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February 9, 2012

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas chairman resigns as company warns 2011 profit to disappoint

Associated Press  •  Washington Post  •  Posted 2012-02-09 12:42:42

The chairman of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s largest maker of wind turbines in terms of revenue, announced he will step down after the company said last year’s profits were substantially below target. Bent Erik Carlsen said Wednesday in a live television interview that investors wanted change, forcing him and Deputy Chairman Torsten Erik Rasmussen to decline a re-election bid at next month’s shareholder meeting. [ read more … ]

There’ll be no budget retreat on clean energy — CEQ chief

John McArdle  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-09 12:45:02

The White House’s top environmental adviser said today that Republicans will be disappointed if they hope the hubbub over the failed solar equipment manufacturer Solyndra will translate into drastic new cuts in clean energy investments in President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal. “The president is going to articulate his priorities next week, and as you heard in the State of the Union, he spent a lot of time talking about energy,” Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley said today after a brief appearance at an environmental justice event for students that took place on Capitol Hill. [ read more … ]

North Carolina panel touts wind energy use

ROB CHRISTENSEN  •  The News & Observer  •  Posted 2012-02-09 12:45:41

A new study released Wednesday by Gov. Bev Perdue said North Carolina had the largest offshore wind resource on the East Coast and that the state should work with industry to develop the wind energy industry. The 15-member panel said wind energy along North Carolina’s coast and sounds offered significant opportunities for renewable energy and for job creation. [ read more … ]

Surplus Renewable Energy: An Update

  •  The News & Observer  •  Posted 2012-02-09 11:00:35

Last year I wrote about sudden surges in renewable energy that set up a conflict between wind producers in the Pacific Northwest and the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency that runs hydroelectric dams and the regional grid. When unseasonable storms created a simultaneous surplus of wind and water, Bonneville gave free power away but still had to deal with an oversupply that could overwhelm the grid. But at a two-day National Electricity Forum sponsored by the Energy Department and others, the federal energy secretary, Steven Chu, on Wednesday proposed a different set of solutions to the problem, which is likely to emerge elsewhere as installations of renewable energy expand and systems have to cope with surges or deficits of power they cannot predict.
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