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Renewables International: How Germany’s new renewables policy will affect wind power financing

July 8, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Germany’s leading economics institute DIW has published a 36-page report in English on how the amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will impact the cost of capital for wind power investors....

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Renewables International: The Port of Hamburg--On-site wind power is successful

June 29, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Eurogate wants to make seven million kWh available with the wind power farm and also its newly constructed combined heat and power plant (CHP). Eurogate also generates power from photovoltaic...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Greenbyte: The Evolution of Wind Power Interactive World Map

June 25, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Nicely done map portraying the growth of wind energy worldwide from 1980 to the present sorted by country.

Category: News on Large Wind

Solar Wind Energy Towers: harvesting R&D dollars for decades

June 24, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Smart people reinvent variations of these things fairly often. People get enthused about them, get people to invest, build prototypes which don’t work as hoped. The prototypes get abandoned and...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern First German State to Produce 100 Percent RE

June 24, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The former East German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern became the first German state to generate more electricity with renewable energy than its own domestic consumption. In 2013 the state on the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Ontario's Wolfe Island Wind Farm Self-Guided Walking Tour

June 15, 2014,  

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingston Environmental Committee in collaboration with Tourism Kingston and Tourism Wolfe Island.

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind Action Group: Ontario 2014 Election - The Wind Turbines Won!

June 13, 2014,   by Dave Bradley

Looks like the Wind Turbines won! Overall, supporters of renewable energy landed almost 70% of the vote, and the PC's, who made a big campaign issue of killing off renewable energy via the Green...

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

CBC: Ontario election 2014: Vote Compass users reveal split on wind power

June 5, 2014,  

Vote Compass users overall say wind energy should be a significant source of Ontario’s electricity supply mix - but that view is not shared by respondents who identified as supporters of the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Finally, invisible wind turbines

June 4, 2014,   by Craig Morris

A German startup launches a crowdfunding campaign tomorrow for its “wind kites,” and it is doing so by bad-mouthing the wonderful stuff we have. These folks resort to crowdfunding because people who...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Windpower Ownership in Sweden--a Review

May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, News on Community Power, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Windmills are things of beauty

April 3, 2014,   by David Suzuki

I think windmills are beautiful. They harness the wind's power to supply us with heat and light. They provide local jobs. They help clean air and reduce climate change.

Category: News on Large Wind

Enemies of Wind Organize in Germany

March 30, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Daniel Wetzel at WELT reports on a new nationwide anti-wind organization recently founded in Germany. The name of the new lobby group is “Vernunftkraft” (reason power). I am not linking to them, but...

Category: News on Large Wind

2014 Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi--29th Annual Walk--May 10, 2014

March 11, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Tehachapi’s Windmill-Wildflower Hike is one of the longest-running annual walks among wind turbines worldwide. More than 800 people, from children to octogenarians, have taken the six-mile walk...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Greentech Media: GE’s Space Frame (Truss) Tower

March 7, 2014,   by Herman K. Trabish

GE's enclosed-lattice, five-legged space frame prototype, sited at the company's Tehachapi, California facility, is 97 meters tall . . .

Category: News on Large Wind

EPI: Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China

March 4, 2014,   by J. Matthew Roney

In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Japan Times: Wind power on verge of taking off

February 26, 2014,   by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan hasn’t seen an appreciable increase in wind power in the past few years despite the start of the feed-in tariff system designed to boost renewable energy, but it still has potential and the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Japan FIT

Clean Energy Blog: 40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbinef

February 24, 2014,   by Simon Mahon

Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent,...

Category: News on Community Power, News on Large Wind

New research blows away claims that ageing wind farms are a bad investment

February 20, 2014,   by Maxine Myers

In a new study, researchers from Imperial College Business School carried out a comprehensive nationwide analysis of the UK fleet of wind turbines, using local wind speed data from NASA. They showed...

Category: News on Large Wind

Gipe Endorses “Wind Moves Us” Campaign in Germany

February 20, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In solidarity with BWE, I’ve endorsed their campaign by taking the small step of including one of their themes in the banner of my web site. I’ve posted one banner in the original German and one...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

Onshore Wind Energy Potential in Germany: UBA's Study Includes Setbacks

February 6, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The UBA study found 13.8% of land area suitable for wind energy; 49,000 km2, and that with contemporary wind turbines there is the astonishing 1,200,000 MW capable of generating 2,900 TWh/yr. This is...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

German Wind Repowering for 2012

February 6, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Of the wind turbines installed in 2012, only 28% were installed on green field sites in Niedersachsen and only 20% in Schleswig-Holstein. The rest were installed as replacements for existing turbines...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: 3.2 GW of wind in 2013 in Germany

February 3, 2014,   by Craig Morris

German wind power organization Deutsche WindGuard has published its estimates for newly installed wind power capacity for the previous year, and the results are better than expected. 2013 turns out...

Category: News on Large Wind

Icelanders Support Wind Turbines

January 30, 2014,  

More than 80 percent of Icelanders support the construction of wind turbines for energy production, as indicated in a recent survey carried out by Capacent Gallup on behalf of Landsvirkjun, the...

Category: News on Large Wind

2013 was a record-setting year for Danish wind power

January 15, 2014,   by Carsten Vittrup

Never before has Energinet.dk incorporated so much wind power in the Danish power system as in 2013, and never before did the wind turbines generate what corresponds to more than 50 per cent of the...

Category: News on Large Wind

El Pais: Spain breezes into record books as wind power becomes main source of energy

January 15, 2014,  

Wind power was the main source of energy in Spain last year for the first time ever and also for the first time ever in any country, according to the industry association AEE.

Category: News on Large Wind, Spain FIT

New Smith-Putnam Records Uncovered Include Log Books

January 8, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Archivists at the York County Heritage Trust have uncovered a treasure trove of records from the 1.25 MW Smith-Putnam turbine of the early 1940s. The museum archives records of the S. Morgan Smith...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Providence Journal: Miles Grant: Shady critics attack Cape Wind effort

December 27, 2013,   by Miles Grant

If you’re going to join the public debate on our climate and energy future, should you have to disclose who you work for? Or should you be allowed to create a front group out of thin air to attack...

Category: News on Large Wind

Guelph Mercury: Canada getting blown away by wind power

December 23, 2013,   by Owen Roberts

It's hard to believe, but the tempest over wind energy may be losing speed. . . But now, in at least some parts of the province, particularly around Lake Erie, the statistics appear to show people...

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Acceptance of wind turbines increases with familiarity

December 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

A new survey finds that the wind turbines in Freiburg, Germany, are once again very popular after a brief concern over the impact on bats. The strangest thing was the timing of the bat issue.

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

AWEA Uses Photos from Gipe Collection

November 25, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

It’s been a long time since I’ve had anything to say about the American Wind Energy Association. To my surprise AWEA published a few photos from my collection in their recent calendar. One is of a...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor--Because We Cannot Let the Energy Transition Fail!—A Review

November 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’d already marked up my version of Matthias Willenbacher’s book My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor in the faint hope of some day posting a review from the German—it’s difficult and time consuming...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Renewables International: Little NIMBYism among Swiss public for wind turbines

November 13, 2013,   by Craig Morris

A new study reveals that more than three quarters of those surveyed in Switzerland support wind power, and roughly the same number say there is "no" or "only a minor" affect on people in surrounding...

Category: News on Large Wind

San Gorgonio Pass and the “Abandoned Wind Turbines” Near Palm Springs, California—an Update

November 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The old canard of 14,000 abandoned wind turbines in California came up again recently in Australia of all places. A rabid anti-wind blogger—seems the Aussies have a good crop of them downunder—posted...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

New Entries in Cultural Icons of Wind Turbines

October 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've added several new categories of cultural icons featuring wind turbines and updated some others. I've added categories for Book and Magazine Covers, Organic Chicken, Toys & Model Railroads, Pop...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Journal: UK farmers turning to wind turbines to supplement income

October 23, 2013,   by Jo Blakemore

A dramatic fall in income, coupled with rising energy costs, is seeing increasing number of farmers turning to wind turbines as an additional source of revenue ahead of looming energy regulator...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Small Wind, News on Community Power

Earth Techling: Wind Turbine Bird Threat Overstated, Study Suggests

October 6, 2013,   by Pete Danko

The growth of wind power, if undertaken with reasonable care, should pose no risk to any particular bird species in Canada, according to a new peer-reviewed study. The study also suggests that highly...

Category: News on Large Wind

Canadian Estimate of Bird Mortality Due to Collisions and Direct Habitat Loss Associated with Wind Turbine Developments

September 30, 2013,   by J. Ryan Zimmerling, Andrea C. Pomeroy, Marc V. d'Entremont and Charles M Francis

We estimated impacts on birds from the development and operation of wind turbines in Canada considering both mortality due to collisions and loss of nesting habitat. We estimated collision mortality...

Category: News on Large Wind

Iceland Review: Icelanders Support Wind Energy Poll Shows

August 30, 2013,  

More than 80 percent of Icelanders support the construction of wind turbines for energy production, as indicated in a recent survey carried out by Capacent Gallup on behalf of Landsvirkjun, the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Windtech: New IEC3A Wind Turbines

August 29, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Commercial availability of the new IEC3A wind turbine models, which have been specifically designed for high productivity in low and light wind conditions, opens new opportunities for onshore wind...

Category: News on Large Wind

Esperance Wind-Diesel System Passes 20-Year Anniversary

August 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Ten Mile Lagoon wind farm on the south coast of West Australia was commissioned 20-years ago. The pioneering wind-diesel system at the remote community of Esperance cost AUS$5.8 million in 1993 to...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Low Wind Speed and Medium Wind Speed Turbines or New Large Diameter Turbines with Low Generator Ratings

August 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Long awaited, low specific capacity-high specific area turbines are the kind of technology needed to make wind energy an essential low-cost component of moving society toward 100% renewable energy.[more]

Category: Grid Integration, News on Large Wind

Power Plant Decommissioning and Dismantling: PG&E’s Kern River Power Plant—28 Years and Waiting

August 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The question about what to do with wind turbines after they’ve reached the end of their useful lives is often raised out of fear that derelict wind turbines will litter the landscape. As I’ve...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Decommissioning and Dismantling Wind Turbines and Wind Plants

August 4, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Because of a flood of misinformation about what it costs to dismantle wind turbines, I’ve chosen to post a section from my 1995 book on the topic. Note that this was written nearly two decades ago.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Specific Rated Capacity of Wind Turbines in the 1980s

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I am posting this data for its historical context and because the question of specific capacity has come to the fore as wind turbine manufacturers are now offering IEC Class IIIA turbines with very...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Measures of Wind Turbine Productivity

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In my 1995 book, Wind Energy Comes of Age, I discuss various measures of wind turbine productivity, including the misleading expression capacity factor. This discussion follows an explanation of how...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Turbine Rating

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The capacity or size of wind turbines and what that means relative to how much electricity they will generate often confuses journalists, renewable energy advocates, policymakers, and even...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Windpower Monthly: Power system reserve - No need to build wind back-up

August 1, 2013,   by Lyn Harrison

Addition of wind generation to a large power system does not require construction of back-up generating capacity.

Category: News on Large Wind, Grid Integration

REM: Anti-wind farm propaganda dismissed by Advertising Standards Agency

July 30, 2013,   by Robin Whitlock

In a significant victory for the UK wind sector over anti-wind propagandists, the UK Advertising Standards Authority have banned a leaflet stating that a 5.4MW wind farm planned for Wiltshire would...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Enterprise-Bulletin: Judge awards costs to wind company

July 27, 2013,   by Morgan Ian Adams

“It is erroneous to interpret the reasons as establishing a precedent for the degree of proof required to establish a decrease in property values in these circumstances,” wrote Justice Healey in her...

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Pembina: Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power

July 26, 2013,   by Benjamin Thibault

No other province in Canada has a longer history with wind energy than Alberta, which has 20 years of experience with utility-scale wind farms. Yet, unlike some parts of the country, we don’t tend to...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, News on Large Wind

Toronto Star: Fairview wind farm opponents must pay legal costs

July 25, 2013,   by John Spears

A group of landowners who unsuccessfully sued a wind power developer and the farm corporation that leased it land have been ordered to pay legal costs of $107,370.78. . . the proposed eight-turbine...

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Hometown Wind Farm A Wildcat

July 21, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’ve been working with wind energy for more than three decades. In the early days I dreamed that there might be some adventurous souls in my home town of Alexandria, Indiana who might take a stab at...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Iceland Introduces Wind Turbines

July 6, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Renowned for its development of geothermal energy, Iceland has longed downplayed the potential of wind energy on the windy island nation in the middle of the North Atlantic. Until now....[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

WPM: Finding the optimum low-wind design combination

July 1, 2013,   by Eize de Vries

As fewer favourable high-wind speed sites are available, interest in effectively exploiting regions with lower wind speeds is growing worldwide. But in order to optimise results at these locations,...

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

UBA: Wind Energy Potential on Land and Surface Area Required in Germany (auf Deutsch)

June 10, 2013,  

13.8% of Germany is suitable for wind energy. This land area could hold 1,190,000 MW and could generate 2,900 TWh/yr. New turbines could reduce the land area required by 3/4 and still produce 2,400...

Category: News on Large Wind

Photos of One-Bladed Wind Turbines Posted

May 17, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted archival photos of one-bladed wind turbines in Germany and Italy under the section Large Wind Turbines.

Category: News on Large Wind

Esperance Express: Wind Farm Celebrates 20 Years in Australia

May 17, 2013,   by ELIZABETH LANGDALE

It has been 10 years since the Nine Mile Beach wind farm was commissioned and 20 years since the Ten Mile Lagoon wind farm was commissioned. . .

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Renewables International: Silent wind power revolution--Turbines in low-wind areas

May 6, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Capacity factor is an indicator of how many hours a year a power generator runs. Today, guest author Bernard Chabot talks about how surprisingly high capacity factors are for wind turbines in areas...

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

More Wine Labels Featuring Wind Turbines Posted under Cultural Icons

April 23, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Wine labels often celebrate the local landscape, the paysage in French. So it is fitting that vineyards add scenes depicting landscapes with wind turbines to their wine labels. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Are airborne wind turbines (kitess) a plausible source of cheap clean energy?

March 7, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

An ongoing area of enthusiasm and often fruitless investment is the area of high-altitude wind generation. Numerous companies have products which are hyped as replacing the iconic white tower with...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

What is the most efficient design for a wind generator?

February 22, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

It seems as if every week, a new wind generator innovation is unveiled, sometimes in technology blogs, sometimes in TV segments, once even on TED Talks. They all claim to be better than the iconic,...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Wind Surpasses Nuclear in China

February 19, 2013,   by J. Matthew Roney

Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over...

Category: News on Large Wind

Guardian: Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives

February 15, 2013,   by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Secretive funding network channelled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Spain sets record for wind power production

February 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Since the beginning of November, wind power has been the largest source of electricity within Spain – ahead of even nuclear and coal power – according to the Spanish wind power association's blog....

Category: News on Large Wind, Grid Integration, Spain FIT

Yomiuri Shimbun: Japan Aims to Triple Wind Power

February 4, 2013,  

The government aims to triple the nation's supply capacity of electricity generated through wind power to 7.5 million kilowatts by developing transmission grids in Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, it...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Renewables International: German wind sector strong again in 2012

February 1, 2013,   by Craig Morris

On Wednesday, the official figures for new wind turbine installations in Germany were published, and the sector grew by around 20 percent. German wind energy association BWE emphasizes how reliable...

Category: News on Large Wind

Danish Renewable Generation Reaches 40% of Supply

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Danish release statistics on the growth of renewables and the continuing decline in Carbon emissions. . .[more]

Category: Wind in Denmark, News on Large Wind

Grist: Earn $20 pretending to hate wind energy

January 24, 2013,   by Philip Bump

Our firm needs 100 volunteers to attend and participate in a rally in front of the British Consulate/Embassy in Midtown Manhattan on the East Side on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12 noon. The event...

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

Renewable Energy Swings Votes

January 21, 2013,   by Glen Estill

The poll, conducted by ACORE in the days immediately following the US election, found that energy was an important part of an voter’s decision, on a par with foreign policy, and ahead of abortion....

Category: News on Large Wind

Toronto Star: Wind isn’t perfect, but let’s be truthful about its value

January 11, 2013,   by Tyler Hamilton

This has left wind energy open to attack by those, for whatever reason, who don’t think wind turbines have a place in our electricity mix. Associated with those attacks is much misunderstanding about...

Category: News on Large Wind

Small Near-shore Wind May be Cheaper Than Far Offshore Wind Says Danish Study

January 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Opens Up New Possibility for Community Ownership   Danish researchers have uncovered surprising results in a study of offshore wind energy. Contrary to expectations, research at the University of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Husum Meeting Guide Celebrates Wind Energy in Schleswig-Holstein

December 28, 2012,  

  Nearly Half of the Regions GDP is from Tourism Yet Nearly Two-Thirds of Schleswig-Holstein's Wind Capacity is also in the Region December 26, 2012 By Paul Gipe Attendees at the 2012 Husum wind...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Schleswig-Holstein Will Double Wind Capacity on Land

December 27, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Nearly 2% of Land Area Set Aside for Wind Energy Not 100%, Not 200%, But 300% Renewable Energy by 2020 Says Government   The German state of Schleswig-Holstein recently approved doubling the land...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

Henning Holst's Short History of the Danish Wind Industry

December 17, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Henning Holst is one of Germany's pioneering community wind developers. Located in the center of the wind energy universe in Husum (the gray city by the sea) in northwestern Germany, he was there at...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, History of Wind Power

German Wind Association Survey of Wind Turbine Service 2012

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

At the World Wind Energy Association conference in Bonn this past July there was a session on operations and maintenance and service providers. Carlo Reeker summarized the findings of annual survey...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Husum Wind Conference Launches Interactive Wind Map

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

As part of the giant Husum wind conference held every two years, organizers this past fall launched an interactive map of wind projects in the region surrounding the "grey city by the sea". . . [more]

Category: News on Large Wind

New Offshore Wind in Denmark 18 Cents per kWh

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

While traveling in Denmark this year I picked up a local newspaper (Dagbladet 13 September 2012, p 32) that had an article on the huge Anholt offshore project in the northern Kattegat--the straits...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Paul Gipe Answers WNET's Need To Know Questions about Renewable Energy

October 5, 2012,  

WNET: We want to ask you some questions about alternative energy. Gipe. Whoa. Stop right there. "Alternative energy?" Wind, solar, and biomass haven't been called "alternative energy" for three...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power, USA FIT

Guardian: It's a myth that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions

September 26, 2012,  

Conclusive figures show that the sceptics who lobby against wind power simply have their facts wrong. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Presentation on Onshore Wind's Essential Role in the Renewable Energy Revolution at Husum WindEnergy

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Large Wind, Germany FIT, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe on Operations & Maintenance Costs and Estimating Feed-in Tariff Payments at Husum WindEnergy

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Large Wind, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind Energy on Land has an Essential Role to Play in Germany's Energiewende

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The following text accompanies the brief presentation by Paul Gipe at 2012 Husum WindEnergy exhibition and conference in Husum, Germany. [more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines, Germany FIT

ReCharge: Softbank in 1GW pitch to become Japan's biggest wind operator

September 14, 2012,  

Japanese mobile phone group and prime proponent of Feed-in Tariffs, Softbank, is planning to build wind farms with up to 1GW of capacity on Hokkaido island, as the company expands its investments in...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power, Japan FIT

Guardian: Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded

August 29, 2012,  

Report from thinktank IPPR says wind power is an efficient and reliable energy source, contrary to claims made against it. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Offshore, the Renewable Energy Solution? For Whom?

July 5, 2012,   by Reinhard Lonsing

Presentation on the costs of offshore wind energy relative to that onshore at the WWEC 3-5 July 2012 in Bonn. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Development in the Ukraine

July 5, 2012,   by Andriy Konechenkov

Presentation at the WWEC 3-5 July 2012 Bonn. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Getting the Wind Up: Exploring the concerns about adverse health effects of wind power in Australia and Europe

June 13, 2012,   by Neil Barrett

Denmark and Germany provide evidence of a different kind: despite the presence of 30,000 wind turbines in these two countries, adverse health effects are not a significant issue in either country. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

SJMN: Altamont Pass celebrates 'repowering' of wind farm

May 31, 2012,   by Dana Hull

John Jackson, a local cattle rancher, owns 480 acres in the area and has wind turbines on his property. He's seen the wind farm change over the years and is a fan of the new turbines. . . "I like...

Category: News on Large Wind

I am Sick of Anti-Wind Propaganda

February 8, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, anti-wind hysteria has made me sick. I got queasy in my stomach when I think of the 150,000 wind turbines operating worldwide and still no epidemic of death and disease had yet broken out...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

"Offshore wind is a chimera and a dangerous one at that"

January 31, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

says Paul Gipe an exclusive interview with Renewable Energy Magazine . . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Car Concerns Ontario (CCO) Calls for Moratorium on Car Sales

January 24, 2012,   by Glen Estill

(Warning: Satire) Car Concerns Ontario (CCO) today called for a moratorium on sale of new cars, citing their danger to the health of citizens. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

The Age: Wide support found for wind farms--

January 18, 2012,  

THERE is much stronger public support for wind farms than media coverage of the issue would suggest, because a ''vocal minority'' who oppose wind farms secure the majority of media and political...

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Toronto Star: Ontario anti-wind-power group accused of breaking election financing rules

January 17, 2012,  

A prominent anti-wind-power group is under fire amid accusations it broke election financing by running a negative advertising campaign against Liberal candidates last fall.

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

A Retrospective of VAWT Technology

January 1, 2012,   by Herbert J. Sutherland, Dale E. Berg, and Thomas D. Ashwill

The study of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) technology at Sandia National Laboratories started in the 1970’s and concluded in the 1990’s. Initial studies at SNL investigated numerous VAWT...

Category: News on Large Wind

Technical Comparators: Swept Area preferred over Rated Power

June 1, 2011,   by Geoff Henderson

Windflow Technology Newsletter Nº 31, June 2011 Some people use capacity factor as the basis for comparing wind farms and turbines. Capacity factor is the average kilowatts produced over a period,...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Gipe Receives Canadian Wind Award for Feed-in Tariff Campaign

October 12, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Long-time renewable energy advocate Paul Gipe was selected by the Canadian Wind Energy Association for its Individual Leadership Award at its 2009 conference in Toronto September 22. The Canadian...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs, News on Large Wind

Avian mortality from wind power, fossil-fuel, and nuclear electricity by Benjamin K. Sovacool

September 13, 2009,   by Benjamin Sovacool

This article explores the threats that wind farms pose to birds and bats before briefly surveying the recent literature on avian mortality and summarizing some of the problems with it. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Wind Turbine Land Leases, Landowner Guides, Wind Energy Royalties

January 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

There are a several sources of information for landowners on the typical terms and conditions for leasing land for wind energy development. The newest is by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Gore sets goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2020: Can Wind Meet It?

July 17, 2008,   by Jérôme Guillet

I thought I'd comment on the technical feasibility of the plan, and the underlying economics of such an endeavour. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

One Million Megawatts of Wind Capacity for the USA: A Target Worthy of a Great Nation

January 10, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Portion of a presentation made January 10, 2008 to Al Gore's Solutions Summit To significantly address the United State's contribution to climate change and to prepare for the diminishing supply of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles

Cleveland's Urban Wind Turbine

September 5, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center installed a 225 kW Vestas V27 wind turbine in 2006 on the city's harbor front between the Cleveland Brown's football stadium and the science museum. The V27 is...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Costs of Operation & Maintenance Summary

June 1, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Various estimates of the running costs of large wind turbines. . .[more]

Category: Economic Calculations

Advanced Renewable Tariffs Pricing Worksheets

June 1, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following worksheets were developed for the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative in 2007 for the report Renewables without Limits: Moving Toward...[more]

Category: Economic Calculations

Le Grand Livre de l'Éolien par Paul Gipe

January 31, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Le Grand Livre de l'Éolien est le livre de référence pour tous les acteurs du secteur et pour tous ceux qui souhaitent y prendre part à l'avenir. Il donne au lecteur une vue exhaustive sur une des...[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books en Francais, News on Small Wind, News on Large Wind

IEC Wind Turbine Classes

June 7, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

For a review of Wind Energy Handbook by Tony Burton and for ordering information see Wind Energy Handbook.   [more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Generator Ratings & Capacity Factors: Why You Should Avoid Them

January 23, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  Generator Size and Swept Area Newcomers to wind energy and even some old-timers who should know better often equate the size of a wind turbine to it's generator rating. A Vestas V80 for example...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Wind's Up: Planning the Future Now

September 27, 2004,   by Mark Ashby

The Resource Management Act, plans developed under it, and RMA processes are capable of facilitating wind energy development and of dealing with the range of effects associated with a wind farm....

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

Sobering Altamont Bird Report Issued

March 14, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

A much anticipated update on wind turbines and birds in California's Altamont Pass concludes that the problem is more severe than once believed. The report by biologists Carl Thelander and Sean...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

Return of Two Blades? A new look at an old idea

July 28, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

  An edited version of this article appeared in the Summer 2003 (Vol. 16, No. 3) edition of WindStats. With 270 people--including New Zealand's minister for energy-- attending the dedication of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Fair and Efficient Rates for Large Scale Development of Wind Power: the New French Solution by Bernard Chabot & Bernard Saulnier

October 29, 2001,   by Bernard CHABOT and Bernard SAULNIER

A description of the Profitability Index Method of setting feed-in tariff rates for wind energy. . .

Category: Economic Calculations, France FIT

Gipe Urges Change in AWEA

March 12, 1998,   by Paul Gipe

Today Paul Gipe submitted his candidates biography to the American Wind Energy Association for re-election to AWEA's board of directors. In his biography Gipe calls for a dramatic change in AWEA's...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Kenetech Windpower (U.S. Windpower) citations in Wind Energy Comes of Age

May 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

Kenetech Windpower (U.S. Windpower), one of the world's largest wind companies, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 1996.  Below is a list of references to U.S. Windpower (Kenetech Windpower) in...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

AWT 26 Generates Noise Complaint

August 22, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

  These comments were posted to awea-windnet and subsequently noise from the AWT 26 was abated. Eventually the turbines were removed when the manufacturer ceased operation. The installation of a...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

Repowering California Wind Power Plants

May 27, 1993,   by Paul Gipe and Paul White

Comments by the American Wind Energy Association on Repowering California's Wind Industry for the California Energy Commission's 1994 Biennial Report[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

Popular Science: Mehrkam's Windmills--he's overpowering NASA

April 1, 1979,   by Paul Gipe

Off-the-shelf parts and simple assembly produce 250 kW at low cost.

Category: News on Large Wind

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