The US Has Big Plans for Wind Energy—but an Obscure 1920s Law Is Getting in the Way

The reason for the Jones Act’s longevity, says Colin Grabow, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, is that while it tends to benefit only a few people and businesses, the act goes unnoticed because there are many payers sharing the increased costs. The Jones Act is one in a string … Read more

Storm Isha’s rain and wind are expected to batter parts of the UK and Ireland

LONDON — Britain and Ireland braced Sunday for powerful wind and rain from Storm Isha that were expected to batter a wide swath of the island nations and disrupt travel. The Met Office issued an unusual blanket wind warning for all of the U.K., saying gusts could reach 90 miles per hour (145 kilometers per … Read more

Farmer claims he was offered lap dance if he agreed to wind turbine on his land

A farmer was offered cash and a trip to a lap dancing club if he agreed to having a giant wind turbine on his land, according to council documents. Officials from a green energy company are trying to persuade landowners in Wales to sign up for wind generators and pylons by offering them financial incentives. … Read more

Big offshore wind farms are now transmitting sweet, sweet battery juice to the US grid

Offshore wind turbines at two commercial-scale sites are now sending power to the U.S. grid. Moments before midnight on Tuesday, a single turbine near Martha’s Vineyard delivered 5 megawatts of renewable energy to the New England grid, developers said. The turbine is one out of 62 planned for Vineyard Wind 1, an offshore site owned … Read more

Wind power industry in moment of reckoning as stocks fall

A wind turbine installation taking place in Germany on July 14, 2023. The International Energy Agency is calling for a surge in renewable energy installations over the next few years. Ina Fassbender | AFP | Getty Images Renewable energy firms are mostly suffering a dire earnings season as struggling supply chains, manufacturing faults and rising … Read more

Turbine troubles have sent wind energy stocks tumbling — and a slew of issues remain

A Siemens Gamesa blade factory on the banks of the River Humber in Hull, England on October 11, 2021. PAUL ELLIS | AFP | Getty Images As the biggest players in wind energy gear up to report quarterly earnings, supply-chain reliability issues are front and center for both stock analysts and industry leaders. Siemens Energy … Read more

The giant ship critical to building Dogger Bank Wind Farm

The Jan De Nul Group’s Voltaire in waters off China in Dec. 2022. As wind turbines get bigger, the vessels that install them are having to change, too. VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images A project to build a facility described as “the world’s largest offshore wind farm” took a big step forward … Read more

Offshore Wind Turbines Need Rare Earth Metals. Will There Be Enough to Go Around?

This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here. A Lot of Influencer PR Packages Are Extremely Wasteful For more than a decade, an Australian company called Arafura Rare Earths has been looking for customers willing to buy rare earth metals from a mine under development in the nation’s Northern … Read more

The ‘world’s largest offshore wind farm’ produces its first power

A Haliade-X wind turbine photographed in the Netherlands on March 2, 2022. Peter Boer | Bloomberg | Getty Images A project described as the “world’s largest offshore wind farm” took a major step forward over the weekend after producing its first power. Located off the coast of northeast England in the North Sea, the Dogger … Read more