Foundation jackets and a deck are seen on a barge near a construction crane before their installation on Deepwater Wind, the nation's first offshore wind farm, Monday, July 27, 2015, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean Off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind will consist of five turbines producing a total of 30 megawatts of electricity. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

U.S. lags Europe on offshore wind efforts

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Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind reached its first “steel in the water” milestone in the early construction phase of its Block Island Wind Farm at the end of July, and the company has some other projects planned offshore of the Atlantic coast.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Texas electric grid breaks demand record, again

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On July 29, ERCOT asked Texas consumers to reduce their power use to reduce the chance of outages, though Jones said the electric grid has been able to provide capacity as high as 71,000 megawatts.
A wind farm under construction off the southeast side of Block Island R.I., July 21, 2015. A few miles off the coast, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 840-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. (Gregg Vigliotti/The New York Times)

First U.S. offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution

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While there’s plenty of potential energy to harness, offshore wind has been mostly stymied by high costs. Onshore turbines are some of the cheapest sources of electricity, with an average cost of about $85 a megawatt-hour, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Coal costs about $90.
John Fainter, president and CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, poses in his offices Dec. 8, 2003, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Longtime head of lobbying arm for Texas electric companies retires

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John Fainter, 76, who headed the Association of Electric Companies of Texas for 18 years, said he is retiring at the end of the year to spend more time with his grandchildren.
NEWBURG, MD - JUNE 29: Two white ducks walk along the Beach at Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station on the Potomac River on June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to limit certain power plant emissions -- saying the agency "unreasonably" failed to consider the cost of the regulations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Power plant operators say they’ve cut carbon emissions ahead of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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The “Benchmarking Air Emissions” report, which examined the nation’s 100 largest electric power producers, comes in advance of the final proposal of the so-called Clean Power Plan from the the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
A 7-megawatt wind turbine, a pilot project led by Marubeni Corp. and funded by the Japanese government, stands at a port in Onahama, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Monday, June 22, 2015. The new turbine will join a smaller 2-megawatt model, which has been generating power at the project about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima since November 2013. Photographer: Noriyuki Aida/Bloomberg

Foundations for first U.S. offshore wind farm head for Rhode Island

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Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, with the ability to power 17,000 homes as early as next year.
A wind farm in West Texas, outside of Roby. (photo courtesy Rational Middle Media)

One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

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North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.

More wind power on tap for Texas Panhandle

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GRI Renewable Industries, the industrial wind division of Gonvarri Steel Industries, said it intends to build a wind tower manufacturing plant in Amarillo that would employ 300 people and build 400 towers a year.
The East Texas Electric Cooperative, the Trinity River Authority and other participants broke ground Wednesday on the new hydroelectric power plant at Lake Livingston. (ETEC)

Construction kicks off for hydroelectric plant near Houston

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The East Texas Electric Cooperative, or ETEC, broke ground Wednesday on the new 24-megawatt power plant will power about 12,000 eastern Texas homes and generate about $1 million annually for the city of Houston for the right to use city facilities at the lake.
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.