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August 2 -- With the addition of another wind farm in North Dakota, the Duluth-based utility expects to meet its mandate 10 years early. Another Minnesota utility is investing in wind power to take advantage of its current low cost and an extended federal tax credit. >>View Article

June 27 -- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have concluded that Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania are the best U.S. sites for solar and wind power plants in terms of their ability to provide health benefits to people in the area. Wind and solar achieve greater health and climate benefits in these regions than in traditional solar powerhouses in the Southwest and California because, in those locations, they replace electricity generated by coal plants, the researchers report. >>View Article

June 27 -- Renewable energy may supply more electricity than nuclear reactors or natural gas by 2016, spurred by declining costs and growing demand in emerging markets, the International Energy Agency said. >>View Article

June 21 -- Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE), owner of the state’s largest utility, has asked regulators to waive competitive bidding rules and allow it to negotiate directly with the owners of five renewable-energy projects. >>View Article

Friday, 07 June 2013 14:57

Bright Lights, Big City--Big Battery

June 7 -- Advances in energy storage could help make wind and solar power a mainstay of our electricity system by taking root not only in the Great Plains and the Mojave Desert but also Park Avenue high-rises and urban data centers. >>View Article

June 3 -- The US unseated China as the most attractive country for renewable energy investment in 2012, according to Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) May 2013 “Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index” (RECAI), which, for the 10th year running, “ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities based on a number of macro, energy market, and technology-specific indicators.” >>View Article

June 3 -- One reason that offshore wind has not caught on in the United States is the steep cost of erecting a tower in the water, but researchers at the University of Maine tried another approach on Friday by launching a floating wind machine. It is the first offshore wind installation in United States waters, according to the Energy Department, which helped pay for it. >>View Article

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:51

Wind Power Creates Jobs, Saves Money

May 29 -- Recenlty you saw on our Facebook page some important clean energy news. MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans to invest $1.9 billion in wind energy projects in Iowa. The power company plans to install 656 wind turbines throughout the state, adding 1,050 megawatts of wind generation. >>View Article

May 17 -- California and Texas might be leading the nation’s rollout of solar and wind power, respectively, but Washington, where hydroelectric dams provide over 60 percent of the state’s energy, was the country’s biggest user of renewable power in 2011, according to new statistics released last week by the federal Energy Information Administration. >>View Article

May 9 -- General Electric Co. (GE), the biggest U.S. supplier of wind turbines, expects domestic installations to double next year after the renewal of a tax credit boosts demand. Wind-farm developers including NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE) and Invenergy LLC may install 3,000 megawatts to 4,000 megawatts of turbines in the U.S. this year and as much as 7,000 megawatts next year, Anne McEntee, GE’s vice president of renewable energy, said today in an interview. >>View Article

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