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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. N.Y. approves 90 MW offshore wind project

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the board of trustees of the Long Island Power Authority voted to approve the nation's largest offshore wind farm

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    Thu, 26 Jan 2017

  3. Masdar takes stake in UK floating windfarm project

    Abu Dhabi clean energy company Masdar has acquired a 25 per cent stake in Statoil’s floating wind farm project in Scotland.

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    Tue, 17 Jan 2017

  4. EDF Renewable Completes Wind Development for Google

    EDF Renewable Energy announced commercial operations at the Great Western Wind Project, a 225-MW development in the Oklahoma panhandle.

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  1. StingRAY WEC being tested in Colorado at the National Wind Technology Center

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  2. Wind Power: New York utility OKs wind energy project off Long Island

    Environmentalists, union officials and others popped champagne Wednesday after a New York utility approved plans for a modest wind energy farm off the east coast of Long Island.

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    Fri, 27 Jan 2017

  3. Enel Marks First Phase of 400-MW Cimarron Bend Wind Project

    The 200 MW now being generated are being sold under long-term power purchase agreements with Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017

  4. Wind Power: Wind industry celebrates offshore farm, discusses next steps

    Leaders in the offshore wind industry and federal regulators have gathered in Rhode Island to celebrate the nation's first offshore wind farm and discuss what's next.

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016

  5. Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

    It's a debate playing out as rapidly improving technology for towers and turbines allow the wind industry to move on to increasingly taller structures

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    Mon, 28 Nov 2016

  6. Oklahoma lawmakers look to rein in wind industry tax credits

    The Oklahoma Legislature is poised to rein in tax subsidies for the wind industry that cost the state tens of millions of dollars each year, but the proposed changes would have no impact on the state budget for years.

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    Wed, 13 May 2015

  7. Wind power industry celebrates RI offshore farm, discusses next steps

    Leaders in the offshore wind industry and federal regulators have gathered in Rhode Island to celebrate the nation's first offshore wind farm and discuss what's next 

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    Mon, 31 Oct 2016

  8. First U.S. offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island

    The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U.S. for the industry 

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

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