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Posts Tagged ‘Wind Energy’

What are the health and climate benefits of offshore wind farms?

Friday, August 5th, 2016
What are the health and climate benefits of offshore wind farms?

This Harvard researcher created a model in which an offshore wind farm that could power most of Washington D.C. could also save 50 lives per year and generate $690 million per year in climate and health benefits. Dr. Jonathan Buonocore, Program Leader of our Climate, Energy, and Health Program, talks about the science behind “Health and Climate Benefits of Offshore Wind Facilities in the Mid-Atlantic United States,” a paper he and colleagues from Synapse Energy Economics, University of Delaware, and Boston University published in Environmental Research Letters.

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Blades of Glory: An Energy.gov Mini Doc

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Blades of Glory: An Energy.gov Mini Doc

In this short documentary, we follow three collegiate teams who are participating in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition in New Orleans. Learn about their experiences and why the competition is important for America’s clean energy future.

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New Energy Outlook 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Global installed capacity in 2012 and 2040 and projected capacity additions

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE
Cheaper coal and cheaper gas will not derail the transformation and decarbonisation of the world’s power systems. By 2040, zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of installed capacity. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the 8.6TW of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years, and for almost 60% of the $11.4 trillion invested.

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Renewable Energy Deployment in Colorado and the West

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Figure 1. Combined zonal/nodal structure used for the CO-centric version of RPM

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY

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We Have the Power: 100% Renewable Energy for a Clean, Thriving America

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Figure ES-1: Comparison of Renewable Energy Technical Potential and Current Consumption (Data: NREL)

ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
Our transition to a clean energy system has already begun. But, with the need to reduce the pollution that causes global warming growing more urgent every day, we need to step up the pace. To maximize the benefits of moving to 100 percent renewable energy, leaders at all levels must act to accelerate our progress. America’s energy policy should facilitate mass deployment of clean energy solutions, support research and development of new clean energy technologies, and keep much of our coal, oil and gas reserves in the ground.

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Key Wind Energy Accomplishments

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Achieving 35% wind energy by 2050

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program is committed to helping the nation secure cost-competitive sources of renewable energy through the development and deployment of innovative wind power technologies. By investing in improvements to wind plant design, technology development, and operation as well as developing tools to identify the highest quality wind resources, the Wind Program serves as a leader in making wind energy technologies more competitive with traditional sources of energy and a larger part of our nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

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Large-Scale Solar: The Next West Texas Energy Boom

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Large-Scale Solar: The Next West Texas Energy Boom

Texas has some of the best solar energy resources in the country. ERCOT, Texas’s power grid operator, predicts that at least 13 GW of solar will be installed in Texas by 2030…What does Texas’s solar power boom mean for West Texas towns like Fort Stockton, where a significant number of the state’s large-scale solar projects are being constructed?

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A Tale of Three Markets: Comparing the Solar and Wind Deployment Experiences of California, Texas, and Germany

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Figure 1: Map of Solar PV Resource Quality – U.S. and Germany20

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
STEYER-TAYLOR CENTER FOR ENERGY POLICY AND FINANCE
The Obama administration has repeatedly identified the large-scale build-out of clean, renewable energy infrastructure as a key priority of the United States. The President’s calls for a cleaner energy economy are often accompanied by references to other industrialized countries such as Germany, the world’s 4th largest economy, hailed by many as a leader in renewable energy deployment and proof of concept. Indeed, the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity generation mix (28% ) is twice that of the United States (14% ), and the ambitious „Energiewende“ commits the country to meeting 80% of its electricity needs with renewables by 2050. The German renewables experience, however, is not without its critics.

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Wind Technologies Market Report

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Figure 1. Annual and cumulative growth in U.S. wind power capacity

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States rebounded in 2014, and continued growth through 2016 is anticipated. Recent and projected near-term growth is supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive—the production tax credit (PTC)—which is available for projects that began construction by the end of 2014. Wind additions are also being driven by recent improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, which have resulted in the lowest power sales prices ever seen in the U.S. wind sector.

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Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Figure ES-1. Land area achieving a minimum 30% net capacity factor by grid cell, based on current technology, larger rotor designs and a 140-m hub height

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Today, wind energy provides nearly 5% of the nation’s total electricity generation. With 65 gigawatts (GW) deployed, utility-scale installations in 39 states, and wind power generation exceeding 12% in 11 of those states, wind is a demonstrated clean, affordable electricity resource for the nation. Research and industry experience indicate that wind can be deployed at higher levels while maintaining grid reliability.

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