Facebook’s newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, will run off of 100 percent wind energy, as tracked through renewable energy credits, when it starts serving the social network’s online traffic in early 2015, according to a company news release. Facebook plans to purchase electricity for the facility from a nearby wind farm in Wellsburg, Iowa. (more…)
Wind energy has been growing rapidly in recent years, and it’s no wonder why. Wind energy is relatively cheap (much cheaper than solar energy), it is scalable, and a single wind turbine can generate a lot of power. As a result, wind power installations accounted for over 40% of all new US electric generating capacity in 2008. Massive wind farms have been constructed in a number of countries around the world, and new wind farms continue to be developed, both on-shore and off-shore. New wind turbine technologies are currently being explored in order to increase a energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. In the coming years, you can expect wind energy to account for a larger portion of our electricity use.
Efforts to promote and develop new forms of sustainable energy have pushed wind power to the forefront. However, this type of power comes with a cost — as it often interferes with birds’ and bats’ migration, killing hundreds of thousands of these winged species.
Manufacturers and developers of wind turbines will be able to study construction methods, issues with the supply change, maintenance and more once the UK’s largest offshore wind demonstration site is completed.
The UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (more…)
When a speaker at yesterday’s CleanTechLA event presented what Deutsche Bank calls its “three pillars of a successful market,” I could see some of the main challenges associated with the migration to renewable energy. Abbreviated “TLC” (something that everyone and everything needs to receive), they are Transparency, Longevity, and Certainty. (more…)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is soliciting comments through November 12, 2013 on the issuance of a take permit “for recurring eagle mortalities” associated with the operation of the Shiloh IV wind turbine project in Solano County, California. (more…)
Utility scale wind turbines have become so technologically advanced that they have improved the cost of energy (COE) of wind enough to compete with today’s conventional energy sources. The ensuing reduction in COE has been the result of two governing forces: public policy and technological innovation. (more…)
A 900kW wind turbine estimated to prevent 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be built at the Shenandoah School Corporation campus in rural Middletown, Indiana. The carbon offset project is part of NativeEnergy’s Help Build scheme in which companies such as as Ebay, GreenMountain, Coffee Roasters, ClifBar and Aveda finance projects to help (more…)
Renewable energy has been called impractical for its small scale and large expense compared to conventional power production methods. Now, one area of development is answering those criticisms by getting very big to cut costs. New offshore wind facilities now going online are equal in size to the largest gas- or coal-fired power stations. (more…)
The U.S. installed more than 13 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity in 2012, nearly doubling the amount of wind power installations added in 2011 and pushing the total capacity connected to the grid nationally to 60 gigawatts, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). (more…)