Wind

Xcel Opens Wind Farm in N.D.

Carl Weinschenk

Xcel Energy’s Courtney Wind Farm is online, according to the company. The 200MW farm is located near the town of Courtney, which is north of Jamestown, N.D. It includes 100 turbines that cover 25,000 acres that are owned by 60 landowners. It is capable of powering an average of about 100,000 homes. The farm is   …Continue Reading


Carbon Disclosure Project Recognizes Yahoo!

Ken Silverstein

The Carbon Disclosure Project, which evaluates companies based on their efforts to fight climate change, has recognized Yahoo as one of its leaders. According to the project, it has set meaningful targets and then verified its outcomes.


Boulder Still Wants to Acquire Xcel Energy’s Distribution Assets to Run a City-Wide Utility

Ken Silverstein

Boulder is relentless in its determination to become the nation’s greenest city. But is its ongoing attempt to acquire Xcel Energy’s distribution assets the smartest way to go about it?


BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …Continue Reading


Iron Mountain Beats Energy, Emissions Goals

Carl Weinschenk

Iron Mountain has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for last year. The report says that the storage and information management company achieved a year-over-year energy use reduction of 12 percent. The goal going into the year was a 3 percent reduction. The company also reported that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16.4 percent. This   …Continue Reading


Compromise Energy Bill to Mass Gov

Carl Weinschenk

The Massachusetts Legislature has sent Governor Charlie Baker an energy bill that, according to MassLive, would lead to “significantly more” use of offshore wind and other types of renewable resources in the Bay State. The story portrays H.4568 as a compromise. It would lead to long-term contracts to buy 1,600 MW of wind power, with is   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency is Growing on Farms

Carl Weinschenk

Improving the bottom line through better and more efficient use of energy is as important for a farm that grows wheat, corn or tomatoes as it is for a factory that builds cars, refrigerators or ships.


Iowa Wind Market Thrives

Carl Weinschenk

The Newton (IA) Daily News says that the use of wind power is reducing energy rates in the state. The story notes that Facebook’s Altoona datacenter is completely wind powered and that almost one-third of the state’s power comes from that source. That, the story says, is “a claim no other state can match.” The   …Continue Reading


Nuclear Giant Exelon Wants to Invest in Wind Energy in Ohio

Ken Silverstein

Exelon Corp is installing wind at a rapid pace, with 47 projects in 10 states — a total of 1,191 megawatts. It’s the 12th largest wind producer in the country, reports the Columbus Business Journal. Nearly 4 percent of its electricity portfolio comes from wind generation, it adds, noting that nuclear makes up two-thirds of it.


Energy Storage: It’s About the Software

Carl Weinschenk

Renewable initiatives rely on the ability to save the generated energy for a rainy – or windless – day. It follows that the software driving the pivotal task of managing the energy storage system is of paramount importance, says Gabe Schwartz, the Director of Marketing for Stem, which describes itself as an intelligent storage company that combines hardware and software storage platforms.