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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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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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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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Idaho powerline plan tries to avoid private property

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal for two high-voltage transmission lines crossing southwestern Idaho that faced opposition from private property owners has been altered to instead cross more of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The 1,700-page draft document released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management earlier this month maps out potential options for ...

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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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