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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. Wind Energy: Full-go for NC wind farm that politicians claimed is threat

    North Carolina's first large-scale wind farm is fully operational despite efforts by some of the state's most powerful politicians to shut down the $400 million project as a possible national security threat.

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    Sat, 11 Feb 2017

  3. Renewable Energy: New Mexico grid linkup plan scaled back to $200M project

    A company that once planned a $1.5 billion effort in New Mexico to link three major U.S. electricity grid systems and pump more renewable energy to more populated markets said Wednesday that it has scaled down the plan to one that would cost about $200 million.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  4. Renewable Energy: All power providers met or exceeded renewable standard

    Michigan regulators say all power providers met or exceeded a requirement to supply 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources in 2015.

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    Fri, 17 Feb 2017

  1. Wind Power: First electricity delivered from Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

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    Fri, 10 Feb 2017

  2. Wind Power: MidAmerican announces sites for 2 more Iowa wind farms

    MidAmerican Energy has announced that it will build a wind farm in Boone and neighboring Greene counties and another in Mahaska County.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  3. Wind Power: Lawmakers: Utility-scale wind farm poses security threat

    North Carolina legislators want the incoming Trump administration to shut down a nearly complete, $400 million wind farm they believe poses a national security threat because it's too close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation.

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    Sat, 14 Jan 2017

  4. Senivon to supply Australia wind farm

    Wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is to supply 14 turbines to a wind farm in Australia.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  5. Senvion wins Portugal wind turbine deal

    German windpower firm Senvion has signed a deal with Spanish energy company EDP Renewables to deliver up to 216 MW in Portugal.  

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    Tue, 31 Jan 2017

  6. ABB microgrid to bring clean energy and power reliability to Alaska community

    ABB will provide an innovative microgrid, combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies, designed to test scalability and improve power stability for around 300,000 people in Anchorage, Alaska.

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    Thu, 2 Feb 2017

  7. Lloyd’s Register introduces subsea inspection service

    Lloyd’s Register has launched a subsea inspection service to support underwater inspections of subsea pipelines, assets, and facilities.

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    Mon, 30 Jan 2017

  8. Invenergy Wind Farm Funded Through NY’s Renewable Energy Plan

    The 105.8-MW Number Three Wind Farm , to be built in Lewis County for operation by 2019, is part of the initiative by Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue $360 million in funds for 11 renewable energy projects as part of the Clean Energy Standard.

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    Wed, 25 Jan 2017

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