Category: Wind

Oklahoma leaders looking for more wind regulations

Oklahoma rolled out the welcome mat for the wind industry a decade ago with lucrative tax incentives and a lax regulatory environment, but as the number of wind farms has skyrocketed, so too has the concern among landowners.  More »

Wind company paying first dividend since 2003 in industry rebound

After slashing 3,000 jobs since 2011 and closing a third of its factories to survive a plunge in turbine prices, Vestas today reported its first full-year profit since 2010.  More »

Texas wind cracks 10 percent threshold

The amount of wind power generated in the state cracked the 10 percent threshold last year for the first time as the industry continues to make strides in the western and Panhandle regions of Texas.  More »

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.  More »

Oklahoma to increase wind-generated power

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says developers are planning to increase wind power capacity with projects primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.  More »

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

The U.S. Justice Department says 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds have been found dead at the company’s wind projects in Carbon and Converse counties from 2009 until now.  More »

Congress renews tax breaks for wind, biofuel

The move means taxpayers can claim the cuts and credits on their 2014 tax returns, but there is no guarantee they will be back in 2015.  More »

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.  More »

Feds announce largest-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind

The feds will allow a dozen developers to bid on access to more than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts.  More »

Republicans urged to reject wind tax credit in lame duck

Fiscal conservatives want Republican leaders to hold firm against proposals to extend a wind energy tax credit this year.  More »

ERCOT: Texas grid should have sufficient supplies through winter

Increased electric resources should keep the Texas power grid sufficiently supplied through the expected colder-than-normal winter season, officials for the state’s grid operator said Friday.  More »

Crowdfunding sites inspire amateur energy inventors

Online crowdfunders like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have produced a few successful technology and media startups. But the sites are also home to thousands of amateur inventors with big ideas that ultimately fail.  More »

Oklahoma reconsiders wind subsidies as industry power grows

Now that wind turbines stand tall across many parts of the nation’s windy heartland, some leaders in Oklahoma and other states fear their efforts succeeded too well, attracting an industry that gobbles up huge subsidies, draws frequent complaints and uses its powerful lobby to resist any reforms.  More »

Wyoming wind farm plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that – even in Wyoming – wind doesn’t blow all the time.  More »

Dresser-Rand among companies proposing $8 billion wind farm to power Los Angeles

The group of four companies said they plan to submit the project proposal to Southern California power officials next year.  More »
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