Viewing Posts from February, 2012
Image via WikipediaThere’s a lot of volatility in the wind industry at the moment. In the U.S., the production tax credit (PTC) is set to expire at the end of 2012, and there’s a general lack of federal policy to support wind energy development.
We all understand intellectually that companies, products and methods are constantly being replaced by more effective alternatives. (Economist Joseph Schumpeter famously described this as a process of creative destruction.) But exactly how do you keep ahead of this process consistently? Designing, managing and implementing your innovation process to meet (or...
Mini. (Photo credit: Travis Isaacs)In my last post I talked about progress manufacturers have made in reducing the capital costs of turbines. Also last month, Larry Jacobs talked in his interview about the benefits of preventative turbine maintenance.
Evan Osler, lidar sales lead at NRG Systems
It’s déjà vu all over again. Once again, political shortsightedness threatens to stifle a booming wind industry just as it did 30 years ago. Looking Back In the 1970’s there were two major oil shocks which spurred significant federal R&D investment in renewable energy technologies, and encouraged Congress to put...
Each spring since 2005, WoWE has awarded fellowships to women college students or recent graduates, allowing them to attend the WINDPOWER conference, all expenses paid. At this all-important conference, WoWE Fellows learn about current wind issues and technology, and can connect with potential mentors and employers.