Wind Power

Wind Power

Wind turbine workers get their own reality show

“Turbine Cowboys,” tells the stories of a bunch of men and women "who are pushed to the limit both physically and emotionally as they brave extreme heights and every conceivable weather condition to work on wind turbines."

Wind Power

Government will develop wind energy off the Atlantic coast

The federal government has opted to move forward with wind energy development off the coast of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia, and Virginia’s Republican governor for one could not be happier. Sure, the party line might be that alternative energy is stupid — but when you have the federal government actively hunting down corporate investors for development in your state, it tends to make you pretty optimistic about new technologies.

Politics

Obama makes strong call for clean energy — oh, and drilling and fracking too

Clean energy rocks. Nice people get jobs at wind-turbine plants. Oil-industry subsidies suck. We need to drill, baby, drill. And we need to frack, baby, frack. That's the takeaway from the State of the Union.

Climate & Energy

Wind turbines don’t harm health, says study

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental protection has released a 164-page report finding no ill effects.

Climate & Energy

Critical List: Military could produce 7 GW of solar; British survey hedgehogs

Solar projects at desert military bases could produce 7,000 megawatts of solar energy — a huge amount. EVs have more than enough range to make 95 percent of the trips we take by car. Scotland aims to source 100 percent of its power from renewables by 2020, but to reach that goal, it needs the price of offshore wind power to drop. A hedgehog survey is the most British endeavor ever, right?

Critical List: Huge wind farm to rise in Wyoming; doomsday clock ticks forward

The Obama administration is speeding towards approval for a huge wind project, 1,000 turbines strong, in Wyoming. GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon cribbed text for her op-ed on Keystone XL from the website of pipeline builder Transcanada. There's a second tar-sands pipeline, Northern Gateway, and that one faces strong opposition, as well.

Election 2012

Confused with a chance of flip-flop: Mitt Romney’s views on climate and energy

Where does Mitt Romney stand on climate change and energy issues? Brace yourself: He doesn’t have that flip-flopper reputation for nothing.

Decor that helps you feel good about your power source

These adhesive decals stick to any flat surface and are even PVC-free! Why opt for green energy if you can't remind yourself and your guests about it every time you turn on the light? I'm serious. h/t CleanTechnica

The U.S. electricity mix in 20 years: A prediction

What will the U.S. power mix look like in 10 to 20 years? It’s impossible to predict for certain, of course, because there’s no way to know what regulators will do. Given the heavily regulated nature of the electric sector, even in so-called “deregulated” markets, surprises tend to come from regulatory reform, not innovation. (The U.S. electric grid has shown itself capable of rapid, large-scale transformation in response to regulations.) Nevertheless, there is insight to be gained from thinking through how the generation mix would evolve in the absence of regulatory reform. Despite the lengthy time required to design, finance, …

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