Wind Energy

The New York Times writes:

Wind power may still have an image as something of a plaything of environmentalists more concerned with clean energy than saving money. But it is quickly emerging as a serious alternative not just in affluent areas of the world but in fast-growing countries like India and China that are avidly seeking new energy sources. And leading the charge here in west-central India and elsewhere is an unlikely champion, Suzlon Energy, a homegrown Indian company.

Roughly 70 percent of the demand for wind turbines in India comes from industrial users seeking alternatives to relying on the grid, said Tulsi R. Tanti, Suzlons managing director. The rest of the purchases are made by a small group of wealthy families in India, for whom the tax breaks for wind turbines are attractive.

Wind will remain competitive as long as the price of crude oil remains above $40 a barrel, Mr. Tanti estimated. To remain cost-effective below $40 a barrel, wind energy may require subsidies, or possibly carbon-based taxes on oil and other fossil fuels.


Business Week writes:

VideoEgg isn’t trying to compete with sites such as YouTube, Grouper, Veoh, Google (GOOG), Yahoo! (YHOO), or AOL, which are destinations for viewing all sorts of amateur and professional video. “We don’t see a lot of value in being the second- or third-largest destination for video,” Sladek says.

He believes that video is going to become ubiquitous on the Web. But video is complicated. Few Web sites have the resources to build their own video distribution infrastructure. VideoEgg plans to serve the needs of those sites, providing behind-the-scenes video infrastructure to users ranging from personal Web pages to large social networking sites.