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  1. Wind Power: Big Wyoming wind project closing in on federal eagle permit

      CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the biggest wind energy projects under development in the U.S. got closer Thursday to securing a federal permit to kill a limited number of eagles without facing the prospect of a penalty. A final plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would help ensure the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind farm in south-central Wyoming does not kill too many bald and golden eagles with its hundreds of spinning turbine blades. Power Company of Wyoming could get two permits as soon as January if Fish and Wildlife gives final approval to the plan. One permit would allow removal of unoccupied eagle nests during construction of the first 500 of up to 1,000 turbines. A five-year permit would allow up to 14 golden eagle deaths a year during operation. Power Company of Wyoming, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Denver-based Anschutz Corp. , would offset those deaths by retrofitting existing power lines so they cannot electrocute eagles. The goal would be no net loss of golden eagles, if not a net benefit for the species. "We know that golden eagles get electrocuted. There's a way to estimate how frequently they get electrocuted by power lines that are not safe," said Clint Riley, Fish and Wildlife assistant regional director for migratory birds. He added: "They have to fix enough power poles to try to match up the number of eagles that would be saved by those actions compared to those that would be taken by the wind farm." The permit would allow as many as two bald eagles per year to be killed. The company would not have to take measures to offset bald eagle deaths because bald eagles, as a species, are abundant enough to withstand those losses, according to Fish and Wildlife. The estimated losses are much lower than a U.S. Bureau of Land Management estimate a few years ago that the wind farm would kill between 46 and 64 eagles per year. Since then, Power Company of Wyoming has been planning the project in a way to keep eagle deaths to a minimum. Violations of the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act carry fines of $100,000 and even more for repeat offenses. Killing large numbers of eagles and other birds can land a wind farms in court, as happened in 2014 when Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty and was fined $2.5 million for killing 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds over five years at a Wyoming wind farm. The project has been in the planning and permitting phase for almost nine years. Construction could begin within several years if all remaining government approvals go through. The project's 1,500-megawatt first phase — enough electricity to power up to 367,000 homes — would be larger than any other U.S. wind farm currently operating. The biggest existing U.S. wind farm, the Alta Wind Energy Center in California, produces up to 1,320 megawatts.

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    Sat, 10 Dec 2016

  2. E.On to build Texas wind farm

    Bruenning’s Breeze to go into operation at the end of next year

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  3. Wind Power: APNewsBreak: Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay

    Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and three fishing-based municipalities are seeking to delay the lease sale of an Atlantic Ocean site between New York and New Jersey that federal officials envision as the home of a massive offshore wind energy project.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  4. Australian utility invests $1.5bn in renewables

    Australian utility EnergyAustralia has agreed to buy around 500 MW of power from new wind and solar projects, an investment totalling $1.5bn.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  1. Deepwater Wind seeks Maryland OK for offshore wind project

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  2. FERC accepts MISO interconnect deal for Stoneray wind project in Minnesota

    This facility is to be composed of fifty Vestas V110 2-MW Mk10 wind turbines

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  3. 250-MW Main Wind Development Put on Hold

    Kellen Ingalls, a project manager with EDP, wrote in the notification the withdrawal stems from “an unexpectedly lengthy interconnection process” that lead to it losing its power purchase agreements with Eversource Energy and United Illuminating Company.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  4. Siemens officially opens UK wind turbine factory

    Government energy secretary Greg Clark was present to officially open the new Siemens wind turbine factory in Hull, England on Thursday.

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  5. EDF Renewable Energy Sells Wind Project to Otter Tail Power

    Once the EDF finishes developing the wind development by 2019, Otter Tail will take ownership and use the energy to power 65,000 of its customers’ homes.

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    Fri, 18 Nov 2016

  6. Siemens opens wind turbine blade factory in U.K.

    Site to employ 1,000 people when fully on stream

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    Fri, 2 Dec 2016

  7. Wind Power: Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

    Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand. But in western New York, they are battling over plans to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation's tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario.

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    Tue, 29 Nov 2016

  8. 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

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