Should we power ahead with very large wind farms?

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In the North Sea, clusters of smaller wind farms may be more efficient than single very large wind farms, according to a team from Denmark. But onshore or in offshore areas with very strong winds, very large wind farms are an option.

Deal with wind farm to boost University of Illinois’ clean-energy use

Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.

University of Illinois officials announced Thursday a 10-year agreement to buy power from the largest wind farm company in the state, significantly boosting the renewable-energy use of the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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Great Lakes offshore wind farm has funding, but faces hurdles before construction

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Armed with a $40 million federal grant, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) plans to start building the first wind farm on the Great Lakes in the summer of 2018.

But government officials, legal experts and opponents of the Lake Erie project say many hurdles remain before construction can begin.

The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low

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States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals set forth in the President’s recently-announced Clean Power Plan may have just received an unexpected boost from wind energy.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s “2014 Wind Technologies Market Report” released earlier this week, the prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers in the U.S. dropped below 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first time in history.

 

Engineers look to learn from stealthy owls

Read the full story at The Construction Index. The full study is available here.

Civil engineers are hoping that research into how owls fly so quietly could lead to new ways of making wind turbines quieter.