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Sen. Bennet talks about wind energy tax credit

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is pushing to extend the wind production tax credit through and potentially past 2015, to help provide more stability to the wind industry. Known as a Production Tax Credit (PTC), it is 2.2 cent credit per kilowatt hour given to wind farmers on electricity generated from wind, which ultimately reduces the cost of developing a wind ...

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Program helps Coloradoans become ‘Energy Masters’

As energy specialist for Colorado State University Extension, Cary Weiner is well-versed in the significance of energy in Colorado; the issue of energy is one that permeates through nearly every aspect of American lives. “Energy affects all of us, whether we are aware of it or not,” Weiner said. “Obviously, there are national security implications around energy, environmental implications around ...

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Oceana report touts benefits of offshore winds vs. drilling

NORFOLK, Va. — A report issued by Oceana concludes the development of wind turbines off Virginia’s coast would create thousands of jobs. The oceans advocacy group issued a report Wednesday that compares offshore wind development vs. drilling for oil and gas in Atlantic waters. Oceana said the economic analysis found that wind development would produce twice the number of jobs ...

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Update: PacifiCorp pleads guilty to Wyoming wind farm eagle deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A utility will pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service after pleading guilty to killing golden eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations stem from the deaths of 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds at PacifiCorp’s Seven Mile Hill and Glenrock/Rolling Hills wind farms in east-central ...

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Basin Electric buying power from 2 new wind farms

BISMARCK, N.D. — Basin Electric Power Cooperative has signed deals to buy power from two new wind farms in western North Dakota, the Bismarck-based utility announced Wednesday. Terms have not been disclosed. Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources is developing the Dickinson Wind Energy Center near Richardton, and Kansas-based Tradewind Energy will be developing the Lindahl Wind Project near Tioga. The Richardton ...

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Oklahoma to increase wind-generated power

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal agency says Oklahoma will likely see an increase in wind-generated electricity used to power homes. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says developers are planning to increase wind power capacity with projects primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas. The Journal Record reports Oklahoma is expected to see an increase in total wind generating ...

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Work starts on disputed offshore windmill project

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Work is underway on a proposed wind power project that’s still very much up in the air. Fishermen’s Energy held a groundbreaking Tuesday in Atlantic City for the onshore portion of its proposed project to locate five windmills about three miles off the city’s coast by workers reparing for a connection cable. The plan, rejected three ...

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Minnesota firm buys second Storm Lake wind farm

STORM LAKE, Iowa — A Duluth, Minnesota-based energy firm says it has bought a 108-megawatt wind farm near Storm Lake. The Sioux City Journal reports that Allete Inc.’s clean energy division paid NRG Energy Inc. $15 million for the Storm Lake wind farm, which consists of 144 turbines. The just-purchased wind farm is adjacent to another 78-megatt, 104 turbine wind ...

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PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The company, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal with prosecutors. The U.S. Justice ...

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