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Colorado Approves 30% by 2020 Renewable Energy Standard

Yesterday, Colorado's state legislature finalized a bill to increase the purchase viagra without a prescription state's renewable energy standard to 30 percent by 2020.

Colorado was one of the first states to adopt a renewable energy standard at all, committing in 2004 to get 10 percent of get cialis fast their electricity from renewables by 2015 and increasing that to 20 percent by 2020 in 2006.  This latest measure puts the state right behind California, who has the highest standard at 33 percent by 2020.

The bill also requires utilities to get 3 percent of their electricity from distributed sources like rooftop solar and buying cheap viagra no prescription other smaller wind and solar installations in order to generic cialis india give a boost to local renewable energy and construction companies.  That requirement alone will be responsible for 1 GW of clean energy, save 6.8 billion gallons of water and reduce emissions by 30 million tons of CO2 a year.

via Climate Progress



Texas Wind Is More Than Grid Can Handle


While the focus continues to be on expanding means and methods for generating electricity from renewable sources, the limits of the existing grid to handle that generated power and distribute it to where it is needed are beginning to show.

Last weekend in Texas, wind power reached a record high point of 6,242 MW represented 22% of demand. That's fantastic news, and we love to see that kind of records being broken. However, utility officials were forced to cheap levitra from uk curtail wind power generation "because the supply of electricity outstripped the capacity of cialis 50 mg dose lines to move the wow it's great viagra on sale power to urban areas such as Dallas-Fort Worth."

Production needs to continue to increase. But this points out what may become a more frequent problem, and dealing with the grid cannot be forgotten either.

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Pickens Revises his Plan, Giving Up on Wind?

In case you thought that after all the setbacks, T. Boone Pickens was giving up, he's reminding us that he's still around and he still has a plan (albeit a different one) to free the country of its dependence on oil.

In a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle, Pickens outlined revisions to his original plan that was big on wind power and natural gas-powered cars.  To sum it up in five words:  less wind, more natural gas.  Here are his main points:

  • Natural gas prices have fallen 70 percent in the last year making it more attractive than wind financially.
  • He's still committed to wind energy, but thinks even if we add wind power, we'll need natural gas to brand cialis without prescription buy act as a back up until there's better power storage.
  • Discovery of more natural gas shales has lead him to believe that now is the time to amp up its use in generating electricity and generic viagra from china converting 18-wheelers to run on it.  Doing so would decrease oil demand by 2.5 million barrels a day.
  • He believes Congress will pass an energy plan by Memorial Day, hopefully including the Natural Gas Act that would support converting trucks and fleet vehicles to the tramadol no overnight cod fuel.

I agree that power storage is a huge hurdle wind and other renewables have to overcome if we want to start replacing fossil fuels with clean energy, and until we get there, having natural gas fill in those gaps isn't a bad idea, but I am disappointed that he's lost the huge enthusiasm he once had for wind energy.  It was nice having an ex-oil tycoon dreaming big about wind.

via Houston Chronicle



Sweden Building 2,000 Wind Turbines over Next Ten Years

Sweden's energy minister, Maud Olofsson, announced yesterday that the country would install 2,000 wind turbines over the next decade that would add to 10 terawatt hours of clean energy per year.

The country is also aiming to have 50 percent of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2020.  To reach that goal, Sweden will be adding another 15 TWh of renewable energy from sources like solar power and biofuels in addition to the wind power.

Sweden already gets 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources, mainly hydroelectricity plants, so the 50 percent mark will not be impossible for them to reach.

via AP



U.S. Could Generate 37 Million GWh of Wind Power Per Year

For those in the wind power business, or those considering jumping in, last week brought some big news.  A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that the U.S. could theoretically generate 37 million gigawatt-hours of wind power per year, triple the amount previously thought.

The last study of wind power potential, completed in 1993, came up with an energy potential of about 10.8 million GWh.  According to NREL, the reason for the buy now online propecia dramatic jump is better wind technology (taller and more powerful turbines) and better data used in the assessment.  In case you're wondering, environmentally-protected areas were not included as potential sites.

The new number is over 12 times the amount of energy we consume each year.  Americans consume 3 million GWh of electricity each year and in 2008 only 52,000 GWh came from wind.

The study offers great new maps of the best place high quality viagra wind energy potential across the country, highlighting areas with high wind speeds, access to transmission lines, cheap land and other major factors for would-be wind farm developers.  The maps, created by Truewind, have a resolution of 650 feet, less than the spacing between turbines, so developers could use them not just to located the best area for an entire farm, but for each machine.

via Wired

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