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How Community Ownership Can Save Wind Power

Community ownership may provide the solution for increasing resistance to wind power in the United States. 

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Corporate Purchasing of Wind by Brianne Marinucci

Over the last few years, there’s been an increasing trend for big corporate names like Google and Microsoft to sign Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs

Potential Listing of Northern Long-eared Bat Provides Opportunity for Improved Industry and Government Collaboration by James Damon

Since the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by then President Nixon in 1973, it has been a powerful and effective policy, responsible for protecting numerous species that

The Shift from Multi-Phase Concentrated Wind Projects to Smaller Diversified Development by Matthew McCluskey

In my previous job, I had the opportunity to work for a large global player who was the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service provider. They were keen on branching into the North American wind boom through acquisition in 2007.

Across-the-Board Policy and a Feed-in Tariff Market Just Might Work in the US – Lessons Learned from a Northern Neighbor by Scott Kuhlke

Can an across-the-board policy and a feed-in-tariff market work for renewable energy in the United States?  To the north, Canada's largest province (by population), Ontario, has introduced such a policy, and while it has created explosive growth in wind and solar in the province, there have been hiccups along the way.  Let’s take a look at some of the positiv

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Sorting Subsidy Tall Tales in the Energy Patch by Steve Krebs

“It is wiser to find out than to suppose” - Mark Twain

Well, the debates are over. Election Day is here. In a down job market, fact checkers are fully employed. Now more than ever, it’s time to critically evaluate information.

Wind is Valuable in South Texas by Nathan Vajdos

Until 2005, most references to energy in Texas were attributed to the oil and gas industry. By 2010, things had changed significantly as wind energy commanded a role in energy discussions and Texas established itself as the leader in wind energy in the United States.

Wind Resource 101 by Jason Lowenstein, Ph.D.

An Overview of Meterological Towers and Wind Resource Assessment Studies

One Stop Siting Boards Could Prove Effective in New England by James Damon

Wind resource, profitability and access to transmission are factors wind developers consider when deciding whether a wind project is viable. But regulatory certainty during the permitting process is crucial to the viability of a wind energy project, as well.

A Comparison of Federal Subsidies between the Fossil Fuels and Renewable Industries by Sakis Decossard

In 1992, the federal government first enacted the Energy Policy Act, which provided the wind power sector a federal tax credit in the form of a renewable energy production tax credit (PTC). For every unit of energy (megawatt-hour) produced, the owner of the wind power plant would receive approximately $15.0 in tax credits, escalated with inflation.

Wind Policy Forecast for 2011 - It's All About JOBS! by PJ Saliterman

With mid-term elections behind us politicians are on notice that generating high quality jobs should be job #1 in 2011. For much of the last few years politicians on both sides of the aisle, but particularly Democrats, have championed the clean energy sector and with good reason. Expansion of the US wind industry represents a leading reason for such optimism.