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Hearing set in Mandan on proposed $153 million wind farm

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Mandan on a proposed $153 million wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Oliver and Morton counties. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources is planning a wind farm of up to 48 turbines and associated facilities on about 34 square miles in northeastern Morton ...

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Lake Erie wind farm gets $40M federal construction grant

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials say a planned wind-farm project in Lake Erie has received a $40 million federal grant for construction costs. Democratic U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo and other officials announced Friday that Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. will receive the U.S. Department of Energy money over the next three years. The company plans to build six wind ...

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UMaine’s offshore wind project gets another boost

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led offshore wind power pilot project has officially been selected to join a federal government demonstration program. The Aqua Ventus was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Friday that the project ...

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$3.7M grant awarded to Lake Erie wind turbine project

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.7 million grant to a company doing engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie. Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration wind farm in the lake northwest of downtown Cleveland. Current cost estimates are between $120 million and $128 million. ...

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NY comptroller: 2 companies agree to pursue renewable energy

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s comptroller says the retailers Best Buy and Nordstrom have agreed to increasingly use renewable energy in their operations and supply chains. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the New York pension fund that’s an investor in both companies, says Wednesday he has withdrawn shareholder proposals that asked they set measurable goals for increased use or ...

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Companies propose deep-water wind turbines off Hawaii shores

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HONOLULU (AP) — Massive wind turbines could end up floating in deep ocean waters off Hawaii’s shores under proposals to bring more renewable energy to the islands. Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. Their plans would use technology that floats the tall turbines ...

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Coal vs. renewables: GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy

FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, electricians install solar panels on a roof for Arizona Public Service company in Goodyear, Ariz. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing.  (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by ...

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