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OPINION: Can California turn the West green?

California’s leaders quickly saluted last week when President Barack Obama released his Clean Power Plan, a 1,500-page proposal that would dramatically reduce the nation’s dependence on coal. We’re already there, or at least we think we are. At the Legislature’s urging, California’s private utilities have weaned themselves from coal, and public power agencies are ending their contracts with out-of-state coal ...

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Penn. wind power is helping D.C. with carbon emissions

To help lower its carbon footprint, Washington D.C. is taking power from Pennsylvania in the form of wind. The District of Columbia has cut a deal with the Iberdrola Renewables, a Spanish company, for wind power from Iberdrola’s South Chestnut Wind Power Project located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The power will be generated by the projects 23 wind turbines. According ...

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Energy Pipeline: Colorado earns top nod for wind manufacturing, jobs

A recent review of the U.S. wind industry in 2014 was filled with glowing description, with Colorado earning several of the positive nods. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual report showed that Colorado ended 2014 in the lead nationally in manufacturing jobs and was third in overall wind industry workers, with more than 6,000. Across the board, wind industry jobs ...

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Your move, world governments: Google reigns renewable energy purchases

Internet overlord Google has made its strongest pledge to reduce the world’s carbon footprint by announcing that the company will triple purchases of renewable power over the next decade. In a recent statement posted by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, the search giant stated that already leading the world as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable power wasn’t enough. At the ...

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Offshore wind power gets foothold in US with Rhode Island project

NEW SHOREHAM, Rhode Island – Rhode Island’s Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America’s first offshore wind farm on Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States. The 30-megawatt wind farm, which will include five turbines located ...

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‘Oil above the ground’: Algonquin Power Company, Geronimo Energy break ground on wind farm

WINDOM — With a slight breeze creating a rustling of the leaves in a nearby soybean field, leaders from Algonquin Power Co. and Geronimo Energy, along with investors and local officials, broke ground Wednesday afternoon on a developing 200-megawatt wind farm in southwest Minnesota. The Odell Wind Farm will consist of 100 turbines of 2 megawatts each, spread across wind-blown ...

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