The U.S. wind industry ended 2013 on a high note with 61,110 MW operating in the U.S.-- across 905 utility-scale wind projects, with a combined 46,100 wind turbines, in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and billions of dollars of continued private investment.
The global wind industry expanded significantly from 2004 to 2012, driven by government incentives and falling prices of electricity generated by wind turbines. However, in 2013, negative conditions in several key countries (the United States and Spain) were unconducive to the continued growth of the market.
The vast majority of the American public claim to be energy efficient, but when it comes to putting words into action, the assertions fall short. Despite the fact that many are not actively trying to conserve energy, they can be critical of the type of energy and where it comes from-- but perceptions are changing, according to a Harris Poll.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its short-term energy outlook, including coal, natural gas, renewable energy, and electricity forecasts for 2015.
Public sentiment toward clean renewable energy has been all over the place in recent years, including down. However, favorable attitudes toward solar, wind, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars, have rebounded significantly from 2012 levels, according to a new consumer survey from Navigant Research.
Although hydropower remains the world's leading renewable energy, solar and wind continue to dominate investment in new renewable capacity and are quickly becoming the highest-profile renewable energy sources, according to Worldwatch Institute.
Declining water, reduced revenue from surplus energy sales and ongoing wind power expenses have all contributed to the fourth highest Power Cost Adjustment ever. To accommodate for shortfalls caused by these factors, Idaho Power Company will charge its customers a $140 million PCA, the fourth highest in PCA history.
Nearly 1,000 signatures from North Omaha residents, health professionals and students have been submitted to the Omaha Public Power District, calling on the utility to address the community's public health concerns by phasing out coal burning at the North Omaha power plant.
Industry stakeholders note that a doubling of Colorado cooperatives' renewable energy standard in less than seven years is a "wildly unrealistic timeframe."
Consumers are especially interested in renewables, presenting an ideal opportunity for utilities to slide the relationship between renewables and smart grid into the conversation.