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  • May 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    In light of the recent Guardian story that Portugal generated all its electricity with renewables for four days, I thought I’d re-examine how well Portugal is doing overall.[more]

    May 18, 2016,   by Arthur Neslen

    Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.

    May 16, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    Just a week after reporting a peak of more than 90 percent renewable power, Agora now shows for the first time that green electricity may have briefly touched and slightly surpassed 100% yesterday.

    May 15, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

    The source of the current catastrophe is that the boreal forest which surrounds the tar sands has been turned into a tinderbox because of increasingly warm, dry weather that used to be...

    May 14, 2016,   by Cole Epley

    The nuclear plant at Fort Calhoun is simply too expensive to run when compared to other, cheaper forms of power, the Omaha Public Power District’s chief executive said Thursday. So it needs to shut...

  • May 3, 2016,  

    It’s no small sign of wind energy’s success that you can’t keep up with the steady stream of books in English--even when you’re into books on wind energy. It’s even more problematic is you spread...[more]

    March 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    Big step in the long road to publishing my new book: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. Today I assigned the ISBN numbers to the digital and print version. Each version of the book has its own distinct...[more]

    February 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    Finally an answer to a question that has gnawed at me for decades: Where did one of the great windmill manufacturers of all time get the name Aermotor? Why not Aeromotor? That was the way I’ve...[more]

  • May 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    That this turbine was doomed to fail—and would give small wind another—and unneeded—black eye was obvious from the beginning—for anyone who had the desire to know.[more]

    April 23, 2016,   by Joel Banner Baird

    Watch the little wind turbine at Burlington Electric Department and you’ll find, as often as not, its blades are stock-still.

    March 17, 2016,   by Stefan Gsänger and Jean-Daniel Pitteloud

    The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 830 MW as of the end of 2014. This is a growth of 10,9 % compared with 2013, when 749 MW registered. In 2012, 678 MW were...

  • May 16, 2016,   by Ugo Bardi

    I think that we'll stay with silicon for a long, long time. Surely we will improve the technology, but don't expect miracles. That silicon works so well is already a miracle!

    May 6, 2016,   by Matthew Lockwood

    But the solar PV story shows that when tipping points are reached, things can change very quickly. It is not inconceivable that what happened with solar PV will also happen with electric vehicle

    March 26, 2016,   by Herman K. Trabish

    Sometimes one stat is all it takes: 46 of the 50 states had solar policy debates going on in 2015. That makes solar literally the talk of the nation.

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