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LePage aims to cut prices, transform Maine’s energy future

FILE- In this file photo made July 14, 2009, wind turbines line a ridge on Stetson Mountain in Stetson, Maine. The state became the regional wind power leader under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, but change is in the air as Gov. Paul LePage makes an aggressive push away from his predecessor’s renewable energy policies. The outspoken Republican, who says wind power is too expensive, is looking to hydropower from Canada and natural gas to bring down electricity prices that are among the highest in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine became the regional wind power leader under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, but change is in the air as Gov. Paul LePage makes an aggressive push away from his predecessor’s renewable energy policies. The outspoken Republican, who says wind power is too expensive, is looking to hydropower from Canada and natural gas to bring down electricity prices ...

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Nation’s biggest nuclear firm makes a play for green money

FILE - This March 16, 2011 photo shows steam rising from cooling towers at Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill.  Exelon Corp. says Illinois lawmakers must revamp the power market or potentially see three of that state’s nuclear plants close. The Chicago-based company operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the country.   (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company’s pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the ...

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Wind energy thrives globally

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The Denver Business Journal reports that 2014 was a good year for wind energy—especially in Colorado. Navigant Research released a report yesterday indicating a global 42 percent year-over-year growth for the renewable energy source. “The wind power industry achieved a record year of installations in 2014, setting the stage for steady growth in the coming years,” said Jesse Broehl, a ...

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Another victim of the price drop: Texas renewable energy

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When the West Texas wind blows, 96 turbines at the Notrees Windpower farm churn to produce electricity that at full capacity can power up to 46,000 homes. That shows no signs of stopping, even though lately the plant faces dropping electricity prices. The same price drop that pummeled oil and gas activity also threatens investments in future renewable energy projects, ...

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Texas city to switch from fossil fuels to solar, wind

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GEORGETOWN, Texas — A Central Texas city will be among the first in the U.S. to get its electricity exclusively from solar and wind energy. U.S. solar panel maker and power plant developer SunEdison said Wednesday that it’s building a 160-watt solar farm in West Texas to serve the municipal utility of Georgetown, about 30 miles north of Austin. That’s ...

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Proposed wind farm change might help endangered birds

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BISMARCK, N.D. — A company that for years has been planning a wind turbine farm in southeastern North Dakota is now proposing significant changes. The Merricourt Wind Power Project in McIntosh and Dickey counties was to have up to 100 1.5 megawatt turbines. EDF Renewable Energy is now proposing 75 2-megawatt turbines. It would reduce the project area by half. ...

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Renewable energy players undaunted

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BANGKOK – Even though the price of oil has fallen some 50 per cent from last year’s levels, renewable-energy developers have continued being bullish about the competitiveness of wind and solar power against fossil fuels. Christopher Beaufait, group senior vice president and president for Asia-Pacific and China of Vestas, a wind-turbine company, told the Wharton Global Forum in Bangkok yesterday ...

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El Paso County residents say they intend to seek injunction to halt wind farm construction

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Eastern El Paso County residents say they intend to file for an injunction to try to halt the construction of a controversial wind farm project until their lawsuit is heard. Nearly 200 angry and emotional residents filled the Falcon Fire Station on Tuesday evening to learn more about a lawsuit that their neighbors filed against the El Paso County commissioners ...

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Vestas needs 400 more employees at Windsor plant

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Strings of oil and gas job cuts might make fossil fuel employees antsy, but Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems plans to add 400 employees to the workforce at its Windsor factory. BizWest reports that the company will hire 300 employees and 100 temporary workers for production. To find new hirees, Vestas invites qualified applicants to bring their resume ...

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Is it time to scrap the American Renewable Fuel Standard?

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On Wednesday, representatives of the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and anti-hunger group ActionAid USA held a joint press conference to call on Congress for a repeal or a drastic reform of corn ethanol mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “A chorus of concerned groups — from consumer groups to environmental groups to anti-hunger groups and ...

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