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Proposed wind farm project draw ire of some residents

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An expansive wind farm is looming in El Paso County’s future— a project stretching south of Calhan that could put more than 100 towering wind turbines across the plains east of Colorado Springs. The project, owned by NextEra Energy Resources, has become the source of much controversy for residents who face a future of the turbines on their horizon. For ...

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Contract will allow Colorado Springs customers to buy into wind energy

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Colorado Springs Utilities signed a contract with Xcel Energy last week that will allow customers to buy into wind energy coming from a wind farms in northeastern Colorado. The two-year deal will bring 20,000 megawatt hours to Colorado Springs, and could bring the utility company closer to its goal of offering 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, said Kenny Romero, ...

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Oklahoma moves up to fourth place in US wind capacity

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Wind Energy Association says Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation for wind capacity. The Oklahoman reports that the state moved up two spots in the rankings after adding 648 megawatts of wind capacity in 2014. Oklahoma now has 3,782 megawatts of wind capacity. Oklahoma is expected to add another 2,000 megawatts of capacity in the ...

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Grant helps innovation in wind energy take flight

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If there’s one state in which wind energy research can thrive, it’s Colorado. Though some researchers say clean energy isn’t always a viable option for some states, wind energy accounts for about 5,000 of the state’s jobs and nearly 14 percent of its local energy production. With its steady flow of innovations and job opportunities, clean-energy industry could arm the ...

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First Reserve acquires Oklahoma wind energy project

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Global private equity and infrastructure investment firm First Reserve announced on Wednesday it has expanded its portfolio to now include wind energy. The company said in a statement it has agreed to acquire the Kingfisher Wind power project in Oklahoma from Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy, an independent renewable energy company. The Kingfisher Wind project is a 298 megawatt (MW) wind ...

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Sen. Bennet talks about wind energy tax credit

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is pushing to extend the wind production tax credit through and potentially past 2015, to help provide more stability to the wind industry. Known as a Production Tax Credit (PTC), it is 2.2 cent credit per kilowatt hour given to wind farmers on electricity generated from wind, which ultimately reduces the cost of developing a wind ...

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Oceana report touts benefits of offshore winds vs. drilling

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NORFOLK, Va. — A report issued by Oceana concludes the development of wind turbines off Virginia’s coast would create thousands of jobs. The oceans advocacy group issued a report Wednesday that compares offshore wind development vs. drilling for oil and gas in Atlantic waters. Oceana said the economic analysis found that wind development would produce twice the number of jobs ...

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Update: PacifiCorp pleads guilty to Wyoming wind farm eagle deaths

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A utility will pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service after pleading guilty to killing golden eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations stem from the deaths of 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds at PacifiCorp’s Seven Mile Hill and Glenrock/Rolling Hills wind farms in east-central ...

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Kake turns to solar power for energy

Elk Hunter stands Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in front of his home in Kake, Alaska, where he installed 16 solar panels on his roof almost two years ago. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Stephanie Shor)

JUNEAU, Alaska — Isolated in the rainforest of Southeast Alaska, residents in Kake are thinking of alternative energy. In that, they’re not unlike the inhabitants of any other rural Alaska community. What makes Kake special is the way it’s approaching the topic. After exploring wind energy options in partnership with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council in 2010, the Organized Village ...

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