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The Danish government is pushing ahead with one of Europe's most ambitious alternative energy projects--a program that would make Denmark the first country in the world to use wind power as a significant contributor to its national electricity grid.
May 2, 2006
Alternative energy sources are getting a fresh look as demand for fossil fuels increases worldwide and technical innovations help reduce the costs of alternatives. A decade ago, California was producing 30% of the world's wind-generated electricity. Here's a look at utility-scale wind farms: California wind resources About 95% of the state's electricity from wind comes from more than 13,000 turbines concentrated in the Altamont Pass, Tehachapi Mountains and San Gorgonio Pass areas.
From a distance, they look like tall, gawky, stilt-legged fans trying to cool the parched hills. Their arms move languidly in the light wind, but they are still an impressive sight. The 7,300 wind-turbine towers in the Altamont Pass outside Livermore, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, constitute the largest wind-fueled power plant in the world. About 8,700 other high-tech windmills capture breezes in California.
December 6, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished environmental goals - producing green energy and preserving protected wildlife - federal officials announced Friday that some wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. Conservation groups decried the Obama administration's new regulation as a "stunningly bad move" for wildlife, but wind industry officials said Friday that the rules from the Department of the Interior were far from a "free ride.
Wheat farmer John Hilderbrand once cursed the wind that roars down the Columbia River Gorge and through this rural, hilly community, damaging crops and kicking up dust. That was before the same powerful gusts paid for his vacations to Panama and Costa Rica, and allowed him to quit his part-time job as a real estate agent. In the past year, dozens of wind turbines have appeared on the drab, rolling expanses of rural farmland in Oregon and Washington.
June 7, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Over the next 16 years, the city of Los Angeles could be powered, in part, by winds blowing across the Wyoming plains. On Tuesday, the Department of Water and Power board approved a contract worth between $236 million and $280 million to buy windmill-generated electricity, increasing in a small way its commitment to renewable "green" energy. The cost depends on how much energy is delivered. The City Council must also approve the deal and is expected to do so in the next few weeks.
December 2, 2010 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Jerry Brown ran for governor promising to revive the economy through an aggressive expansion of California's green-energy industry ? but that agenda could prove costly to consumers. Brown wants the state to make major new investments in solar and wind power: building large-scale power plants that run on renewable resources and placing solar panels on parking-lot roofs, school buildings and along the banks of state highways. Although advocates of renewable energy tout the long-term savings of going green, billions of dollars would be required to reach the governor-elect's green-energy goals.
September 26, 2004
Congratulations on the largely excellent job your writers did in the Aug. 29 issue, especially Dan Neil for his take on Honda's hydrogen car ("A Week Without Dinosaurs"). He emphasized that hydrogen is like a battery that stores energy, not a magic supply of energy. And until the supply problem is solved with renewable fuels, it's just another drain on the same old dead-dino pool. Solar panels are one approach, but he alluded to another: wind energy. While much less area-efficient than a nuclear plant, wind power is less costly.
February 18, 2001 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Selim Zilkha is investing in wind power as the next energy growth area. And, because Zilkha has made shrewd choices before, wind bears watching. The 73-year-old Zilkha, who now lives in Los Angeles, has formed Zilkha Renewable Energy with his son Michael, who heads the Houston-based company. The firm is investing in wind-generating projects in California, Costa Rica and offshore Britain. Adoption of wind power is growing in the U.S. and abroad.
January 20, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The Department of Energy's Wind Powering America program has released new maps of wind energy potential in the U.S. The maps, the first new ones in 19 years, are meant to serve as a resource for policymakers, state and local governments and anyone looking to invest in wind power sites or anyone trying to determine the best potential locations. The maps are based on data gathered in 2010 and show average annual wind speeds at a height of 80 meters above the ground. Some of the information is fairly well know, such as the fact that the best states for wind energy are found along the north central tier of the country, the Great Plains, and in states farther south, such as Oklahoma and Texas.
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