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Coal dominates in Texas as energy source

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According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, coal was the number one energy source for Texas in January, reports FuelFix. Coal provided nearly 36 percent of Texas’ energy, followed by natural gas at 30 percent and wind energy at 20 percent. Natural gas prices increased in January, which led to higher demand for the cheaper coal. Typically, natural gas is the dominant ...

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Public input meeting held on proposed 100-turbine wind farm

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AVON, S.D. (AP) — A public meeting on a proposed 100-turbine wind farm in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties drew both opponents and proponents. The state Public Utilities Commission is deciding whether to grant a permit for the 36,000-acre wind farm proposed by Dell Rapids-based Prevailing Winds LLC. Regulators held a public input meeting Wednesday in Avon. Opponents who ...

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Feds shop ocean off the Outer Banks to build wind turbines

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — The Obama Administration is inviting companies to bid for the right to build wind energy turbines off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Interior Department on Friday announced a proposed lease sale for 122,000 acres beginning about 28 miles off Kitty Hawk that includes part of the Outer Continental Shelf. The government has previously announced lease ...

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Lawmakers drop energy initiative from state budget proposal

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislative leaders are dropping a clean energy initiative from Rhode Island’s proposed state budget over concerns that it could unfairly favor a wind-energy developer. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it’s a distraction, so lawmakers are dropping the entire renewable-energy initiative from the budget. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the $8.9 billion ...

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Feds solicit bids for wind farm off coast of NY, NJ

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government says it will auction off the rights to build an electricity-generating windfarm on 81,000 acres of ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the lease sale Tuesday. Officials say seven companies have expressed an interest so far in bidding for the lease on the waters, ...

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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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New wind energy rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine wind farm in Converse County Wyo. 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.  (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)

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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MidAmerican announces $3.6 billion wind turbine project

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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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