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Wind-energy credit gives industry stability

A recently passed federal omnibus spending bill has good news for some groups including those who work in the wind energy industry. When President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 into law Dec. 18, he signed into law all the amendments and special provisions. Those provisions include an extension of wind and other renewable energy credits. This is ...

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Austin Energy CEO tapped to lead Seattle utility

Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis has been offered the top job at Seattle City Light, according to a press release posted by the Seattle mayor. Pending the approval of the Seattle City Council, Weis would start his new job Feb. 1, and would earn a salary of $340,000. Weis is replacing Jim Baggs, an executive at Seattle City Light ...

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Vestas Wind Systems announces big order


Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, who has four manufacturing plants in Colorado, has announced an order for 200 new wind turbines to be constructed in Minnesota and Texas, according to the Denver Business Journal. The announcement was made on Friday. Of the 200 V110-2.0 model wind turbines, 100 of them will be built for the Odell Wind Farm LLC in southern ...

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Cline Shale is the next big thing

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While the Permian Basin is known as the U.S.’ largest oil producer, operations seem to be shifting from the western side of the basin to the eastern side, and the shift has a lot of people preparing for another boom. The Cline Shale formation, also known as the Lower Wolfcamp or Wolfcamp D, is located on the eastern edge of ...

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Natural gas leads power plant capacity additions in 2014

The U.S. Energy Administration today reported natural gas, solar, and wind lead power plant capacity additions in the first half of 2014.  The EIA’s publication, Electric Power Monthly, claimed preliminary data showed power plants generated electricity from these sources; however, the numbers are down 40% from last year at this time. Florida, California, Utah, and Texas led the pack with the ...

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Test your energy knowledge with ExxonMobil’s new interactive quizzes

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media ExxonMobil has launched a quiz campaign to share information about energy creation and usage around the world. The company’s website now sports a page called “The Energy Quiz,” featuring four brief questionnaires on energy: People & Energy, Energy Sources, Using Energy, and Saving Energy. Each category has five questions with interactive images and full ...

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Prepare early for Hurricane Arthur


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Tropical Storm Arthur has been upgraded to Hurricane Arthur as meteorologists measure 90 mph winds and predict landfall sometime Thursday or Friday. It is currently a Category 1 Hurricane but is predicted to achieve Category 2, indicating 96 mph winds. States on the East Coast should begin preparing for possible emergencies immediately. ABC News ...

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Battery technology grows to meet demands of renewable energy


By Michael Sanserino / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Those skeptical of renewable energy as a viable power source often note that the wind doesn’t always blow nor does the sun always shine. But advancements in battery technology are helping keep energy flowing on those dark, windless days. “It’s happening at a record pace,” said Lisa Salley, vice president and general manager of ...

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