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Bullock: Both coal, wind needed in climate plan

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said the Obama administration needs to spend more money to improve coal plant technologies and clear the way for more wind power if it’s serious about countering climate change. The Obama administration wants states to cut climate-changing emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels. Its plan counts heavily on reductions from coal power plants ...

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Arkansas Electric Cooperative adds wind capacity

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A southeastern Oklahoma wind farm is providing Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation with 150 megawatts of potential wind energy through a long-term power purchase agreement. The wind power is being generated by the Origin Wind Farm in Murray and Carter Counties in southeast Oklahoma. The expected annual output from the 75 turbines on the 17,600 acre farm ...

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MDU to buy southwestern North Dakota wind farm

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is buying a 43-turbine wind farm in southwestern North Dakota. Allete Clean Energy will develop the project near Hettinger. The $200 million wind farm is expected to be done in December 2015. MDU, a division of MDU Resources Group Inc., about a year ago signed an agreement to buy the wind farm’s power from ...

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Report: Bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

BILLINGS, Mont. — A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Monday’s finding from the U.S. Geological Survey comes as the Obama administration weighs greater protections for greater sage grouse. The ground-dwelling ...

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Texas grid operator says EPA rule would be costly

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The electric distribution grid operator for most of Texas says a federal mandate to slash carbon emissions nationwide is infeasible for Texas because it would jeopardize power reliability in Texas and raise costs for consumers. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says in a Monday report that compliance could require retiring half of the state’s ...

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SunEdison buying wind developer

SunEdison, betting the wind will carry it further than solar alone, will pay as much as $2.4 billion to buy Boston-based wind developer First Wind Holdings LLC. The purchase is among the largest since the Maryland Heights-based solar developer began a buying spree that has transformed it from a semiconductor wafer manufacturer into a major operator and developer of solar ...

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Google buys up Dutch wind energy for data center

Surfboards lean against a wall at the Google office in Santa Monica, California, October 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson via NewsCred

AMSTERDAM — Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building. Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to ...

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Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

WASHINGTON — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department ...

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Vestas Wind Systems announces big order

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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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Offshore wind industry races to cut costs as subsidies drop

OFF THE COAST OF HELIGOLAND, Germany, Nov 14 – As European governments start to curb offshore renewable power subsidies, utilities, wind turbine makers and installers are racing to cut costs to help the industry survive. Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, wary of committing billions of euros when budgets are tight, have announced subsidy cuts in the past 18 months – ...

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