Facebook Blows Into Iowa with the Wind

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Wind

According to a story from Radio Iowa, Jay Parikh, vice president of infrastructure engineering for Facebook, was in Altoona, Iowa earlier this week to officially announce they will be constructing a 476,000 square-foot data center. One of the reasons cited for the social media giant to choose Iowa: it’s commitment to renewable energy including wind energy. Parikh said the company …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Wind

Ski Area Powered by Renewables

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Solar, Wind

It’s spring and most people are tired of the snow, but not Berkshire East, who has completed a solar installation that enables the Massachusetts family ski run area to be powered entirely from onsite renewable energy. The year-round resort recently developed a 500kW solar tracker farm that will produce 700,000kWh annually. The solar farm will supplement a 900kW wind turbine …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Solar, Wind

Ornicept: Wind Energy Technology for the Birds

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Audio, Energy, Environment, Wind

Earlier this month, the winners were announced in the Clean Energy Challenge, and prize winner, Ornicept, has a unique technology that can aid in the mitigation of bird issues associated with wind turbines. The technology was developed last May by young entrepreneurs Justin Otani and his co-founder Russell Conard, who graduated from Indiana University. Early on they won a business …

Alternative energy, Audio, Energy, Environment, Wind

Lee Consulting: Alternative Energy Knowledge Center

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Have a question about renewable energy? Then look no further than Lee Enterprises Consulting based in Sherwood, Arkansas and your go-to guy, Wayne Lee. Lee has been a consultant for nearly 30 years and about a decade ago, began expanding his expertise into biofuels as people began coming to him with questions. He said he began fairly small with the …

Alternative energy, Audio, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Walmart: 100% Renewable Energy by 2020

Joanna Schroeder energy efficiency, Geothermal, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke has announced the company’s next step on the path to achieving its goal of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy. Unveiled at Walmart’s Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, the company committed to achieving the following by Dec. 31, 2020: drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy globally every year, …

energy efficiency, Geothermal, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Wind Energy Grows 28% in a Year

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Wind

According to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2012, wind energy grew 28 percent in America last year, setting a new installation record. Wind energy topped all energy sources with a 42 percent of all new electric generating capacity. Over 6,700 new wind turbines were erected that produce enough electricity to power the …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Energy, Wind

Pew Report: Clean Energy Capacity Up, Investment Down

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Energy, Geothermal, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

According to research released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the global clean energy sector is undergoing geographic and technological shifts as new markets emerge renewable capacity grows. There were 88 gigawatts (GW) registered in 2012 even though investment levels declined 11 percent to $269 billion from 2011. Among the Group of Twenty (G-20) nations, the United Kingdom (UK) maintained its …

Alternative energy, Energy, Geothermal, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Report: More Wind & Solar = Reliable Grid

Joanna Schroeder Alternative energy, Audio, Electricity, Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

According to a new report by Synapse Energy Economics prepared on behalf of the Civil Society Institute (CSI), if the U.S. ceases to burn coal, shuts down a quarter of existing nuclear reactors the trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind, solar and other renewables will not result in a less reliable electricity …

Alternative energy, Audio, Electricity, Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

New Technology for Offshore Wind

Joanna Schroeder Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Wind

A new technology has been released for the offshore wind turbine industry. According to DNV who developed the software, it includes dynamic simulations, advanced fatigue calculation and code check in one analysis package. The module is powered by FEDEM Windpower and is integrated with Sesam. Sesam Wind Coupled Analysis powered by FEDEM Windpower has capabilities ranging from the purely mechanical …

Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Wind

Building Energy & Optimum Renewables Ink Wind Deal

Joanna Schroeder Electricity, International, Wind

Building Energy, an Italian company involved in the production of renewable energy in Italy and numerous foreign markets, has signed a partnership agreement with Optimum Renewables for the development of a wind farm pipeline in Iowa. The agreement provides for the development of wind farms in Iowa with a total capacity of around 50 MW. Specifically, this will include the …

Electricity, International, Wind