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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.

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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...

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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.

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This Valentine's Day, wind energy seems to be "wookin pa nub in all the wong places."

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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...

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If Kristen Graf has her way, every year from now on there will be more women working in the wind industry. Graf, executive director of the national nonprofit Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), administers the Rudd Mayer Fellowships, which since 2005 have played a key role in identifying and assisting...

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