Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Project near El Centro to provide power for more than 12,000 homes
    Oct 21, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    The Ocotillo Wind project, a 265-MW facility located about 25 miles west of El Centro, Calif., is close to becoming the first renewable energy project to connect to the recently completed Sunrise Powerlink.

  • A123's bankruptcy shows demand is not there yet
    Oct 21, 2012 | Ken Silverstein

    Did battery technology die with the declared bankruptcy of A123 Systems? While the electric car battery maker has fizzled out, it is now hitching a ride with Johnson Controls, which will buy up its factories and help bankroll the enterprise.

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  • Birds and bat mortality at issue
    Oct 18, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    A coalition of eight conservation organizations is seeking further limits on the operation of a western Maryland wind farm that it calls the deadliest in the United States.

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  • Oversupply management protocol still pending
    Oct 17, 2012 | Carl Dombek

    Although the year won’t be over until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2012 appears to have been a better year than 2011 for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in terms of the amount of wind generation it has curtailed.

  • China-based companies say failed business, not dumping, to blame
    Oct 16, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    China-based solar panel manufacturers say a lawsuit against them by Solyndra is an attempt to blame competitors for a failed business model after the bankrupt company filed an unfair trade practices lawsuit.

  • Canadian wind a hedge
    Oct 15, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    NextEra Energy Resources will set a U.S. record by adding 1,500 MW of wind generation assets this year while it prepares for the dramatic slowdown as the federal production tax credit (PTC) lapses at the end of the year.

  • Interior Department endorses six-state blueprint
    Oct 15, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Solar energy zones in six western states that have been finalized by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Oct. 12. The program is intended to spur development of soalr projects initially on 285,000 acres administered by the federal Bureau of Land Management.

  • Two blade plants cut staff
    Oct 14, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Vestas Wind Systems has cut staff at two Colorado blade factories, citing low demand for new wind equipment in 2013 as the federal production tax credit expires at the end of the year.

  • Final decision due next month
    Oct 11, 2012 | Bill Opalka

    Tariffs on Chinese solar panels were upheld by the Obama administration’s Commerce Department on Oct. 10 as disputes between the United States and China over renewable energy manufacturing heat up.

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  • Developer will be able to commission projects without delay
    Oct 10, 2012 | Staff Writer

    The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project (TRTP) has played a key role in the recent decision by MidAmerican Wind to purchase two projects located in California’s wind-rich Tehachapi region, making way for the projects to be placed into service in 2013.