Wind

  • Chasing the sun

    Jul 31, 2014 | Jack Azagury

    Energiewende has become one of the most talked about topics in the utilities industry and perhaps one of the most notorious. It has also become the example of how not to do energy policy. Here are lessons learned.

  • Jul 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Frank Prager, vice president of policy and strategy at Xcel Energy, writes about how a decade of growth in wind energy holds valuable lessons for the future of solar for Xcel and for the industry overall.

  • Jul 09, 2014 | Jesse Broehl

    Broehl, senior research analyst with Navigant Research, looks in depth at the growth in Latin America--specifically in Mexico and Brazil, countries he labels "pillars" in this market.

  • May 27, 2014 | Jill K. Cliburn

    While high-profile innovators like Tesla Motors, Solar City, and even GE’s big-wind division are touting battery storage as the holy grail of renewable energy integration, a group of small utilities on the northeast Canadian coast has demonstrated a readily available approach to wind integration that comes in at a fraction of the cost of batteries today.

  • May 21, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Alex Dumas with the U.S. Geological Survey gives us a look inside the agency's interactive wind mapping tool: why they started the project, what you can do with the tool, and where it's all going from here.

  • Feb 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DONG Energy is Denmark’s largest energy company. For this installment of the utility2utility article series, we spoke to Ivan K. Pedersen, head of DONG’s Power Hub about renewables and partnerships.

  • Jan 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Beyond the pure aesthetic aspect, there’s been growing concern with consumers on how wind farms may impact individual real estate prices. In other words, will that view of the Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm that I find an uplifting road trip memory be a real downer for surrounding landowners when they go to sell? Researchers have studied this, actually. Here are the results.

  • Oct 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    E.ON is one of the world’s largest utilities serving more than 26 million customers in over 30 countries. They keep ahead of trends through a smart grid control center in Sweden where they can examine, experiment and see the interplay of technology before field trials. We spoke to Peter Sigenstam, vice president and head of E.ON Innovation Centre Distribution about the center and its purpose. (This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here.)

  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • Jan 20, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    Primarily put into place to benefit wind energy, CREZ projects are projected to increase the current level of wind generation capacity in Texas to 18,456 MW, and it will also help provide transmission infrastructure necessary to meet the long-term needs of the growing area west of the I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Killeen, Texas. What was started to promote renewables will additionally promote transmission by design.

  • Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) today announced that its Ocotillo Wind project in Southern California reached commercial operation in December and is transmitting energy to the Sunrise Powerlink, a newly constructed 117-mile 500-kv transmission line linking San Diego and the Imperial Valley.
  • Emerson Process Management has been selected to apply its Ovation control and SCADA technology for the Catalina Solar and Pacific Wind renewable energy projects.
  • Nov 15, 2012 | John R. Johnson

    Despite the huge promise that clean renewable energy presents, big challenges remain. Chief among them are the ability to deploy cutting-edge technologies that integrate energy from the sun and wind onto the electric grid.  Thought leadership sponsored by Intel. (Photo by Kathleen Wolf Davis.)

  • No procurement targets, for now; deliberations continue

    Apr 03, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Energy storage policy in California remains in flux. The  regulatory process has brought forth stakeholders with divergent views of storage's role and value and, for now, California regulators have not decided to impose procurement targets on investor-owned utilities in the state. But that issue and others remain a source of investigation and debate.

  • GenerationHub.com, Energy Central's new online intelligence service for the electric power generation industry, is now live.
  • Critics point to pilots, advocate cautious steps

    Feb 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    California regulators are determining how to move forward on energy storage, as mandated by legislation. How much time should it spend on analysis, on determining storage's cost effectiveness? And should it set procurement targets for investor-owned utilities in the state, possibly advancing the market for storage, possibly burdening ratepayers?

     

  • National security depends on EE & RE, not drilling

    Feb 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Navy admiral discusses the connection between energy independence and national security, and the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving independence and security. This no-nonsense approach is saving lives in the field.

  • Regulators find RE cheaper, positive for economy

    Feb 23, 2012 | Phil Carson

    The Michigan Public Service Commission reports that wind energy is cheaper than new coal-fired generation facilities, a conclusion that will reignite the debate over the direction of and investment in new generation.