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.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Wind tax credit expires at midnight

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The stroke of midnight will mark not just the end of 2013, but also the death of a popular tax credit that has helped finance wind farms and other renewable energy projects across the U.S.
The Competitive Renewable Energy Zones  initiative lines were designed to move electricity generated by renewable energy from the remote parts of Texas to more heavily populated areas. Oncor completed 37 stations and equipment for this project, as well as more than 900 miles of transmission lines. (photo: Oncor)

West Texas wind soon will light up the region

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A 3,000-mile network of transmission lines designed to bring wind-generated power from West Texas to homes and businesses from Dallas to San Antonio should be fully operational by Tuesday, year’s end.
The sun begins to rise over Nantucket Sound in Mashpee, Mass., where the Cape Wind off-shore wind turbine power generation project won approval for construction. (AP Photo/Julia Cumes, File)

Siemens to supply $2.6B US offshore wind plant

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Siemens AG, Europe’s biggest engineering company, agreed to supply turbines to the $2.6 billion Cape Wind project, the first offshore wind farm planned in the U.S.
Photo: Richard Bartz

Wind farm eagle deaths overestimated, company says

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The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site.
The silhouettes of Vestas Wind Systems turbines spin at a wind farm in Lowville, New York.  (Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg)

Feds discuss eagle kill by massive wind farm

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun seeking ideas from the public as it considers ways to minimize and offset the number of eagles killed by what could become the largest wind farm in the country.
Completed wind turbine blades made for General Electric Co.'s renewable energy business sit outside TPI Composites Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Newton, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Buffett’s big wind buy boosts confidence in turbines

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The decision by Warren Buffett’s utility company to order about $1 billion of wind turbines for projects in Iowa indicates that turbines are becoming profitable without subsidies and that the drop in equipment costs is making renewable energy more competitive with power from fossil fuels.
Texas Solar Outfitters installs solar panels in a newly constructed home located in the Dominion Falls subdivision in Humble, Texas.

Clean energy boosters blast feds’ forecast

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Clean energy enthusiasts on Monday said the government is lowballing the industry’s potential.
Photo: Richard Bartz

US to allow eagle deaths, to aid wind power

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The Obama administration said Friday it will allow some companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty, an effort to spur development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.