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Published on December 31st, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Top 10 Wind Power Stories Of 2012

December 31st, 2012 by  

Following our list of the top 10 EV stories of 2012, here are what I’d consider to be the top 10 wind power stories of 2012:

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WindFloat floating wind turbine platforms.

10. Floating wind turbines take several steps forward. In various ways, it’s clear that a lot of work is still being put into research and development of wind turbines. Floating wind turbine news was particularly noteworthy this year. Here are several notable floating wind turbine stories from 2012:


9. Wind turbines made of fabric; wind turbines made of wood; bigger & bigger turbine — wind turbine technology moves forward. Some other top wind technology stories this year that were good examples of wind turbine innovation include:


8. Obama administration shows strong support for wind power. Obama’s crew at the Department of Energy, Department of Interior, and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management helped wind power along in several ways this year. Here’s some of the top news on this front:

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7. Cape Wind gets closer to actually being built, likely to be 1st offshore wind farm in US. Here are some top Cape Wind stories from the year:


Australia wind turbines via Shutterstock

6. Australia implements carbon pricing, driving more wind energy growth in the country. Technically, Australia passed its carbon tax legislation in 2011, but it was implemented in mid-2012. As a result of that and wind power’s low and falling costs, installed wind power has surged this year.


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5. Japan implements attractive wind energy feed-in tariff. Perhaps even more significant than the Australian pricing legislation, Japan’s feed-in tariff for wind (not to mention for solar or geothermal) is geared at stimulating some serious wind power growth.


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Wind turbine in process of installation via Shutterstock

4. Wind power costs keep dropping — cheapest option for new electricity in many places. Wind power is now the cheapest option for new electricity in many regions of the world, thanks to years of technological improvements and market maturation. Meanwhile, the continual improvement of wind power technology is projected to keep reducing the price of electricity from wind for years to come. Quite frankly, wind is a winner, and it is going to keep on winning. Here’s some 2012 news along this front:

It’s also worth remembering that, due to merit-order pricing, wind power drives down the price of electricity on the wholesale electricity market. Here are some stories along those lines from 2012:



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Walney Wind Farm via Moggy443

3. Largest wind farm after largest wind farm — wind farm records set throughout the year. From Europe to… well, mostly in Europe, there’s been quite a bit of news this year regarding record-breaking wind farms.


2. Wind power growing by leaps & bounds around the world. Beyond those record-breaking wind farms above, there has been a ton of other wind power development across this world this year. Here’s a sampling of stories that highlight wind power’s tremendous growth:


Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Lance Cheun

1. US wind power PTC is… going to be extended? We think and hope so, but the extension has been delayed for many months due to GOP extremists in Congress, sacrificing thousands or even tens of thousands of US jobs.

Some key stories on these and related topics from throughout the year:

Any more ideas for top wind power stories of 2012?

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  • Excellent collection of Top 10 Stories on Wind. I preserve them for future reference.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

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  • photosymbiont

    These lists on solar and wind are great resources but let’s also point out that it’s not just “GOP extremists” who are leading the assault on renewable energy i.e. wind tax credits – the motivational (i.e. financial) force behind them are the nation’s largest coal and nuclear utilities, such as Exelon, Southern, etc. as well as their associated industries (railroads that ship coal, as just one example, i.e. Berkshire-Hathaway-owned Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which has seen a sudden drop in coal hauling revenue this year (more due to natural gas than solar and wind, but they see the writing on the wall). The political breakdown seems to follow states more than parties – Iowa now gets 20% of its power from wind, and Grassley, R-Iowa, supports extension of wind tax credits.

    Of course, this just underlines a basic fact – renewables are quite capable of replacing outdated fossil fuels in the electricity generation arena on a massive scale.

    As of today, Reuters is predicting that the wind tax credit will survive fiscal cliff negotiations, but it might be a good time to put some pressure on the politicos.

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