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Texas tops nation in new wind power construction

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Developers were installing a record level of wind turbines as 2013 came to a close, with most of the new capacity coming in Texas, according to new figures released Thursday.
The growth of renewable energy could slow unless the industry gets more certainty about policies surrounding them, the International Energy Agency said in a new report. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany tax on own use of renewables is first in Europe

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Germany is set to become the first nation inEurope to charge owners of renewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to contain rising power bills.
Solar panels are installed in Arlington, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

European green energy fears losing investments on ‘weak’ targets

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Wind and solar power producers said they’re at risk of losing investment after the European Union’s executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy in 2030.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Two countries dominate world’s green energy workforce, report says

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About 5.7 million people work in the renewable energy sector globally, with two countries hosting nearly half of the world’s green energy jobs, according to a new research report.
The growth of renewable energy could slow unless the industry gets more certainty about policies surrounding them, the International Energy Agency said in a new report. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany can’t bear hefty green energy costs, minister says

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Germany must focus on the cheapest clean-energy sources as well as efficient fossil-fuel-fired plants to stop spiraling power prices, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

New lawsuit filed against Cape Wind power project

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Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound have filed a federal lawsuit saying the state overstepped its authority when it brokered an agreement for a major utility to buy power from the project.
A wind turbine, named Fukushima Mirai, sits about 20 kilometers off the coast of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan is shown  . (AP Photo/Marubeni Corp.)

Offshore wind turbine stands up to gusts, waves

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A scaled-down offshore wind turbine has withstood winter storms that included the equivalent of waves exceeding 70 feet, providing confidence that a full-scale version can handle the harshest weather that the North Atlantic can throw at it, the head of the University of Maine’s advanced composites center said Thursday.
A wind turbine, named Fukushima Mirai, sits about 20 kilometers off the coast of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan is shown  . (AP Photo/Marubeni Corp.)

Maine offshore wind project looks to overcome hurdle

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies, called Maine Aqua Ventus, to build a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island.
Green Mountain Energy is building a 10-kilowatt demonstration solar system at the existing Elbow Creek wind farm near Big Spring in West Texas.

Role of Texas wind power debated after winter emergency

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Critics say Monday’s close brush with blackouts raises questions about the role of wind in grid reliability.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Conservatives form group favoring renewable energy

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Conservative leaders and activists in Michigan have formed a group to support basing energy policy on the use of renewable resources and energy-efficiency programs.