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Renewable Energy Databook from NREL

Better late than never, NREL put out a renewable energy databook that covers RE through the end of 2013.  It is full of charts and graphs that do a nice job of illustrating RE progress in the US and the … Continue reading

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Popular and ‘Best-Of’ Posts

  WIND: WIND INTERMITTENCY IS EXAGGERATED – NREL study shows US wind potential is larger and more stable than previously thought with capacity factors of 65% available, see details HERE.  Better even than Handleman Post predictions, that capacity factors of … Continue reading

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Windpower Hits 2.1 Cents Per KWhr

Things are happening rapidly in the wind industry.  Mike Barnard came back from Windpower 2014 with a great update on the state of the industry.  These included his summary of a report that PPA’s in the central region of the … Continue reading

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Can Wind Turbines Withstand a Hurricane?

I ran across this interesting post on a topic I had thought about but not seen much helpful information.  Mike Barnard makes a strong case for wind turbine survivability.  See the link below. http://qr.ae/n5SIH  

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Meadow Lake Wind Farm – A Case Study

This wind farm is symbiotically sited in Indiana farm fields providing a stable income source for farmers to help moderate the less predictable revenue from farming.  Its overall output is about 500MW when the wind is blowing.  That is a … Continue reading

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Super Turbines Open the Door to New Era for Wind Power

Image above shows a prototype of the GE Space Frame which allows for taller turbines at lower cost than the tubular towers in common use today.  In its disassembled state, 140′ towers can be brought to site by truck. Technology … Continue reading

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Transmission Line Upgrades Could Unlock The ‘Saudi Arabia’ of Wind

By Clayton Handleman   Featured on CleanTechnica.com Wind is widely considered the most environmentally friendly source of electrical generation available.  It is no secret that the wind resource in the Great Plains states is extraordinary, so much so that wind … Continue reading

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Have Wind Turbines Stopped Getting Larger?

UPDATE:  See this post for more current information about the latest generation of super turbines. For decades the size of wind turbines continued to increase rapidly. But that growth seemed to hit the proverbial wall at about 2.5 MW.    The … Continue reading

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From NIMBY to IMBY

I ran across this photo on the Internet and the photographer was kind enough to let me post it here.  This is the Palm Desert wind farm just outside of Palm Springs CA.  It is one of the great NIMBY … Continue reading

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1.6 Megawatts in Black and White

   

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