Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/16/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/16/12)

  1. Renewable Energy World reports, “’Innovation economics’ is propelling a global hunt for inventions that can extend the frontiers of renewable generation.”
  2. According to Clean Technica, “The British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has allotted funds for the production of foundations designed for wind turbine generators in waters over 30 metres in depth, a development that will lead to the creation of up to 1,000 long-term jobs in the North East.“
  3. Wind Power Monthly reports, “The European Union’s ‘recession-busting’ wind industry is forecast to triple the economic contribution it makes by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).”
  4. According to Earth Techling, “The Shetland Islands in the north-east of Scotland regularly experience the highest wind speeds in Europe, and to take advantage of this a new on-shore wind farm project has been approved by ministers, despite resistance by local residents.” Earth Techling adds: “Hopes are high for the wind farm as a small, existing turbine, called Betsy, already holds the world record for its efficiency; 59% due to the consistently powerful winds. The developers believe that the Viking wind farm has the potential to be the most productive in the world.”
  5. Reuters reports, “Average selling prices for the photovoltaic modules that turn sunlight into electricity have dropped to 80 to 85 cents per watt, a decline of more than 10 percent from levels near 95 cents recorded at the end of 2011, a year that saw prices fall by about 50 percent.”