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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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Sibling defendants fight convictions in wind farm fraud

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two Utah siblings who pleaded guilty in 2013 to bilking investors in nonexistent wind farms continue to try to overturn their convictions. A federal appeals court in Denver last week dismissed the latest challenge filed by Lauren Elizabeth Scott of Morgan, Utah. She’s serving a prison sentence of nearly five years after pleading guilty to charges ...

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New Mexico groups push for more renewable energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of New Mexico environmental groups and community leaders are pushing for more electricity to come from renewable energy sources. The head of the University of New Mexico’s Sustainable Studies Program, Bruce Milne, says it’s both desirable and feasible for the U.S. to shift to 100 percent renewable energy and that technological innovations in the ...

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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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Renewable critics unhappy with Vermont energy siting bill

A wind turbine in Vermont. (Image: futuremar768 via Flickr)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for siting renewable energy projects say they’ll be back at the Statehouse. And they say they’re unhappy with a pending bill to change that siting process. Members of the Energy Transformation Coalition and Energize Vermont plan to host an informational and educational day on Tuesday. The groups have been pushing for greater ...

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Wind power vs bats: Some species may better absorb losses

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Scientists who analyzed the DNA of bats killed by wind turbines say some species may be better able to absorb losses than others, which one of the researchers said Thursday could lead to more environmentally sensitive siting of wind-power projects. The study, published online by the science journal Ecological Applications, is the first to use genetic ...

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Big Wyoming wind farm clears another government hurdle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the biggest wind projects under development in North America cleared another regulatory hurdle Wednesday with the release of a federal environmental study looking at the first-phase installation of 500 wind turbines. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s environmental analysis tentatively allows planning for the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind project south of Rawlins to continue. The ...

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Offshore wind projects in US see renewed interest

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

BOSTON (AP) — The offshore wind industry has high hopes for establishing a permanent beachhead in the U.S. after years of disappointment. Business leaders and politicians who gathered for an industry conference in Boston earlier this week said wealthy investment firms and seasoned European offshore wind companies are increasingly committing to projects along the East Coast. That, they said, is ...

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