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The German Perspective, Part 2: A Resilient Renewable Energy Leader

The German Perspective, Part 2: A Resilient Renewable Energy Leader

When Hermann Albers inherited his father's 80 hectare farm in northern Germany in 1981, he soon realized that it would be necessary to supplement his income. At that time, many family farmers around the country were leaving for urban areas in search of higher paying jobs. But Albers was determined to stay. Finally, in the early 90's with the introduction of the first feed-in tariff (FIT), he found his answer: Wind power.
Farmers among renewable energy leaders

Farmers among renewable energy leaders

[SouthbendTribune.com] When farmer and carpenter Roy Dickinson erected an 80-foot tower and capped it with a wind-driven electric generator 21 years ago, he had one goal in mind. “He saw the NIPSCO bill going crazy and he decided to do something about it,” said son Robert Dickinson of his late father’s project. “Basically, he tried to beat the system. And […]
Restoring a River Dam: Power For the People

Restoring a River Dam: Power For the People

[Boston.com] In about 1790, the industrious Joshua Longley – a father of eight, militia private, tax assessor, town clerk, justice of the peace, and Groton Academy trustee – dammed the Nashua River and dug a channel nearby to power a gristmill.
Move Over Saudi Arabia. Here Comes Nash and His Dad!

Move Over Saudi Arabia. Here Comes Nash and His Dad!

As a parent, I don’t expect world changing results when I gripe at my kids. I’m happy if they at least leave a path through the dirty clothes on their bedroom floors. If you’re like that too, you’ll be a little sheepish when you hear the story of inventor and journalist Pierce Hoover. His 13-year-old son, Nash, kept forgetting to […]
Solar Hero Dr. Hermann Scheer Dies

Solar Hero Dr. Hermann Scheer Dies

Often regarded as 'father of the feed-in tariff', Dr Hermann Scheer was a pioneer in renewable energy and the news of his death, which was confirmed this morning, will shock many in the renewable energy sector and beyond.
Father-son Team Repair Wind Turbines

Father-son Team Repair Wind Turbines

The father-son owners of Orbital Machine Works LLC in Lewisville, Texas have figured out how to fix a critical component used in wind turbines. In the process, they've carved out a specialty that's likely to grow exponentially as wind power takes hold.
Inspiring Young Women To Pursue Careers in Energy

Inspiring Young Women To Pursue Careers in Energy

At last night’s PennWell Awards Ceremony, Kim Greene, a 24-year veteran of the power industry, was named the POWER-GEN 2015 Woman of the Year. Greene began her career as an engineer with Southern Company in 1991 and ascended to leadership roles at Mirant and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), before returning to Southern Company Services in 2013 to become President and CEO. She was a keynote speaker at POWER-GEN International in 2014. Today, she serves as chief operating officer of Southern Company and is responsible for overseeing system operations, which include generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning, and research and environmental affairs, as well as the company’s competitive wholesale generation businesses.
Investigators Look for Cause of Oregon Turbine Collapse

Investigators Look for Cause of Oregon Turbine Collapse

[Associated Press] Investigators from Siemens Power Generation and the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division started examining the wreckage from the wind turbine tower that collapsed in Eastern Oregon […] The tower fell Saturday as two workers were performing a scheduled inspection. Sheriff Brad Lohrey of Wasco County said winds at the time were about 25 mph. Chadd Mitchell, 35, […]
Hans-Josef Fell, Father of the Feed-in Tariff

Hans-Josef Fell, Father of the Feed-in Tariff

I dropped by the Bundestag office of Germany’s Green MP Hans-Josef Fell the other day. Fell is a fascinating character and is one of the figures hailed as “the father of the feed-in tariff (FiT)” — Germany’s law that guarantees private producers of renewable energy a fixed, higher-than-market rate for their energy. This law is largely responsible for sparking Germany’s renewable energy […]
Zilkha Changes Name to Horizon Wind Energy

Zilkha Changes Name to Horizon Wind Energy

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Wind energy project developer Zilkha Renewable Energy, which was recently acquired by Goldman Sachs, has announced a name change and the appointment of a new CEO. The company will now be known as Horizon Wind Energy and will be led by power sector veteran Alec G. Dreyer. Goldman Sachs purchased the company, formerly owned by the father-and-son team of […]