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Clipper Windpower announces lay-offs

California-based Clipper Windpower is joining the ranks of United States wind manufacturers who have announced lay-offs this month. According to North American Wind Power, the company has released a statement that they will not be shutting down operations but they are working on developing a sustainable business model and this requires a downsizing and refocusing of operations, reducing the company’s total workforce from 550 employees to 376.

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U.S. wind energy grew fastest in 2012 but could slow down in 2013 – D.O.E.

The United States remained one of the fastest growing wind power markets in the world in 2011 although it came second to China, due in part to policy uncertainty starting after 2012 according to a report from the Department of Energy. Prepared by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the report indicates that roughly 6.8 gigawatts of new wind power capacity were connected to the country’s grid last year,

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Wind-powered EV charging station installed in Spain

Integrating two clean technologies in one application, Urban Green Energy and G.E. installed the world's first integrated wind-powered electric vehicle charging station, the Sanya Skypump, in Barcelona. According to a report from Digital Trends, one of the criticisms being faced by electric vehicles is whether or not they can truly be considered green due to the fact that majority of electricity worldwide is fueled by coal.

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Simulation model built for wind turbine towers

The soaring height achieved by wind turbines would not be possible if it were not for the sturdy support of wind turbine towers. Now, a researcher from the University of the Basque Country has developed a simulation model to ensure that wind tower turbines are up to the job. When a wind turbine tower leaves the factory, it does so in two or three segments.

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U.S. wind power reaches 50 gigawatts – AWEA

As the production tax credit for wind power sails through the United States Congress, the American Wind Energy Association announced that wind power in the United States has reached 50 gigawatts of electricity generating capacity. Contributing to the 50-gigawatt threshold were the newly grid connected projects in the states of Nevada, Oklahoma, Idaho, California, Hawaii and Iowa.

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US Senate Finance Committee gives wind production tax credit one-year

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed a one-year extension of the Production Tax Credit for the domestic wind industry through its Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which also included the modification of other credit provisions for the renewables and energy efficiency sector. The approved act, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 19-5, includes a package of more than $205 billion in tax cut extensions for families and businesses.

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Larger blades help boost U.S.’s wind power output

Energy generated from wind turbines in the United States has grown 27 percent over last year, with bigger blades being instrumental in the growth, a report from the Department of Energy said. The report noted the disparity in size of today’s blades with those in the 1980’s, which now measure over 150 feet (45.72 meters) compared with only 65 feet (19.81 meters) previously.

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Goodnews Bay to get clean energy, clean water from wind power project

The coastal village of Goodnews Bay, said to be one of Alaska’s poorest communities, is the beneficiary of a wind power project from Southwest Windpower, Susitna Energy Systems and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Goodnews Bay is located about 500 miles west of Anchorage and is the home of about 250 residents. Because of its remote location, the village was almost completely reliant on diesel generators for power.

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Robots may carry out wind turbine inspections in the future

With the already large-sized wind turbines poised to reach as much as 180-meter-wide rotors, using remote-controlled robots to inspect them instead of humans are being pondered. In its blog, the European Wind Energy Association said a partnership between GE Global Research and U.S.-based International Climbing Machines has announced that their trial wind turbine inspection using their remote-controlled robotic device has been successful.

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Indian metro rail project looks at 20-megawatt wind farm for power

The 150 billion Rupee ($2.7 billion) Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar metro rail project in Western India will be the first rail development in India to mainly run on renewable energy. According to a report from the Indian Express, the project will powered by a 20-megawatt wind power plant.

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