M.Soundariya Preetha
COIMBATORE: Steep rise in availability of wind energy has enabled the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) to relax its demand-side regulations.

A $1 billion proposal to build the first big U.S. offshore wind-power farm passed a key hurdle on Thursday by winning permit requirements in Massachusetts, where it faces opposition from some influential residents.

Pradeep Gooptu / New Delhi May 22, 2009, 1:41 IST

Reliance on wind power to overcome power shortage is next to impossible because of its highest installation cost and lowest availability factor comparing with other power generation avenues.

Brazil's wind energy sector is expected to take off this year, boosted by the government's first auction for projects in the renewable energy source on November 25.

Following are some of the main investments, current and planned, in the sector.

Chennai: Electricity generation from wind mills installed in Tamil Nadu fell sharply to 16.71 million units on Saturday, compared with 34.72 million units the previous day. On Thursday, the windmills in the State generated a record 41.16 million units

California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co on Wednesday announced an expanded agreement with solar thermal power company BrightSource Energy Inc for more than 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of clean, solar energy.

Power generation from renewable sources such as wind turbines, solar cells and biomass plays a small but important part in satisfying total electricity demand around the world, and is growing at an exponential rate thanks to generous public subsidies and government support.

China is considering investing a more than 3 trillion yuan (US$440 billion) in the renewable energy sector by 2020, an official with the National Energy Administration said on Tuesday.

Energy experts believe Sri Lanka should now tap all possible renewable energy sources to cut down on the use of fossil fuels which comes to the country at a high price.

"Our economy will fall behind if we continue spending on foreign oil and coal every year," said Executive Director Energy Forum Ashoka Abeygunawardane at a recent workshop in Colombo.