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U.K. Wind Energy Jobs Up 91%

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Employment in the U.K. wind power industry has surged 91 percent in three years, the RenewableUK lobby group said today. The number of people employed full-time in the large-scale onshore and offshore wind energy industry rose to about 9,200 in 2010 from 4,800 in 2007, RenewableUK said today in an e-mailed report.

The 5 Best Wind Turbines for Single Home Use

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The energy requirements of a single-family household may be obtained from the use of wind turbines. The power of these turbines are strong and adequate enough to supply ample energy for everyday living, with wind power reaching between 1 to 50 kilowatts and mostly between 1kW to 6kW.

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Bergey Small Wind Turbine Gets AWEA Certification

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Bergey Windpower announced this week that its BWC Excel 10 wind turbine has now received full “AWEA Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard” certification. What’s interesting about this? This is the first small wind turbine to get this certification.

Wind Energy Market Booming

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A recent report by Transparency Market Research, titled ”Global Wind Energy & Wind Turbine Market (2011 – 2016),” shows that there’s been a Compound Average Growth Rate of 25% over the last 5 years in the wind power industry.

Minnesota Approves Large Wind Power Project

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Adding to a steadily growing influx of renewable energy in Minnesota is the Bison 2 wind farm. The Bison 2 will generate 105 megawatts of power and reduce carbon emissions by 90,000 tons a year. That’s impressive considering that this is one of many recent alternative energy projects in the state. Bison 2 will generate 105 megawatts of power and will consist of 35 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines.

MidAmerican Energy Proposes $280 Million Wind Project

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Iowa’s Adam’s County will get a new wind farm as MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans today to open a new wind farm and expand a second site in O’Brien County in 2015, investing $280 million in wind turbines.

In Many Locations, Wind Power Is a Sound Investment

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Investment in wind power — whether by a government, utility or consumer — is a sound strategy if the benefits outweigh the costs. How costs and benefits are evaluated can be different in each case, but usually our primary considerations are financial.

Energy Deregulation Needs to Expand

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During the past twenty years, several states have embraced deregulation of the energy market and it has proven to be a boon for the wind industry. It’s simple.

Wind Power Tax Break Fails in Senate

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In a move that Democratic Senator Mark Udall claims could destroy the wind energy industry in the US, the extension of a federal tax break for wind energy production failed in the Senate on Tuesday. The vote was 49-49 on an amendment to another bill, but it had needed 60 votes to pass.

Is a 100% Wind Energy Powered Town Possible?

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A wind turbine, as most of us know, is a machine that transforms kinetic energy into mechanical energy. The most famous machines using the wind turbine are the windmills and wind pumps, which are often used in farming or agricultural activities and for power production.

Japan Installing Wind Turbines Off Fukushima Coast

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Japan says it will spend $260 million dollars over the next five years to install at least six floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima.

How to Make a Cheap Vertical Home Wind Turbine

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Do it yourself how-to video about making your own vertical home wind turbine. Perfect for the green-minded homeowner! Videos How to make a wind turbine wind turbine video

Donald Trump Says Alex Salmond is ‘Destroying’ Scotland With Wind Farms

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Donald Trump needs no introduction, but let’s start off with with the reminder that when Trump came to Scotland and proposed his new golf course in Aberdeenshire, Trump International – Scotland , it was Alex Salmond who stuck his neck out against widespread opposition from the locals and supported the controversial course.

Wind Farm Off Shore of Cumbrian, UK to be World’s Biggest

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Expected to produce enough electricity for 320,000 homes in the UK and be marked as the world’s largest wind farm, the new 367 megawatt Walney wind farm project 6km off the Cumbrian coast opened yesterday. The $1 billion pound (US$1.58 billion) project is a joint venture between SSE, OPW and DONG Energy that includes 102 turbines each with a capacity of 3.6 megawatts.

Obama’s First Offshore Wind Energy Strategy

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Early this week, two members of the Obama cabinet announced an offshore wind energy strategy that includes releasing more than fifty million dollars for offshore wind energy research as well as a plan to fast-track approval of wind farms in wind energy zones.

Maine Rollins Wind Project Gets Funding

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A new 60 megawatt wind power project in Penobscot is the latest wind power project happening in Maine, as First Wind has announced that it has secured $98 million in funding for the Rollins Wind Project, for which it received approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection over a year ago.

Brazil’s Wind Power Push

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Brazil, currently Latin America’s leading country in terms of renewable energy is expected to install 31.6GW of wind power by 2025, according to a recent study by HIS Emerging Energy Research. The latest step towards this goal is 400MW of generating capacity which is being supplied by GE Energy in the form of 258 of its advanced 1.5 and 1.6MW wind turbines to four utilities which participated in a clean energy auction in 2009.

Siemens Opens Kansas Wind Turbine Factory

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Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Energy has opened its first nacelle assembly facility in the United States, at Hutchinson, Kansas. The 300,000 square foot plant will produce nacelles – the central structure of the wind turbine including the power transmission and generating systems – for Siemens’ 2.3 megawatt and 3MW wind turbines. Siemens said it has 130 workers at the factory, but plans to triple that number when the facility is fully operational.

South Korea Building 2.5 GW Offshore Wind Farm

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South Korea is getting into the wind power game with a bold, 2.5 GW project will cost about $8.2 billion to build. The wind farm will be built off the southwestern coast of South Korea will include about 500 turbines and is expected to be completed by 2019. Companies like Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering are constructing the turbines. The government is paying for most of it, but private investors will need to finance the remainder.

Government Approves Wind Farm Off Ocean City

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The Obama administration opened Maryland’s coast to offshore wind farms Monday and is seeking bidders to erect more than 300 turbines in a 206-square-mile area off the coast of Ocean City. The move makes Maryland the second state in the nation, after Delaware, to have reached this stage in off-shore wind development. The closest turbines to the coast will be roughly 10 nautical miles from Ocean City. and won’t be able to be seen from the beach, according to the U.S. Department of the.

Google Invests in $5 Billion East Coast Wind Project

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Google is planning to invest in a transmission network project that will be able to harvest electricity from wind farms off the Mid-Atlantic coast and power 1.9 million homes across Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Google will buy a 37.5% stake in the development stage of the Atlantic Wind Connection project, said Rick Needham, director of green business operations Google.

U.S. Offshore Wind Potential 4,150 GW

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Wind Power could be huge in the United States. Just how huge? According to data from a new report out today by U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, it is suggested that there is 4,150 gigawatts of potential wind turbine nameplate capacity from offshore wind resources around the United States. By comparison, in 2008 the nation’s total electric generating capacity from all sources was 1,010 gigawatts.

Europe’s Largest Onshore Wind Farm Expands

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Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, which is located in East Renfrewshire in Scotland, is expanding. They are increasing the number of turbines on site to 215 from 140- raising electricity generating capacity by two thirds. The 140 turbines currently at the wind farm, to the south of Glasgow, can produce enough electricity to power 180,000 homes. The expansion will see its generating capacity increase from 322MW to 539MW – enough to power about 300,000 homes.

Vestas Picks Portland As Headquarters City

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Vestas, undoubtedly one of the biggest wind turbine companies in the world, is going to set up its North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Construction on what was once a warehouse for a local retailer is set to be complete by early 2012. The new Vestas U.S. headquarters is being designed and built with LEED Platinum status by Gerding Edlen,who is a local developer of LEED-certified properties around the United States.

New York Harbor Preps For Wind Power

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Over the next three years, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are planning on the installation of five units of wind towers, each over 280 feet in height, operating in New York Harbor’s west side. The City of Bayonne in New Jersey also has developed extensive plans to install a massive wind turbine to provide power for a sewage-pumping station. The five wind turbines are expected to generate around 7.5 MW of energy, which will provide the energy to power a minimum of 2,000 homes.

20% of Iowa’s Electricity Comes From Wind Power

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The state of Iowa has been tireless in their efforts to become more sustainable in the last five years, and now they have numbers to prove it. A press release from earlier this year says that up to 20% of Iowa’s electricity is produced by wind. The document is from the Iowa Policy Project.

Vestas Wins California Wind Turbine Contract

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Major wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems has announced that they’ve won a contract which will deliver 190 turbine units of for a wind power project in the US state of California. The order is Vestas’ largest one for a single site and is for the Alta Wind Energy Center near Tehachapi, California. The contract includes delivery and commissioning as well as a five-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery of the wind turbines is slated for late 2010.

Google Signs Major Wind Power Contract

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Google made a big move this week to use more renewable energy when they signed a 20-year contract with an Iowa wind farm that will allow Google to purchase wind power at a set rate over the next two decades. The energy from the NextEra Energy Resources wind farm will be sufficient to power “several data centers,” Google wrote on its blog. In 2007, Google announced its intention to become carbon neutral by the end of the year.

Construction Begins On Oahu Wind Farm

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Hawaii is joining the wind farm party. The Kahuku project, near the windy North Shore by Oahu, will generate enough electricity to power nearly about 7,700 homes a year. “To be continually dependent on imported oil or energy is a dead end for Hawaii and we can be a model for the world,” said Governor Linda Lingle at the groundbreaking ceremony. “The goal is to be generating power in the early part of 2011,” said Paul Gaynor, First Wind CEO.

Egypt To Build 1000 MW Wind Power Plant

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Egypt plans to invite bids for the construction of a 1,000-megawatt wind energy plant in the Gulf of Suez at an international tender in September, according to Aktham Abou El- Ella, a spokesman for the Electricity Ministry of Egypt. Construction of the wind farm, which will be located in the Gabal El-Zeit area, will be tendered on a build-own-operate basis, Abou El-Ella told in an interview in Cairo.

DOE Chief Cites Gulf Spill for Wind Power Urgency

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu stated today that the Gulf oil spill emphasized the importance of developing clean energy sources in the U.S. like wind power. Chu, who has never been shy about touting the importance wind power has for the national energy program, visited the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center where they are working on new designs for floating deep-water wind turbine platforms.

Hundreds Protest Scotland Wind Farm

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Over 300 people turned out this weekend to protest a proposed wind turbine farm in the Scottish Borders region. The group, monikered “Say No To Fallago” held the protest in the Lammermuir Hills, which is an area in the country that the group says will be ruined by the 48 turbines proposed by North British Windpower.

AeroCraft AC 1002 Wind Turbine

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AeroCraft has released specs on the AC 1002 wind turbine. According to the company, this direct drive wind turbine runs quietly and performs well. The AC 1002 wind turbine incorporates 16 poles permanent magnet type of generator with an output of 1000 W and a voltage of 230 V. This generator uses a stainless steel shaft. This wind turbine also can be used in combination with photovoltaic elements in solar power production.

Wind Power Helps Texas Attain Energy Goals Early

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The state of Texas has attained their goal of getting 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity this year. The best news is that the goal has been attained fifteen years earlier than scheduled. According to a report filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas last week, Texas has 10,367 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, and generated 21,594,278 megawatt-hours of clean electricity in 2009. 99% of those megawatts come from wind power.

GE Visits Ohio For ‘Capture the Wind’ Tour

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Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry got a visit from GE today, who displayed a 131-foot wind turbine blade to show the public and Ohio’s leaders the innovative technologies that are helping to build our clean energy future. The tour’s stop will allow Ohio residents to add their signatures to the wind turbine blade and pledge their support for its message: “I’m helping to build America’s energy future.”

Linemar Aligns with Lohmann for Wind Turbine Production

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Linemar Corp. and German-based NCB Lohmann announced their alliance today to pursue wind turbine components for customers in North America. Linamar will provide manufacturing infrastructure and machining capabilities to Lohmann customers and others wishing to expand or establish their manufacturing reach to North America. With Lohmann, a leading manufacturer of wind turbine components in Europe.

Google Invests $38M into Wind Power Farms

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The company that owns the universe will soon be investing $38.3 million into two NextEra Energy Resources wind farms to hurry the process of serving people with clean, renewable energy. The wind farms currently generate 169.5 megawatts of power; that’s enough juice to power more than 55,000 homes, according to Google.

Transportation of Wind Turbines in Wales Being Tested

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Wind controversy over in Wales: plans to transport wind turbine blades and towers along mid Wales’ country roads are being tested and people are up in arms over it. BBC news is reporting that a truck towing an extended trailer with a police escort carried out the first trial run on Tuesday, with a second planned for Wednesday.

Anti Wind Power Protestors Make a Stink in Ottawa

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Canada’s capital city of Ottawa saw a Conservative group named, the North Gower Wind Action Group, march on Queen’s Park to deliver a staggering 408 signature petition to stop the building of 10 wind turbines in the Ottawa community.

Results Positive for AWEA Wind Energy Survey

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The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced the results of a national survey of the public opinion of wind energy. Conducted in March, the results conclude that there is generally a clear support for wind energy as well as public support for new projects. .