Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ontario Municipalities Have Greater Say Over Renewable Energy Projects

  Ontario Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli, announced on Thursday, in a speech to CanSIA, that the FiT programs for large renewable energy projects were being cancelled, and now local input would be required for the installation of renewable energy sources. … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 31, 2013 |

Small-Scale Wind Power Changes the Game

Small-scale wind power has really changed the game for many agricultural land owners and investors. Large-scale projects require millions of dollars, and years of project planning. However, with small-scale wind turbines, like a 20kW or 50kW system, you could see your investment … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 30, 2013 |

“How can a 50kW wind turbine produce more energy than a 60kW turbine?”

Recently, we received a question from a follower, “How can a 50kW wind turbine produce more energy than a 60kW turbine?”   The short answer is: This can happen when the annual energy production (AEP) of the 50kW wind turbine … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 27, 2013 |

What Does the Public Really Think About Wind Power?

There have been many studies throughout the world, used to gauge the public’s reaction to the generation of wind energy.   According to a poll done in the UK by Ipsos MORI, 2/3 of respondents favoured wind power. Additionally, the … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 22, 2013 |

Worldwide Wind Capacity

According to a report by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), the worldwide wind capacity has reached 282’275 Megawatts, which amounts to about 3% of the global electricity demand. Although 44’609 Megawatts of wind power were added in 2012, the … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 17, 2013 |

Investing in Wind Energy is Gaining Popularity

Many companies and well-known entrepreneurs and businesspeople have been investing in wind energy, and renewable energy sources.     Recently, Warren Buffet’s company, MidAmerican Energy Company, has invested $1.9 billion in wind farms located in Iowa thanks to the extended … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 15, 2013 |

What is a Wind Rose?

One of the graphics used in wind research is the wind rose – it visually depicts the direction and average speed from a given direction.  The most useful graphic is a 3-dimensional or colour coded wind rose composed of Weibull … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 10, 2013 |

Chicago’s McCormick Place: 100% Wind Power Driven

  The announcement was made at AWEA’s 2013 WindPower conference being held at the world-renowned venue. Chicago’s McCormick Place will use 100% wind power for all their energy needs, in the form of purchased RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) through Sterling … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 8, 2013 |

Economic Impact of Wind Turbine Development

  There have been a lot of political backings of renewable energy, and specifically wind power. Many claims have been made that wind energy installations help fuel jobs, and have a positive impact on local economy, but few studies have … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 3, 2013 |

Voting Impact of Political Support for Wind

Many new studies are seeing the light, discussing the impact of anti-wind propaganda on wind turbine projects. However, what is the political impact of supporting renewable energy, and specifically support for wind energy development?   ComRes, a market research company in … Continue reading

Posted By Sally on May 1, 2013 |