Posted By: Britton Rife - Communications Manager, Distributed Wind Energy Association
On: June 1, 2016
After 2 years of gathering stakeholder input and reaching industry and academic consensus, production of the SMART Wind Roadmap is now complete. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program, the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA)  more...
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Posted By: Harry Valentine - Commentator/Researcher, Chatila/Menoz
On: January 11, 2016
Hydroelectric power has traditionally depended on predictable weather patterns that deliver a near constant volume of rainfall over the watershed area of power dams. Until recently, methods by which to increase rainfall were theoretical until an unexpected event occurred along the west coast of England, where wind turbines had been  more...
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Posted By: Harry Valentine - Commentator/Researcher, Chatila/Menoz
On: November 4, 2015
While many state power utilities internationally have embraced wind energy conversion to provide additional electric power, prevailing economic constraints are requiring the same utilities to make more efficient use of available capital. Evolving economic conditions have the potential to curtail the ability of many states to directly or indirectly assist  more...
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Posted By: Devon Bass - Managing Partner, Vault Energy Solutions, LLC
On: June 19, 2015
In a state long-associated with oil ("Texas tea") and conservative politics, you would think renewables would have a hard time getting a toehold. Just last year, in fact, Donna Nelson, the conservative chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, called for an end to subsidies for wind power, asserting  more...
Posted By: Harry Valentine - Commentator/Researcher, Chatila/Menoz
On: June 17, 2015
In recent years, several inventive entrepreneurial types have challenged the theory of the 2 and 3-bladed horizontal-axial axis wind turbine, claiming that the space between the blades has been wasted and could be used to generate additional output. Many of them have actually built and tested small-scale prototypes to prove  more...
Posted By: Michael Goggin - Electric Industry Analyst, American Wind Energy Association
On: June 8, 2015
Low-cost, zero-emission wind energy will become even more valuable as states and utilities develop plans to cost-effectively reduce carbon pollution to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan, according to new economic analysis from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a nonpartisan branch of the Department of Energy (DOE). EIA’s analysis modeled  more...
Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: April 14, 2015
I haven't posted anything to the Black Swan Blog for 8 months. One reason is that I have had a few other projects that have really monopolized my time.  But the other reason is that I usually write blog posts in response to something that interests me in the world  more...
Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach - SEO Specialist, NRG Business & Demand Response
On: January 20, 2015
Wind farms are popping up all over the world with the lure of cleaner electric generation and a lessened dependency on fossil fuels. Renewable energy, including solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, is all the rage in the race to combat climate change. So, why is wind so often contested amongst  more...
Posted By: Ken Ditzel - Managing Director, FTI
On: October 9, 2014
Referencing LBNL's annual wind report1 , a recent article on proclaimed that the "Price of US Wind Energy is at an 'All-Time Low' of 2.5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour."2 This seemingly appears to be tremendous news - renewables not only can compete with low-cost gas-fired generation, it can handily beat  more...
Posted By: Devon Bass - Managing Partner, Vault Energy Solutions, LLC
On: September 25, 2014
For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use.   Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state.  These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.  But most of the state’s population is  more...

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