With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Distributed Wind Turbine Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) to help the U.S. wind industry develop competitive, high-performance technologies needed to compete in the global distributed wind market and lower the levelized cost of energy so it can compete with retail electricity rates.
Despite the slowdown, wind currently powers nearly 3 percent of the world and is expected to grow over the next several years-- delivering 7.3 percent of the electricity consumed worldwide by 2018.
The U.K. government has taken steps to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 34 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, compared with 1990 levels, according to a report by research and consulting firm GlobalData. At the same time, the U.K. is striving to meet its EU target of 15 percent renewable energy consumption by 2020.
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., is celebrating the commercial operation of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center in Nebraska, which is capable of generating 74.8 MW of wind power.
Instead of regularly utilizing hydro-generated power to serve day-to-day needs, SVP has access to as much as 200 MW of wind energy. Using that power when it is available allows SVP to preserve water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs for use when electricity demand spikes during heat waves.
The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) has entered into a partnership with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) that will enable the organizations to strengthen their representation of the small and community wind industries in the United States. The two associations will collaborate on building the distributed and community wind markets nationally, as well as coordinating on federal and state policy initiatives.
While growth rates in wind power in the developed world have plateaued or fallen, developing economies are expected to see robust growth in the coming years, Navigant Research predicts. Historically, regions like Africa and Russia have not been mainstream wind power markets, but with strong political support, expected rising electricity demand from rapid economic growth, and demand for energy diversification, the outlook for wind power development is positive.
Xcel Energy has been named the top wind energy provider in the United States for the tenth year in a row, as a national leader in providing wind energy to its customers. This is according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which also named Xcel Utility of the Year in 2013
Testimony to the Public Service Commission recently presents a rosy picture for bringing wind energy to Georgia, as told by clean energy supporters and Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) staff. At the same time, Georgia Power is asking the PSC to approve two contracts to import 250 MW of wind power from wind farms in Oklahoma.
Rapid development of the U.S. wind energy industry has led to significant reductions in power sector carbon emissions-- by 96 million metric tons, or 4.4 percent, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).