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Boosting wind farmers, global winds reverse decades of slowing and pick up speed

November 19, 2019

The findings mark a reversal of the pattern of declining winds in these regions since the 1980s —…
New study finds that the expected useful life of wind projects has increased to 30 years

September 26, 2019

LBL has recently announced the publication of a new paper titled “Benchmarking Anticipated Wind Project Lifetimes: Results from…
Steering wind power in a new direction: Study shows how to improve production at wind farms

July 2, 2019

What’s good for one is not always best for all. Solitary wind turbines produce the most power when…
Average operating expenses for land-based wind projects have declined by ~50% over the last two decades

June 18, 2019

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new article in the journal Renewable Energy Focus. This…
Improving wind power for energy production

May 22, 2019

Scientists have released the first of several reports with findings that could help officials manage wind power facilities…
Stronger, lighter, greener magnets

January 19, 2019

New Argonne invention could advance technologies from golf carts to wind turbines. A new magnet technology invented at…
Danish research to strengthen the design of floating wind turbines

October 30, 2018

Offshore wind turbines win more and more terrain on the sea all over the world. This is the…
Combined wind and solar made up at least 20% of electric generation in 10 states in 2017

October 12, 2018

Wind and solar electric generation, including small-scale solar photovoltaics, reached or exceeded 20% of total generation in 10…
Windier Windfarms

October 5, 2018

You’ve probably seen them, perhaps on long roadtrips: wind turbines with enormous, hypnotic rolling blades, harnessing the clean…
Like natural gas, coal in the Southwest Power Pool is cycled to accommodate wind power

September 27, 2018

Electricity generation in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization (RTO) covering all or part of fourteen…
Stanford scientists advance new way to store wind and solar electricity on a large scale, affordably and at room temperature

July 20, 2018

A new combination of materials developed by Stanford researchers may aid in developing a rechargeable battery able to…
EIA adds Puerto Rico data to its U.S. power plant inventory

July 13, 2018

EIA has added existing, retired, and proposed power plants in Puerto Rico to its Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory.…
Wind generators’ cost declines reflect technology improvements and siting decisions

July 13, 2018

Between 2010 and 2016, the capacity-weighted average cost (real 2016$) of U.S. wind installations declined by one-third, from…
Renewable energy subsidies have declined as tax credits, other policies diminish

May 2, 2018

Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in…
Wind turbine heights and capacities have increased over the past decade

November 30, 2017

Wind turbines in the United States have grown in both average height and capacity over the past decade,…
Wind energy team to compete nationally after winning Sandia Labs’ first pitch competition

November 28, 2017

In an effort to help researchers think about their ideas from a business perspective, Sandia National Laboratories collaborated…
Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic

October 10, 2017

There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to…
Night vision for bird- & bat-friendly offshore wind power

August 13, 2017

PNNL’s ThermalTracker software can aid responsible wind farm siting and operations The same technology that enables soldiers to…
Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time

June 15, 2017

For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded…
Concrete for taller wind turbine towers passes tests, could help expand wind energy nationwide

May 25, 2017

Sri Sritharan called up a digital map of the United States and pointed to a dark blue band…
Wind turbines provide 8% of U.S. generating capacity, more than any other renewable source

May 3, 2017

Wind generators accounted for 8% of the operating electric generating capacity in the United States in 2016, more…
U.S. wind generating capacity surpasses hydro capacity at the end of 2016

March 7, 2017

Installed wind electric generating capacity in the United States surpassed conventional hydroelectric generating capacity, long the nation’s largest…
Three turbine manufacturers provide more than 75% of U.S. wind capacity

November 30, 2016

EIA recently started collecting data on wind turbine manufacturers, turbine models, and other wind plant attributes in the…
Typhoon Turbine That Generates Power

September 29, 2016

Wind turbines are green energy sources, but when it gets too windy it could be damaged. That really cuts…
Gone with the wind: Argonne coating shows surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power

May 19, 2016

Despite the rigors of scientific inquiry and the methodical approaches of the world’s most talented researchers, sometimes science…
Wind farms have a small effect on their surrounding ecosystem

April 26, 2016

We all know that renewable energy is the way to go. However, everything comes at a cost and…
Wind adds the most electric generation capacity in 2015, followed by natural gas and solar

March 24, 2016

Wind, natural gas, and solar made up almost all new electric generation capacity in 2015, accounting for 41%,…
Solar, natural gas, wind make up most 2016 generation additions in U.S.

March 3, 2016

Electric generating facilities expect to add more than 26 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power…
Turning good vibrations into energy

February 2, 2016

New tools for harvesting wind energy may soon look less like giant windmills and more like tiny leafless…
From wind to gas

January 19, 2016

Wind energy can be converted into methane gas and stored in the Danish natural gas grid. As an…
Texas expected to keep breaking records for wind generation as wind capacity grows

November 6, 2015

Wind generation on the Texas electric system recently hit several all-time highs. The latest all-time instantaneous peak of…
New wind atlas to promote sustainable global power generation

October 24, 2015

A global wind atlas for improving global wind power utilization was launched on 21 October. Denmark has played…
Wind turbine system recycles ‘spillage’ to improve energy efficiency

September 18, 2015

A new prototype from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Jie Cheng could give a second wind to turbines that…
Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility-scale and distributed-scale projects

September 2, 2015

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska’s electric power generation in 2014, Alaska’s wind power capacity…
A windy alternative

September 2, 2015

Following a major nuclear disaster in Japan, its nuclear power plants have been shut down and an alternative…
Australia shifts investment from wind projects to other renewable sources

August 21, 2015

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) last month was directed to stop investing in future wind power projects.…
First offshore wind farm in the United States begins construction

August 17, 2015

In July, American offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, installed the first foundation for what is expected to be…
U.S. West Coast wind patterns lead to below-normal wind generation capacity factors

August 12, 2015

A drop in average wind speeds in the western United States during early 2015 led to reduced generation…
Study Finds that the Price of Wind Energy in the United States is at an All-time Low, Averaging under 2.5¢/kWh

August 11, 2015

Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department…
Coal, nuclear, and renewables expected to boost Vietnam’s electricity capacity

August 4, 2015

Vietnam is poised to significantly transform its electrical power generation mix over the next two decades as it…
Siting wind farms more quickly, cheaply

July 17, 2015

When a power company wants to build a new wind farm, it generally hires a consultant to make…
Life cycle assessments map wind turbine lifespan

July 6, 2015

Life cycle assessments are an excellent tool for assessing the environmental impact of a product from cradle to…
Fukushima Experimental Offshore Floating Wind Farm Project Second Phase Update

June 22, 2015

A consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan…
Keeping energy clean and the countryside quiet

June 16, 2015

Thanks to expertise garnered building space telescopes powerful enough to see exoplanets, large wind turbines are now generating…
What are the Different Types of Renewable Energy?

June 12, 2015

Renewable energy is becoming an increasingly important issue in today’s world. In addition to the rising cost of…
Streamlining project planning of offshore wind farms

April 22, 2015

Even though offshore wind farms are incredibly expensive—and a great deal of time is devoted to planning them—communication…
New turbine on DTU Risø Campus

March 30, 2015

A large new research turbine that better matches today’s commercial turbines than the models currently installed is on…
Engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

March 10, 2015

Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems…
Wind generation seasonal patterns vary across the United States

February 27, 2015

Wind plant generation performance varies throughout the year as a result of highly seasonal wind patterns. Nationally, wind…
Wind generates more than 10% of Texas electricity in 2014

February 23, 2015

In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from…
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