Renewable energy`s share of the nation`s total energy supply increased to 7.6 percent in 1995, up from 7.1 percent in 1994, according to the new Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, Renewable Energy Annual 1996. The increase was due primarily to a weather-related 17 percent jump in electricity generation from hydroelectric power, as nonhydroelectric renewable energy remained near its 1994 level.
Wind-generated electricity will be delivered to Fort Collins, Colo., homes and businesses by November, following recent approval of a contract with a wind energy supplier, announced Rich Shannon, Fort Collins Light and Power general manager. As part of its Wind Power Pilot Program, The utility has agreed to purchase the wind power generated by two 750 kW wind turbines located in Medicine Bow, Wyo., according to Shannon.
MidAmerican Energy Co. has announced an agreement with Zond Development Corp. to supply MidAmerican with wind-generated energy. According to the agreement, Zond will supply to MidAmerican, on average, 45.3 MW of electricity per month for 20 years. Zond is required to begin supplying the energy to MidAmerican within three years after regulatory agencies approve the agreement. Specific terms of the agreement were not released.
Enron Corp. has acquired Zond Corp., a wind power developer which has installed and operates more than 2,400 wind turbines. The purchase price was not disclosed. Robert Kelly has been named chairman and CEO of a new unit, Enron Renewable Energy Corp.
If someone asked me what I thought was the world`s fastest growing energy source, I would not guess wind energy. I would be wrong. Had I been paying more attention to the world market instead of the domestic market, this would have been perfectly clear.
At the 1995 American Power Conference, a technology caught my attention and has never let go. I heard Al Weisbrich, ENECO principal, present a paper he co-authored with Raytheon, "COE Projection for the Modular WARP Wind Power System for Wind Farms and Electric Utility Power Transmission." Electricity costs for the patented WARP system figure between 1.6 and 5.6 cents per kWh (lower yet in a recent study). The wind power industry has yet to fan the flames sparked by Weisbrich`s ideas. Nonetheles
The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reports that proximity to transmission lines, a previous obstacle to wind development, should no longer hinder the technology. EIA said there are 240,000 square miles of land in the country with wind development potential that lie within 10 miles of an existing transmission facility. EIA projects that land area could accommodate 734,000 average MW of wind energy capacity. "EIA`s findings are very encouraging at a time when wind energy technology is beginn