€6 billion euros fewer bought 1.2GW more wind power
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€6 billion euros fewer bought 1.2GW more wind power

One of the big indicators we use to determine if we're on track building out our new clean energy infrastructure is how much money we're spending. $1 trillion a year is a number often suggested as what is needed to be hit. However, if you check out the tweet below - you'll notice that the total amount of money invested in renewables is starting to flatline, while the total capacity is growing consistently. The overall point - we're getting more kWhs for our buck, and in the end that's what going to save us. (more…)
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30% electricity from wind in four states
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30% electricity from wind in four states

A long time ago, it seems, those who questioned intermittent electricity like wind and solar thought it was impossible for a power grid to handle more than 2%, then 5% then 10% and 20%, etc - you get the point. Today the argument in academic circles is around what happens after 80% solar+wind - and at the end of March, in the tweet below, we saw the Southwest Power Pool (an electricity ISO that serves a healthy chunk of the midwest) break 62% from wind for a magical moment. Yes, these are smaller states in the wind heavy Midwest, so…
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$2 million to research offshore wind affect on Moby Dick
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$2 million to research offshore wind affect on Moby Dick

According to local legend - New Bedford, Massachusetts has the highest grossing fishing port in the United States. About $1 billion - and I'm happy to enjoy the harvests of scallops...oh, yes I am. With that though - the questions become, how will gigawatts worth of wind power affect fishing? To the place where Moby Dick was written it matters. Initial research suggests nothing, some suggest significant benefits. Massachusetts continues its 1.6GW push. (more…)
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Deicing, inspecting and maintaining wind turbines via drone – video
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Deicing, inspecting and maintaining wind turbines via drone – video

Ok - so yeah - this is the coolest thing ever: https://www.aerones.com/video/AERONES%20Wind%20Turbine%20Cleaning%20clip.mp4 ' Aerones, after several years of trials and upgrades, opens a new phase in the Renewable Energy maintenance sector. Backed up by a 20 years of R&D experience we elaborated a method for cleaning windmill blades with Drone, which involves not only the way to carry out the operation, but also the appropriate equipment. Now, Aerones has developed a maintenance method for wind turbines - a cleaning method of wind turbine blades by Drone. Our new service aims to provide an effective, practical and economical alternative for cleaning the…
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Nuclear plant in UK will require more than twice the subsidies as solar
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Nuclear plant in UK will require more than twice the subsidies as solar

PV and storage could provide as much electricity as a proposed nuclear plant in the UK at half the subsidy cost, according to new analysis timed to coincide with expected news of a nuclear agreement between Britain and China this week. Chinese premier Xi Jinping is in the UK this week on a state visit and is widely expected to meet with prime minister David Cameron today to discuss various trade deals, one of which is China’s investment in the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor. [adinserter block="1"] The project has been widely criticised as too expensive and not offering of…
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