The New Year extension of the Production Tax Credit has made wind energy attractive to electric utilities and customers alike.
China's road to offshore wind is littered with challenges and bottlenecks, but the country charges on.
Despite the ongoing growth expected in global wind power installed capacity, the tides could change as a result of several challenges.
In one day, the 1.1 million homes and businesses PSE serves got 23.5 percent of their electricity from the utility's three Eastern Washington wind farms -- a new production record.
Since 2008, Texas has seen significant changes in the electricity market, to the point where wind power and natural gas prices have made large, capital-intensive coal plants uneconomic.
The wind energy PTC extension will allow continued growth of the wind industry, which has totaled 35 percent of all new electric generation in America over the past five years.
In 2012, for the first time in the United States, wind energy was the top source for new electricity capacity at 42 percent of new capacity added, accounting for the majority of the 55 percent total of combined renewable energy installed in the U.S.
When the Bonneville Power Administration made the decision to limit spillover at its dams and force wind energy providers to curtail generation during an oversupply event in spring 2011, it may have unwittingly opened a different type of floodgate.
A wind energy assessment framework two years in the making will lead to more transparency and advancements in the quantification of project losses and uncertainties.
Even after lackluster growth in 2012 due to global economic concerns, the wind industry is likely to pick up speed in 2013.