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The Biggest Power Players in USA.

July 18, 2016 By: George Category: Renewable Energy No Comments →

Clean Power

Greenhouse Gas Policy In Various Countries.

December 03, 2009 By: George Category: Climate, Trends No Comments →

A comparative study of greenhouse gas control policies in several large industrial nations was presented in a report (pdf) from the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

“All of the countries examined have in place, or are developing, some enforceable policies that serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the CRS found.  “Most are at some stage of making their programs more stringent.”  See “An Overview of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Control Policies in Various Countries,”

Climate Change Negotiations.

November 24, 2009 By: George Category: Climate No Comments →

“The United States and almost 200 other countries are negotiating under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to address climate change cooperatively beyond the year 2012. Parties agreed to complete the negotiations by the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) scheduled for December 7-18, 2009, in Copenhagen.

 The negotiations toward a “Copenhagen agreement” are intended to be the next steps toward meeting the objective of the UNFCCC, to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Most parties conclude the objective requires avoiding a 2oCelsius increase in global mean temperature and reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80%-95% by 2050. The UNFCCC principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” among parties permeates debate about obligations of different forms, levels of effort, and verifiability.”

See the new report “Status of the Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations” from the U.S. Congressional Research Service.

Wind Energy 2008 Annual Report.

September 17, 2009 By: George Category: Renewable Energy No Comments →

This report provides the latest information on wind industries in 20 International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind member countries. The information includes generation capacity, progress toward national objectives, benefits to national economies, issues affecting growth, costs of projects and turbines, national incentive programs, and research and development results.

The IEA Wind member countries—located in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Pacific Region—provide 75% of worldwide wind generating capacity. These countries share information and research efforts to increase the contribution of wind energy to their electrical generation mix. They added more than 17,000 megawatts (MW) in 2008 for a total of close 92,000 MW of wind generating capacity. More than half of the member countries added at least 200 MW of new capacity each, and four countries added more than 1,000 MW: the United States (8,558 MW), Germany (1,665 MW), Spain (1,609 MW), and Italy (1,010 MW).

The report may be downloaded for free on the IEA Wind Web site.

U.S. Energy-Efficiency Potential.

August 06, 2009 By: George Category: Climate, Economy, Renewable Energy No Comments →

The potential for energy-efficiency improvements throughout the U.S. economy is huge and entirely within reach if annual investments increase fivefold, according to a new McKinsey & Company report.

The global consulting firm estimates that $520 billion in investments would reduce U.S. non-transportation energy usage by 9.1 quadrillion BTUs by 2020 – roughly 23 percent of projected demand. As a result, the U.S. economy would save more than $1.2 trillion and avoid the release of some 1.1 gigatons of annual greenhouse gases, an amount equal to replacing 1,000 conventional 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants with renewable energy.

If the United States applied all available efficiency technologies, the country would save more energy by 2020 than is used annually by all of Canada’s homes, commercial buildings, and industries combined.

The U.S. economy currently spends $10-12 billion each year on energy-efficiency measures, McKinsey said. This does not include federally funded programs authorized in the $787 billion economic stimulus act, which President Barack Obama signed in February.

DOE’s 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report.

July 16, 2009 By: George Category: Climate, Renewable Energy No Comments →

DOE’s new report, a comprehensive overview of developments in the U.S. wind power market released today, found that wind power capacity increased by 8,558 megawatts (MW) in 2008. This $16 billion investment in wind projects made the United States the fastest-growing wind power market in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Wind power contributed 42% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2008; for the fourth consecutive year, wind power was the second-largest new resource added to the U.S. electrical grid in nameplate capacity.

The report, which has been issued annually since 2007, analyzes a range of developments in the wind market, including trends in wind project installations, turbine size, turbine prices, wind project costs, project performance, and wind power prices. The report also details trends in project financing, a key concern for the wind industry in the current economic climate, as well as trends in project ownership, public policy, and the integration of wind power into the electrical grid. DOE’s report provides the wind industry, state and local policy makers, and the general public with valuable information on the state of wind power in the United States.

Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • The United States continues to lead the world in annual capacity growth and overtook Germany to take the lead in cumulative wind capacity. For the fourth straight year, the United States led the world in wind capacity additions, capturing roughly 30% of the worldwide market.
  • The cumulative wind capacity installed in the United States at the end of 2008 would, in an average year, be able to supply roughly 1.9% of the nation’s electricity consumption.
  • Soaring demand for wind has spurred expansion of wind turbine manufacturing in the United States. As a result of this continued expansion, the American Wind Energy Association estimates that the share of domestically manufactured wind turbine components has grown from less than 30% in 2005 to roughly 50% in 2008, and that roughly 8,400 new domestic manufacturing jobs were added in the wind sector in 2008 alone.
  • Wind power remained competitive in wholesale power markets in 2008, with average wind power prices at or below the low end of the wholesale power market price range, although upward pressure on wind power prices looks set to continue.

 See the full 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report (PDF 1.9 MB)

U.S Wind Power Industry Increases Employment by 70% in One Year.

April 15, 2009 By: George Category: Renewable Energy No Comments →

The U.S. wind power industry directly employs about 85,000 people today, a 70% increase from a year ago, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The trade association’s annual wind industry report, released on Monday, found that 10 new manufacturing facilities went online in the past year, while 17 were expanded and another 30 new facilities were announced.

The U.S. market for small wind turbines nearly doubled in 2008, as more than 10,000 turbines were sold, adding 19.2 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity. Small wind turbines are defined as 100 kilowatts or less in capacity, the type most likely to be used by residences and small businesses. The industry is bullish on continued growth, projecting a 30-fold increase in as little as five years, despite the economic slowdown. The United States continues to command roughly half of the global market for small wind turbines, and one-third of the global manufacturers are located here. Incentives such as the federal investment tax credit are spurring rapid growth in this area.

And while the overall U.S. wind power industry experienced record growth in 2008, the sluggish economy and lack of credit are expected to slow wind power development significantly this year. A record 8,545 MW of wind power were installed in 2008, but for 2009 the growth is expected to drop to only 5,000 MW. See the full wind industry report (PDF 1.7 MB).