Tag Archives: wind

Alaska increases wind power capacity in utility- and distributed-scale projects

September 1, 2015 Source: Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska’s electric power generation in 2014, Alaska’s wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting […]

Domestic market for distributed wind turbines faces several challenges

August 27, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Department of Energy 2014 The domestic market for distributed wind turbines has weakened since the record capacity additions in 2012. Last year’s installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from other , and […]

Australia shifts investment from wind projects to other renewable sources

August 20, 2015 Source: Australia’s (CEFC) last month was directed to stop investing in future wind power projects. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated that CEFC should be investing in the development of new technologies rather than in technologies that are currently established, such as large-scale wind farms. The CEFC was created in 2012 to […]

First offshore wind farm in the United States begins construction

August 14, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center In July, American offshore wind developer, for what is expected to be the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The project will be located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island. With five turbines totaling 30 megawatts (MW) […]

West Coast wind patterns lead to below-normal wind generation capacity factors

August 11, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Forms EIA-860 and EIA-923Note: Calculations are based on the output of wind plants in operation before 2010. , were consistently below the previous five-year average during the first five months of 2015, according to the latest data available. Capacity factors for wind turbines are largely determined by […]

South Africa: Wind Energy No Longer a Minor Player in SA

By Adam Wakefield Wind energy is around half of all renewable energy currently produced in South Africa. As we lurch from one day of load shedding to the next, the sector is showing no sign of losing speed, rather the opposite. Johan van den Berg, CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, told News24 in […]

Scheduled 2015 capacity additions mostly wind and natural gas; retirements mostly coal

March 10, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly Note: Other renewables include hydroelectric, biomass/wood, and geothermal. In 2015, electric generating companies expect to add more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid. The additions are dominated by wind (9.8 GW), natural gas (6.3 GW), and solar (2.2 […]

Wind generation seasonal patterns vary across the United States

February 25, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Forms EIA-860 and EIA-923 Note: Data include facilities with a net summer capacity of 1 MW and above only. Wind plant generation performance varies throughout the year as a result of highly seasonal wind patterns. Nationally, wind plant performance tends to be highest during the spring and […]

Wind generates more than 10% of Texas electricity in 2014

February 19, 2015 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on the (ERCOT) In 2014, more than 10% of the electricity used in the grid covering most of Texas came from wind generation, according to the grid’s operator, the that have allowed more wind power to flow through the system to consumers. Source: U.S. Energy Information […]

Wind power capacity additions expected to increase in last quarter of 2014

December 18, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Forms EIA860A and EIA860M Note: Data include facilities with a net summer capacity of 1 MW and above only. Data are reported as of November 25, 2014, covering through September of 2014. Data are based the reported online dates of currently operational or planned wind generation facilities. […]

Kenya: Kenya Boosts Wind Power in Its Renewable Energy Mix

By Maina Waruru Nairobi — Kenya is set to gain more wind farms as the East African country moves to increase and diversify its clean energy resources. Nairobi-based company has announced it will begin producing 40 megawatts (MW) in the second half of 2015 at its flagship wind power plant in Meru, expanding the renewable […]

Fewer wind curtailments and negative power prices seen in Texas after major grid expansion

June 24, 2014 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on the for electricity prices Curtailments of wind generation on the Texas electric grid have steadily dropped since 2011 as more than 3,500 miles of transmission lines have been built, largely as a result of the state’s (CREZ) program. Occurrences of wind-related negative real-time electricity prices […]

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