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After Sandy, Wind Power Continues On

A photo of the University of Delaware’s wind turbine during and after Hurricane Sandy.

In the aftermath of Sandy, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is examining the impacts of the hurricane to extreme weather and climate change.

According to their blog, about 3,500 megawatts of wind turbine capacity was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Although, it wasn’t expected to cause much damage to the wind turbines. And so far, it hasn’t.

All of the wind turbines in Hurricane Sandy’s path did not suffer any catastrophic failure. In fact, the University of Delaware’s 2-megawatt turbine was prepared before the storm, having its blades feathered flat so it wouldn’t spin at high velocity.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, “It appears that Hurricane Sandy has had some, but minimal, impact on the wind turbines in its path, according to early reports this week from several operators of East Coast wind farms, most of which started generating electricity again after the storm passed.”

Source: CleanEnergy.org

Google and Wind Energy

Google is looking to power their Oklahoma data center with renewable wind energy.

Google’s data center in Mayes County, Oklahoma will be running more efficiently soon.

The search engine giant announced last week that it would buy wind energy from the Grand River Dam Authority to purchase energy. This will be the first time Google has partnered with a utility to buy renewable energy.

The GRDA will provide 48 megawatts of wind power to the Google data center later this year. Google will pay more for the clean energy rather than power the data center by coal because of the company’s commitment to the environment.

“Google has hinted for some time that its ultimate goal would be to source clean energy from utilities to power its data centers. Google is working with other utilities to find ways to source renewables directly,” said Gary Demasi, Google’s global infrastructure director.

Environmental organizations have urged companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple to use more clean energy to power their data centers.

Source: Smart Planet

Wind Energy Takes KS by Storm

Wind Farms in Kansas City

The Smoky Hill Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in Kansas with a 100.8 MW output. Kansas is one of the leading states in wind energy potential.

The name Kansas comes from the Sioux Indian word for “people of the south wind” so is it any wonder that Kansas is experiencing a wind-energy construction boom?

According to Governor Sam Brownback, developers are investing nearly $3 billion to double the installations to 2.5GW is looking to happen before the wind production tax credit (PTC) expires at the end of the year. State officials believe that wind energy has the potential to provide nearly $135 billion to the economy.

Of course, Kansas cannot absorb all the energy that comes from the wind output, so exporting it to other states is a definite opportunity that continues to grow in the state.

“Wind is not a fad, as some people think,” said Michelle Fornara-Dean, the executive director of the Harvey County Economic Development Council, “We are competing not only with the next state for investment and jobs. We are in a global market.”

Source: ReCharge News

Wind Energy’s Economic Impact

The midwest (Kansas in particular) has one of the highest potentials for wind speed.

Wind turbines are popping up all over the country, especially in Kansas. They’re hard to ignore, and there’s no doubt they are here to stay.

A new study found that for each megawatt of wind capacity, a county gains half a job. And with 47,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity installed in the U.S. today, that’s a significant economic impact.

The authors of the study specifically measured what the wind industry means for rural counties in states such as Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Texas.

The study included 1,009 counties and found that for every megawatt installed, total county personal income increased by $11,150 over the 2000 to 2008 period. And for every megawatt installed in a county, one half of a job was created.

From 2007 to 2010, wind energy contributed about 36 percent of all new electric generation built in the U.S. And the number continues to grow as more counties are seeing the benefit of wind power as a clean, renewable source of energy.

Find out more about the benefits of wind power.

* The five authors of the report, “Ex post analysis of economic inpacts from wind power development in U.S. counties,” are Jason P. Brown and John Pender of the USDA’s Economic Research Service; Ryan Wiser and Ben Hoen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Eric Lantz of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The article appears in Energy Economics 34 (2012), pages 1743-1754.

Source: Daily Yonder

Wind Energy Makes Sense

“I’ve been a longtime wind energy skeptic, but the sea of gigantic wind turbines piqued my interest,” wrote contributing writer Fred Logan in the Kansas City Business Journal.

A recent drive through the Smoky Hills Wind Farm led Logan to conduct a bit of research on the history of wind energy in Kansas. He found that the Smoky Hills Wind Famr supplies electricity to five utilities in Kansas and Missouri and is designed to produce enough electricity for 85,000 homes.

Kansas is not new to the wind energy market. In fact, the American Wind Energy Association recently reported that Kansas led the nation in the number of wind turbines under constation with 663. What’s more is that BP Wind Eneryg is spending $800 million to construct a massive wind farm in south-central Kansas.

Kansas is second only to Texas in wind power capacity, so that’s just the start of Kansas’ wind potential. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that the state’s wind energy output could increase from the current 1,224 megawatts to 7,158 megawatts by 2030, creating 7,000 new jobs and have a $7.8 billion economic impact.

There’s no doubt that wind energy is a large investment, “but out on the plains, where the wind blows free, there’s abundant energy and economic potential.”

Source: Kansas City Business Journal

Wind Energy Surges

The United States is one of the largest and fastest growing wind markets, and is quickly leading the way in energy efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report highlighting growth in wind energy. Specifically, wind energy was found to have increased the U.S. share of clean energy, and created tens of thousands of jobs.

The 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report found that the U.S. was one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets in 2011. In fact, wind power makes up 32 percent of all new electric capcity additions, and accounts for $14 billion in new investments.

Roughly 6,800 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity was added to the U.S. grid in just last year, which was a 31 percent increase from 2010. At the end of 2011, the U.S.’s wind power capacity reached 47,000 MW and has since grown to 50,00 MW, which is enough electricity to power 13 million homes annually.

“The growth in the industry has also led directly to more American jobs throughout a number of sectors and at factories across the country,” and the report also found that nearly 70 percent of the equipment installed at U.S. wind farms last year are from domestic manufacturers.

So wind energy just isn’t good for the environment, it’s good for the economy as well. Finding ways to use renewable energy is a growing trend, and it is fast becoming a technology that businesses are investing in.

Source: Department of Energy

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