Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy
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Megan Schutt: Our Renewable Energy

Does your blog seem a little sluggish?  Wishing you could ditch the coal-burning furnace keeping the internet connection blinking?  Worried that your blog’s carbon footprint is embarrassingly large considering it doesn’t even have feet?  My fellow blogger, you need some renewable energy, which means it’s probably time to call on Megan Schutt. Megan has been … Continue reading

Have wind farms reached a tipping point in America?
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Have wind farms reached a tipping point in America?

It seemed the South remained the last holdout, but with the news that its first industrial scale wind project* will also be producing electricity by 2016 in North Carolina, America’s embrace of the industry seems to be growing. Continue reading

Deepwater Wind Project Breaks Ground in Rhode Island
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Deepwater Wind Project Breaks Ground in Rhode Island

I’ve written before about America’s struggle with accepting offshore wind energy development, specifically the controversy surrounding the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The process has been fraught with opposition since somebody first though, “Hey, could we get an offshore wind farm here in America.” As a result, it has been sitting in ‘renewable energy project … Continue reading

You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing
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You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind’s blowing

Even if you are interested in wind energy in North Carolina (this blogger), and even if you attempt to feign interest in local policy matters (again, this blogger), the news last week that our governor’s office has requested an extended buffer against offshore wind farms may have flown under your radar. The NC Department of … Continue reading

Here’s a gust of new information about wind farm efficiency!
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Here’s a gust of new information about wind farm efficiency!

Everyone’s familiar with the ‘shading effect’ that occurs on solar energy schemes. If a tree or high rise building casts a shadow on your photovoltaic cell’s glass face, that means your system isn’t generating as much energy as it could, because it’s not catching as much sunlight as it could. But did you know that … Continue reading