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Wind Power was Spain’s Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Wind Power was Spain’s Top Energy Source in 2013 for First Time Ever!

Zaragoza Wind Farm photo from Shutterstock Spain is going with the wind - last year wind power ranked as the nation's top electricity source for the first time! The Iberian Peninsula state generated

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Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your smartphone! The teeny tiny windmill is just 1.88mm

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UK Shatters Wind Power Records in December 2013 by Generating 2.8 Million MWh

UK Shatters Wind Power Records in December 2013 by Generating 2.8 Million MWh

The UK broke a series of wind energy records in December 2013 - including the record for most wind power produced in a single month. In December, Britain generated a total of 2,841,080 megawatt hours

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Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

Cape Wind Project Moves Forward With Siemens Wind Turbine Deal

The first offshore wind project in the United States moved a step closer to reality this week when Cape Wind Associates inked a deal with German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens to provide 3.5 megawatt

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Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

Warren Buffet Spends $1 Billion on Largest Land-Based Wind Power Purchase Ever

Photo © Shutterstock Warren Buffet’s utility company, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co, announced yesterday that it had placed a massive order for 448 wind turbines, worth $1 billion. The turbines,

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UpSki Snow Parachute Ditches the Chairlifts for an Adrenaline-Filled Trip Up the Mountain

UpSki Snow Parachute Ditches the Chairlifts for an Adrenaline-Filled Trip Up the Mountain

For some winter sports fanatics, sitting on a chairlift is wasted time that could be better spent dominating the slopes. A team of designers in Colorado have invented the UpSki to offer skiers a fun and

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US Government Allows Certain Wind Farms to Kill Bald Eagles for 30 Years

US Government Allows Certain Wind Farms to Kill Bald Eagles for 30 Years

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would allow certain wind farms to kill or injure bald eagles without penalty for up to 30 years, in an effort to encourage companies to invest in green

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Alstom Completes World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Off the Belgian Coast

Alstom Completes World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Off the Belgian Coast

The world’s largest offshore wind turbine was recently installed in the waters near Ostend Harbour at the Belwind Wind Farm in Belgium. The 6 MW Haliade 150 wind turbine model, with 73 meter long blades

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Utility Company Pays $1 Million in First Fine for Wind Farm-Related Bird Deaths

Utility Company Pays $1 Million in First Fine for Wind Farm-Related Bird Deaths

Photo via Shutterstock A subsidiary of North Carolina-based Duke Energy has agreed to pay the first ever criminal fines to stem from the deaths of migratory birds at wind turbine sites in the US. Two

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World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

The world’s largest wind turbine drivetrain testing facility and smart grid simulator just officially launched at The Energy Systems Innovation Center in Charleston, South Carolina on November 21st.

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Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook just announced that its new data center in Iowa will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Projected to open in 2014, the data center will be accompanied by a brand new wind farm that will

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Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Photo of offshore wind farm via Shutterstock Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a collaboration

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Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore wind power generation is on track for a seventh consecutive year of record growth with 1,080 megawatts going online worldwide in the first six months of 2013. Total wind energy capacity has

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain Inaugurates its First Offshore Wind Turbine

Spain just launched its first offshore wind turbine on Monday! The 505-foot-tall turbine with 205-foot-long blades is expected to meet the annual energy needs of 7,500 homes on the archipelago. Installed

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Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

A group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers are trying get President Obama's attention with a sustainable energy barn built directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently highlighted by The

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Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Global Solar Power Leaps Ahead of Wind Energy for the First Time

Solar panel photo via ShutterstockThe latest green energy numbers are in from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance report and solar capacity has over taken wind power for the first time ever. This year solar

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One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

One Million Euro Dutch Wind Turbine Crowd-funded in Just 13 Hours

Could crowdfunding be the future of renewable energy? Windcentrale, a Dutch clean energy company that helps ordinary people invest in wind turbines, thinks it just might be. In only 13 hours, the company

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Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Study Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper than Coal in the US

Photo via Shutterstock A new study reveals that wind farms are less costly than new coal-fired plants, and cost about the same, if not less, than new natural gas plants. It sounds pretty extraordinary,

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Virginia Launches Auction for 2GW Offshore Wind Farm That Could Power 700,000 Homes

Virginia Launches Auction for 2GW Offshore Wind Farm That Could Power 700,000 Homes

Wind farm photo from Shutterstock Virginia could soon be generating clean, renewable electricity for its residents from an offshore wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday morning, the U.S.

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South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

One in five houses in South Australia already has a rooftop solar array, and 27 percent of the region's power is derived from wind energy. New figures released last week by the Australian Energy Market

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Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

Windpower company Xcel Energy is turning the Midwest into a renewable energy center. The company just proposed its fourth wind farm for northern North Dakota, which could reduce 320,000 tons of carbon

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German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

Germany's largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants are

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Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Welcome to Kenya's "Slum Island," a place where overcrowded shantytowns fend for themselves on a forgotten island where infrastructure is all but non-existent. A barren pinprick of land on the

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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Tomas Saraceno’s Solar Bell Sculpture Explores the Concept of Flying Buildings

Tomas Saraceno’s Solar Bell Sculpture Explores the Concept of Flying Buildings

The Solar Bell sculpture follows a series of work through which Saraceno explored the concept of levitating buildings and the interplay between wind and sound. His Cloud City project - a network of

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China Installs World’s Highest Wind Farm in the Mountains Of Tibet

China Installs World’s Highest Wind Farm in the Mountains Of Tibet

China just solidified its position as a leader in renewable energy by installing the world's highest wind farm! To accomplish the feat, Chinese energy developer Longyuan Power installed five wind turbines

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Painting Wind Turbines Black Could Prevent Thousands of Bird Deaths Every Year

Painting Wind Turbines Black Could Prevent Thousands of Bird Deaths Every Year

Wind Turbine photo from Shutterstock For years, environmentalists have been faced with a dilemma when it comes to renewable energy: wind turbines generate clean power, but in the US alone they may kill

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Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire European Union Four Times Over

Offshore Wind Turbines Could Power the Entire European Union Four Times Over

Photo via Shutterstock A new report by The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has found that the European Union, from Portugal to Finland could source their all of their energy from floating wind

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