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Oklahoma energy sector in for big changes in 2015

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Energy projections for 2015 are disparaging for many statewide, but encouraging at the pumps and wind farms. Wind energy in Oklahoma is expected to grow by nearly two-thirds next year according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Currently, wind farms comprise about 15 percent of all power in the state. This increase could fundamentally change the energy sector in Oklahoma, ...

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Majority of Americans support alternative energy, nearly half oblivious to oil boom

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As America continues its domestic energy growth, the collective opinion in the U.S. is still in favor of developing alternative energy sources to traditional fossil fuels. When asked to prioritize energy development, recently surveyed Americans were twice as likely to place alternative energy expansion in front of exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas (60 percent to 30 ...

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Oklahoma to increase wind-generated power

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal agency says Oklahoma will likely see an increase in wind-generated electricity used to power homes. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says developers are planning to increase wind power capacity with projects primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas. The Journal Record reports Oklahoma is expected to see an increase in total wind generating ...

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Westerly to update plan to include energy, hazards

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WESTERLY, R.I. — Westerly is updating its comprehensive plan to add information on energy and reducing the impacts of hazards. The Westerly Sun reports that Town Planner Marilyn Shellman said a committee is expected to be appointed by the Town Council next month and adopt an updated plan by June 2016. The committee will add two sections on energy and hazard ...

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Work starts on disputed offshore windmill project

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Work is underway on a proposed wind power project that’s still very much up in the air. Fishermen’s Energy held a groundbreaking Tuesday in Atlantic City for the onshore portion of its proposed project to locate five windmills about three miles off the city’s coast by workers reparing for a connection cable. The plan, rejected three ...

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BOEM to start 2015 with new director

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As of January 5, 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will have a new director. According to Jennifer A Dlouhy for the Houston Chronicle, the new director, Abigail Hopper, is coming to the position with a background in energy regulation and knowledge of renewable energies. She will be replacing acting director Walter Cruickshank, who has been leading the ...

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ND approves wind farm near Beulah

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The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a permit for a $240 million wind farm yesterday. The Antelope Hills Wind Project LLC of Santa Barbara, California is, slated to construct 86 wind turbines on a 22,000 acre plot of land.  The Fargo Forum reported today that the wind farm will support 250-300 construction jobs. North Dakota currently generates 1,600 megawatts ...

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Interest in alternative fuel drops with gas prices

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Kyle Lowell is having second thoughts about selling a mostly ethanol-based gasoline. More consumers at Lowell’s Service Center in Collinsville have dropped E85, fuel with 85 percent ethanol blend, because the price of regular unleaded fuel has been plunging. “Nobody is buying it anymore,” Lowell said. When Lowell’s father Greg introduced E85 at his Collinsville gas station in 2006, only ...

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Federal wind energy tax break put on hold

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With only a few days remaining in the current session of Congress, it’s looking more and more like a federally proposed tax break for wind power will be tabled until next year, according to The Denver Post. The decision to bypass the tax break is said to be the result of President Obama taking priority in other key legislation such ...

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