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Congress Extends Wind Energy Federal Tax Credits For All 2013 Wind Power Projects

January 2nd, 2013

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As 2012 came to a close, many US energy companies were rushing to install last-minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expired at the stroke of midnight. However in a surprise move, Congress passed an extension of wind energy tax credits in the ‘fiscal cliff deal. According to the American Wind Energy Association, the move will save 37,000 jobs and create far more over time.

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

December 31st, 2012

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United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight. The government incentive subsidy awards roughly 2.2 cents for every kilowatt hour produced over the next ten years, and it has spurred the construction of new wind power plants across the states.

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Thanks to the federal tax credit incentive, wind power has grown exponentially in 2012- from just 1.5 gigawatts of power across the country to an impressive 13.5 gigawatts by the end of this year. With 12 gigawatts of wind power sources installed this year, the renewable energy source skyrocketed past natural gas.

With the incentive, each large turbine is awarded around $1 million in government subsidy money over ten years. But the incentive is set to expires at midnight tonight, to the chagrin of renewable energy supporters. Without the subsidy, green energy enthusiasts fear that the rate of wind power construction will plummet next year, causing a rise in the use of traditional fossil fuels.

Although it is still unclear whether the incentive will be extended into 2012, The American Wind Energy Association is hopeful for a short extension to finish projects that are in the works. With that extension, the rise of wind power could be sustained in 2013, ensuring the rise of renewable energy for another year.

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Engineers in Hong Kong Generate Electricity from Water Mains

December 17th, 2012

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For decades in China, hydroelectricity has been used on a large scale to generate power. Now, engineers from the PolyU’s Department of Building Services Engineering and the Water Supplies Department (WSD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government are working on using water mains to create electricity. Hong Kong has a network of pipes that stretch 7,800 km that need to be monitored constantly to ensure that they are clean and functioning properly. To run the observation equipment, small turbines are placed in pipes to harness the motion of water passing by. Each little turbine is able to pump out 80 volts, enough energy to power about four fluorescent light bulbs.

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Mini Hydropower Generator Creates Clean Energy Without The Need for Giant Dams

December 15th, 2012

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Japanese company Ibasei recently devised a tiny underwater turbine that can be placed along a riverbank or canal to generate electricity without harming the environment. Hydroelectricity, produced by harnessing the energy in moving water, is the most widely used form of renewable energy in the world. Still, it’s not always popular among those who care about protecting the planet. That’s because hydropower is almost always executed on a large scale, requiring massive river dams that disrupt the surrounding ecosystem. But there’s no rule that hydropower generators have to be huge. Ibasei’s Cappa compact hydropower generator can deliver 250 W of electricity yet is small enough to be transported between locations as needed.

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Unlike dams, which rely on their sheer size and the volume of water to generate large amounts of electricity, the Cappa uses smart design to make up for what it lacks in stature. A peek inside the Cappa reveals nothing surprising – blades rotate as the water flows through the unit, which drives a turbine to generate electricity. However, “the unit is encased in a special diffuser that is designed to increase the velocity of the water at the point where it passes over the blades, thereby increasing the unit’s electrical output” explains Gizmag.

According an Ibasei spokesperson, the Cappa produces 100 V AC electricity at 50/60 Hz, so it can be used to power appliances around the home. Also, the unit is 100 percent recyclable and has an uptime of virtually 100 percent. The only downside is the price, which right now stands at about $12,000.

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Best new jobs in America

November 1st, 2012
Videogame designer? Wind turbine engineer? These 6 cutting-edge jobs offer great growth potential and solid pay.


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The World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine Has Blades That Are Over 24 Stories Tall

October 6th, 2012

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The green energy race just got kicked up a notch with the latest offering from Vestas. The Vestas V-164 is the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine, and each of its three blades measures 262 feet in length. To put that into perspective, that means each blade is the same height as a 24-story tall building! 

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Siemens To Reduce Its US Wind Energy Taskforce By 38% Over Concerns About Federal Tax Credit

September 21st, 2012

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Wind turbine producer Siemens has announced that it will reduce its US wind energy workforce by 38% due to adverse market conditions caused by the uncertain future of the wind energy tax credit,  price competition from natural gas and sluggish growth in electricity demand. The company said the cutbacks were necessary until market demand for turbines revives. Recent estimates suggest that while US turbine installations could reach 12GW this year, the figure could plunge to between 1.5GW and 3GW in 2013, as developers freeze projects depending on Congress’ willingness to extend the federal production tax credit (PTC).

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89-Year-Old Man Develops Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine!

August 31st, 2012

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Wind turbines transform moving air currents into clean energy; there isn’t much to hate about that, especially when compared to the toxic emissions and high cost of fossil fuels. But wildlife conservation organizations have often expressed concerns that wind farms pose a threat to flying species bird and bat species. Eighty-nine-year-old military veteran Raymond Green decided that there’s no reason why clean energy and birds can’t coexist, so he designed the Catching Wind Power device, a bladeless wind turbine that promises to harness wind energy without harming our feathered friends.
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