"Will cheap oil drive wind energy out of the electricity market?" This is one of the most popular questions Walter Christmas, wind energy technology instructor at Ecotech Institute, gets asked by his students.
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The U.S. Energy Department allocates funds for solar tech, green building generates 2.3 million jobs and construction on the tallest wind tower in the United States is underway in Iowa. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup:
Understanding all the different certifications needed in wind energy can be confusing. There are subtle and not-so-subtle differences among the certifications. Walter Christmas, wind energy technology instructor at Ecotech Institute, recently helped sort out the differences in an article for Wind Systems magazine.
Harnessing the oldest source of energy in the world, wind power, is one of the more earth-friendly approaches to powering our busy world. The installation of wind turbines provides a way to control wind power without toxic waste, environmental cleanup, or pipelines. In addition, turbines require no water like other power plants. In fact, using energy produced by wind turbines is equal to saving about 35 billion gallons of water each year, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
In this week's renewable energy news update, states like Minnesota and California are taking renewable energy into their own hands and encouraging their utility providers to increase clean energy offerings including solar energy and wind energy, while nationwide companies like Comcast work to expand home energy management. In addition, the International Energy Agency is optimistic that more than a quarter of all energy produced by 2020 will be green and Citibank agrees that green efforts will save the global economy trillions of dollars.
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There's a reason the wind energy industry attracts thrill-seekers. Today's wind turbines have doubled in size from a few years ago, standing 328 feet tall on average. Wind technicians get to climb to the very top of the tower of these powerful machines, offering an amazing and exhilarating view.
Wind energy isn't just eco-friendly because it uses a natural resource to create electricity. Unlike other power plants, wind turbines require no water to generate power.
Vortex Bladeless has attracted interest from Harvard University as well as SunEdison's TerraForm Power renewable energy unit and Dat Venture, a startup incubator recently launched by the IT consulting firm Efron Group.
From basic windmills used to pump water to 1.5 MW mega machines weighing up to 164 tons, the way wind is harvested for energy has made huge improvements in the last century. It's basically the difference between a Ford Model T and a Shelby Mustang. Even better, the wind energy industry is just hitting its stride and there are more exciting things coming soon.
If the idea of going to work at a traditional desk job sounds boring then it might be time to consider another career option. Lots of people work in wind not only because it gets them outdoors, but also because they find the work challenging and fun. Interested in joining them out there? This is what it takes to be in the wind energy industry.
Working in wind is no joke. Just ask Paul Roamer, President of Ethos Distributed Solutions, a Colorado-based company that provides services to the solar, wind and telecom industries. Paul shares what it's like to work in wind energy, what he's looking for in new employees, and common mistakes made on the job.
There's no easy way to describe a typical day working in the wind industry, and that's just the way people who have these roles like it. Talk to a wind technician and here's what they'll probably say
Ecotech Institute’s Walter Christmas says similarities in terminology doesn’t always equate to a comparable climbing skill set.
You know that wind you enjoy on a hot summer day? Well it is the oldest source of energy in the world. And guess what? Harnessing this energy is a job that keeps you from being trapped at a desk. Oh, and you'll also feel good knowing you're doing something good for the Earth every day. This e-book is your complete guide to wind power careers. Ever wonder what a typical day is like? We've got you covered. Want to know how much you'll earn? That's in here too. What about where those jobs are? Yep, all that, and more, is in here.
Our planet doesn't have unlimited resources, but for a long time people acted like it did. Luckily, the renewable energy field is finding ways to make use of sustainable resources. Working in the renewable energy field makes a huge difference for the environment, because these jobs focus on addressing climate change and reversing the resource depletion that has already been done.
Advanced wind turbines are accessing faster, steadier winds at higher altitudes so they can generate more electricity, creating a modern-day wind boom
Block Island, a quiet, sparsely populated Rhode Island sanctuary of about 750 year-round residents, will soon become the site of America's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm
Auston Van Slyke is the Program Director for Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology program. We recently talked with him about the Wind Energy Technology program and how he sees the industry growing in the coming years.
Question: What are you most excited about right now regarding the Wind Energy Technology program?
Auston Van Slyke: We have partnered with Duke Energy to help place our students at power plants across the U.S. Duke Energy is a utility company that is a leader with smart grid technology. They own and operate 60GW of power plants, including solar and wind farms.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has some invigorating facts about wind’s growth in 2014. Quoting from their recent blog...
Question: Will lower gasoline and oil prices hurt the wind energy industry? Answer:
If working with your hands in the great outdoors is your idea of a good day at work, download our eBook on wind careers to find out how you can train for a career that will let you do just that.
Ecotech Institute, the first and only college in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, today announced the release of two free, comprehensive eBook guides to starting a wind or solar energy career.
Kristen Jolly, a Wind Energy Technology graduate from Ecotech Institute, talks about what it's like to work on a wind farm and the opportunities for trained workers in the clean energy workplace