Gov’t OKs 1st US offshore wind farm, off Mass. | The AP via The Hour

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

BOSTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved what would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, inching the U.S. closer to harvesting an untapped domestic energy source — the steady breezes blowing along its vast coasts.

Town looking at constructing wind turbine

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

WINSTED — Winsted appears to be next in line among area communities to wrestle with whether they will allow the construction of wind turbines in town.

Let wind energy projects move forward

Apr 28th, 2010 | By

Adopting new energy sources into daily life may be about changing minds, but first it’s about changing zoning regulations. And those rules should be changed with little to no hesitation. via Let wind energy projects move forward – The Register Citizen Opinion.

Wind power’s future up in the air

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By

They're popping up all over — large white poles with what look like airplane propellers that generate energy using the power of wind.

Bluster over allegedly Yale-backed windmills in Maine

Apr 16th, 2010 | By

When the town selectmen of Highland Plantation, Maine, population 52, learned that a developer wanted to build 48 wind turbines atop the mountains surrounding Highland, their immediate reaction was relief.

Wind turbine in Torrington to be running soon

Apr 14th, 2010 | By

TORRINGTON — A wind turbine being built on Klug Hill Road in Torrington is scheduled to come online for power this summer, according to Optiwind Vice President of Marketing David N. Hurwitt.

BP to invest $1 bln plus in alt energy this year

Apr 14th, 2010 | By

BP Plc plans to invest more than $1 billion this year on alternative energy development, the head of BP’s alternative energy unit said on Tuesday. The company launched its alternative energy division in 2005 and has said it would spend $8 billion in the sector over 10 years to 2015. via BP to invest $1

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Connectivity Could Be a Stabilizing Force in Wind Power

Apr 13th, 2010 | By

Like most other sources of alternative energy, the wind can be intermittent. It does not blow uniformly, so power output from wind turbines rises and falls. And when the wind doesn’t blow at all, output drops to zero.

Benefits of windmills on Yale building raise questions

Apr 6th, 2010 | By

Last May, 10 one-kilowatt wind turbines were installed on top of the Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center to remind passing Yalies of the University’s sustainability efforts. But almost a year later, the turbines’ actual economic and energy savings value is still unclear.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Compete Over Wind Farm

Apr 3rd, 2010 | By

As New Englanders await a decision in Massachusetts on a bitterly contested proposal to build the nation’s first offshore wind farm, the State of Rhode Island is forging ahead with its own project in the hope of outpacing — and upstaging — its neighbor. Crucial to its strategy is dispelling worries that economics will trump

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GE Investing 340 Million Euros to Expand European Wind Operations, an Industrial Info News Alert – MarketWatch

Apr 1st, 2010 | By

Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co. is planning to invest 340 million euros ($460 million) to expand its wind energy operations in Europe, primarily in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and Norway. The expansion will involve the production, engineering and services sectors. via GE Investing 340 Million Euros to Expand European Wind Operations – MarketWatch.

US Wind Potential Higher Than Previously Estimated

Mar 5th, 2010 | By

New wind potential estimates for the lower 48 states based on windNavigator, AWS Truewind’s high-resolution wind resource dataset have been released. The estimates were produced in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and they mark the first comprehensive state-level assessment of the onshore wind resource potential since 1993. via US Wind Potential Higher

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Wind Power, Pro And Con –

Mar 4th, 2010 | By

I was pleased to see front-page coverage of wind power in the March 1 Courant [“Turbines Could Tilt Balance Of Power”]. We should take advantage of all the free, clean, renewable power we can. But a suggestion: Why not use the top floors of downtown buildings, setting baffles and turbines to capture the winds in

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BP to Start Building Three U.S. Wind Farms This Year and Next

Mar 4th, 2010 | By

March 3 (Bloomberg) — BP Plc, which has eight wind farms in the U.S., will start building three more in 2010 and 2011 as it expects to begin profiting from the operations this year. via BP to Start Building Three U.S. Wind Farms This Year and Next – BusinessWeek.

Colebrook Might Be The Future Of Wind Energy In Connecticut –

Mar 1st, 2010 | By

COLEBROOK  – Although few residents seem to realize it yet, this rural town on the eastern edge of the Litchfield hills could well determine the future of wind energy in Connecticut. For the past year, Wind Colebrook LLC has had a 180-foot meteorological tower above the tree line along Route 44, measuring the wind’s speed

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Resident Asks for Alternative Energy Tax Exemption

Feb 23rd, 2010 | By

When resident Jeff Hocking approached officials recently with a request, he didn’t realize he had the distinction of being the first and only person in town to ask for a tax exemption for a wind turbine. Hocking, who owns a large farm off Durham Road, is considering erecting a wind turbine as a way to

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Texas’ wind power potential five times larger than we thought

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By

An assessment by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimated that Texas' generation potential is at 6,527,850 gigawatt-hours per year, up from the previously estimated 1,190,000 GWh. via Texas’ wind power potential five times larger than we thought | NewsWatch: Energy | – Houston Chronicle.

Chavez Calls for Wind, Nuclear Energy to Boost Electric Grid – BusinessWeek

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By

Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on his government to begin developing wind and nuclear energy generation projects amid a drought threatening to halt hydroelectric plants. The nation now depends on hydroelectric power for more than two-thirds of its energy needs. via Chavez Calls for Wind, Nuclear Energy to Boost Electric Grid

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Salazar: Feds to help states speed up wind energy – Connecticut Post

Feb 20th, 2010 | By

BOSTON (AP) — Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar vowed Friday to work closely with Atlantic Coast states to streamline the permitting process for offshore wind energy projects. Salazar said the federal government must collaborate with the states — which include Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Rhode Island — to avoid long delays for

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Wind Turbine at New Haven business visible from I-95 –

Feb 18th, 2010 | By

NEW HAVEN – The idea of using wind turbines for energy didn’t occur to the Driscoll brothers when they established Phoenix Press in an old brick factory at the confluence of the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers in the early 1980s. But this afternoon at Phoenix Press, workers are installing the three-bladed rotor that will rise

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