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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:40

Google Inks Another Long-Term Wind Contract

September 18 -- Google (GOOG) announced Tuesday that it has agreed to purchase the entire output of the 240-megawatt Happy Hereford wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas. The wind farm, which is expected to start producing energy in late 2014, is being developed by Chermac Energy, a small, Native American-owned company based in Oklahoma. The wind farm will provide electricity to the Southwest Power Pool, the regional grid that powers Google's data center in Oklahoma. >>View Article

June 3 -- Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says North Dakota has about 1,600 megawatts of power generated from wind turbines. Wrigley says amount of wind power has spiked with the addition of new turbines that have been placed in south central North Dakota by Allete (ah-LEET') Inc. >>View Article

May 10 -- A controversial wind energy tax credit made MidAmerican Energy’s big new project in Iowa possible, the company’s CEO said Wednesday. MidAmerican has been one of Iowa’s biggest recipients of federal tax money through the production tax credit, a lucrative incentive for those who build and operate wind farms. >>View Article

Friday, 29 March 2013 15:41

Wind Power Battery Facility Opens

March 29 -- The Notrees Wind Farm and Battery Facility hosted an open house for its new battery project, which Plant Manager Casey Hayes said opened Dec. 27. Duke Energy, the owner of the wind farm, matched a $22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to built the battery project. >>View Article

March 15 -- The U.S. Department of Interior has approved Duke Energy Renewables' application to build a 200-megawatt wind farm on federal land in Clark County, Nevada. >>View Article

January 28 -- Google has invested $200 million in a utility-scale wind farm developed by a San Diego company.  A spokeswoman for EDF Renewable Energy, headquartered in the Carmel Valley neighborhood, said Thursday that participation by the internet search giant was a departure from working with traditional financial institutions.  >>View Article

January 22 -- Anschutz's Power Company of Wyoming is seeking to build the nation's largest wind farm and then ship the power to California over a 725-mile transmission line, the longest to be built in decades. >>View Article

November 5 -- U.K.-based power and transmission firm National Grid NGG +0.90% UK:NG +0.43% has set plans to invest $40 million in Clean Line Energy Partners, the Houston-based start-up proposing to build long, direct-current high power lines to move electricity from big wind farms in the central part of the U.S. to the country’s power-hungry population centers. >>View Article

December 4 -- MetLife and an arm of General Electric that finances energy projects have teamed up for the second time this year as investors in a major wind farm in the Great Plains.  This time, GE Energy Financial Services and MetLife Inc. joined Union Bank to invest $247 million in a wind farm near Wichita, Kansas. >>View Article

November 2 -- The cost of running and maintaining wind farms has fallen 38 percent in four years as competition among contractors increased and turbine performance improved, bringing closer the day that the technology matches fossil fuel. >>View Article 

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