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  1. Wind Power: Measure proposes moratorium on North Dakota wind energy

      BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Worried North Dakota's burgeoning wind-energy industry may be threatening the state's coal-fired power plants, a Republican lawmaker has proposed legislation that would halt wind-generation projects for two years. Mandan Sen. Dwight Cook said the state's wind industry enjoys more favorable tax incentives and less onerous regulations than coal factories, putting them at an unfair advantage. He also said the intent of his proposal is to ensure a reliable source of electricity "Coal plants are shutting down and my assumption is wind generation has something to do with it," Cook told The Associated Press. North Dakota has seven coal-fueled electric power factories. One, owned by Minnesota's Great River Energy , is slated to shutter this year. The company blamed the shutdown on low prices in the regional energy market. Almost 70 percent of electricity produced from North Dakota's power plants is exported to surrounding states to more than 2 million customers. Meanwhile, wind energy — which is cleaner but less reliable than coal-fueled electricity — has become more prevalent in North Dakota in the past decade. The state ranked 11th in the nation last year for the number of turbines and installed wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association . The Washington-based group also has rated North Dakota as having the nation's greatest wind energy potential. North Dakota has about 2,850 megawatts of power generated from wind turbines, and another 6,000 megawatts planned or under construction. A megawatt is roughly enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. Cook introduced his measure to impose a moratorium on wind energy development through the use of a so-called hog-house amendment that erases an existing bill and rewrites it. By doing so, the public can't comment on the proposal because hearings already have been held on the original measure. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which Cook serves, approved the measure 4-3 last week. The full Senate is expected to debate the bill on Wednesday. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources, which accounts for about half of North Dakota's wind-generated power, called the legislation "extremely shortsighted." The organization said the bill "ignores the fact that wind development in North Dakota is a significant source of tax revenue and job creation, not to mention a source of income for private landowners." North Dakota had only a few turbines at the turn of the century but no major wind farms. Now the wind industry has grown into one of the most powerful industries in the state, with dozens of lobbyists in the halls of the state Capitol in Bismarck. The industry also has a strong ally in longtime Rep. Mike Brandenburg, a Republican from Edgeley. He is so pro-wind generation that his fellow lawmakers call him "Windy." Brandenburg's district is home to two large wind farms and three others are planned. He said wind generation complements coal-fired electricity, and that the Senate proposal "sends a bad message" to industry and investors. He said he fears the state could lose tax revenue and jobs to other states if the measure is approved. "It's going to cost us in the long run," he said.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Super Bowl and the environment: A fun look at renewable energy

    Explore the different ways a 60-inch plasma TV could be powered for the duration of the Super Bowl using renewable energy.

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    Fri, 3 Feb 2017

  3. China’s wind capacity grows despite wastage

    China grew its wind power capacity again in 2016 but didn’t meet its true potential due to logistical and grid issues.

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  4. German onshore wind capacity climbs

    Wind research group Fachagentur Windenergie an Land has released data showing onshore wind power in Germany has had its second highest year in terms of installations.

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  1. NextEra to Build 300-MW Wind Project in North Dakota

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  2. Energy companies plan to boost wind generation in New Mexico

    State officials say more than a gigawatt of wind capacity is now under construction or planned in New Mexico

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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016

  3. AWEA: More than 1600 MW of wind capacity installed in second quarter

    With the completion of 845 new wind turbines across five states, more than 1600 megawatts (MW) of newly-installed wind capacity came online during the second quarter of 2015, with 13,600 MW of new wind capacity currently under construction; this according to a  report  by the  American Wind Energy ...

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    Thu, 23 Jul 2015

  4. Wind Power: Energy companies plan to boost wind generation in New Mexico

    Energy companies plan to double the generating capacity of wind farms in eastern New Mexico over the next few years thanks in part to federal subsidies and improvements in technology.

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  5. Three Wind Turbine Manufacturers Provide 76 Percent of U.S. Wind Energy

    Together, they account for 55 GW of wind generation, or 76 percent of installed wind generating capacity in the U.S.

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  6. San Roman Wind Farm in South Texas Begins Commercial Operation

    ACCIONA Energy served as the general contractor for the project’s development, and remains the owner and operator.

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2016

  7. FERC Order 1000 is working slowly, but it is working

    Panelist David DesLauriers, director, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, noted that all of the regions have their regional plans approved by FERC

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  8. BP raises wind capacity builds wind farm

    BP has reported an increase in wind capacity by 8.9 percent in the first quarter and has started building a wind farm in Texas.

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    Wed, 27 Apr 2011

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