National Lab report: Wind energy is a big win for consumers, environment, and economy

The study’s results show wind energy is highly effective at reducing carbon pollution while also protecting ratepayers against fuel price increases, a critical message for states and utilities as they begin to craft plans to reduce emissions to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

State renewable portfolio standards yielded sizable benefits and other impacts in 2013

A new study estimates that $2.2 billion in benefits came from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion from reductions in other air pollution for state renewable portfolio standard (RPS) policies operating in 2013.

ARPA-E backs 12 new projects to improve the U.S. electric grid

NODES project teams will develop technologies that coordinate load and generation on the electric grid to create a virtual energy storage system.

2014 renewable energy data book from NREL

Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.

DOE Report: U.S. clean energy technologies are accelerating

The Energy Department recently released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, detailing the state of several clean energy technologies available today in the United States, which provide technology solutions to climate change.

NREL finds renewable-energy generation economically viable in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: Analysts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) devised a new method for measuring the economic potential of renewable energy across the United States. By applying this method, the NREL has found that renewable generation is economically viable in many parts of the country primarily because of declining technology costs. Here is a press release on their

NREL innovation gives electric vehicle batteries a safety upgrade

Nika Durham and Anya Breitenbach / NREL Every day, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are used safely in millions of cell phones, laptops, and electric-drive vehicles (EVs). At the same time, Li-ion batteries have a tendency to overheat in very rare occasions, which has led to electronics product recalls and the grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner airplane

NREL program investigates the impact of wind flow on wind farms

Atmosphere to Electrons (A2e) is a multi-year, U.S. Department of Energy research initiative with the goal of reducing wind-power project costs through an improved, physics-based understanding of the wind plant operating environment through advanced modeling and simulation capability. According to the research initiative, better insight into flow physics has the potential to reduce energy losses

NREL fills leadership role at wind technology center

Dr. Daniel Laird will join the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on Oct. 12 as director of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), the country’s premier wind energy technology research facility. Laird, who earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Madison-Wisconsin, is relocating from the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratories in

NREL dedicates hydrogen fueling station

Editor’s note: This modest event might be of interest to wind advocates because the hydrogen used will probably electrolyzed from water using power ideally generated by Colorado wind. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held a dedication ceremony for its 700 bar hydrogen fueling station, the first of its kind in Colorado, on