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

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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New wind energy rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty —nearly four times ...

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Senate approves wide-ranging energy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. Senators backed the measure, 85 to 12, the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade. The bill would boost renewables such ...

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Plan delays Ohio renewable energy targets another 3 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An as-yet-to-be-introduced bill that would extend a freeze on Ohio’s renewable-energy requirements for an additional three years is already drawing opposition. State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, said the draft legislation circulated last week tacks another three years onto a current two-year delay in phasing in state targets for use of solar, wind and other ...

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Vermont’s war of words over renewable energy continues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for deciding where solar and wind energy projects can be built emerged from a legislative hearing Tuesday unhappy, while a key regulator said the dissatisfaction stems from “growing pains of a changing world.” In the end, Vermont’s war of words over the issue continues unabated. Two House committees, Fish and Wildlife and ...

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MidAmerican announces $3.6 billion wind turbine project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company says it plans to spend $3.6 billion on a wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity. Bill Fehrman, the utility’s CEO and president, announced the project Thursday at an event in Des Moines attended by Gov. Terry Branstad and other state officials. Officials say the ...

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High court allows western Ohio wind farm to proceed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents of a planned wind farm in western Ohio’s Champaign County have lost a legal challenge. A 5-2 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upholds a 2013 power siting board decision allowing Champaign Wind LLC’s “Buckeye Wind II” project to proceed. The plan included up to 56 wind turbines on 13,500 acres of private ...

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Xcel plans big new wind-power plant in eastern Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy says it plans to build the state’s largest wind farm in eastern Colorado with enough turbines to generate 600 megawatts of electricity. The company announced the plan Tuesday but gave few details. David Eves, president of Xcel’s Colorado operation, said the wind farm would occupy land in several counties but declined to say which ones. ...

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US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

US wind energy output hit record in '15, industry group says

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — An industry group says wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association said Tuesday that wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. It says coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that. The association released the statistics ...

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