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  • Generation Gap: Wind Power Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China

    By J. Matthew Roney In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away—outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be […] More

  • How Does Wind Power Work? Hands-On KidWind Challenge Trains Students in Renewable Energy

    I’ve been passionate about educational programs for sustainability from sustainablog’s earliest days, so I wasn’t surprised at all to discover that I’d written about Minneapolis-based educational company KidWind way back in 2006. Founded by former science teacher Michael Arquin, KidWind has developed an impressive array of educational programming both for science educators wanting to introduce their […] More

  • Sustainability Hits the Fan: 15 DIY Projects from Preppers

    I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological wavelengths, right? I’m not into shooting things, and they likely think I’m a touchy-feely hippie who wouldn’t survive a week after SHTF. What could we possibly have in common? Quite a bit, it turns […] More

  • Why Wind Power Works in the UK

    In the UK, we have some of the most suitable weather for different types of renewable energy systems to work at their best. Although both solar and tidal power are renewable energy sources which are being put to good use already, it is wind power that has made the biggest impact on the general awareness of clean power generation. More

  • Sailing Ships Carrying Coffee: a Sustainable Step Forward?

    The notion of using sailing ships to transport cargo probably seems like a giant step backwards… unless you consider that environmental impact of modern shipping. Carrotmob is challenging a California coffee company to try out sail-powered shipping in exchange for $150,000 in “buycott” sales. More

  • Global Wind Power Climbs to New Record in 2011

    Wind energy developers installed a record 41,000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the world total to 238,000 megawatts. With more than 80 countries now harnessing the wind, there is enough installed wind power capacity worldwide to meet the residential electricity needs of 380 million people at the European level of consumption. More

  • Wind Power Facts: Emissions Through the Lifecycle

    A recent scholarly paper decided to tackle the problem of the emissions of wind power, wishing to quantify the actual emissions so as to make accurate comparisons between wind power and other sources of electrical power generations. More

  • Increase Wind Power with Your Mouse

    A good, old friend of sustainablog and our media network, Jan van Voorst, started a new project not long ago where you support green organizations or actions by sharing posts on social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Google+). Jeff covered the new project in August right after it got started. It seems to be […] More

  • Home Wind Turbine a First for San Diego

    Driven by his desire to go green, Tim Williams recently became the first San Diego resident to install a wind turbine at his home. The 3.4-kW Falcon turbine, a product of WePOWER, has since gone live, and will hopefully convince other homeowners to follow suit. This particular model is conducive to residential homes because it […] More

  • Wind Power Soared Past 150,000 Megawatts in 2009

    By J. Matthew Roney Even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, the global wind industry posted another record year in 2009 as cumulative installed wind power capacity grew to 158,000 megawatts. With this 31 percent jump, the global wind fleet is now large enough to satisfy the residential electricity needs of 250 million […] More

  • Does Tree House Building Sound Like a Good Time?

    How about wind-turbine construction?  And a big family-friendly party in the midst of all the building projects? Sound like your kind of thing? Then you may want to make your way to Tecumseh, Missouri-based ecovillage East Wind Community during the first week of June for the Villages in the Sky festival. Inspired by well-know events […] More

  • Favorable Breezes for Cape Wind

    Someday, the Cape Wind story will become a major Hollywood blockbuster. Or at least a two-part television miniseries starring Ed Begley Jr. On the Discovery Channel. The effort to build an offshore wind farm – it would be the US’s first – has thus far been a roller coaster ride for advocates and opponents alike. […] More

  • The Twelve Days of sustainablog: Dumpster Diving, Online Shopping and Hand Towels

    With several new GO blogs launching in March, a few of sustainablog’s regulars moved on to other posting assignments. We were fortunate that a number of friends, such as the folks at Life Goggles, Environmental Defense Fund, and Eco-Libris, did admirable jobs in filling the gap.  Additionally, we were pleased to republish several posts from […] More

  • Earth Policy Institute: A Wartime Mobilization

    By Lester R. Brown There are many things we do not know about the future. But one thing we do know is that business as usual will not continue for much longer. Massive change is inevitable. Will the change come because we move quickly to restructure the economy or because we fail to act and […] More

  • Earth Policy Institute: The Flawed Economics of Nuclear Power

    By Lester R. Brown Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival.  Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The […] More

  • EPA Uses Google Earth-based Interactive Database to Spot Energy Opportunities

    The Environmental Protection Agency has released an interactive Google Earth-based database which pinpoints energy development opportunities on contaminated properties. According to Biofuels Digest, the EPA’s site shows opportunities for solar, wind and biomass benefits, by combining Google Earth visuals with the database list of places that show promise for progress. The “Renewable Energy on Contaminated […] More

  • T. Boone Pickens: Oil Dependence 'Is One Emergency We Can't Drill Our Way Out Of'

    T. Boone Pickens, billionaire Texas oil man, has been pushing his come-to-Jesus revelations in television — and YouTube — commericals lately. Which is to say, he’s figured out there’s money to be made, and an energy independence to be had, in alternative energies. Some may question Pickens’ motivations and his methods of doing business with […] More

  • Guilt-Free Beer Guzzling: Top Five Sustainable Suds

    Who’s thirsty? Between the barbecues, national holidays and beach vacations, cold beers become a necessity in many households over the summer months. As we pay more attention to the way our food is grown, harvested and transported, perhaps we owe it to the environment to be as vigilant with our beer. But how easy is […] More

  • How to Not Lose that Wind Power Feelin'

    This is exciting stuff: Xcel Energy is going to test 80-ton batteries the size of two semi-trailers to capture the power generated from its wind turbines. The utility is testing 20 such batteries with an 11-megawatt wind farm in southwestern Minnesota. There’s a test phase set for this spring and then the batteries are expected […] More

  • There's Wind In Texas, Sometimes.

    Texas is numero uno when it comes to wind power generation. The Lone Star state has installed wind power close to 5,000 megawatts which translates to enough electricity to power a million homes. The huge turbines, scattered across wide open spaces, conjure up more progressive feelings compared to those generated at the sight of oil […] More

  • Wind, Solar Incentives Stripped from Energy Bill

    The Senate version of the energy bill that passed last week includes great things, like boosting vehicles’ average fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon (up from 25 mpg today), increasing the use of biofuels and updating efficiency standards for federal buildings. But the glaring gaps include the absence of renewable energy incentives. Specifically, a […] More

  • UN Report: Renewable Energy Best Way to Cut Emissions

    A report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that renewable energy is making a difference in the fight against global warming and that we need more of it. In fact, renewable energy is the best way to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. At least 56 nations have policies that promote renewable energy […] More

  • Governors Form Wind Power Coalition

    Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota (R) and Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico (D) have joined forces to promote a “Governors Windpower Coalition” to increase the use of wind energy across the United States. The objectives of the coalition include interstate collaboration (on issues like transmission), exchanging information on policy and technology, commissioning research on […] More

  • People Powered Energy: Portable Wind Turbine and Power Bank

    About three years ago in design school at the University of Michigan, I was making concept sketches of wearable energy-generating devices, such as turbines, for my thesis on people-powered energy systems. Although I focused in on a different, yet quite similar, project, I have been waiting for a personal, handheld wind turbine to come to […] More

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