(Associated Press)

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.
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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.
(Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

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.
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)

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.
(Carolyn Mary Bauman /Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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.
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

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.

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.
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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.
(AP Photo/Luis Cruz Hernandez)

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.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

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.