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Offshore wind energy sector off to slow start in US

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation’s first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast. That project, Cape Wind’s wind farm off of Cape Cod, has stalled. And construction has only just begun for another, ...

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5 Points to take away from QER

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As prompted by its Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy released the first installment of its Quadrennial Energy Review. The review focuses on modernizing and strengthening the United States’ energy transmission, storage and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure, including pipelines, wires, waterways and railroads. The full report’s 348 pages can add up to a lengthy read, but a 10-page fact ...

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Nebraska wind-energy tax credit bill wins initial approval

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LINCOLN, Neb.  — An expanded tax credit for wind-energy farms won initial approval from Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday despite arguments that the state shouldn’t invest in the industry. Senators voted 25-3 to advance the bill through the first of three rounds of debate. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, of Omaha, said his proposal would help Nebraska compete with other Midwestern states that have ...

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Siemens selects Molycorp as rare earth supplier

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Dutch powerhouse Siemens AG recently contracted a Greenwood, Colorado-based mining company Molycorp Inc. to supply rare earth materials used to build wind turbines.  Molycorp will mine the minerals from its Mountain Pass, California site and send them to Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., who will process the materials into rare earth magnets. “We are very pleased to have been selected to supply ...

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Texas company wants Illinois to let it build energy line

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A Texas company says it has asked the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to build an electricity transmission line through central Illinois. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports Clean Line Energy Partners said Monday that it presented the commission with a proposed route and an alternate route. The company wants to build a line to bring wind ...

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Wind-power plan back in front of PUC

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Black Hills Energy’s request to erect a new 60-megawatt addition to its wind-power complex in Huerfano County will be back in front of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. The commissioners turned down the idea in February but Black Hills asked for a rehearing and it has the support of groups that are usually critics, such as the conservation ...

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Prominent energy scientist dies in California at 96

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Richard Post, a prominent scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who researched how to store renewable energy, has died. He was 96. Post died Tuesday in Walnut Creek after a sudden illness, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Post was an avid inventor who had his name on 34 patents. In recent years, he focused ...

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