HERMAN K. TRABISH: AUGUST 10, 2010 Strong Growth, But Are Rocky Times Coming for Wind?
Wind is strong, but natural gas, transmission line issues loom
“We’re growing dramatically,” Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff scientist Ryan Wiser said of the wind industry’s 2009 performance. “We’re on a path to achieve much higher levels of wind.” This is in stark contrast to wind’s 2010 first half performance, which American Wind Energy Association CEO Denise Bode characterized as “dismal.”
The 2009 Wind Technologies Market Report, by Wiser and Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), describes a record-breaking 2009. Yet a 71 percent drop in installation in the More >
NABCEP Releases Small Wind Installer Certification Resource Guide | North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners
June 13, 2010 First small wind certifying exam set for September 11, 2010
By Ezra AuerbachClifton Park, NY
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) has just released its Small Wind Installer Certification Exam Resource Guide, a useful and practical resource for those planning to take NABCEP’s Small Wind Installer Certification Exam. The first small wind certifying exam is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010, at various locations in the U.S.“We are confident that a working knowledge of the content of the resources we have listed will go a long way to successfully and safely installing any small wind-electric system, More >
RSS feeds Inside Renewable Energy Wind Technologies: Size Matters, But Only So Much
The wind turbine – standing tall, sleek and uniquely modern – is arguably the most powerful symbol of the technological advancement of renewables. And although size is typically the metric for such progress, it’s the less visible improvements that have allowed the industry to grow. Wind technologies have come a long way over the last 30 years, starting as custom-made amalgamations of farm machinery in Denmark and lab experiments in the U.S., and evolving to become the giant sentries of today’s energy transition. In this podcast, we’ll look at More >
BEIJING, Jan. 4, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) –
China’s central government has eased its concern on overcapacity in multi-crystalline silicon and wind equipment manufacturing based on latest survey, said China Economic Observer on Monday.
Shi Lishan, an official with the National Energy Administration, said recently that China required 25,000 to 30,000 metric tons (tonnes) of multi-crystalline silicon in 2009 while domestic output was only 15,000 tonnes/year.
However, in the second half 2009 China had 80,000 tonnes of multi-crystalline silicon production facilities under construction, posing a severe potential overcapacity.
These problems have been highlighted by an earlier survey by the National Development Research and Reform More >
Written by Susan Kraemer
Published on January 1st, 2010
A North Dakota rural electric cooperative made history on New Year’s Eve, in completing the nation’s largest wind project to be entirely owned by a consumer cooperative.
The $240 million, 115.5 MW wind farm was begun in August and completed a mere four months later; three and a half hours before midnight on the last night of 2009. GE supplied the 77 1.5 MW turbines.
North Dakota’s Basin Electric is a rural electricity cooperative that generates and transmits electricity to 136 member rural electric systems in nine states: indirectly serving about 2.8 million consumers in More >
December 29, 2009 The economic stimulus story threaded its way through the calendar year in 2009. by Carl Levesque, AWEA
Over 7,000 MW of wind power are expected to be installed this year in the U.S. That’s down from 2008′s record 8,545 MW, but that still would make it the second best year in the history of the industry. Not bad, at a time when the rest of the economy tanked and the value of your primary financial policy driver became all but worthless.
What events drove those highly respectable numbers? What pushed them down and, likewise, what kept them up? What other industry More >