November 16, 2008 |
This winter, New Year's Eve revelers will have a close-up view of Times Square's first environmentally friendly billboard powered entirely by wind and sun. Construction on the 35,000-pound sign that will advertise Ricoh Americas Corp. is to begin this month across from the building where the ball drops on New Year's Eve. Powered by 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels, the sign is expected to save $12,000 to $15,000 per month in electricity costs. A lighting ceremony for the 126-foot wide, 47-foot tall sign is scheduled for Dec. 4.
July 2, 2008 |
PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas & Electric utility agreed to buy power from a wind farm in Oregon being built by a unit of EDP Renovaveis, helping it to meet state energy and climate goals. The Rattlesnake Road wind farm will give the San Francisco utility 240 gigawatt-hours of power a year, EDP's Horizon Wind Energy unit said. That's enough for about 30,000 average homes, based on American Wind Energy Assn. data. Terms of the 15-year contract weren't disclosed.
May 16, 2008 |
Edison International, the Rosemead-based owner of California's largest electric utility, won regulatory approval to buy power from what's slated to be the state's largest wind farm. The 10-year contract with the Alta Windpower unit of Allco Finance Group Ltd., an Australian firm, was approved on a 5-0 vote by the California Public Utilities Commission.
April 3, 2008 |
Installed U.S. wind energy capacity grew nearly 45% last year to 16,800 megawatts, or enough to serve 4.5 million homes, an industry group said. Texas remained the top state in total wind power capacity and new wind power capacity, the annual report from the American Wind Energy Assn. said.
February 24, 2008 |
The average American home contains 25 consumer electronics devices. So to go green, start with what you've got. First, get a handle on your current electricity usage. A device called Kill A Watt, from P3 International Corp., makes for a nifty parlor game of Guess Watt with anything that plugs into a socket. One surprise might be how much energy some devices use even when idle or turned off. Consumer electronics suck as much as 25% of their power when not in use, according to the U.S.
February 9, 2008 |
The line of towering wind turbines stands motionless on the ridgeline above Interstate 70 in central Kansas, Y-shaped silhouettes amid the swirling snow. Despite the weather, dozens of technicians are working to get the 10-mile-long Smoky Hills Wind Farm ready to begin producing electricity. Jason Martinson, who is supervising the 56-turbine operation for Enel North America Inc.
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December 26, 2007 |
Gusty winds are expected to return today to the region's mountains, valleys and coasts, but to a lesser extent than the warm, dry Santa Anas that downed power lines and marred some Christmas celebrations. The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch from this afternoon until Thursday, saying northerly winds could reach 15 to 20 mph from Hollywood to Leo Carrillo State Beach.
December 25, 2007 |
At a time when most people choose to avoid the harsh winter winds that roar past corn stubble and whip up billowing dust clouds over table-flat fields, farmers in Michigan's Thumb now talk about catching the wind and all the money that comes with it. Michigan's first commercial wind farm -- a collection of 32 towering turbines that conjure visions of H.G.
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December 20, 2007 |
The City Council approved two wind-power agreements Wednesday that will increase the amount of renewable energy provided to residents by the Department of Water and Power. The deals will bump the amount of the department's portfolio that comes from alternative power from 8% to 11% of overall supplies. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pledged to raise that amount to 20% by 2010.
October 14, 2007 |
sinban, india -- The wind farm is visible from miles away, a forest of looming turbines churning in the afternoon breeze, rising incongruously above fields of barley, corn and sunflowers. "This is the only future for the long term," says Tulsi Tanti, 49, a onetime yarn manufacturer who turned a small wind-energy sideline into the sprawling corporation Suzlon Energy, and turned himself into a billionaire in the process.