s largest independent helicopter leasing company, has identified offshore wind farms as a growth opportunity for the helicopter market. Although still a small market, offshore wind power is expected to grow in coming years. According to WindEurope, a Brussels, Belgium-based wind industry advocacy group, a […]

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Report: Technology, Renewables Will Grow Turbine Market

The growth in power generation from renewable energy sources, along with the continued shift from coal-fired generation to natural gas, is expected to drive the global market for turbines over the next several years, according to a report released by international business analysts Research and Markets. The Dublin, Ireland-based company in an April 25 news […]