Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms
July 31, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/02/207308203/sold-first-parcels-auctioned-for-future-offshore-wind-farms

“This sale marks a really historic moment in the clean energy future of this country,” said Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is part of the Interior Department.

The United States has no offshore wind farms, but some industry experts say the fact that there was competition for these leases shows that despite all the setbacks, the offshore wind industry might soon take off.

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The Grid Of The Future Could Be Brought To You By … You

The Grid Of The Future Could Be Brought To You By … You  
August 14, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/14/212020224/the-grid-of-the-future-could-be-brought-to-you-by-you

States are requiring more renewable power to fight climate change

“The state [Hawaii] has an initiative to reach 40 percent renewable energy by 2030,” says Nohea Hirahara, an engineer for Hawaiian Electric Company. “I believe that’s the most aggressive of any state. And it’s coming up fast.”

Wind is a particular challenge. It doesn’t blow all the time, so it always needs a backup.
But keeping an oil-fired power plant at the ready is expensive.