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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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Clean energy suffers along with O&G

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Oil and gas aren’t the only energy industries taking a hit from the oil slump; low oil and gas prices have driven down demand for renewable energy sources as well, according to BizWest. Last year’s $100-per-barrel oil prices last summer prompted interest in clean energy, but the current low cost hovering around $50 per barrel for fossil fuels has since ...

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Wind power is taking over

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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, during this year wind power will make up almost half of all new utility-scale electric generation. While coal power plants are being closed now due to federal emissions rules, electric companies are planning to add over 20 gigawatts of capacity to the grid, and wind will make up 9.8 gigawatts of it, said ...

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Texas Tech researchers take part in national wind project

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Researchers at Texas Tech’s National Wind Institute will be part of a $2.5 million government research project to improve short-term wind forecasting capabilities in mountainous terrain on the west coast. Brian Ancell, an assistant professor of atmospheric sciences, said this is the second phase of the wind research project, with the first phase based in the flat Texas plains from ...

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Wyoming nets more than $4.4 million in wind generated taxes

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RAWLINS, Wyo. — More than $4.4 million was generated from taxes on wind production across Wyoming in the last fiscal year, according to the state Department of Revenue. Albany, Carbon, Converse, Laramie, Natrona and Uinta counties share in $2.7 million with the state’s portion of the revenue at slightly more than $1.7 million. Loyd Drain, executive director for Wyoming Infrastructure ...

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