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NRG Systems, building exterior from Riggs Road. Photo credit: Carolyn BatesAt our company, sustainability is engrained in our culture and a part of the values that drive our business decisions. We think it not only makes good business sense, but it’s the right thing to do.

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This is a political battle which may end up in federal court, but in terms of the alternatives presented below, there has been one startling change in the Vermont context — strong public resistance to the construction of wind farms. This resistance is fueled by frightening tales of noise-related illness,...

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I’ve just returned from a Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) board meeting, inspired as usual and so excited about the great progress the organization has made since its formation in 2005. The WoWE mentoring program is well established as evidenced by the many eager young faces you see whenever you...

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There is a lot of buzz lately about implementing condition-based maintenance (CBM) practices and technologies for wind turbines. But what is the value of condition-based maintenance? Why should you as an owner or operator of wind farms want to spend money on it? The answer is because there is a...

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A long time ago, in a place far away (London around 1980), I was offered the chance to work in either New York or Hong Kong. Both places had tremendous appeal as energetic, exciting cities. While it was not my most astute financial decision, I chose New York because of...

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Competition or cooperation with China will seem like an odd question to many in the U.S. wind industry. Since my last blog post on China, you may have noted the Global Wind Energy Council announcement that China passed the USA for installed wind capacity:

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Africa has been known as “the dark continent.” A night satellite photo reveals that most of the continent is indeed dark at night. The book points out that most of Africa’s 1 billion people go to bed when it gets dark or make do with fuel based lighting, fires or moonlight.

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In an online debate run by The Economist, Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Steve Sawyer of the Global Wind Energy Council have been debating the effectiveness of natural gas vs. renewables in limiting the world’s carbon emissions.

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