August 15, 2011, 12pm PDT
Current wind farm technology requires a lot of space between blades. A new report proposes that "counter-rotating vertical-axis wind turbines" would draw power more efficiently on less land.
August 14, 2011, 11am PDT
Across the heartland and the East Coast record heat waves have caused enormous electricity usage, but no blackouts have occurred. Yet there are concerns that EPA regulations that cause older coal plants to shut down could have dire consequences.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
June 24, 2011, 10am PDT
The Economist reports "a case of favoritism towards electricity generated by federal dams" in the Columbia River basin, a stretch of land that encompasses Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, and western Montana.
May 5, 2011, 7am PDT
Building wind farms in the ocean is an ideal way to generate electricity, but it's not so easy to get that energy back to shore efficiently. This article looks as a transmission project that could address that issue.
April 23, 2011, 7am PDT
Internet search giant Google has announced plans for the long-term purchase of power produced by a 100 megawatt wind power plant being built in Oklahoma.
February 6, 2011, 9am PST
A team of Italian architects have proposed a honeycomb-like design for a viaduct that would include built-in wind turbines.
December 16, 2010, 1pm PST
Chinese wind-turbine manufacturers are making a push into the U.S. market. Some say the move will create green jobs and foster growth, while others worry it threatens America's still-developing industry.
September 15, 2010, 9am PDT
The competition is fierce and blustery in the business of off-shore wind energy generation, as companies vie to launch bigger and better wind turbines off the coast of the United Kingdom.
August 18, 2010, 7am PDT
Officials in Scotland have announced plans to build a farm of floating wind turbines offshore.
May 26, 2010, 7am PDT
A new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says that the number of small wind turbines in the U.S. has grown considerably over the last year, adding 20 megawatts of production.
April 28, 2010, 2pm PDT
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today approved the first offshore wind farm in the United States, a project that faced vocal opposition from local tribes and others.
April 7, 2010, 8am PDT
Roscoe, Texas is a rural town that was declining by degrees for decades, with a fierce wind that made crops difficult. A local started a wind farm business and the town is turning around, turning its curse into a blessing.
March 1, 2010, 5am PST
A small manufacturer of wind turbines in Colorado Springs, Colorado is ramping up to become the city's first renewable-energy company, specializing in small wind systems for urban homes.
The Gazette (Colorado Springs)
January 24, 2010, 11am PST
With a substantial investment, it would be possible for the eastern half of the U.S.to get 30% of its electricity from wind power, according to a new report from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
January 7, 2010, 8am PST
A 137-mile clean energy transmission line has been approved in the UK, connecting wind and wave power facilities near the coast. But some environmental groups are not happy about the plan.
November 3, 2009, 5am PST
The motherlode of wind energy up, up in the air, say scientists. A handful of new technologies are being developed to harvest it at the source, roughly six miles up.
October 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Some recent studies show that the winds are slowing in the U.S., but others say it is speeding up. Regardless, variable winds could have a great impact on the wind power industry.
August 17, 2009, 9am PDT
Developers in Portland has begun installation of a set of wind turbines atop a new tower in downtown Portland.
Portland Business Journal
July 27, 2009, 8am PDT
Two inventors explain devices that would allow energy to be harvested along highways and from the highways themselves.
June 30, 2009, 1pm PDT
Expanding America's power grid to connect wind and solar power plants to the urban areas they fuel will require thousands of miles of transmission lines. Most of it will be built in rural areas where locals are not likely to be very welcoming.