Small player forced to sell by equipment shortage

Iberdrola SA, the largest wind-energy producer in Spain, has acquired Community Energy, based in Wayne, PA, for $30 million. The idea of a global consolidation among wind-energy firms shouldn’t surprise anyone. Giant multinationals are the norm in the rest of the energy business, and will likely become the norm in wind too. But what may …

Small turbines attract big media

I guess I’m not the only reporter to think there’s great potential in the smaller turbines being sold by Southwest Windpower. I’d mentioned the product a few weeks ago when I saw a reference in Fortune Small Business magazine. Now Red Herring has a more detailed piece that focuses on the low-cost and ease-of-use advantages …

Not in your backyard either

Many a wind-energy entrepreneur has found himself facing off against activists that are offended by the sight of turbines. And it’s easy to dismiss such folks — despite any legitimate arguments they might make — as elitist snobs afraid of losing the views from their mansions. But a columnist for the Washington Post suggests that …

Federal law threatens Cape Wind

The federal government is sticking its nose someplace it doesn’t likely belong — the controversy over an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts. According to this editorial in the Boston Globe, a clause in a spending bill for the U.S. Coast Guard would give Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney veto power over the Cape Wind project. It’s …