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Technical articles and commentary on wind power generation issues for power plant owners and operators, from siting to financing and operating

Global Monitor (July/August 2006)
Global Monitor (July/August 2006)

Russia's new nuclear navy According to the Russian nuclear agency RIA Novosti, the state-owned nuclear power monopoly Rosenergoatom and the Sevmash shipyard in the Arctic port of Severodvinsk have signed…



Greener than thou
Greener than thou

U.S. wind power is on a roll, with wind farms sprouting like weeds. But in the near future, utilities may end up paying higher prices for wind capacity because state…


Global Monitor (May 2006)
Global Monitor (May 2006)

Nuclear hot streak continues U.S. nuclear power plants kept operating at high levels of safety and efficiency in 2005, according to performance indicators compiled by the World Association of Nuclear…


U.S. wind capacity way up
U.S. wind capacity way up

Last year, the U.S. wind energy industry easily broke its record for new installed capacity. According to the Washington-based American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), nearly 2,500 MW of wind turbines…


Atlantic City bets on renewables
Atlantic City bets on renewables

New Jersey's gaming mecca is hosting one of the largest hybrid (solar-wind) power plants in the world (Figure 3). The Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, with 7.5 MW of wind capacity and…


Bonus to Siemens
Bonus to Siemens

Siemens Power Generation (Erlangen, Germany) announced late last year that it had acquired wind turbine manufacturer Bonus Energy A/S (Brande, Denmark). With a market share of about 9%, Bonus was…


Promoting renewable exports

  Promoting renewable exports The DOE is not the only U.S. government department promoting renewable energy. Any U.S. energy firm or supplier looking to export its goods and services can…


Fuel cells reach MW class
Fuel cells reach MW class

A few years ago, skyrocketing energy costs and tighter emissions limits prompted officials at the Wastewater Treatment Division of King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks in Washington State…


Nowhere to go but up  
Nowhere to go but up
 

Often, the best way to deliver a piece of bad news is to come right out and say it: 2004 was a bust year for the renewable energy industry. Sure,…


Big batteries blooming
Big batteries blooming

All interconnected transmission and distribution (T&D) grids have one thing in common: Their operators must continually dispatch generators to keep the network's supply and demand in balance at all times…