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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. 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

  3. China General Nuclear buys 14 Irish wind power plants

    The renewable arm of the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has acquired 14 Irish wind energy plants from Gaelectric.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. 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

  1. Australian utility invests $1.5bn in renewables

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  2. UK windpower breaks 10 GW barrier

    The UK this week set a record for its windpower output.

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  3. Existing hydro helps make South America a favorable region for 100% renewable electricity

    The large existing installed base of hydropower in South America helps make it “one of the most favourable regions globally to shift to a 100% RE [renewable electricity] system,” according to the Lappeenranta University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  4. Duke Energy Purchases 13-MW Colorado Solar Project

    Victory Solar was developed by juwi Inc. A purchase price was not disclosed.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  5. Google to hit 100 per cent renewables target by 2017

    Technology giant Google has said its data centres and offices around the world will be 100 per cent powered by renewable sources from 2017.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  6. Analyst: Doubtful Trump will interfere with renewable energy boom

    Don’t expect a big “pivot” away from the national push toward renewable energy

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

  7. Duke Energy Renewables buys Colorado solar power project

    Duke Energy Renewables bought the 13 MW Victory Solar Power Project in Adams County, Colo., from developer juwi Inc. 

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  8. IEA chief economist says nuclear vital to climate objective

    The International Energy Agency’s chief economist says the Paris agreement will be ‘very difficult to achieve without an increase in nuclear power capacity.

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    Wed, 7 Dec 2016

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