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Thursday, 28 October 2010

A brief look at renewable wind energy



Source: Youtube

A brief explanation of wind energy including a look at the technology and the impacts on wildlife.

But:

Source: Liveleak

An American researcher from ABC News has found that up to 80% of jobs in the US windpower sector are going overseas, particularly to China. Meanwhile, a story in the Los Angeles reports that the US wind energy industry is in decline:

"wind installations drop 71% in the first half and the forecast past 2010 looks dreary," the Los Angeles Times reports:

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"The U.S. wind industry is in distress," a top renewable energy advocate said Tuesday, and the situation appears as though it could get worse.

Denise Bode, chief executive of the American Wind Energy Assn., said that without a national renewable energy standard, investment and interest in wind projects past 2010 would be headed for a free fall.

Despite more than 5.5 gigawatts under construction, the number of installations this year will still end up 25% to 45% below 2009 levels, according to a new report from the group. And beyond that, there's a yawning hole in the queue for planned projects.

The first half of the year saw just 1,239 new megawatts come online, a 57% plunge from the same period in 2008 and a 71% drop from last year. Only two new manufacturing plants were built, compared to seven in 2008 and five in 2009."

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