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Distributed wind could supply more than half of US electricity but needs policy support, NREL study finds

By Emma Penrod

Distributed wind resources ranging from single wind turbines powering a private home, to community installations of up to 1 MW in size, could add nearly 1,400 GW to the U.S. power grid, more than half of U.S. current annual electricity consumption, according to a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


Standing on the Continental Divide, where wind energy could reshape the West

By Sammy Roth

Reporting on clean energy from my kitchen table is one thing. Standing atop the Continental Divide — wind whipping at my face, construction workers grading roads nearby, pronghorn jogging across the sagebrush landscape — is something else entirely.


These whales are on the brink. Now comes climate change — and wind power.

By Dino Grandoni

About 17 nautical miles south of Nantucket, a half-dozen New England Aquarium researchers scrambled across this vessel’s icy deck. Clutching binoculars, clipboards and cameras, they strained to catch a glimpse and scribble notes about a pair of creatures they fear are disappearing from this world.


Study Finds Offshore Wind Could Drive Down Energy Costs in New England

By Laura Oleniacz

A new analysis led by North Carolina State University researchers found offshore wind power could help lower wholesale electricity prices on average for six states in New England, with relatively low risk of wind turbines failing during extreme winter storms.


Offshore wind report says Delaware could procure power at less than half current cost

By Tom Byrne and Jon Hurdle

Delaware could buy offshore wind power at less than half the cost it currently pays for fossil fuel-powered electricity, after the health and climate impacts of the current supply are taken into account, according to a University of Delaware report for the state, released Thursday.


US wind energy just hit a major milestone

By Ella Nilsen

The United States set a major renewable energy milestone last Tuesday: wind power was the second-highest source of electricity for the first time since the Energy Information Administration began gathering the data.


DOE takes stock of offshore wind supply chain, calls for 2,100 turbines to meet 30 GW goal

By Lulia Gheorghiu

The nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S. must install at least 2,100 turbines and foundations in order to meet federal deployment targets, according to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released on Monday.


Ørsted completes onshore wind farm Haystack Wind in Nebraska

Located in Wayne County, Nebraska, Haystack Wind utilizes existing interconnection infrastructure in Southwest Power Pool (SPP) North from Ørsted’s 230 MW onshore wind farm Plum Creek Wind, located nearby. Between the two projects, Ørsted has now invested over half a billion dollars in the state of Nebraska.


Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas

By Mike Williams

The new work led by environmental engineer Daniel Cohan and senior computer science major Richard Morse of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering uses optimization modeling to identify the least-cost combinations of proposed wind and solar projects with the potential to replace coal-fired power generation in Texas.


Wainscott Residents Sue to Stop Wind Cable

By Christopher Walsh

As construction of the onshore portion of the South Fork Wind farm proceeds in Wainscott, a lawsuit filed in United States District Court last week seeks to halt that work, claiming its potential to spread the perfluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS, that were detected in nearby groundwater.