Wind energy articles from the Power and Energy Solutions, renewable energy magazine and website.

U.S. wind: boom before bust?

For U.S. wind power, the last 12 months was both the best of times and the worst of times. That's the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report recently released 

by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). We take a look at the latest trends emerging from America.


Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States were modest in 2013, but all signals point to more-robust growth in 2014 and 2015. With the industry's primary federal support - the Production Tax Credit (PTC) - only available for projects that had begun construction by the end of 2013, the next couple years will see those projects commissioned. Near-term w

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Seizing a golden opportunity

It's a curious contradiction that, while wind is a renewable, non-fossil fuelled, energy source, some global wildlife organisations have put up massive resistance to its expansion. Refreshingly, the industry has finally received a vote of confidence from a major body - the National Wildlife Federation. We take a look at their recently-published recommendations about making the most of America's offshore ambitions.

Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast already designated for wind energy development could generate over 16,000 megawatts of electricity (MW), enough to power over five million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation with the support of over 40 co-sponsoring organisations and leaders from business, labour, state,

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Wind's world of opportunity

The Global Wind Energy Council has recently identified the key commercial battlegrounds where wind power can make gains in the next four years. We present an exclusive look at their global findings, together with a special focus on offshore. 

On the whole, the market diversification trend which has emerged over the past several years intensified over the last 12 months, and is expected to continue to do so over the next several years. New markets outside the OECD continue to appear, and some of them will begin to make a significant difference to overall market figures. 

Inside the OECD, as wind power approaches double digit penetration levels in an increasing number of markets, and as demand growth either stalls or goes bac

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Economics and Energy Minister Gabriel to open WindEnergy Hamburg, the leading global industry fair, on Monday evening.

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Vice-Chancellor of Germany is to open WindEnergy Hamburg on Monday evening, 22 September. The leading wind industry fair will be held in Hamburg for the first time from 23 to 26 September. More than 1,200 exhibitors from all parts of the world are expected at this premiere event, presenting their products on about 65,000 square metres of exhibition space. A 64.4 metre rotor blade was set up in front of the exhibition site this morning - signalling this huge industry event in Hamburg, the capital of the wind industry. This large-scale exhibit from turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is a global innovation.

On the evening before the leading global wind expo, Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar G

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Navigating a course to continued success

As Director of Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects b.v., Johan van Wijland is a familiar face to many in the industry. He's also a regular contributor to PES and joins us once again to discuss the company's latest developments. New vessels? Massive monopiles? The Eneco Luchterduinen and Gemini projects? All are covered right here...

PES: Welcome back once again to PES. For the benefit of our new readers, would you mind explaining a little about the company and how it serves the wind industry?

Johan van Wijland: Van Oord is a marine contractor with a long track record in dredging, offshore oil & gas and, since the last decade, also in offshore wind. Van Oord's strategy is to bui

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