Two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Taller turbines could unlock more wind power, new government report finds

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A new government report finds that taller wind turbines could help the U.S. vastly expand its wind-generated electricity, throwing new weight behind a wind industry push to reach higher into the air.
Two donkeys run through a pasture in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. (AP File Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma Senate moves to eliminate wind tax credits

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With no debate, the Senate on Friday approved one bill to eliminate a 5-year property tax exemption for wind manufacturers, starting in 2017. Because the state reimburses counties for the revenue lost from the exemption, the cost of the subsidy has skyrocketed with the expansion of wind farms in Oklahoma.
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the coast of the United Kingdom has 88 wind turbines capable of supplying energy to 220,000 homes. (flickr/Statkraft)

The offshore wind industry is still struggling to ramp up in the U.S.

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Developers and industry experts say the offshore wind energy sector is off to such a slow start in the U.S. because of regulatory hurdles, opposition from fossil fuel interests and the trials and tribulations of doing something for the first time.
Wind turbine blades wait to be shipped out by rail at the Port of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Politics threatening Texas wind energy, advocates say

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Industry-friendly policies helped Texas retain its position last year as the nation’s top wind energy producer, but partisan politics now threaten to ruin that reputation, wind advocates say.
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A Texas wind power company is scrapping its Eastern Shore project amid political opposition

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Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to “unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks.”
A Red-Tailed Hawk flies past a wind turbine on Monday Dec. 9, 2013, at a wind farm that sits on newly acquired property by the East Bay Regional Park District near Livermore, California. (Associated Press)

California wind farm operator donated to backers

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Opponents of the wind power company say extending its permit to continue operating means three more years of potentially disastrous effects on the population of golden eagles in the region.
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Houston-based wind company expanding

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Representatives of Houston-based EDP Renewable told the Wayne County commissioners Wednesday the company will study parts of Wayne, Randolph and Henry counties as possible wind farm locations.
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Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

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FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.
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Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

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Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.

DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of U.S. power by 2030

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Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a “ambitious but credible scenario” outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published Thursday.